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Praise for Daniel Jose Older and SHADOWSHAPER:
"It's funny and wise and keeps you turning pages and the prose is truly fresh. It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." -- John Green, author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, on Daniel's adult short story collection, SALSA NOCTURNA
"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of life as the living. The language is playful and Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page." -- Roxane Gay, author of AN UNTAMED STATE and BAD FEMINIST
"I love [SHADOWSHAPER] for the richness of its culture, the strength of the characters, the humor and the truth of its language. Sierra is the heroine we've been waiting for - a pretty, brown-skinned Latina artist who is smart, strong, inventive, and unsure, all the while being heroic." -- Anika Noni Rose, star of DREAMGIRLS and THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
"Nothing is what it seems in Daniel Jose Older's dazzlingly inventive reimagined Brooklyn, where shadows turn to wraiths and graffiti comes alive. Funny, frightening, and always surprising, SHADOWSHAPER is a spellbinding delight for readers of all ages." -- Sarah McCarry, author of ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS and BROKEN WINGS
"Simply put, Daniel Jose Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today." -- Saladin Ahmed, author of THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON



Praise for "Shadowshaper "
"I love this book for the richness of its culture, the strength of the characters, the humor and the truth of its language. Sierra is the heroine we've been waiting for -- a pretty, brown-skinned Latina artist who is smart, strong, inventive, and unsure, all the while being heroic. Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next." -- Anika Noni Rose, star of "Dreamgirls" and "The Princess and the Frog"
"In "Shadowshaper," Daniel Jose Older has created a YA novel that is exciting, absorbing, funny, creepy, and above all, absolutely fresh. One of the best YAs I've read this year." -- Delia Sherman, author of "The Freedom Maze"
"Nothing is what it seems in Daniel Jose Older's dazzlingly inventive reimagined Brooklyn, where shadows turn to wraiths and graffiti comes alive. Funny, frightening, and always surprising, "Shadowshaper" is a spellbinding delight for readers of all ages." -- Sarah McCarry, author of "All Our Pretty Songs" and "About A Girl"

Praise for Daniel Jose Older and "Salsa Nocturna "
"It's funny and wise and keeps you turning pages and the prose is truly fresh. It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." -- John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns"
"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of life as the living. The language is playful and Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page." -- Roxane Gay, author of "An Untamed State" and "Bad Feminist," in ""The Nation"
"Simply put, Daniel Jose Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today." -- Saladin Ahmed, author of "Throne of the Crescent Moon"




Praise for "Shadowshaper "
* "Sometimes funny and sometimes striking, Older's comfortable prose seamlessly blends English and Spanish. Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic a must." -- "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
* "Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." -- "School Library Journal," starred review
* "What makes Older s story exceptional is the way Sierra belongs in her world, grounded in family, friends, and an awareness of both history and change." -- "Publishers Weekly, "starred review
* "Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." -- "Booklist, "starred review
The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl. Older's storytelling is rich enough to warrant such treatment, because this is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page. " -- Los Angeles Times"
"Shadowshaper s" Sierra Santiago is the type of character we ve all hoped we could have in YA. " -- Bustle.com"
Infused with a plethora of imagination, Shadowshaper has an intriguing supernatural premise wrapped in rich cultural details. Older not only gives readers a diverse cast, but he stays true to their background, language and community, lending an authenticity to his work. The supernatural art and mythological elements are interestingly woven and add multiple layers to the story. If you re a YA urban fantasy reader looking for something creative and different, try Shadowshaper on for size. " -- Romantic Times Book Review"
"I love this book for the richness of its culture, the strength of the characters, the humor and the truth of its language. Sierra is the heroine we've been waiting for -- a pretty, brown-skinned Latina artist who is smart, strong, inventive, and unsure, all the while being heroic. Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next. -- Anika Noni Rose, star of "Dreamgirls" and "The Princess and the Frog"
In "Shadowshaper," Daniel Jose Older has created a YA novel that is exciting, absorbing, funny, creepy, and above all, absolutely fresh. One of the best YAs I've read this year. -- Delia Sherman, author of "The Freedom Maze"
"Nothing is what it seems in Daniel Jose Older's dazzlingly inventive reimagined Brooklyn, where shadows turn to wraiths and graffiti comes alive. Funny, frightening, and always surprising, "Shadowshaper" is a spellbinding delight for readers of all ages." -- Sarah McCarry, author of "All Our Pretty Songs" and "About A Girl"

