About Shannon Greenland
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.
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Review by Suze
Eve needs a new start. She's running away and hopes her past will never catch up with her. She finds work as a roadie and immediately makes friends. West is the lead singer of Bus Stop, he's famous and can get any girl he wants, but he's interested in Eve. He keeps an eye on her and wants her friendship more than anything. Can Eve run the risk to let someone come close, what if her secrets will come out?
Eve manages to escape from a terrible home. She's incredibly brave. She might be young and a bit naïve, but she's strong and determined to have a better future. I loved that about her. Eve knows what she wants and while she has no idea if her dreams can ever come true, she's willing to fight and she even creates opportunities for herself. She's being chased and is afraid she'll be found. I could feel her stress and tension, her emotions were almost tangible. Shannon Greenland writes about Eve's feelings in an admirable moving and believable way.
West is a kindhearted and caring guy. He has quite a bit of experience with girls and that makes Eve nervous, but he's intrigued by her from the start and she has nothing to worry about in that area. Eve is afraid someone might discover who she really is and she can't fully open up to West, but that doesn't stop her from feeling close to him. They are sweet together and they have a special bond, a deep connection that is there from the start. I loved that about their story.
Shannon Greenland's writing flows easily. Shadow of a Girl is a gripping and romantic story, which is a great mix. I was captivated from the start. Eve's story is sad, but also hopeful and that's a combination that works. I liked the pure and innocent way Shannon Greenland portrays her, it makes her endearing. It was painful to read about her childhood, Shannon Greenland doesn't sugarcoat it and reading the awful scenes about Eve's past made me sick to my stomach sometimes. Eve's situation might seem daunting, but she's trying to enjoy herself, to make the best of it. This is an admirable quality and it's one of the best parts of the story. Because Eve has such an multifaceted personality Shadow of a Girl is definitely interesting. I enjoyed reading this book very much, it's amazing.
Use cash and keep moving.
After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.
West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.
The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…
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