Today is my review of Shadow's Dangers by Cindy Mezni.
Losing a loved one is never easy. Deliah learned to live without her parents when fate took them from her as a young girl. But history repeats itself and causes her to face even greater challenges when Tess, the woman who raised her and was like a second mother to her, passes away. Even worse than dealing with her loss is the coinciding arrival of inexplicable nightmares that haunt Deliah’s nights.
She becomes consumed with images she doesn’t understand and a recurrent dream about her parents’ car accident. Oddly, this dream details different versions from what she had always been told about the accident.
But when a new family, The Wates, arrive in town and begin to pay close attention to her, even stranger events follow. Now, Deliah must not only face her nightmares, but the possibility that a world she never suspected exists. And this world may cost her everything.
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My 4.5* Review-
I was given a copy of Shadow's Dangers by the author in exchange for nothing more than an honest review.
Shadow's Dangers introduces us to Deliah. Deliah has had a pretty rough life so far. Her parents died when she was young, and more recently Tess; the woman who raised her, passes away. And to make things worse she now has to contend with the nightmares that she is now suffering from. Her nightmares are full of images that she doesn't understand and they show her a version of her parents death that differs from what she was told.
Deliah has always just existed and no one takes much notice of her until the arrival of a new family; the Wates - Garreth, Travis and Leighton. If Deliah thought things were odd before their arrival, things get even weirder once they notice her. Deliah is drawn to them but her instincts tell her to run away from them too. As she gets closer to two members of the Wates family she is drawn into a world that she never knew existed. That world knows that she exists and has big plans for Deliah. So now Deliah must face her nightmares and the fact that this new world may cost her everything.
So this is the first book by Cindy Mezni that I've read, and it certainly won't be the last. I was hooked from page one! I loved Cindy Mezni's writing style, she has a great way with words which allowed me to create the scenes within my head. I could see clearly the characters and the events as they happened and as if I was alongside Deliah.
Deliah was portrayed as a normal teenager, she goes to school has her best friend Hayden, her parents were killed in a car accident when she was younger, and she has been raised with her sister Annabelle by Tess, now Tess is dead and Deliah begins to have some strange nightmares. Just a normal teen life!! That is until the appearance of the Wates family!
The Wates family consists of two teen boys and a teen girl who live with their uncle and aunt. They move just down from Deliah. There is Garreth, Travis and Leighton. There is something about the Wates that draws Deliah to them but at the same times tells her to run away from them. Leighton quickly befriends both Deliah and Hayden. Travis and Garreth seem somewhat more aloof, they don't seem to be that friendly towards anyone including each other!
The book is written in Deliah's POV and for me I found that her thoughts and feelings were portrayed in such a way that I could feel her frustration, confusion, anger and happiness too. I was able to visualise her nightmares and visions in my own mind. I must admit that if I was Deliah I'd have been confused, scared and concerned too.
After being introduced the Wates family and the freaky things that she begun to experience, I had gathered that the Wates were not normal but I didn't manage to guess what they were. I formed some ideas and thoughts about them but I was proven wrong time and time again.
For me the story got better as it progressed, I felt like I was always being given a little more but never enough to give anything away. The mystery and suspense in this story made me want to stay and keep reading, I love the way Cindy left a trail to follow and with each and every tidbit that I read I was more and more hooked. I'm really looking forward to book 2.
The characters were well thought out and played their roles well. The synopsis intrigued me and left me wanting to know more. The plot was good and pulled me in, page after page I couldn't walk away.
I must admit that until I received an email asking me if I'd like to review Shadow's Dangers I had never actually heard of Cindy Mezni. I'm glad that I received the email and have now been introduced to her because I loved this book. I will definitely be reading book 2 when it becomes available.
I think that if you love paranormal books then you should love this too
So Cindy... if you need any more reviewers for book 2 you know my email *wink, wink, nudge nudge* ;) :0
About The Author-
Cindy Mezni is an accomplished young Swiss author making her U.S. debut with this book, Shadow’s Dangers. She discovered her passion for writing by chance one winter afternoon and has never looked back. Since then, not a day goes by without her fingers grazing the keys of her computer keyboard to write new adventures. She writes in several genres including YA paranormal romance, dystopia and adult dark fantasy.
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