Deep Shadows

3½ Stars

All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness

Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe–until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.

Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn’t changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.

Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority–to keep Shelby and her son safe–could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.

As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby’s faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.

In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.

Oh, how I would have loved to have given Deep Shadows a higher rating … and I most certainly would have if not for one thing; you have to purchase the next book in order to continue the story.

I am not sure when this became such a trend, but I have said it before and I will say it again; I absolutely detest getting to the end of a book only to realize that there is not going to be a conclusion, and that I will have to purchase more books in order to find out what happens. Even in a series, I believe each book should be a stand-alone novel, so that the reader doesn’t feel “cheated”, or as some readers have said, feel like they are being extorted in order to find satisfaction in something they have invested so many hours in. Who wants to read a 368-page novel only to feel disappointed in the end? *sigh*

Luckily for me, I already had book two, Raging Storm, on my Kindle due to a pre-release copy that was sent to me to review … but after discovering how the first one ended, I did some research and I now know that there are going to be 3 books in this series, with the last (Light of Dawn) not being released until July, 2017. If I had known then what I know now, I probably would have waited to read and review all three at once. So, so frustrating!

Now, with my personal beefs out of the way, I will say that Vanetta Chapman weaves a very good tale! So far, this series has not only kept my attention, but has kept me reading long into the night. I finished the first book in a little over a day, and am currently about a quarter of the way through the second book. (Hence the frustration of knowing I will now have to wait 6 months to find out how it all ends!)

Not only do these stories fill that love of suspense, but they also make you think about how you would react in such a situation, and how you would take care of your own family. There is a very real chance that we may experience something like this in our lifetime, so the question to be asked is, how prepared are you?

One interesting thing to note for me, is that while I connect with most of the characters in the book, I don’t care so much for the protagonist, Shelby. To me, she feels very wooden and hard, and I have a hard time finding sympathy for her. I love her best friend, her son, her childhood sweetheart, and her best male friend … but Shelby herself is something of an enigma to me. I am not sure if she was written that way on purpose and that she will soften in the coming books (which I dearly hope!), or if she is going to remain unchanged. I guess I will have to wait and see.

So … my final conclusions?

  1. Great story!
  2. Great writing!
  3. Big, fat, hairy BOOO! on not being a stand-alone novel.

Sincere thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. *Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.

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  • Reply
    Wanda Tumlin
    January 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Very good review. My Pet Peeve, too. I run up on many good reads that just stop, and tell me I’ve got to buy the next one in the series. I don’t mind it too much, if I know ahead of time.

    • Reply
      January 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      I am the same way. If I know ahead of time, it is one thing … if I don’t, it bugs me to no end! lol

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