SHADOWHOUSE FALL Review and Wine Pairing

With its incredible dialogue, beautiful prose, brilliant cast of characters, and important social commentary Shadowhouse Fall takes YA urban fantasy to a whole new level.


Wine Pairing

Because of the brilliant way Daniel José Older has developed the magic system in Shadowhouse Fall to incorporate various forms of I art, I paired this book with this The Piece Shiraz.

*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*


About the Book

34051373Title: Shadowhouse Fall

Author: Daniel José Older

Pub. Date: September 12, 2017

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Pages: 368

The extraordinary sequel to the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper is daring, dazzling, defiant.

Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light — an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.

Thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new, Sierra and Shadowhouse are determined to win. Revolution is brewing in the real world as well, as the shadowshapers lead the fight against systems that oppress their community. To protect her family and friends in every sphere, Sierra must take down the Hound and master the Deck of Worlds… or risk losing them all.

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 My Review

five-stars

With its incredible dialogue, beautiful prose, brilliant cast of characters, and important social commentary Shadow House Fall takes YA urban fantasy to a whole new level.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Shadowshaper, but this second book absolutely blew me away. I’ve said this over and over again while I’ve been reading the series, but the dialogue in this book is truly spectacular. Older’s writing is just absolutely masterful and makes this book a must-read for writers as well as readers.

The squad in this book is phenomenal. Their banter, friendship, and loyalty make them one literary crew that readers will want to sign up for and will certainly feel like they’re a part of while reading.

The magic system is simply stunning. I love the way that Older has based the system around art. It really brings the images that readers visualize while reading the story to life and compliments the urban setting of the story so well.

There is a lot of important social commentary in this book. All of it is incredibly relevant to our current social and political climate and makes this book one that should be taught in high schools across the country. Our world needs this book right now.

The romance in book one fell a little bit flat for me, but I can definitely see why after reading book two. The romance in Shadowhouse Fall, however, managed to be captivating and charming while not stealing the focus from the more important aspects of this story.

This book was absolutely brilliant. It’s timely, important, entertaining, and beautifully written. Read this book!

*I received an ARC of Shadowhouse Fall from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*


About the Author

From Daniel’s Website

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Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher (Scholastic), the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series (Penguin), and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City (Scholastic). He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and yes, the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic and hear his music at http://danieljoseolder.net/, on youtube and @djolder on twitter.


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13 thoughts on “SHADOWHOUSE FALL Review and Wine Pairing

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I do and I don’t. I love the actual covers so much, but I also love having ARCs that look different from the actual books too. I don’t know. I love them either way, I guess. Blood Rose Rebellion I loved having the blue ARC for and then buying the white hardcover copy. I thought it was fun that they did those ones differently especially.

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Yay! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this more than book 1! I gave book 1 only three stars– quite a few things fell flat for me, but I felt like I could give Older a pass because he was trying for so much. It sounds like he just needed to find his “sea legs”, as it were, for this world. I have so many leftover questions from book 1, as well– I hope many of them are answered!

    I listened to the audiobook for Shadowshapers— I wonder if this would be a good audiobook listen? I love listening to witty banter.

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      It definitely surpasses book one, so I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. I do feel like there’s more clarification of the magic system and family history in this.

      I didn’t listen to the audio for Shadowshapers, but if they have a good narrator, this could be SUCH a great audiobook.

      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I’m uncertain if it was the narrator or the writing style which was the reason I didn’t connect as well to book 1. I want to think it’s the writing style; that Older needed some time to get into the voices of these characters a bit more. I will certainly be looking out for the audiobook anyway! I’ll let you know. 😉

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