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Review: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

ShadowshaperTitle: Shadowshaper

Author: Daniel Jose Older

Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy

Series: N/A

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0545591619 (Scholastic)

ISBN-13: 978-0545591614 (Scholastic)

Reviewed by: Zed


Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family’s past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaper introduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction, and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.

Quick & Dirty: An excellently diverse book, brimming with culture, history and old magic.

Opening Sentence: “Sierra? What are you staring at?”

Excerpt: No

The Review:

This is the first book that I’ve read based on shadow shapers. With all the vampires, witches, werewolves and wizards, we seem to have forgotten that there are plenty of other magical beings around.

Shadowshaper is told from Sierra’s point of view, a Puerto Rican teenager living in Brooklyn. She’s a gutsy, bold character who has been kept in the dark about her family history and secrets.

Sierra’s policy on cute boys, and really, boys in general, was this: ignore, ignore, ignore. They usually ruined all their cute as soon as they opened their mouths and said something stupid, and she had more fun hanging out with Bennie and the crew anyway.

The only thing that semi threw me off was the volume of slang and Spanish words. I understood a fair amount and guessed the rest but it would have been helpful if there were footnotes to explain. I’ve learnt slang whilst growing up in an almost ghetto area, but I imagine that a lot of people reading this will be quite confused.

The book touches on subjects like cultural myths, racism and even a little on women’s rights. I think it’s really important for books to be more diverse and explore other races and cultural heritage because after reading Shadowshaper I realised that I know very little about Haitian and Puerto Rican cultures.

Rosa turned bright red as her face scrunched into a fist.
“You ever look at those old family albums Mom keeps around?” Sierra went on. “We ain’t white. And you shaming everyone and looking down your nose because you can’t even look in the mirror isn’t gonna change that. And neither is me marrying someone paler than me. And I’m glad! I love my hair. I love my skin. I didn’t ask your opinion about my life and I don’t wanna hear it. Not now, not ever.”

Despite the ominous theme throughout the story, there is a lot of humour and banter between the characters, which I found refreshing. It’s always easier to read darker topics when the characters make me smile, and I found that happened a lot in Shadowshaper. When Sierra and her friends are scared out of her wits, they still manage to crack a joke or do something silly, lightening the mood instantaneously.

Overall, a very interesting read and eye-opening read.

Notable Scene:

“It’s just that people don’t usually see it. Their minds won’t let them, so it just looks a regular painting, not movin’ or nothin’. Papa Acevedo always used to say people don’t see what they’re not looking for. It’s like that.”


FTC Advisory: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic provided me with a copy of Shadowshaper. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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