Walking in the Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads

Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, "Crimson Reign," Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again. 

Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

My Review

The story is simple, but very entertaining. Mostly because Vera and Tad's love story is not normal. Imagine falling for your professor?! Well, to be fair with Tad, the two fell inlove right before Tad realize that Vera can be his student. At first I don't get why Vera decided to lie to Tad about this when it's obvious it would surely blow up in her face sooner or later. She's aware Tad is a professor in her school. But as I get to know Vera better, I finally undertand. For someone who experienced what she experienced, it was really hard to open up to anyone. She thought Tad is just someone she could spend time with, but not permanently. But as they grew to know each other, Vera comes to realize her mistake. Too late already, it's the first day of school and Tad is her english professor! dang!

It's not just a love story, there's also the suspense and thrill of the murder suspects on the loose and Vera is most probably their next target. Sadly, I didn't felt much emotions with Vera's parents being murdered and her being the next target. I didn't felt the urgency of Vera's safety nor the sadness Vera felt. Maybe because, the story is written on Vera's POV and Vera's character is closed. She doesn't let her emotions show. Still, with everything that's happening, I was hoping for a roller coaster of a ride. Maybe it would be nicer if I have read Tad's POV as well. He's the emotion of the character, the person who vocally announce how much she loves Vera even if it costs his dream job.

Other than the murder, I find Vera's life in this part fo the story so easy. She has her godparents to take care of her, enough inheritance to buy a very good car, a professor who's in love with her and ready to pursue her no matter what she do, a friend and everything. It's not that I'm against it, it's just I haven't seen much of the bad side of Vera's life to even it out. 

And the murder? From the book/movie series about vampires? At first, I was doubting what is the relation of vampires in the story, and starting to doubt that this isjust a normal story and not paranormal.Good thing, bit by bit everything was explained clearly. Otherwise, I would be expecting Edward Cullen to jump in the next page. haha!

All in all, the story is good. 3.5 stars for this. The story has potential but I want more on the details and emotions. I didn't feel that much attached to the story or the characters, but the story is interesting to keep me going. 


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