Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere #) by Jacqueline West - Review


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Olive and her mathematician parents move into a big old Victorian house. The house is very odd, particularly the antique paintings covering the walls. Then, when Olive finds an old pair of glasses things start to get really weird. She discovers that while wearing the glasses she can step through the frame and travel into Elsewhere, the world of the paintings. Olive and Morton, a boy from a painting, form an uneasy alliance and find themselves facing a dark and dangerous power that wants to get rid of Olive for good. Can Olive save her new home and Elsewhere from the shadows before it's too late?

It's easy to get lost in the imaginative world and characters West has created. There is just the right amount of scariness for the age group. The pacing is great and there are just the right amount of twists and reveals to really keep me hooked, wanting to know more. I loved the personality of the cast. Olive is relatable and well-drawn and the cats steal the show.

I listened to the audiobook and the performance by Lexy Fridell is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the cover of the audiobook wasn't nearly as interesting as the illustration which suits it so much better.

I highly recommend The Shadows to fans of Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl. I'm looking forward to diving back into Olive's world with Spellbound.


I listened to this book from October 25 - 27, 201 and this review is also on Goodreads.

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