Saturday, September 3, 2011

Supernatural Saturday: Review of The Shadowing: Hunted

What would you do if you found out that not only could you see ghosts, but a load of demons were about to cross over into our world, and you were the only person who could stop them? That’s exactly what teenager Callum Scott faces in my new horror series, The Shadowing. His only backup is ghost boy Jacob and his giant spectral dog, Doom. And those demons aren’t going down without a fight. Soon Callum’s being hunted, and by something you wouldn’t want to encounter in your worst nightmares… If you like skin-crawling horror fiction, you’ll love The Shadowing!
[from Goodreads]
Rating:   2 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Younger paranormal YA readers
High point:  "Chime children" are new to me
Low point:  Written for a younger audience
Reader maturity: 13+

While I'm usually a fan of British and paranormal, especially when they're together, The Shadowing:  Hunted didn't do much for me. As such, I'll try to keep this short and to the point. I found the plot and writing a bit simple for the intended audience; with a little editing, it might do better as an MG novel. The...thing...that's doing the hunting is garish almost to the point of caricature. Again, this might be appropriate in a novel aimed at younger readers (to reduce the scariness), but it failed to provide a satisfying villain for older readers. The pacing and characterization were also inconsistent, with certain chapters full of excitement and exposition, and others seeming to serve little purpose in advancing the plot.

On a more positive note, the notion of chime children (the ones like Callum) is unique, and though I would've liked to have learned more about what made them the target of The Shadowing:  Hunted, I appreciated their addition to the paranormal genre. I also liked Callum's grandmother. Although uneven in temperament, she's got good intentions and a lot of wisdom to share.

All told, The Shadowing:  Hunted wasn't my cup of tea, but it might be enjoyable for younger YA readers.

Title:  The Shadowing:  Hunted
Author:  Adam Slater
Genre:   Fiction - Supernatural
Year:   2011
Book Source: Won an ARC from First Novels Club

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