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