The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

The Shadow Girl
By Misty Mount
Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing
ISBN: 9780997939
Pages: 298
Genre: YA Coming of Age/Fantasy


It’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…

Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at Zylia’s age. If she’s going to save herself from being erased from the canvas of this world, she’ll have to travel far outside her comfort zone—maybe even to another dimension.

(New) Thoughts

The Shadow Girl was a welcomed new addition to my shelves that boasted an unexpectedly powerful protagonist and story-line. Almost instantly my experience with the book was rewarding. However, I was not prepared for how personal it was going to become. I am favoring brevity for this review, as I believe that exploring Zylia’s  evolution as a young woman is best left for the reader.

At the age of 13, Zylia Moss is socially withdrawn, reserved and lives an introverted life among the shadows of her family and peers. But as Zylia finds herself becoming more detached from her own life, she uncovers the mystery of another, her Great-Aunt Angelica, who disappeared many years ago. Can the secret to her Great-Aunt’s disappearance and new friendships help save her from the same fate? Or will she slip away into another realm only to be lost forever?

This is a highly character driven plot that centers around an astoundingly relatable protagonist. Zylia Moss appeals to the reader and establishes an early and firm connection by displaying the varying emotions every teenager has encountered at some point in their life. As a protagonist she is plausible, persuasive and even familiar. Her struggles are quickly owned by the reader as we find ourselves fully immersed within her story. Within her lies a small piece of us all that is difficult to ignore. In terms of characters, she is not only effective but identifiable and engaging.

The plot is beautifully layered and intermingled with a wonderful element of fantasy while avoiding unnecessary frills and complexities. Well executed narration and pacing foster strong character development while sustaining the promised mystery. The writing is sharp, knowledgeable and sincere. Everything melds together flawlessly, offering a refreshing study of character that carries the story with incredible ease.

The end result is an unexpected and emotional journey into known and unknown that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever felt alone, uncertain or even different. An therein lies the true success of The Shadow Girl. A coming of age tale that explores the ever-changing dynamics of families, relationships and self growth for anyone who has ever stood in the shadows even for a moment.

*I would like to thank the author and publisher for this copy. The above review is my own, unbiased opinion.

Untitled designEnjoyed with a lightly sweetened Jasmine Hibiscus green tea.


Purchase Links:  Amazon UK

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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26 thoughts on “The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

  1. Great review! I actually thought it was going to be a horror/ghost story based on the cover, but the premise sounds so much more interesting! I’m definitely intrigued right now.

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  2. I appreciate the brevity of your review, Danielle. That can be really important for some books. That said, you completely hooked me! I do love me some character-driven novels. This is YA fantasy— it’s not your traditional cup of tea, is it? What made you decide to seek out this novel?

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    1. I read a ton of YA fantasy, but it is usually more of the fairy tale retelling. This one is more like a character study with a little fantasy element 😉 This was a book I had originally followed on Kindle Scout. Her writing works very well for me. I even appreciated the slower pace. Thank you Jackie.

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      1. I guess I never really noticed that you read so many fairy tale retellings– but you’re so right! A little GR stalking and I see I’ve been remiss in my assessment. Oops! Any favorite fairy tale retellings you’d recommend? I am in the mood for something uplifting and I find these are typically uplifting (Typically– but not always).

        I love Kindle Scout! I’ve never had a book I followed get published, though. That’s super exciting! I’m glad that you were able to support this book all the way through its process. How cool is that?!

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        1. She actually published this one after the Scout campaign. It has been very interesting to see it all unfold for her. I have yet to see the books I follow get published either. Seems like a grueling process!

          Retellings.. hmmm. Well the Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden if you are into exploring Russian folklore and fairy tales. That trilogy is shaping up to be my favorite. If you are looking for a fun YA read, I really enjoy Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. I love her “twist” on all of the old favorites 😉 Spindle Fire was another I really enjoyed, but seem to be the majority haha.

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          1. Oy! I am so embarrassed to say that The Bear and the Nightingale is an ARC that I have sitting around! I never picked it up because I didn’t know it was part of a series when I requested it… but now that the final book will be coming out this year, I think I might take that plunge. I am unfamiliar with most Russian folklore and fairy tales… do you think I’d notice any references?

            The Lunar Chronciles is one of my favorite series. It’s such a fun read! I’ll have to revisit it soon; I’m glad it’s a favorite of yours, too! Which book is your favorite? Mine is Cress. I adore Cress’s character.

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            1. I am only two books complete on the Lunar Chronicles but will be starting Cress soon. So I am stoked to here it is your favorite ❤

              I chose to read up and explore some Russian Folklore and fairy tale history online before attempting The Bear in the Nightingale. I do not think it is necessary (it is a beautiful tale regardless) but feel that if you are in the mood, it will enhance your experience. Maybe read a bit about Vasilisa (there are a few tales) and Morozko 😉

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              1. Oooh! I love it when readers educate themselves before approaching a new topic. I know it’s time consuming and challenging often to do this– good on you! I’ll definitely check out some of Vasilisa and Morozko’s tales soon.

                I’ll also be keeping an eye out for your thoughts on Cress! We are such different readers… I wonder what you’ll think… Don’t let my love hype the book too much. 😉

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                1. I am very hopeful for Cress as I love the first two books and Meyer’s writing. Fairy tales are my go to 💕 And she is clever with them!

                  I had never experienced Russian folklore and read some odd reviews (negative) of Vassa in the Night that told me a little background first would be wise. It is a retelling of sorts after all 😉 I am surprised at how many snarky reviews I see of retellings where readers can make no comparison to the original basis. I get if you cannot connect with a writing style, but it is hard to judge a retelling or imaging with zero background, eh?

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                  1. Exactly! Retellings are such sticky wickets, too– everyone is really passionate about their favorite things, so retellings have a tough crowd. That said, I have read many reviews of all sorts of books where people don’t learn a ton about the subject matter or author or context ahead of time. Often, I feel this means readers lose a lot of relevance and ability to connect with the text.

                    I appreciate you so much for this comment, Danielle. Thank you!

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