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It’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at ZylIt’s more than just her imagination—she’s fading away…Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia Moss is no stranger to living life in the shadows, pushed aside and unnoticed by both her large family of nine and her fellow classmates. As her “symptoms” of invisibility increase, she uncovers an old family mystery leading to her Great-Aunt Angelica, who vanished curiously at Zylia’s age. If she’s going to save herself from being erased from the canvas of this world, she’ll have to travel far outside her comfort zone—maybe even to another dimension....

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The Shadow Girl Reviews

  • Deanna
    2019-03-21 08:20

    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...“The Shadow Girl” is a young adult novel that will definitely appeal to many young people. However, I think anyone, of any age, who has ever felt unnoticed or ignored, would also enjoy this novel.Thirteen year old, Zylia Moss is a very introverted young girl who feels like she’s living in the shadows, invisible to almost everyone. She’s very shy and avoids social situations as she worries that she’ll do or say something to embarrass herself. Plus she feels like no one will notice her anyway.With the exception of her lovely little sister, Ivy, most of the time Zylia feels like her family rarely sees her. At school, students constantly bump into her as if they don’t see her either. When people do happen to see her, they almost seem surprised, as if she popped up out of nowhere...even if she’d already been there for quite a while. After an incident with her Grandmother, her “symptoms” of invisibility start to get worse…But then Zylia learns about a family mystery, the disappearance of her Great Aunt, Angelica who vanished when she was Zylia’s age. Could finding out what happened to her Great Aunt all those years before unlock the secret to what is happening to Zylia? Or will she slip into the shadows for good?I thought this was a really unique, thought-provoking, and interesting read. Right from the start I loved Zylia. She is a compassionate and kindhearted girl. But you can also feel how lonely she is… how isolated.The story was easy to read and flowed nicely. I was quite invested in Zylia’s story. She’s a character I can relate to and I know many others will as well. I was anxious to see how things would turn out for her, and couldn’t help but cheer her on. All of the characters were well written. The interactions between friends, siblings and other family members were very realistic, as well as entertaining.“The Shadow Girl” is a wonderful coming of age story that deals with important issues like loneliness, self-esteem, friendship, bravery, and more. These issues are written with sensitivity in a way that’s easy to understand. This was a great story with many lighthearted moments that made me smile. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author.Thank you to Misty Mount for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Larry H
    2019-03-12 11:18

    Have you ever felt invisible? Even though you may be speaking or doing something to get attention, have you ever felt like people just aren't hearing or noticing you?Thirteen-year-old Zylia feels that way constantly. But it's more than being one of six kids, competing for the attention of her parents, and it's more than just adolescent insecurity or impatience. There have been times where her mother literally doesn't see her, doesn't serve her breakfast alongside her siblings. There even was a time when the kid sitting in front of her in class didn't pass her a quiz because he didn't see she was there, and the teacher didn't even notice.Is she actually disappearing, crazy as it sounds?There's one person who notes Zylia's presence, though—her grandmother, although she is in the throes of dementia. Zylia keeps hearing that she somehow resembles her great-aunt Angelica, who disappeared many years before, when she was Zylia's age. Anytime she goes near her grandmother, the woman becomes gets agitated, accusing Zylia of knowing where Angelica is. Her grandmother believes Zylia is keeping Angelica from her.In her quest to understand what is happening to her, Zylia discovers that her fears are justified—she keeps inadvertently traveling into a shadowy "in-between" dimension. Can she stop this from happening permanently, before it's too late? Can she solve the mystery of what happened to Angelica, and perhaps give her grandmother some comfort? And perhaps most importantly, can she just start living a "normal" life, and focus on friends, and perhaps the boy she has a crush on?I'm being a little vague in my description of the plot in an effort not to give too much away. This is a book that should be enjoyed as the plot unfolds for you.I really enjoyed The Shadow Girl, and it surprised me tremendously. When I first started reading the book, I thought it was going to be a tale of adolescent woe, but it turned out to be something completely different, and beautifully imaginative. Misty Mount captured the buzz of a huge household, the sibling dynamics, the dialogue of school and home so perfectly, and yet as the plot shifted, her storytelling shifted with it. Her use of imagery is immensely lyrical, almost poetic.This is a book about self-discovery, finding bravery when you think you have none, and trusting that those who care about you will stand by you. There are elements of fantasy which will require you to suspend your disbelief, but they so perfectly fit within the confines of the story Mount has created. Oh, yeah, and the names of the characters are awesome.If you've ever struggled with being shy, feeling insecure, you'll identify with Zylia, and you may even cast a few wayward glances toward your reflection in the mirror, just to be sure.The author provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!See all of my reviews at http://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blo..., and see my list of the best books I read in 2017 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2017.html.

