YA Review: The Shadow Stone: Halloween Special by Regan Black

Posted January 26, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 0 Comments

YA Review: The Shadow Stone: Halloween Special by Regan Black
The Shadow Stone: Halloween Special

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Series: #4 Hobbitville Saga
Genres: YA Paranormal Romance
Released on November 22, 2010
Pages: 25
Format: eBook

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I won this book in a contest a while back and finally got a chance to read it. It wasn’t until I was finished that I realized that it was part of a series of books. Personally, I had little trouble jumping right in to the world of an existing set of friends who have found the ability to leap through stone portals located in an enchanted garden of their small hometown that takes them to other such portals around the world. But that being said, there was a little bit of the confused feeling as I got caught up with what was ongoing. The story is a short installment, but there was still plenty of character development, plot and good pacing that allowed for me to get into the story and feel satisfied at the conclusion.

The story opens with a young high school girl, Lana, trying to find her own way through the magical stones so she can get out and see the world like her bosom friends have already done. She seems to be the only person in her group for which the stones don’t work and it bothers her while making her even more determined. On this particular night, she encounters someone who speaks to her from the shadows offering to help her find her way through the stone. She is skeptical that it is her friends playing a joke on her, but she also trusts that deep, warm voice that doesn’t sound like anyone she knows to help her.

Little does Lana know, but the person behind that voice is very familiar to her and they had once been very close until he had been forced to leave Lana. He has changed over the last few years and knows that she wouldn’t even recognize him if she saw him. He needs to remain in the shadows a bit longer because he needs Lana’s help.

It was a quick, but enjoyable read that grabbed my attention and gave me a pleasant surprise like Lana when all the secrets were revealed in the end. The story would be suitable for even the youngest who are interested because it’s devoid of language, violence and sex.

I can recommend this story short even as I plan to go back and read the rest in the Hobbitville Saga.

Yours Affectionately

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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