Praise for Daniel Jose Older and "Salsa Nocturna "
"It's funny and wise and keeps you turning pages and the prose is truly fresh. It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." -- John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns"
"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of life as the living. The language is playful and Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page." -- Roxane Gay, author of "An Untamed State" and "Bad Feminist," in ""The Nation"
"Simply put, Daniel Jose Older has one of the most refreshing voices in genre fiction today." -- Saladin Ahmed, author of "Throne of the Crescent Moon"


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Praise for "Shadowshaper"
A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A "New York Times" Notable Children's Book
"In the best urban fantasy, the city is not just a backdrop, but functions as a character in its own right . . . That is certainly true in Daniel Jose Older's magnificent "Shadowshaper," which gives us a Brooklyn that is vital, authentic, and under attack. . . .Older is able to infuse "Shadowshaper" with the spirit of Brooklyn in the summer, where the possibility of magic hangs shimmering in the air. This is a world that readers cannot help wanting to live in and, as with all great urban fantasies, harboring a suspicion that perhaps we already do." -- Holly Black, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" and "The Iron Trial," in "The New York Times Book Review"
"As breathtaking as the fantasy elements of Shadowshaper are, Sierra's tale is grounded in a real-world setting that will be appealing to even the most reluctant fantasy readers. The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl. This is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page." -- "Los Angeles Times"
* "What makes Older s story exceptional is the way Sierra belongs in her world, grounded in family, friends, and an awareness of both history and change. Her goal is to go deeper into that history and, by so doing, effect change of her own. Sierra s masterful adaptability is most apparent in her language, which moves among English and Spanish, salsa and rap, formality and familiarity with an effortlessness that simultaneously demonstrates Older s mastery of his medium." -- "Publishers Weekly," starred review
* "Sierra is a tough, confident, body-positive female protagonist of Puerto Rican descent, proud of her fro and her curves. Dialogue is fast paced and authentic to Sierra s Brooklyn neighborhood, which is vividly described. Readers will find someone to whom they can relate in her diverse group of friends. Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." -- "School Library Journal," starred review
* "[U]nique fantasy elements, entertainingly well-wrought characters, and cinematic pacing. Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." -- "Booklist," starred review
* "Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic--a must." -- "Kirkus Reviews," starred review
"A contemporary supernatural horror story that is beautifully plotted, filled with likable and imperfect characters you can really root for. Sierra is on something very like a classic Hero's Journey, but bent around her unique identity and circumstances in a way that elevates the timeworn formula into something new and compelling." -- Cory Doctorow, author of "Little Brother"
"I love this book for the richness of its culture, the strength of the characters, the humor and the truth of its language. Sierra is the heroine we've been waiting for -- a pretty, brown-skinned Latina artist who is smart, strong, inventive, and unsure, all the while being heroic. Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next." -- Anika Noni Rose, star of "Dreamgirls" and "The Princess and the Frog"
"Nothing is what it seems in Daniel Jose Older's dazzlingly inventive reimagined Brooklyn, where shadows turn to wraiths and graffiti comes alive. Funny, frightening, and always surprising, "Shadowshaper" is a spellbinding delight for readers of all ages." -- Sarah McCarry, author of "All Our Pretty Songs" and "About A Girl"
Praise for Daniel Jose Older and "Salsa Nocturna"
"It's funny and wise and keeps you turning pages and the prose is truly fresh. It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." -- John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Paper Towns"
"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of life as the living. The language is playful and Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page." -- Roxane Gay, author of "An Untamed State" and "Bad Feminist," in "The Nation""