  • James
    2019-03-25 11:32

    Why This BookThe concept of a shadow has always been a fascinating subject, and when I saw it in the title of a book, I wanted to learn more. I chatted with the author on Goodreads a few times about her life as a writer, quickly finding myself even more intrigued. I got a copy of the book and then saw she was having a blog tour – by the virtue of luck, I got myself included as part of the team (which I’m incredibly grateful for) and dove head first into reading the book. And I’m so glad I did… what a strong and solid young adult, mystery, and coming-of-age novel to spend a few days with!Approach & StyleI read this ~300-page novel in early January via Kindle Reader on my iPad. It contains twenty-eight chapters and took about six hours to read over three days. The story is told with a first-person point-of-view and a perspective focusing on the main character, Zylia, a 13-year-old girl who feels like no one can see her. There’s a fine line in the story that will make you wonder if there are any magical elements going on in the background, but it truly makes for a breathtaking transformation as you live through everything Zylia experiences.Key ThoughtsThe story is simple, but it is captivating. It's a psychological character study, and Mount has done a tremendously wonderful job to keep us interested with only small, simple, and ordinary events happening to her family. Kudos for making something truly introspective feel so warm and other worldly as the same time.Mount completely captured the life of a 13-year-old girl (not that I would truly know what that is, but that it’s definitely what I imagined it to be). Readers see everything from her point of view in a way that makes you feel like part of the action. Whenever I wanted to be angry with Zylia’s siblings or parents, they do something to re-balance the equation, so I adore them again. The family dynamics in this book are extraordinary.The tone is perfectly set. It is somewhat ominous, but not in a dark way. It’s written with a light touch that makes you keep thinking... what's gonna happen here? I need to know, and I hope she’s gonna be okay. Don’t hurt my Zylia! Since this is spoiler-free, I will not tell you what happens… you have to go read it for yourself. Just trust me!One of the strongest areas is Mount’s use of language, narrative, and dialogue to tell the story. The words she’s chosen make you think deeply. The book gives you an understanding of the questions we all ask ourselves at different ages, and what we choose to see or not see when we interpret other people's actions.I definitely see Zylia as becoming a beloved character by readers: 95% adored and maybe 5% frustrated when she slinks too far into the "no one sees me" depths which is completely the way a young teenager would feel -- it’s absolutely necessary to draw the emotions out us, so it belonged. Zylia reminds me a lot of Leisl from The Book Thief! All the different things she encounters really show a day in the life of a young girl learning how to find her voice, which will absolutely pull readers in, and allow them to compare situations to their own lives or worry whether they've done the same things to others... exactly what a great book is supposed to do!SummaryThis is a book you want to take a chance on, especially if you’re a young adult reader or love when books take you on a psychological journey. Check out my blog tour post for this book as well as the links to over 15 other special reviews / posts at https://thisismytruthnow.com

  • Linda
    2019-03-10 10:28

    I'm certain this book would be classified as a young adult novel, but I believe it would appeal to people of all ages.The narrator is shy, insecure, 13-year old Zylia Moss who struggles with being noticed at school and at home and fears she is literally disappearing. She describes each member of her family and their three-story house, which is home to her parents, six siblings, and her grandmother who had recently been diagnosed with dementia. By the second chapter, she had transported me back almost 60 years, and I began to view the world through her young eyes. How remarkable and a bit scary to return to those long-forgotten feelings.I believe it's unnecessary to provide a summary of any storyline, for the joy of reading is for each of us to discover it on our journey through the pages. However, I must share that I found the author's interpretation of dementia both creative and somehow comforting. Misty Mount has a talent for creating characters that are well-developed and likable; with dialogue that is appropriate and convincing; which allows the writing to flow effortlessly. Her gift of tenderness to every detail is clearly evident in this book.There's no going back now, Ms. Mount, for you have left your stamp here in this world!Definitely recommend!5 stars

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    2019-03-07 11:46

    Just WOW! This was such an amazing story that was filled with intensity and really touched on important issues that many of us face like low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness and just feeling completely invisible. I could relate to Zylia in so many ways and my heart was doing flip flops because the author was able to describe her emotions so well. I was stunned at the descriptions in this book and found myself totally captivated by the storyline.I rooted for Zylia and I turned pages as fast as possible to see the outcome. The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount was truly breathtaking and one of the most incredible books I have ever read! In so many ways, I was Zylia and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a coming of the age masterpiece. Thank you so much Reads & Reels Blog Tours & Misty Mount for this amazing work of art!

