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The Shadow and the Rose (The Ash Grove Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Amanda DeWees

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Présentation de l'éditeur

A B.R.A.G. Medallion(TM) honoree!

Book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles.
In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...


When ordinary high-school junior Joy Sumner visits a graveyard at midnight on a dare, she doesn't expect to end up sharing a kiss with brooding teen model Tanner Lindsey. And she definitely doesn't expect to make an enemy of Tanner's seductive, sinister mentor, the ageless supermodel Melisande--who may not be entirely human--or to find that her sleepy little corner of North Carolina is buzzing with supernatural energy.

But most unexpected of all is when Joy finds out that she's pregnant. And when Tanner's love for her puts his life in danger, will she be able to rescue him--and save their future together? This captivating young adult paranormal romance will leave you eager to dive into the next volume of the Ash Grove Chronicles!

Length: 70,000 words ~ Age level: 15 and up

Biographie de l'auteur

Amanda DeWees is an author and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by telling them that her dissertation topic was 19th-century vampire literature. Besides writing, her passions include classic movies, theater, costume design, ghost stories, and the proper use of punctuation.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 471 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 276 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1480099503
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009YO4GT4
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A great YA Paranormal story 6 décembre 2012
Par HBurrows - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I was quickly immersed into this story that I found not only engaging but so well written I didn't realize how fast the time was going by until the book was done and so was half my day! The characters were well developed and the rolls they played were very true to life. Yes this is a paranormal but not one filled with magic filled characters, only people aware that the other side does exist. Except for a certain character that can literally suck the life out of any party!

Joy is your average Junior attending Ash Grove, a private High School for the Performing Arts. Not fitting in with the in crowd is normal for her, but wouldn't it be nice to be accepted? So going out on a limb she takes a dare from Shelia to go into a graveyard at night and find a rose. But she ends up finding more than she expects and her life is changed with a simple kiss. We follow along with Joy as she deals with teenage angst over a sick father, a lack of musical ability and a new love life. With a group of great friends she finds out just how much it will take to uncover the truth behind a new neighbor who holds more than the guardianship to her new love, Tanner, she holds his life in her hands.

I will have to mention that this is a YA book but it does have some of the late teen drama that some parents may not want the younger YA readers exposed to including characters smoking and some sexual content that leads to a teen pregnancy. I don't want to say more and give the story away, but I know I have younger daughters who read YA books that I would rather not be exposed to this element at this time. Not that they don't know this goes on, but the context of the story implies that it is ok to smoke and be a pregnant teen in a high school level with teachers who know and are fine with it. This should not deter readers of any age from reading it as it is too good of a book to miss! I can't wait to see where the Author takes it from here!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 SWEET AND CREEPY AND JOYFUL!! 4 avril 2013
Par Daniel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I write this with fear and trepidation as I am not at all sure I can do this wonderful book justice. The writer has a very high standard of work and with this book she has left that high standard far behind. Very few books do I complete in one sitting but I read this one to the point that my eyes were watering. I could not wait until the next day to find what was going to happen next. This book is listed as young adult however I am an old adult and enjoyed it completely. I was tasked into reading this by a beautiful, elegant and winsome lady. I am a pushover for such but now I think I owe her jewelry for telling me about Amanda De Wees. The story flows beautifully and the characters are devloped so well you feel as if you know them. I can not give this book more than five stars but it would receive ten if Amazon did not have silly rules. I can not recommend higher.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Simple & Supernatural 14 novembre 2012
Par Musing Maddie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees is the first book in the Ash Grove Chronicles. If you are a fan of the YA Paranormal, you will like this book. It is an excellent addition to the YA genre, with the nefarious villain in the ageless and beautiful Melisande, insecure and malicious teenagers and of course, a journey into the mysterious supernatural world in the seemingly peaceful North Carolina!

Sixteen year old Joy Summer, is our heroine. She is feisty, sweet, strong-willed and incredibly mature for her age and life experience. It is rare that you meet a young heroine who is comfortable with who she is, despite being plain in looks, especially notable in the beautiful world in which she lives at Ash Grove High - a school for the artistically gifted.

