Tuesday, June 25, 2013

{Review} Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.


 My Review:

Hannah just wants to relax with her brother Ben after teaching French for a year. When she gets to her brother's place, she catches up with her old friends, Emily and Josh. Josh isn’t the little boy that she remembers and he’s been acting strange around her. While she tries to figure out her feeling for Josh, she is being plagued with nightmares and being followed. She thinks she’s going crazy, but she knows that Josh has something to do with it.

Josh has secrets that he wishes Hannah wouldn’t find out about, but he knows it’s impossible to keep things from her. Is Hannah ready to find out the truth? Well she going to find out whether she wants to or not.

Sometimes the past won’t stay buried.

There were only two things that really bothered me about this book. So the first thing that bothered me was Hannah was a little obsessed with Josh for the first 50 pages. After that she calmed down. Another thing is that it felt kinda like an insta- romance. Josh and Hannah really didn't do anything to get to know each other. Well there was one time, but that didn’t end so great. Other than that.. I loved the book. I loved all the mystery surrounding the book and the dreams. What do they mean? Is she really crazy?? I kind of had a clue about what was gong on, and then I didn't.(does that make sense?) Also it was fascinating reading about the Navajo, their traditions, and how they live. It was pretty exciting stuff. I can’t really say much without giving anything away, but I just want you to know that you need to read this book. It’s like those movies that you watch and at the end it shows you what you missed and you realize that everything made sense all along, although it was a bit confusing at first. It was pretty cool.

Overall: A very enjoyable book that has a little bit of the past, present and future.

Hannah: She was so awkward, it was funny especially the first time she meets Josh again. I came to care for her, and there was one part of the book where I was sobbing for her. Other than that, she keeps a level head about everything. I mean, even though she thinks she is going crazy and after everything that she learns. She not your typical butt kicking heroine, but she is tough in her own way.

Josh: During the whole book his feelings were so all over the place, he gave me whiplash. He is a 17 year old guy that is wise beyond his years. He is pretty well admired for a 17 year old and a lot of people look up to him. He is trying to make a difference at the Rez, like building a school and keeping the kids off drugs. It’s a lot for a 17 yr old, but he handles the weight pretty well.

 3.5 Stars

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review! This is sitting on my iPad waiting for me to read it....now I can't wait!


    Dee @ Dee's Reads


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