Praise for Shadowshaper
A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
"In the best urban fantasy, the city is not just a backdrop, but functions as a character in its own right . . . That is certainly true in Daniel Jose Older's magnificent "Shadowshaper," which gives us a Brooklyn that is vital, authentic, and under attack. . . .Older is able to infuse "Shadowshaper" with the spirit of Brooklyn in the summer, where the possibility of magic hangs shimmering in the air. This is a world that readers cannot help wanting to live in and, as with all great urban fantasies, harboring a suspicion that perhaps we already do." -- Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Iron Trial, in The New York Times Book Review
"As breathtaking as the fantasy elements of Shadowshaper are, Sierra's tale is grounded in a real-world setting that will be appealing to even the most reluctant fantasy readers. The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl. This is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page." -- Los Angeles Times
* "What makes Older s story exceptional is the way Sierra belongs in her world, grounded in family, friends, and an awareness of both history and change. Her goal is to go deeper into that history and, by so doing, effect change of her own. Sierra s masterful adaptability is most apparent in her language, which moves among English and Spanish, salsa and rap, formality and familiarity with an effortlessness that simultaneously demonstrates Older s mastery of his medium." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Sierra is a tough, confident, body-positive female protagonist of Puerto Rican descent, proud of her fro and her curves. Dialogue is fast paced and authentic to Sierra s Brooklyn neighborhood, which is vividly described. Readers will find someone to whom they can relate in her diverse group of friends. Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "[U]nique fantasy elements, entertainingly well-wrought characters, and cinematic pacing. Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic--a must." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A contemporary supernatural horror story that is beautifully plotted, filled with likable and imperfect characters you can really root for. Sierra is on something very like a classic Hero's Journey, but bent around her unique identity and circumstances in a way that elevates the timeworn formula into something new and compelling." -- Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother
"I love this book for the richness of its culture, the strength of the characters, the humor and the truth of its language. Sierra is the heroine we've been waiting for -- a pretty, brown-skinned Latina artist who is smart, strong, inventive, and unsure, all the while being heroic. Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next." -- Anika Noni Rose, star of Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog
"Nothing is what it seems in Daniel Jose Older's dazzlingly inventive reimagined Brooklyn, where shadows turn to wraiths and graffiti comes alive. Funny, frightening, and always surprising, Shadowshaper is a spellbinding delight for readers of all ages." -- Sarah McCarry, author of All Our Pretty Songs and About A Girl
Praise for Daniel Jose Older and Salsa Nocturna
"It's funny and wise and keeps you turning pages and the prose is truly fresh. It's so rare to read something that doesn't sound like anything you've read before, and so invigorating." -- John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns
"In Older's stories, the dead are as much a part of life as the living. The language is playful and Older's love for storytelling comes through on every page." -- Roxane Gay, author of An Untamed State and Bad Feminist, in The Nation"

Praise for Shadowshaper
A Top Ten YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
A Top Ten ALA Quick Pick
A Kirkus Prize Finalist
An Andre Award Nominee
A New York Times Notable Children's Book
An NPR Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
-In the best urban fantasy, the city is not just a backdrop, but functions as a character in its own right . . . That is certainly true in Daniel Jose Older's magnificent Shadowshaper, which gives us a Brooklyn that is vital, authentic, and under attack. . . Older is able to infuse Shadowshaper with the spirit of Brooklyn in the summer, where the possibility of magic hangs shimmering in the air. This is a world that readers cannot help wanting to live in and, as with all great urban fantasies, harboring a suspicion that perhaps we already do.- -- Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and The Iron Trial, in The New York Times Book Review
-Older's book is a first-rate example of how representation, diversity and themes of social justice and identity can be skilfully woven into a narrative -- not so that they disappear, but so that the story pivots on them in a way that is authentic, exciting, and ultimately satisfying.- -- Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
-The strength of Older's tale is in his meticulous attention to the details of the life of a brown-skinned, natural-haired Puerto Rican teenage girl. Older's storytelling is rich enough to warrant such treatment, because this is a world that will stay with readers long after the last page.- -- Los Angeles Times
* -Warm, strong, vernacular, dynamic -- a must.- -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* -Excellent diverse genre fiction in an appealing package.- -- School Library Journal, starred review
* -What makes Older's story exceptional is the way Sierra belongs in her world, grounded in family, friends, and an awareness of both history and change.- -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* -Smart writing with a powerful message that never overwhelms the terrific storytelling.- -- Booklist, starred review
-Older not only gives readers a diverse cast, but he stays true to their background, language and community, lending an authenticity to his work... If you're a YA urban fantasy reader looking for something creative and different, try Shadowshaper on for size.- -- Romantic Times Book Review
-Exactly the kind of title Walter Dean Myers charged his peers to pen at the onset of his career and the kind of narrative he was still imploring publishers to fete in the twilight of his life, one that takes young readers, their unique needs and their racial and cultural realities seriously. Shadowshaper would make him proud.- -- The Washington Post
-Joyful and assertive and proud, and makes me want to read everything else of Older's, for more of these voices, connections and lives.- -- National Public Radio
-Sierra Santiago is the type of character we've all hoped we could have in YA.- -- Bustle.com
-Daniel Jose Older is one of my favorite new voices, and I can't wait to see what he (and Sierra) come up with next.- -- Anika Noni Rose, star of Dreamgirls and The Princess and the Frog
-I highly recommend Shadowshaper... it is exceptional in a great many ways.- -- Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature
-One of my favorite books of the year, period.- -- Rebecca Schinsky, BookRiot
-Shadowshaper is a game changer.- -- FlavorPill

