Shadow’s End by Courtney Rene

Shadow’s End by Courtney Rene

Shadow’s End by Courtney Rene

ASIN: B009JYLE6W

Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press

Age Group: Young Adult

The world of shadow walkers is growing…and they’re finding they have more abilities and allies than they originally thought. Sunny is struggling to balance her new world/life in Acadia with her simple existence in the water realm – Earth.

Courtney Rene continues Sunny’s journey and experience in book three of the Shadow Dancer series, with Shadow’s End.

In Shadow’s End we find Sunny trying to deal with the betrayal and deception of her previous relationships while she tackles the complications of her life. How is she going to do what needs doing in Arcadia and still live a normal ‘teen life’ on Earth? Family, friends, and males have her pulled in various directions and she’s lost most of the time.

Through various circumstances, she learns that there’s more to her world(s) than anyone previously knew. And with that knowledge, and more about her real mother and how she died, Sunny starts to become stronger and tackles the challenges of her life head on.

With the help and assistance of many, she learns there’s strength in numbers even when time is running short. Quick thinking, kind actions, and real caring play big roles in the outcome of this young woman’s existence.

The book sucks you in and makes you care about Sunny – her world and her struggles. Along the way, the story takes twists and gives you little surprises that you weren’t expecting. I give Shadow’s End 3 QUILL.

Rating: 3Q

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A Howl in the Night by Courtney Rene

A Howl in the Night by Courtney Rene

 

A Howl in the Night by Courtney Rene
ASIN: B008D2ZDH2
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Age Group: YA

A Howl in the Night is a story of a girl who finds herself alone when her father sudden reenters her life on her sixteenth birthday and corrupts her relationship with her mother. What’s worse is that her mother turns against her and does what her father wants – they try to imprison her in an abusive relationship even though she’s considered imperfect and can’t shape shift like her father.

She is truly alone because her best friend just told her that he loves her, and since she doesn’t return his feelings, he can’t be around her. There is nowhere for her to turn for help.

The only creature she finds solace with is a wolf she met in the woods. He’s a loyal friend, who doesn’t demand anything of her – he’s the only comfort she has as her world is shredded with confusion, emotions, and control.

The wolf is more than she expects, and becomes her source of sanctuary. She’s accepted, but she still doesn’t know who she is, which side she’s on, or what she wants.

She’s at war with herself. She’s at war with her family. She’s the source of the war between two clans of shifters.

To bring peace to them all, she must find something within herself…

I really enjoyed this book; it was easy to read and moved fast with realistic and fascinating characters. You find yourself cheering for those you like and scowling at the ones you don’t. The emotions feel real, as you’re in the girl’s head – Abigail – since the story is in first person. It’s a perfect read for a teen girl, but I feel that even boys would enjoy it. I give this book 3 QUILL.

Rating: 3Q

Shadow Dancer by Courtney Rene

Shadow Dancer by Courtney Rene

Shadow Dancer by Courtney Rene
ISBN: 978-1-936403-08-0
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Werewolves, vampires, and even zombies get a lot of attention, but what about Shadow Walkers? Why don’t we hear about the creatures who can fade into shadow, free to move around in the world unnoticed?Courtney Rene takes you with her characters, into the shadows, into the dark. She has the ability to hold your imagination and grip your heart while shifting the dimension of your existence.

Sunny is growing up, and adjusting to a new school after moving yet AGAIN! On top of that, she’s still suffering from headaches no one can find a cause for, but she pushes through, oblivious to what’s really happening to her. When she’s finally adjusting to school and making friends – starting to feel normal – she discovers amazing things about herself, and her little world starts to get weird…and complicated.

Leif, a strange hunk, appears suddenly in her life. She doesn’t know who he is, or where he came from, but he knows. She’s not sure at first what he knows, but as her heart strings are pulled and tangled in his, she learns they aren’t so different.

As Sunny and Leif’s relationship develops, she learns some hard truth about him and where his loyalties lie. Even though they’re always with her, supporting her, it doesn’t seem that way and her mind and heart get twisted and shattered as she struggles to come to grips with who she really is…and who she has to become when/if she returns to her real home.

Shadow Dancer is an enticing and in depth story of a teen girl who struggles with life, her differences from others, and the relationships she builds as she becomes a young woman. Courtney Rene’s story has strong scifi elements, which I found interesting and fresh, while
still making the characters real. I was very disappointed when the book ended – I wanted to know more! I have to rate this book at 3 QUILL, because it’s amazing all around. I can’t wait for the sequel!

Rating: 3Q