First of all this book (I think it's ebook only) is FREE right now on Michelle Madow's website for a LIMITED TIME--- www.michellemadow.com.
I won The Prophecy of Shadows in a blog giveaway I think, but I'm not sure which one it's from! Sorry. I know, I'm horrible. I received the ebook via the author. Thank you Michelle Madow!
I'm going to get right to it on this one. The Prophecy of Shadows was ALMOST a 5 star book for me. It was so close and there was only one thing that really held me back from giving it that last star. The entire book was so GOOD, but from the very beginning of the book there was one thing that drove me nuts the whole way through. I'm going to put a mild spoiler here.
In the beginning of the book Nicole shows up for her first day of school and she gets put in the classes the witches are in, but it's never explained who knew she was a witch to put her in those classes in the first place. Nicole herself has no clue and since that was her FIRST day at school how did anyone else know? The entire book it drove me nuts because Nicole never even thinks about it. I want to know WHO knew she was a witch before she did to put her in the classes and HOW before she even started going to the school?!?!
Now I heard through the Grapevine that we will get answers to that much later in the book series. That's fine. I'm happy to know that at least it isn't left open. That would irritate me, but I still gave this one 4 stars. If I had not done some asking around in the blogging community I would not have been able to find out that we have to wait for the answers to this. Personally, I think all of this could be solved if once or twice in the book Nicole wonders to herself (or to someone else) about it. That way the reader knows that answers ARE coming, even if we have to wait a bit. I know this may come off ranty (I hope not though because I don't mean it that way), but it was so distracting for me while reading because I kept thinking about it and wondering why it was being ignored by Nicole. Seriously that's my one and only gripe about the book though.
Other than that one complaint The Prophecy of Shadows is an EXCELLENT book. After I found out the information about my one gripe I even thought about changing my rating to 5 stars. The fact of the matter is that I did not get that information from the book so I left it at 4 stars. Seriously though everything else was SO GOOD. The writing flows really well and I read most of the book in one day. I really loved all of the characters, especially Nicole and Blake. This is one where there is a whole group of entertaining characters and I love that! All of the magic and mythology elements were done really well. I like how witches and greek mythology were blended together and I'm surprised at how well it worked. This book was so darn entertaining and it reminded me of Twilight in a way.
Overall The Prophecy of Shadows is very captivating and definitely worth the read. This is a really fun one to read. I believe all of the series will be coming out this year and I want to read the rest! I may wait till they are all out and binge them though. I'm not sure, but I will HAVE to finish the series and see what happens.
I recommend The Prophecy of Shadows for fans of books with witches, the Percy Jackson series, and Twilight.