Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
From the inside flap: The Night of Souls — when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest — is only days away.
Albion is at war . . . and losing.
The wardens have descended, kidnapping innocent citizesn for their army, but looking for one in particular.
And fifteen year old Kate Winters has just raised a blackbird from the dead.
As her home is torn apart by the wardens, Kate’s discovery that she is one of the Skilled — the rare people who can cross the veil between life and death — makes her the most hunted person in all of Albion. Only she can unlock the secrets of Wintercraft, the ancient book of dangerous knowledge. Captured and taken to the graveyard city of Fume — with its secret tunnels and underground villages, and where her own parents met their death years ago — Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most. And she’ll make a packet with a murder to do it.
Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay the price.
What I liked about the book: It’s an intriguing story with a lot of potential. People who can travel the veil between life and death is a refreshing alternative in the paranormal genre. Kate is a likable character and so is Silas, though it takes a while before the reader can allow themselves to think they might even remotely like Silas. Kate is a little immature for a fifteen year old, but as the book nears the end, she seems to mature rather quickly.
What I didn’t like about the book: The pacing was not as fast as I would have liked. The story had the potential to be quite a thriller, but just seemed to drag in places. The characters tend to fall flat, even Silas and Kate. The plot is intriguing, but without well developed characters to support it, the story tends to fall a little flat as well.
Even though the book didn’t live up to my expectations, I am still intrigued. While I might not recommend it to my readers who are searching for a great read, I will probably read the next book in the series. Burtenshaw did hook me at the end of the story. I’m curious to see what happens next.