Title: Shadows of the Forest
Author: Emma Michaels
Genre: YA fantasy
Published: By CHBB Publishing on November 4th, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Lily has struggled all her life to come out of the shadows of her abusive past. After a fatal car accident injures her twin brother, Cole and her, she wakes up in a strange place where she has to follow a set of bizarre rules. The story follows Lily’s journey as she sets out to seek answers and get her twin brother back.
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
After going through a few reviews, I did see that some opinions claim that abuse victims aren’t like how the author has portrayed them. Even so, I could really relate to Lily’s self-esteem issues as a non-victim in real life and I loved seeing her grow in the book. It was the character’s journey that made me give this a 4-star rating. Also, the cover is beyond gorgeous.
I’d recommend the book to readers who love to see a good brother-sister relationship and for those dealing with self-esteem issues not necessarily stemming from abuse.
For the music, I’d recommend some ambient outdoors music with the rustling of trees, a bonfire crackling and other such noises, which I feel would go very well with the main setting.
Forests always remind me of berries since I’m a vegetarian and those would be the only edible things for me if I ever went into a forest without supplies, so I’d pair it up with something like blueberry pie or a strawberry tart.