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When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter || ARC Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

When I Cast Your Shadow

Title: When I Cast Your Shadow

Author: Sarah Porter

Published: 12. September 2017.

Edition: Tor Teen

                  Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Horror


A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences.

Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead….

After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well.

Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined.

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◄ 1 OUT OF 5 STARS ►

I really didn’t like this book and I struggled to finish it. It took me ages to read as well, simply because I never felt like reading it.

The writing style wasn’t really to my liking. There were way too many points of views and sometimes I found myself lost on whom exactly we were following. The dialogs were especially bad. They felt really juvenile and cheesy. Ruby and Everett, two of the main characters, didn’t seem like they were sixteen. If it wasn’t specified in the book I would have thought them much much younger.

I didn’t like any of the characters. Every single one had something about them that made me uncomfortable. There were many times where I didn’t understand their thought process and actions at all. There was always something off about all of them. Their reaction to the supernatural was beyond weird. They acted as if that sort of thing happened everyday. There was no disbelief about that fact. It made it very difficult for me to actually believe the supernatural stuff.

I completely hated Dash, especially when in Ruby’s point of view as she kept on romanticising him. Everett was the most likeable one, but most of his perspective was spent on Ruby and that ruined that. (As he didn’t get much personality while focused on his sister.) Ruby was too naive and stupid, I didn’t think it humanly possible to be that naive. She is also too obsessed with her brother Dash. Don’t get me even started on their relationship, it was beyond messed up and toxic. To round up the family picture, their father was very creepy and psychopathic as well.

I don’t know what to say about the plot. Sometimes it felt like there was none, probably because the book got really slow and confusing at times. The possession wasn’t explained and it seemed really random until half-way through the book, as there was no explanation to Dash being there. There was a villain there as well, though I have no idea what his motives were, as they ended up being really muddled up. I was just really confused with this whole story.

Overall, I really didn’t like this book. No, I wouldn’t recommend you to pick this book up.

Have you read When I Cast Your Shadow? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope that you have a wonderful day!


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12 thoughts on “When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter || ARC Review

  1. Oh it’s a shame you didn’t enjoy this book Anna, but you managed to get to the end which based on your review definitely seems like an achievement. 🙂 I’ve read one of Sarah Porter’s books before (she wrote Vassa in the Night right? If not I’m thinking of a different author) which I enjoyed but it was quite confusing, and I have to admit after reading your review I’m not going to be picking this one up. I could possibly get past the fact that there are too many POVs in this book but not the fact that the characters are unlikeable.
    Still great review, and hopefully the next book you pick up will be more enjoyable. 🙂 ❤

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    1. It’s definitely a shame, especially since the blurb sounded very interesting. Hahaha, it was a struggle and I’m very happy that I’m done with it. 😀 Yes, she is the one that wrote Vessa in the Nigh – which I was interested in before, but now really don’t want to read. Yeah, this is one I definitely wouldn’t recommend. The characters were seriously the worst, there wasn’t a single one that I liked – which usually never happens. Thank you!! I’m hoping that as well! 😀 ❤

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      1. Oh I thought so but I wasn’t sure. Personally I did enjoy Vassa in the Night, although it was a little too confusing in places, but I can’t really tell you how it compares to this book so I can’t say whether I’d recommend it to you despite this review or not you know?
        That’s all right. 🙂 ❤

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        1. Vessa in the Night does sound really interesting and I have wanted to check it out for a while. But honestly this book just puts me off of it, at least for now. I just have many more books that I want to read. Maybe I will want to check it in the future, who knows. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, after finishing my review I checked out what other people thought about it and there were quiet a few mixed reviews. I can definitely see why you would loose interest in it. It’s really too bad, especially since from the synopsis it sounded interesting. Thank you!! 🙂

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  2. I’m sorry to hear this was such a terrible experience, Anna :/ It does sound really poorly written/thought out and the siblings/father relationship super weird too. Loose threads are super annoying and show just how much an author still needs to learn in order to captivate their readers. The blurb sounded interesting enough but alas, an illusion.
    Great review, though! Hopefully your next read will be better 🙂

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    1. Yeah, it really was a terrible experience. :/ Though I’m beyond relieved that I have finally finished it! The idea behind this book is really interesting, but it was very poorly executed. The siblings/father relationship was super weird, the father said at the beginning of the book that Dash (the one that died) should have been a miscarriage rather than what he turned out to be…So there is that as well.
      Thank you!! I’m really hoping for that as well! 😀


  3. Erm eww the second that you mentioned the weird obsession with her brother, I was like “I’m out”- I may be reading too much into it, but your mention of it being toxic put me off. Plus juvenile dialogue? Nope! I definitely don’t want to read this. Thanks for the heads up and great review!

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