Shadow by Christi J Whitney
(The Romany Outcasts series #2)
Published by: HarperCollins/ Harper Voyager UK
Publication date: June 2nd 2016
Genres: YA Fantast/ Urban Fantasy
About the Book
The second volume in this incredible YA trilogy.
When stone hearts break they shatter.
Sebastian Grey used to be a normal teenager. Now he’s a creature whose sole purpose is to be a guardian for secretive gypsy clans.
When the Romany gypsies need his help, Sebastian is given a second chance to protect Josephine Romany – the girl he loves. But this is no easy task when some of them think he’s as bad as the shadow creatures attacking their camp.
Yet to keep Josephine safe, Sebastian might have to embrace his darker side. Even if that means choosing between his humanity and becoming the monster everyone believes him to be.
The Review ★★★★☆
I read book one last year as part of a blog tour and immediately fell in love with Sebastian. He just wants to be a normal teenager and make the girl he loves like him back but that’s not how it goes for him. At the end of book 1 we see that Sebastian decides to let Josephine leave with her family and he chooses to stay with Hugo and the Corsi clan.
Book 2 starts off where book 1 ends, it’s been a few months since Sebastian has been away from Josephine, it’s hard most days but he seems to be coping quite well. He binds up his wings and wears a big coat and a hoodie to go around Sixes, he still can’t bring himself to accept who or what he is. This is until the Corsi’s get a visit from Nicolas (Josephine’s father) to ask for Sebastian’s help. Still yearning for Josephine he accepts willingly even though Quentin and his marksmen make him feel very uneasy.
It takes time but it seems the gypsies at the circ are starting to accept Sebastian, that is until he gets a visit from some old shadowean creatures and this time it might not be so easy to walk away from them.
What did I think? First of all, let me just say that I absolutely loved every page of this book. Maybe it was because I loved Sebastian a bit too much. My heart was breaking into pieces over and over again for him. It just seemed like he couldn’t catch a break no matter what he did. It was nice to get to know more about Josephine and Francis in this book and let’s not leave out Quentin who I seriously and officially detest (I know right he just has it in for Sebastian). The book was a bit slow in some bits but I can see that the author was trying to get us to know Sebastian the guardian a bit more. Nicolas was just soo annoying, I felt like he didn’t stand his ground enough as the so-called bandoleer especially towards the end, I mean when Augustine is involved it just can’t be good right? I can visualize the apology he will be making in the near future. Josephine didn’t do much except sit and think and second guess herself, but at the end I was giving her a standing ovation for what she did ( took her long enough).
I still feel like there is so much more about the gypsy backstory that we don’t know and I hope the author addresses most of it in book 3. But overall a fantastic read, the book has left me a bit hungover and I can’t wait to read book 3.
Dear author, please send me book 3….. I’m dying here thank you!
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About the Author
Christi J. Whitney is a former high school theatre director with a love for the arts. She lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and two sons. When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she can be found directing plays, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, obsessing over Doctor Who, watching superhero movies, or pretending she’s just a tad bit British.
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