  • Noah Nichols
    2019-03-20 08:46

    Last time I checked (which was earlier today), I'm more of the male variety, but The Shadow Girl has made me feel like a weepy lady. Zylia Moss is a resoundingly relatable, super sturdy character to carry any story, really. She isn't overbearing or long-winded—much like I am at times! But enough about me. Let's type about this fic! I adored the respectful pacing and writing of this novel. All throughout, it is well-written, and author Misty Mount's obvious knowledge of obscure words was a highlight for me to see. She's confident in her abilities, patient in her delivery. The main mystery to TSG is intelligently intriguing...and it also keeps the ball rolling...never, ever stopping on an unnecessary detour like many other books tend to do. I hate readers/reviewers who relish in releasing crucial plot points, so I'll refrain from that particular lane, but here's what I will say: this heartfelt book grips you from beginning to end and subconsciously creeps into your own life in aspects that are rather rewarding and refreshing. Two thumbs up. Read it and feel real things. It's so worthy.

  • Tamara Beach
    2019-03-03 12:40

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Shadow Girl as I edited it—the story was riveting, well-written, and perfectly paced. I think readers of all ages can relate to Zylia, especially those of us who were thirteen years old at one time and those who will be thirteen at some point in the future. (I mean, what thirteen-year-old hasn't had at least some awkward moments?) But for some of us, our shy and quiet personalities make us feel a special bond with Zylia, who gets virtually ignored and trampled on almost daily—except for those rare moments when suddenly everyone is looking at the perfectly wrong moment. Yikes. Zylia's invisibility is both a blessing and a curse—if only she could use it to her advantage! And at times she does, but the best part happens when it leads her to solve an old family mystery that's left plaguing her grandmother. Not only does Zylia uncover the answers and make some friends along the way, she searches for and finds herself in the most unexpected of ways. Zylia's story will draw you in and not let go—until the final satisfying words. You may even find yourself checking your reflection in the mirror a few times to make sure you're not disappearing as well!

  • Carol Jensen
    2019-03-24 10:37

    OMG! I really enjoyed this book. Zylia, a young teenage girl easily blended in and felt like she was slipping away... disappearing. The author throws some real life issues into this story and makes it delightfully eerie. The thing that clinched it for me was when Zylia was talking with her Grandmother, in the home and that connection came up with the dementia and the dark places. I have never read about anything like that. THEY say everything has been done. Hardly anything original comes out anymore in lit, art or whatever. But I have never found any story like this. Well done!

  • K.T. Munson
    2019-02-24 09:40

    CharactersZylia Moss is so vividly painted, it is as though the author conjured her from a real person and not imagination. Very rarely do I read first person and think 'this was done right!' This painfully shy girl is in many ways a reluctant heroine but for sure the heroine of her own story. The subtle interactions and internal thoughts built Zylia into a very real character. Supporting characters like her family and Terra. Everything was painted from Zylia's point of view and it was expertly done, bringing alive a world not so different from other disjointed but loving families. PlotThis book makes you question what is real and what is not. Is Zylia really fading or is there something else happening? I won't ruin it for you, but I absolutely loved the way the author went with the story. Between the mystery and the coming of age aspects, I really enjoyed the development of this story. The plot was enjoyable but the real powerhouse of this story was the characters. OverallFantastic writing, interesting plot, and stellar character that practically leaps out of the page! The way Zylia slowly blossomed and came into her own was amazing to see. I loved her friendship with Terra, it was perfect in every way and felt so real! I have very few negatives at all about this book, it was wonderfully executed. Biggest issue was how slow it was. Although I can't pinpoint anything that could be left out, this is not action packed, it was a biopic approach to story telling. The second really isn't a negative but I felt like this wasn't for my age group. I'm in my late twenties and at times I had a really hard time remembering how awkward it was in middle/high school. This is 100% perfect for young teens and high schoolers and I highly recommend it to those age groups. I think even those in college who are socially awkward will just love this, but as an extrovert who doesn't mind being the center of attention, some of the nuances of the story that would normally have struck a cord...simply struck out. Rating 5 starsIf you are between 10-25 and like coming of age stories with a nice twist this is a MUST READ! Zylia will feel like a real person by the end of the book, that is how well she is written. This is a voluntary review of an advanced readers copy. More reviews at creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com.  

  • Didi Oviatt
    2019-03-07 09:26

    I think what I loved most about this book is the balance. There is a little mystery tied in, making you think and wonder. But, more importantly it brings about awareness on a couple different subjects that are rarely touched on. They're real and necessary subjects that actual people and families face oh so often, making the entire story relate-able. From cover to cover this book brings about certain emotions that really tug on the heart strings! Tying it all together is the pace and character development, which was in my opinion perfected. I kind of felt like the pace was a bit slow, which in this particular case it made the story that much more real. It wasn't rushed. First lets talk about Zylia, the main character. She's quiet and socially awkward, not only in school and around her peers, but at home as well. She goes un-noticed more often than not and prefers to disappear into the background. Her ambiance is borderline depressing, but in a poetic way... and its eye opening! Too often this is the case, especially with teens. We all know people who have suffered from this at one point in their lives or another, or even have suffered from it ourselves. Zylia gives us an insight to how it feels to be the outcast, the un-noticed one. I love how amidst her insecurities she's also kind, compassionate, curious, and even clumsy. Her personality is one of a kind. This is no cookie cutter novel! For me though there is one aspect that's even bigger. Zylia's grandmother has dementia. This aspect of the book really hit home for me, as my Grandpa is in the final stages of dementia as we speak. The similarities in behavior, temperament, and day to day changes of mindset between this character and my Grandpa was almost surreal to read. Misty Mount really hit the nail on the head with this disorder! Dementia is such a hard ailment, not only for the sufferer but also for the families involved. It's confusing, draining, and just straight up devastating. This book portrayed it exactly as it is. Kudos Misty! The Shadow Girl is an excellent book, very well written! It's absolutely captivating and I'm thrilled to have experienced it!