Advance Praise for Shadowhouse Fall
-Older takes the idea of fantasy as metaphor and smashes it to bits, bringing us to a Brooklyn steeped in magic that feels utterly real and punch-to-the-gut perilous. A powerful adventure that blurs the line between the real and the imagined in daring, breathtaking ways, Shadowhouse Fall is not only a thrilling hero's journey, but a magical revolution on the page.- -- Leigh Bardugo, New York Times-bestselling author of Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom
-Brilliant. . . . A novel about Brooklyn, love, spirituality, family and something else. Something I can't even explain but am enthralled by and want more of. This is the beauty and magic of Older's writing--he leaves us openmouthed and speechless, asking 'What just happened to me?!' Loved this book.- -- Jacqueline Woodson, New York Times bestselling author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming
-Shadowhouse Fall flips and reshuffles principles of light and darkness in stunning revelation after revelation. Older's vivid ink and prose deftly obliterates any bounds between a tangible and a supernatural Brooklyn. I am still under its spell.- -- Rita Williams-Garcia, three-time Coretta Scott King Author Award-winner
-Here is the real Brooklyn: myriad cultural communities caught in the squeeze and pressure of gentrification, and of course, the shadows and perils of the undead -- and the tough, wise, and lovable Sierra Santiago is there to navigate us through it all. Older is a brilliant storyteller, and with sharp, smart, and hilarious dialogue and prose, Shadowhouse Fall is a fresh, enthralling speculative novel for readers of all ages.- -- Brendan Kiely, award-winning co-author of All-American Boys, and critically acclaimed author of The Last True Love Story

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COME TO THE CROSSROADS, TO THE CROSSROADS COME
Sierra Santiago planned to have an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over a

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Klappentext: Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future ...

New York aus einer ganz neuen, farbenfrohen, geisterhaften Perspektive und eine richtig sympathische Protagonistin, die stolz auf ihre ethnische Herkunft ist und weiß, was sie will - das sind die Hauptaspekte in ,,Shadowshaper" von Daniel José Older. In letzter Zeit lese ich immer öfters Urban Fantasy, wo reale Großstädte mit fantastischen Elementen aufgepeppt werden und wenn ihr mich persönlich nach den besten Urban Fantasy-Büchern fragt, wird ,,Shadowshaper" sich unter die Top Ten kommen. Komisch, dass das Buch noch gar nicht ins Deutsche übersetzt wurde, da es immerhin zu einem New York Times-Bestseller geworden ist!

Sierra ist eine authentische, faszinierende Protagonistin, die nicht versucht, mit der Masse zu verschmelzen.
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There was a lot to love about this book. The strong voice; the organic use of Spanish; the flawed characters and how mistakes from the past affected the present; the strong depiction of setting. Occasionally, I had trouble understanding how Sierra knew to do something to solve a problem. I would have preferred bit more of her thoughts to guide me and to make me feel closer to her. But all in all, a very good book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen So much fun! 17. Juni 2016
Von Melody Simpson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Oh my goodness, this was so much fun!!!! I can't remember the last time I read an urban fantasy that was this authentic in that it wasn't following a bunch of white people in an urban setting. Maybe actually this is the first time. And it was glorious!

It was diverse in more ways than one, with a cast of characters with different races and sexual orientations. It was true to the reality that we live in, a real mirror and that was so awesome to see. I know that if I had this book when I was a kid, I would champion it so hard (and I mean be super annoying about it like I used to be - maybe still am - when it comes to things that I love)!

I loved how rich the characters were and how present their culture, their upbringing, their reality was because it's not a footnote or something to checkoff a character list, it's just as important as the story. Music, hair, skin tone, family expectations (dating, etc...), and other relatable POC cultural marks were so, so wonderful to see, especially since we so rarely see this in books. This book champions POC kids in the city and I love it.

This is the first novel by Daniel José Older that I've read (read it in two sittings, it's easily a day read) and I cannot wait to read more from him. His writing is so much fun. This is such a fast paced and thrilling magical adventure and if you love ghosts and all things off kilter like me, you're in for a real treat.

All of the characters are fun and relatable and really engaging. I love that it's set in New York. Not Manhattan. The real New York. In this instance, it's Brooklyn. I love that the setting really comes alive and incorporates not just the good like art and family in small communities but the bad as well, like street harassment and it does so seamlessly.

