The author, RJ Parker, reached out and asked me to honestly review Crystal Shadows. The synopsis reminded me of the books that I devoured when I was young. It gave me such a nostalgic feeling. I knew I had to review it.
Sarah Field and her father have a close bond. They even share the same birthday. She also knows that her grandfather, who passed away when she was young, has the same birthday also. She doesn’t know much about her grandfather, and her father wants to keep it that way. One night, her father left the house in a hurry. Right after his departure, Sarah heard strange noises coming from the attic. She called her friends to help her investigate. They discovered that someone is living in their attic. That someone happens to be Sarah’s grandfather. Suddenly, Sarah is thrust into this supernatural world that she never expected.
My Thoughts on Crystal Shadows
I flew through Crystal Shadows. It was a lot of fun. I liked the dynamic between Sarah and her dad. You could tell they were close, because Sarah started noticing small changes right away. That’s where the story takes off. It seemed to take a bit for the mystery to build up. When the big reveal finally happened, the story progressed quickly.
The only thing that disappointed me was the dialogue. It felt forced and unnatural. I just don’t think teenagers talk like that. The author did a good job using up to date phrases, but I think there were a few too many involved.
For the most part, I liked Crystal Shadows. I think it would be great for middle grade readers. It’s action packed and a lot of fun. Sure, the technical elements distracted me a bit, but probably none of that will matter to the younger crowd. When I was their age, I just wanted a story that was fun, and Crystal Shadows is fun.
My Rating: 3/5