  • Anna Lane
    2019-03-05 15:20

    It was quite a surprise to find myself enjoying the book -an urban fantasy. It's my first book from the author who is obviously talented. The prose flows smoothly -almost invites you in Zylia's head. Every chapter gets you hooked. Shadow Girl follows Zylia, an introverted girl who lives with her big family of three brothers and one sister. A girl who feels overwhelmed, shadowed, and ignored. Her elder sister gets a lot of attention. Zylia also has a crush, but, shy as ever, she can only watch the boy from far. The book opens with ‘I have always known that I am invisible’. At first, I attributed this to her lack of self-esteem, when eventually it becomes clear: she is fading away. Literally and physically.When I expected to read about an introverted girl, I actually found her struggling to break out of her shyness. Halfway down the book, I rooted for her to assert herself. And when she finally does…I quickened my pace and tried to squeeze closer to Josh, feeling a rush of courage that bubbled forth from unknown sources. Two more large steps and he was within my reach. I stretched out my hand, ready to tap him on his shoulder, when I was distracted by a light-haired girl moving in next to him. When the light-haired girl chats with Josh, Zylia immediately assumes they are together. Crushing. This happens throughout the novel over many chapters. The plot is well layered. Zylia’s grandmother is sick and at one point, threatens to harm her. Her nose-in-a-book mother ignores her most of the time. Her father is practically absent. Her sister and brothers are not nice at all. And there’s a mystery about her link to her grandmother’s sister who disappeared mysteriously. Zylia's ray of sunshine is Terra. She’s one character who lifts the novel as Zylia’s primary support. I was dreading that Zylia might grow dependent on her new friend and so I was glad when she doesn’t and finds her own strength. There are frustrating moments. One of them is during a test when Zylia doesn’t get the paper. She puts up her hand but is duly ignored. Everyone finishes the test, time is up, and Zylia still doesn’t have the *** paper. Even admonished by the teacher and given a zero/fail, she still doesn’t defend herself and only says to herself –it’s only a test. Ughh *rolling eyes* -but's that's frustration from me, a nerd. In the climax, Zylia is stranded ‘In between’ –a realm that floats alongside reality like a balloon. []It preys on people like us, isolated and creative souls who are full of unheard inspiration and unspoken ideas. People who think they have no one so they delve deep into their inner lives.Getting out and finding visibility (being grounded) is the key. The suspense question posed at the beginning is whether she will or not become invisible. All the characters are well-developed and the prose is so well written and fluid that the pages turn by themselves. When Zylia’s existence is threatened, it becomes gripping. What a wonderful message to end this book: you must believe you’re wanted, needed, and missed in the world outside this place. You must make a stamp, a footprint there. Make one that can be seen and heard and felt.I so recommend this book, especially for introverted/shy teens (someone I can certainly identify with in my early years!).

  • Jillian DeVoe
    2019-03-14 12:27

    I can't say how much I loved this book! I related to the main character in so many ways it's like the author had a connection to my mind. This mystery kept me on my toes from beginning to end. And had just the right amount of comedic relief! This author can describe things unlike any other author I've read. I was able to have that moment where you don't realize you're reading anymore but more an ongoing movie played out perfectly in my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Waiting with bated breath for this authors next book!!!

  • Porsche Mbezi
    2019-03-25 13:44

    Amazing StoryAbsolutely loved this book! This author has an amazing ability to tell a story. Not just any story... a story that grabs your attention and holds on to the very end. I was pulled in by the story-line as well as the excellent character development. My favorite is Zylia...by the end you'll fall in love with her. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author. A hidden gem!!

  • Robert Hunt
    2019-03-12 13:44

    "The Shadow Girl" was very well written. I could sure relate to the main character in the book. Zylia is a very quiet teenage girl who doesn't feel she fits in with everyone else. She felt invisible, like no one noticed her. She is part of a large family. It was interesting getting to know the family and seeing their day to day struggles and seeing how different their personalities were. It has an interesting twist in the story, that if Zylia doesn't do something soon, she really will be invisible. Never take anyone for granted was the message for me. Everyone is important. I loved this book and would definitely recommend this book!

