5* #bookreview of SHADOWED STRENGTH (Shadowed Series Book One) by @WendiLWilson

Shadowed Strength: Shadowed Series Book One by [Wilson, Wendi]

SHADOWED STRENGTH (Shadowed Series Book One) by Wendi L. Wilson


A teen romance filled with the angst of first love, mystery, suspense, and the paranormal…

She should have run.

While walking home at night, sixteen year old Melanie Johnson is tackled to the ground by a masked assailant with nefarious intentions. Her savior, a large black dog with soulful eyes, vanishes as quickly as he appears.

You are mine.

She starts receiving threatening notes from her attacker, promising to finish what he started.

I am Ace.

To complicate things further, her long-time crush Jeremy reveals a secret that Melanie is not sure she can accept. He is more than he seems. Something untamed. Forceful. Wild.

I have to stop him.

The truth about her assailant’s identity is almost too much to bear and Melanie must find the strength to put an end to the terror, once and for all.

**This is a YA Paranormal Romance intended for teens and adults 16+ due to language and sexual situations.


I ran across this book in a reading group.  The cover and blurb drew me in and I’m so glad I decided to read it.  There are tons of books about teenagers who suddenly discover they’re special.  Unfortunately, the books themselves aren’t.  It’s all on how the characters are portrayed, and this one fits the bill. 

The main protagonists is sixteen year-old Melanie.  She’s overweight, has a huge inferiority complex, and has been bullied most of her life by Sissy.  Even though Sissy is nothing but a mean, spiteful person, she is the epitome of what Melanie wants to look like.  It doesn’t help that Melanie also has the hots for Jeremy, someone she’s known must of her life, but he only sees her as a friend.  Unfortunately, Sissy has her eye on him too.

  One fateful day, at a party, Jeremy strolls in with Sissy on his arm, who proceeds to belittle and bully Melanie.  Upset, Mel takes off on foot to go home, in the dark, alone, and along the way, she’s attacked.  Someone has had his eye on her for awhile,and now it’s his time to make her his.  Her savior is a huge dog Melanie has never seen before.  Who is the dark man that assaulted Mel?  And why is he still stalking her?

I have to admit, I figured most of the plot out pretty fast, though I was sidetracked at one point.  But I didn’t care, as I really fell in love with the characters.  I enjoyed the banter between Mel and her best friend, Tara, and caught myself chuckling a few times over their antics.  Wendi Wilson did an awesome job portraying the insecurities of a teenager in high school.  Even though it’s been 40 years since I graduated high school, she took me right back to all the teenage drama. 

Most of the story is about Melanie and coming to terms with her body, finding the guy that’s stalking her, and the developing relationship between her and Jeremy.  The paranormal elements were slowly blended in and I anxiously waited to see who Melanie really was.  I was mildly surprised to find out the real answer.  This book does leave you on a cliffhanger, and I definitely want to read the next book in the series. 

I didn’t find anything really wrong with the tale, other than some very minor proofreading issues.  The plot was fast, the characters relatable and likeable, and it was well-written.  I highly recommend it for YA lovers of the paranormal and I give it 5 feathers.  Well done.

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Shadowed Strength: Shadowed Series Book One by [Wilson, Wendi]

About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/booksbysaharafoley Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaharaFoley Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/saharafoley/ Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SaharaFoley/posts Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Sahara-Foley/e/B00J9ST32U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
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