Our swoon-worthy Hero is the gorgeous model Tanner Lindsay. He provides the drooling female students at Ash Grove (and worldwide) plenty of sweet dreams; is musically gifted, smart, yet is a loner, broody, isolated and insecure. (Finally, a teenage male Hero who is not arrogant, cocky and brash!) He is trapped in an artificial world revolving around Melisande, despite not recognizing its danger, but he is also trapped in his self opinion, where he believes he is worthless and unlovable. It was slightly unbelievable, until further explained, why he would be attracted to someone like Joy, yet as we understood more about Joy, especially through Tanner's eyes, the attraction is credible.

The main theme of Joy and Tanner's overwhelming challenge to be together is typical to this Genre but it was well supported by the anxiety, insecurity, bullying and the see-saw self esteem issues universal to teenagers. The paranormal elements were that clever mix of unbelievable and extraordinary. Just enough definition with a touch of mystery as well.

The supporting characters were just as enjoyable, especially the exuberant Maddie. The relationships and dialogues between the characters were fabulous; witty and fun. The teenage voice was captured well.

The book finishes with a terrific climax. There are still many sub-stories to be explored, mysteries to be unraveled, and romances to be had, so I eagerly await the next installment, Casting Shadows.

I was provided an ARC of The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees for an honest review. No compensation was received for this review.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tam Lin has always been a favorite of mine 2 novembre 2012
Par R. Stemm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
When I was offered an ARC of The Shadow and the Rose, I leapt at the chance to read this new take on Tam Lin.

I am very fond of Ms. DeWees's storytelling. Her style is easy to read and engaging, but never too simple.

The characters feel like real people- Joy is a mature, dedicated, and sweet girl who still has a backbone and a temper. It's unusual in YA to find a heroine who isn't a doormat or snide brat, and Joy is neither. She's a teenager, with hopes and dreams and a teenager's ability to fall in love hard and fast.

Tanner broods, like the hero of a YA supernatural romance ought to, but he's also a kid who means well. He doesn't stalk or get possessive. He's a guy in a rough place who wants to do the right thing.

There was one scene that was a bit jarring- Joy was concerned that she was objectifying Tanner and discussed her worries with her friends. While it's a good message to have in a novel meant for teens, it felt a bit forced. Even very self-aware young people are rarely quite that self-aware.

I loved the links to the old ballad- reading a book based on something you know and love is like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in years- at the heart they're the same, though they've aged and gained new hobbies and found new friends.

The Shadow and the Rose is a well-told story, and I would recommend it to fans of the genre. I liked it so well, in fact, that I plan on buying a hard copy when it's released!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Shadow and the Rose (Ash Grove Chronicles #1) - Amanda DeWees 27 avril 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Tam Lin. That basically sums up this entire book.

I'll be fair. There's a lot of other things going on besides the whole Tam Lin thing. But if you're familiar with the Tam Lin story, you'll know how this ends.

The ending wasn't the main focus of the story, though. Of course, everything that happens is building up towards the eventual "happily ever after", but this is a much more character-driven story than anything else. Tanner has to be rescued, of course, but the story doesn't focus very much on him. Despite him being the love interest, which I thought was pretty funny. He's essentially just a plot device.

The main focus of the story was Joy, and the school.

I wasn't really expecting the whole school aspect to the story. Aside from the fact that it uses the "we're built on a site of great magical power!" excuse, some of the history and scenery behind Ash Grove was pretty neat. I loved the disappearing lost rose garden. It was a beautiful setting.

The real meat of the story is Joy's various relationships, and her development as a character. It definitely helped keep the story less focused on the supernatural, and more grounded in reality, which helped give a bit of an atmosphere when the supernatural did finally decide to show up. It's also one of the few books I've seen manage to pull off a sense of realism while dealing with an unrealistic enemy. These types of books usually ruin the effect by writing in characters or situations that just wouldn't make sense in the world they live in. Shadow and the Rose managed to keep all of the humans believably human.

Also, thank you, THANK YOU for Sheila. I hate bullies in stories. They're just there as minor antagonists, someone for the hero to eventually defeat. They usually don't have a purpose, which just doesn't make sense. Sheila has an actual, believable reason for her hatred of Joy. Oh, that was so nice to see.

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