  • Mark Elvy
    2019-03-02 15:41

    Having had the pleasure of reading ‘The Shadow Girl,’ I can honestly say that Misty is a very talented writer. The story had me hooked from the opening page, is well crafted, and flows easily throughout the book.The characters are believable and you can’t help but love each and every one of them. I enjoyed following Zylia’s journey and watch her blossom as the story unfolded, with moments of humour which made me smile out loud to parts tinged with sadness as Zylia’s loneliness and anxiety take control. Most of us will relate to the way Misty describes the day to day workings of family life. So, so true, she absolutely nailed it!The Shadow Girl should be on your ‘must read’ list, and please Misty, keep on writing as I can’t wait too long for another book!

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-20 10:29

    The Shadow Girl is a young adult novel but it's written from a grown up point in the main character's life so both young and old can enjoy it. If you've never struggled with anxiety you will definitely understand it better after reading this book. The whole novel has a creepy, mysterious vibe that even gave me goosebumps at some places. The main character, Zylia was so easy for me to love. She has a funny, awkward and downright endearing personality. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves drama with a splash of mystery and fantasy. I loved this story so much, I hope there will be a sequel!

  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    2019-03-06 15:41

    The Shadow Girl was a welcomed new addition to my shelves that boasted an unexpectedly powerful protagonist and story-line. Almost instantly my experience with the book was rewarding. However, I was not prepared for how personal it was going to become. I am favoring brevity for this review, as I believe that exploring Zylia’s evolution as a young woman is best left for the reader.At the age of 13, Zylia Moss is socially withdrawn, reserved and lives an introverted life among the shadows of her family and peers. But as Zylia finds herself becoming more detached from her own life, she uncovers the mystery of another, her Great-Aunt Angelica, who disappeared many years ago. Can the secret to her Great-Aunt’s disappearance and new friendships help save her from the same fate? Or will she slip away into another realm only to be lost forever?This is a highly character driven plot that centers around an astoundingly relatable protagonist. Zylia Moss appeals to the reader and establishes an early and firm connection by displaying the varying emotions every teenager has encountered at some point in their life. As a protagonist she is plausible, persuasive and even familiar. Her struggles are quickly owned by the reader as we find ourselves fully immersed within her story. Within her lies a small piece of us all that is difficult to ignore. In terms of characters, she is not only effective but identifiable and engaging.The plot is beautifully layered and intermingled with a wonderful element of fantasy while avoiding unnecessary frills and complexities. Well executed narration and pacing foster strong character development while sustaining the promised mystery. The writing is sharp, knowledgeable and sincere. Everything melds together flawlessly, offering a refreshing study of character that carries the story with incredible ease.The end result is an unexpected and emotional journey into known and unknown that will touch the heart of anyone who has ever felt alone, uncertain or even different. An therein lies the true success of The Shadow Girl. A coming of age tale that explores the ever-changing dynamics of families, relationships and self growth for anyone who has ever stood in the shadows even for a moment.*I would like to thank the author and publisher for this copy. The above review is my own, unbiased opinion.Enjoyed with a lightly sweetened Jasmine Hibiscus green tea.As always, you may also find this review on Books, Vertigo and Tea.

  • DarqueDreamer
    2019-03-08 08:46

    The Shadow Girl brought on a whirlwind of emotions. I was taken back to those awkward teenage years where I knew I didn’t quite fit in. It was a literal, and metaphorical, expression of loneliness and depression. It was beautiful, sad, and hope inspiring all at once.I loved how I was able to see through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl without feeling like I was reading something meant for a 13-year-old girl. Not to say that this wasn’t suited for that age range, but that the writing was well developed and accurately portrayed the age group without the feeling of immaturity. I was able to relate to this lonely, socially awkward teenaged girl who sometimes felt like she was invisible.I became quite attached to our girl Zylia. She was highly intelligent, and wise beyond her years, and had a kind soul that shined throughout the story! She had a busy home life, a mother desperately trying to care for her grandmother with dementia, and she was one of six children. It’s no wonder she sometimes felt overlooked at home. But, she was also an outcast at school, and often felt like no one noticed her.The story was profoundly deep and emotional. Though Zylia was literally disappearing from the world, it also felt like a metaphorical representation of how one tends to lose themselves to loneliness and depression. The story touched on sadness, bullying, and even the struggles of having a loved one with dementia. I loved how elegantly the writing portrayed these feelings and turned them in to something symbolic with a paranormal mystery. And, even better, the author did an exceptional job with writing Zylia’s deep-seated, abstract dreams, that reflected her thoughts and emotions.This story was powerful and moving. It was written in a way that readers of all ages, middle grade and up, would be able to understand it, appreciate it, and take something beautiful away from it. I was impressed at how much I was affected by such a quick read! I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for something deep and thought provoking!Thank you to Reads & Reels for providing me with this free e-copy in exchange for my honest review and as part of the blog tour.

