Friday, October 19, 2012
The Shadow Society
by Marie Rutkoski
Published: 10.16.12 by Farrar, Strauss &Giroux
Pages: 416
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Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population. Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy. When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .
*A copy of the book was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

Inky's Blurbings:
This book has a very intriguing premise. It drew me in and I really enjoyed this book. I can't say I loved it or hated it, but it sits right in the middle place, where all the books you liked goes. So I had things I liked and things I didn't like.

Let us begin with Darcy, the MC. She has a cool name that made me think of Colin Firth the whole book, but otherwise it was good. So she doesn't know anything about what happened before she turned 5 and was put into the Foster Care system. But that all changes the day she sees this mysterious guy at school. I felt like at the beginning she was easy to understand and connect to, her quest for self-discovery, and what her past was. But where were a few times when she was just so.....not as gripping?  I didn't feel like I ever hated her, there were just some parts where there were lapses in character development. But on the whole I thought Darcy was a nice MC.

Okay so Conn is obviously a big part of this book. And I just had to laugh because he literally is a Con-man. :P Oh the irony. I'm not sure what to think about Conn. He's mysterious for sure, and he's hot, but I felt I was missing part of him. So much of the book is left untold about him during the times we question his loyalty that I wish it was told in his perspective.

Especially since I think this book is meant to be a stand-alone. Which I base all my dislikes on. This book idea has the potential to at least have a sequel. I think it would have been better that way. Room for more things. I think it felt a little rushed and confusing when things came to and end and when we first meet and learn about the society. That WHOLE BOOK, I kept asking myself. "Why?" What is the motivation behind this? Why are they trying to do that? What happened between these two groups of people to ignite this fight? WHY? It was rather annoying not to find out when the questions were the base of the conflict.

I did really like the romantic nature of the plot. It does start pretty quick but then takes a sharp twist about 100 pages in. That gave to some unique things and changes to happen, and I pretty forgot that it was almost -well-kinda-was- insta-love at the beginning of the book. Darn you insta-loves. It was a very interesting concept on the whole and one that I would love to explore even more. Sadness about stand-alones. ;)

Soo, my overall thoughts were something along the lines of: Eeping awesome read! Yay so fun. Hot guys, Ghosts, but WHY? Why this? Why that? You can't have this happen without an explanation. Grr. But I still love you Conn.

Content: Mild
(A few instances of language and innuendo. Kisses)
3.5 Stars - Awesome Beans
(So we have a cool plot idea and fun name, but a few key tastes were missing.)

And there you have it folks! Have you read this? Like? Not like? Do you want to read? I'd love to hear what you think! Toodles! XOXO,


  1. You summed up my thoughts on this book exactly! I'm about halfway through it, and I am feeling and not feeling the same things as you. I just assumed it was the start of a series since I'm running out of pages and running short on answers! :)
    Sarah's YA Blog

    1. I know right? Some thing at the end seemed well, too fast, or unlogical for the situation!

  2. I had really similar feelings to you-I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it either. I wish I had been more passionate about it but I just wasn't.

    1. Yeah I know right? It's sad when books are good but still have some dissapointment.

  3. I love that we had a lot of the same thoughts. And until I reached the end, I really did think this was a series. I pretty much ALWAYS assume that nowadays. But when I looked it up and saw it wasn't I though, huh. And I loved that romantic twist you mentioned. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. Same! That's the THING now. Trilogies and Series, or at least duos. :P That was fantastic. Way to mess things up. :D


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