Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Erasing: Shadows by K.D. Rose

Title: Erasing: Shadows (Erasing #1)
Author: K.D. Rose
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: December 18, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

What if to save the ones you love, you had to unlock the key to a different reality?

Generations of mystery smash together when a seemingly traditional family must shatter their illusions of normality to confront themselves and their friends, leaving no possibility unexplored in order to rescue- well, who exactly? Watch the Ross family, the High Five Gang, and multiple generations dig into an innovative explosion of imagination where they must confront numerous realities, real-world danger, and worst of all—their own teenage hormones!

In a place where nothing is as it seems and shocks are around every corner, even the people you thought you knew may find themselves strangers in this moving and provocative reality-bender. With breathless pacing and psychological intrigue, Erasing: Shadows and the High Five Gang will keep you guessing until the very end.

Imagine traveling to an alternate reality that is controlled by your mind and emotions.  Imagine getting stuck there, regressing to a point that you don't realize you're not in your real world.  What would your friends and family do to help you get back?  This is what Erasing: Shadows is all about.  When Mira disappears into the astral and forgets everything - her husband and childhood friends need to figure out how to bring her back before it's too late.

The Astral is a world with so many rules there are none - it is what you make of it with some very strict exceptions.  It doesn't seem to make sense outside of the story, but the rules and non-rules are explained very nicely as they are needed to a little at a time as the story progresses.  Out main characters don't even know all the rules at the beginning and need to figure a few of them out in order to resue Mira.

The story is quite exciting and fast paced - at times a little too fast.  Problems arise and are solved within the blink of an eye.  The one that particularly bothered me was at the very end with Mira's husband - don't want to say too much since it is the ending of the story.  I think this would be a very fun read for most young adult/middle grade readers - boy or girl.

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