  • Madison
    2019-03-01 13:34

    This book left me flipping through the pages to see what would happen next. The story follows Zylia, and her adventure in finding herself and finding friends. I felt very close to the main character, because I too am shy and have anxiety and depression. I relate to the mom and how she escapes through books as well. The story has wonderful twists and turns that will have you excited to read on! Loved it!!!

  • Donna
    2019-03-05 13:41

    "I have always known that I am invisible—I had no idea that eventually I would fade away completely."THIS BOOK!!!! It deserves so many shiny stars, and hearts and a nice big trophy! Misty Mount is such an enormously talented writer! The way she was able to develop Zylia Moss’ world and the characters in it, all through just Zylia's eyes was AMAZING!!! The characters were very well developed. I felt I knew each character well, and the ones that Zylia was closest too...like her sister, Ivy, and her best friend, Terra...I felt that I knew them the best, aside from Zylia of course. Her house, with its many rooms and floors. Her school. Her best friend, Terra’s house, and her dad’s DIY projects leaving the house always array. I could picture these places so well when reading the book. All described through only Zylia’s voice. This is pure gold to me! I love a book where things truly come to life for me. Where I can really picture the people and places, and what is going on, in my head. It makes feel like I have left my world and stepped in to the author’s world for a while, and I can vividly see my surroundings and the people. Books like these are the ones that I go to bed and end up dreaming about afterward, that’s how deeply it affects me.Zylia has low self-esteem, she’s socially inept, she’s shy, clumsy and very awkward. When she is put in a situation she can’t handle she flies into an anxiety/panic attack. I found it so curious that someone from such a large family would have this problem, but I don’t know, maybe that’s the problem. Maybe being in a large family it’s easy to get lost, ignored, and when you’re a sensitive young child you might develop low self-esteem from that. So, Zylia has retreated and drawn into herself. She has done so much so that many people don’t notice her, even when she right there in the same room with them. She can’t seem to speak up for herself at all, not even to ask for them to pass the mashed potatoes at the family dinner table. She tries, but all the comes out is a whisper. But when you have the parents and six children at the table, the conversation gets pretty loud. So poor Zylia ends up with the last tiny bits of mashed potatoes left in the bowl by the time it gets to her. It’s the same at school and trying to speak up in school or talk to other kids, either a whisper or nothing comes out. If they even notice her, they never hear her. Poor Zylia.But now, Zylia starts to physically fade away. She’s actually disappearing. I won’t tell you anymore, because you need to read the book to learn the mystery of it all. But you will love it. You’ll love sweet Zylia and her good heart. You will love Zylia’s world, her best friend, her family and more. I don’t want to say too much. But, I will say this! If there were Academy Awards for Authors, I feel that Misty Mount would definitely deserve one!! She is a phenomenal writer!!! I don’t think I have ever read "first person" done SO well!! This is definitely going into my favorites of 2018!!I recommend you read this NOW!! It’s YA Fantasy/Coming of Age, but you could really add so much more to that label!!!

  • Eliza Taye
    2019-03-24 11:19

    Ms. Mount has a way of captivating the reader and placing them in the world of her writing so that they forget all else around them. Just like in her novel, The Nanny Song, I found myself riveted to the story of The Shadow Girl Zylia and her plight to be noticed. The story is well-written, and the characters are well-developed. Overall it is a good read and does not disappoint. If you’ve never understood what it means to be invisible, this book will give you an eye-opener.

  • Michelle
    2019-03-13 09:42

    I loved that I spent so much time wondering what was real or just in the main character’s head. Just like our heroine was doing! Also, the consistency of the our heroine’s anxiety was astounding. It is such a realistic view of an issue plaguing so many of us that I couldn’t help but relate to parts of myself and loved ones. Such an enjoyable read that’s great for adults but also would be great to read with kids as well. Note: I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

  • Robyn
    2019-03-02 12:27

    Have you ever felt invisible like you didn't belong? You watch life unfold on the sidelines never really feeling you are a part of it.This is how Zylia Moss feels. She is only 13 years old and for most of her life she feels as if she is living in the shadows watching her family from afar. Zylia does not feel like she belongs anywhere. Even in school, Zylia feels alone. She does not have any friends and no one ever seems to see her. Zylia's only solace is her younger sister Ivy. Ivy is the only one who takes an interest in Zylia and sees her for who she is. While she appreciates and loves Ivy, Zylia is still afraid that one day she will slip into the shadows and disappear forever. Life takes an unexpected turn though for Zylia. Her grandmother has dementia and keeps referring to Zylia as Angelica. Angelica is her great aunt who disappeared long ago right around the same age as Zylia. With a new found goal, Zylia looks into finding out the reason behind Angelica's disappearance, hoping she did not wind up like her great aunt lost in the shadows never to be seen or heard from again.THE SHADOW GIRL is such a wonderful and gripping story that pulls you right in from the beginning. I couldn't help but to feel sorry for Zylia and found myself relating just a bit to how she felt. Many times I have felt invisible or have tried to make myself invisible. I am not the center of attention type and often found myself standing in the shadows during family events or even while out with friends. I also think that for most girls on the cusp of adulthood often feel as if they don't belong one time or another. It is a big part of life especially since your life is changing.Although this is a young adult novel, I feel that anyone at any age can pick up this story and lose yourself in the writing. Misty Mount knows how to grab your attention and never let go until the final word has been read. She is a talented writer who gives feeling to each of her characters and makes them extremely relatable and even lovable. There is a touch of fantasy weaved throughout the pages and I found it to be originally told and a welcome added addition to the story.All in all, I found this story to be absolutely perfect for anyone of any age. If you have not picked up a copy of THE SHADOW GIRL do so now. I highly recommend it be added to your reading list.

  • Jo-Ann
    2019-03-15 12:38

    The Shadow Girl is a Young Adult novel with Zylia as the main character. She is a lovely girl, thoughtful, compassionate and kindhearted. She struggles with being noticed, or for that matter being seen at all. With the exception of very few people, she feels invisible. The surprise of the story is they actually do not see her. She gets passed over at meals when she's home and quizzes when she's at school. She gets bumped into and trampled on. To make matters worse, the only time she does get noticed is at the most awkward, worst possible times. If you are an introvert, you get it, right?Zylia wonders and worries that she is quite literally disappearing.I was drawn into her character and there were times when my heart broke for her. When her grandmother who has dementia takes a strange interest in her, we realize there is more going on here than a teen who simply feels down and alone. Her grandmother begins calling her by her sister's name, Angelica. She becomes agitated and attacks her. It is interesting to note that Angelica had disappeared many years ago, when she was about the same age as Zylia.Zylia appeals to her new friend Terra to help her solve the mystery of her grandmother's long lost sister and she learns that she and her great-aunt have more in common than their looks.The Shadow Girl is a very unique and fascinating read. On a whole it is written beautifully, with lovely imagery. At times, particularly in the beginning, I found the story was a bit slow moving. The author's writing style makes up for that however. This book is a pleasure to read and shares a beautiful message that we should all strive to live by.

  • Squid McFinnigan
    2019-03-19 07:21

    I have to start by saying that this is not the type of book I would generally read. First off I am a man and closer to fifty than I care to think about. I was lucky enough to meet Misty on Twitter and found her to be a genuinely warm and engaging lady. I decided to give her book a read and I am very glad I did.Misty writes wonderfully, with an individual voice which is both clear and lyrical at the same time. I found her main character to be believable and likeable. We are talking about a thirteen-year-old girl that feels lost in her self, her family, and her school. I am sure that this is something we can all relate to a little bit and I found myself remembering my school days often during this book. Mysty then takes it a little further by adding a touch of mysticism as the lead character feels she is actually fading out of existence. Not once did I want to put this book down, and even though this book is aimed at the young adult audience, there are enough echoes of my own youth here to make me feel that this story could in some way have been mine. Fantastic Job on this and I have no hesitation in recommending this book to my friends, young and young at heart.

  • Anne Willow
    2019-02-22 15:32

    Misty has written an amazing book. No matter your age, all of us can relate in one way or another to Zylia. The story focuses on a intelligent, creative, but shy 13 year-old, but she's a compelling individual. I felt her pain and fear, but also her personal triumphs. I don't want to give away the well-constructed plot, I'm just going to say - go out and buy this book! :-)

  • J Aislynn d'Merricksson
    2019-03-12 08:28

    Rating: 📚📚📚📚Zylia Moss is an aloof young girl, who spends much time alone. She stumbles upon a mystery, and gets drawn in to learning about the disappearance of her great-aunt. Solving this mystery may just be the key to keeping Zylia herself from fading away into obscurity.This was a lovely read! I really appreciated Zylia. Being an extreme introvert myself, I grok the feeling of being near invisible, of having low self-esteem, and if the panic that can ensure when such an introvert is not given sufficient warning beforehand to be able to process stressful situations/change. That's not always possible of course. I truly felt her struggles, both inner and outer, and was drawn deep into this story by a protagonist I could sympathise with so well.There was, to me, a double meaning to Zylia’s fading away. Not only was it literally, which was at the root of the mystery, but it's a good analogy of how those with low self-esteem, and a low sense of self-worth can retreat further and further thanks to depression. I guess that's what I get for reading a non-fiction ethnography of teen suicide at the same time. I loved the mystery, and it's touches of fantasy and the paranormal. There was somewhat of an X-Files-ish vibe for me, the same elements that make me love that show. Everything meshes nicely, keeping the mystery vibrant and fresh, while never giving too much away. This was a beautiful coming-of-age tale with deep psychological undertone regarding family dynamics, and personal growth.***Many thanks to R & R Blog Tours and the author for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Amber
    2019-03-22 13:25

    Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. When I started reading this book, I had kind of forgotten what it was about. Has that ever happened to anyone else? You read the synopsis, you’re really excited about it, but by the time you start reading it you seem to have blocked everything out? I’m going to be honest: I love when that happens because I love having minimal knowledge about a book before I start reading it. I enjoy the surprise of discovering everything about the characters and setting without any prior knowledge. Because it was so exciting (and a bit emotional) to experience Zylia’s story as it unfolded on the pages, I want the same for you. I want my review to be vague and I want you to dive into it with only a tiny inkling of what you’re going to get.So these are the things I’ll tell you: Zylia is a really unique character. She finds herself in a very interesting situation that forces her to face a reality she was unprepared for. And you get to watch her transformation throughout the book. As for the plot and setting, you’ve got some typical teen “stuff” mixed with some pretty exciting fantasy elements that keep you guessing. I think it’ll appeal to readers of all ages, and I’d recommend it for fans of young adult/teen reads and fantasy, and books that keep you turning the pages well past your bedtime.

  • Kristi Cramer
    2019-03-14 07:46

    I enjoyed Shadow Girl very much. It really drew me in. The pacing of the story, of Zylia's struggle to resist the transformation into Shadow Girl, was spot on. Each revelation and turn came at exactly the right moment, moving the story along and never allowing my interest to flag.It doesn't even bother me that it's in 1st Person, and that's saying a LOT, because in general I can't stand 1st Person - unless it's done really well. Shadow Girl is done really well.I totally related to Zylia. It was kind of tough to read about her challenges, because I too felt a little invisible when I was a teen. This book took me back to the awkwardness of those years, but instead of making me uncomfortable or sad, I felt nothing but compassion for her.For all the stress Zylia feels about becoming invisible, she still manages to be something of a hero. She stands up against bullies, and takes note of a girl who is even farther along the path of invisibility than Zylia herself. She has a big heart, and an unwillingness to go quietly into the dark without a fight.The representation of Zylia's family was overwhelming in an awesome way. Coming from a big family, like I do, I felt like it was both spot on and at the same time made me glad my family wasn't quite as chaotic. I felt like I was right there, immersed in the maelstrom that was the Moss Family. I loved the storyline of her grandmother, and how her story dovetailed with Zylia's, making this a generational saga.I loved the "meet-cute" with the neighbor girl, Terra, and their resulting friendship. I felt the power of having someone actually see you and believe in you, as well as a friendship that was hers alone, apart from her family, and how that helped Zylia come into her own. The romance in the story was very subtle, and I almost hesitate calling it a YA romance, because it was such a small part of the story. But her crush on Josh, the popular boy who didn't just ignore her was super sweet, and not in a sickly-sweet way. It put me in mind of my 7th grade crush, Andy Brown. He sat in front of me in Mr. Collins's social studies class, and when a friend tattled that it was me who put the anonymous song dedication in the school newspaper (Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me") I totally panicked and told him it was a joke. I still remember his big brown eyes as he asked if it was really me, and I wonder to this day what would have happened if I'd said I was serious. I know, that's neither here nor there when it comes to Shadow Girl, except that is how effectively this book evokes the awkwardness I felt in school. But in a sweet, nostalgic way. I imagine if I were a youth today, reading this, I would find comfort in knowing that I wasn't alone.

  • Reads & Reels
    2019-03-06 15:24

    What an extraordinary page-turner!This unique coming-of-age story is about a young teen named Zylia. Zylia is a very special person. She’s talented, empathetic, sweet and possesses a unique insight into the human condition. The problem is, she doesn’t know this about herself. In fact, if you asked her she would probably come up with a huge list if things she is NOT. As a result, she is fading away more and more every day. The only things keeping her ‘visible’ is her new and only friend, and a mystery involving a relative who simply vanished without a trace.“I have always known that I am invisible—I had no idea that eventually I would fade away completely.”The Shadow Girl is beautifully written, evocative, and wholly original. I was so impressed with the author’s depiction of mental illness. Her fantastical approach was refreshing and illuminating. Can you imagine feeling so small, so inconsequential that you find yourself literally disappearing? I get shivers just thinking about it.I loved everything about this book! The writing, rich characterizations, and Zylia! I adored her. She is wise beyond her years which in addition to so many other things, makes this story appealing to readers of all ages. Honestly, I can’t recommend it enough!Rating… A+