I love how action packed the story was as Sierra was thrown onto a supernatural roller coaster of a journey. I thought that Sierra and Robbie, who goes on the adventure with her, had great chemistry and that was also fun to follow. I loved how humorous the writing was at times as well. Really, everything about this book was simple great fun and I am so glad that I finally read this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fast-paced and fascinating 2. November 2015
Von Maria Haskins - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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‘Shadowshaper’ by Daniel José Older is a fast-paced and page-turning fantasy tale set in present-day Brooklyn. The story’s main character is Sierra Santiago, a teen-aged girl who is a talented painter of wall murals. Right from the get-go, ‘Shadowshaper’ launches us into Sierra’s world, as she is painting a big, colourful dragon on the wall of a new and unwanted apartment tower. Sierra has recently noticed that several of the neighbourhood’s older wall murals are not only fading, but changing in subtle yet significant ways – though strangely, no one else seems to notice this.

This story had me hooked from page one, and kept me hooked throughout. Older keeps the action moving at high speed, ducking and weaving through the streets of Brooklyn, Sierra’s family-life and friendships, as well as the new strange world of magic and spirits that opens up to her as she learns more and more about the powers – both good and evil – at work around her, and inside her. The cast of characters is fantastic throughout, and Sierra is a terrific heroine: smart and tough and strong, but also flawed and conflicted enough to feel absolutely real. Her circle of friends adds another great layer to the story, with friendships that feel like they’re taken from the real world, and dialogue that captures both the friends’ quippy banter and more touching moments.

The magic universe that lurks just beneath the surface of everyday life in ‘Shadowshaper’ is both fascinating and original, with old and new powers mixing in unpredictable ways. Some scenes blew me away with their visual power – especially towards the end when Sierra’s fight scenes, and her moments of revelation, are particularly strong. There is also one breathtaking fight scene that gave me a new appreciation of tattoos!

‘Shadowshaper’ reminded me that setting a fantasy story in a contemporary, real life setting (as opposed to an alternate universe or fantasy world), can be extraordinarily powerful and effective.

‘Shadowshaper’ is pegged as Young Adult, and it would be a great read for teens, but it’s also a great read for anyone else who is looking for a gripping and original fantasy tale.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Banal children's story. One of those books you can set aside and completely forget about. 21. April 2017
Von C'est Moi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Did we all read the same book or was my copy a weak first edit that was later completely altered? Because I genuinely don't comprehend the disparity between my views and the current customer rating. Maybe most people who bought it chose not to review it?

I don't care that this book is billed as YA; it's a children's book. The writing is simplistic as are the renderings of the characters and central plot. Honestly, I didn't even get 60 pages into this story before giving up, despite its being a relatively quick read. I'd had enough of it all. Nothing pulled me into the story. Conversations are unrealistic and uninteresting. Characters and their behaviors are unrealistic and uninteresting. Situations the characters find themselves in are just plain uninteresting. I have a book of short stories by this author; I seriously hope that it's not as lacking as Shadowshaper.

I give the author, however misguided his effort and stilted the depictions, props for diversity. It's important that people can see themselves in all types of novels, especially this underrepresented group of Americans. Other than that, the best thing this book has to offer is a pretty cover. I'm donating my copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 31. August 2016
Von jwal1234 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Romance Score: A+ Success

The tingles between Robbie and Sierra are a slow burn that doesn’t take over the narrative. Sierra depends on Robbie for information about shadowshaping and respects him for his drawing skills long before she starts to feel anything extra for him. It’s only as the mystery – and danger – build that she starts to accept that he could be anything more. Her feelings for him are only a small part of the story unfolding and I liked that it was more about Sierra rocking her new skills and accepting her family’s heritage with a small side of heart business.

Feminist Score: A+ Success

There are several different kinds of ladies in this book, but they all rock it. Sierra fights for what she wants, protecting her friends, family, and her desire to understand her family history. Sierra’s grandmother proves that there’s no way to stop a matriarch when she’s made a decision – even if she has to sacrifice herself. And, even though we may disagree with her decisions, we understand why Sierra’s mother made the decisions she did when faced with difficult choices (and we get to see her change her mind). Plus, there’s no single way to be a woman – we have Sierra that likes to dress in old tee shirts and jeans, Bennie that wants to be a scientist or or biologist or…something intellectualee, T and Izzy, Sierra’s two lesbian friends, and Nydia, a Puerto Rican working at the Colombia library. All of them are doing their best to be their best in a world set against them.

Sierra calls out a lot of things throughout the book. She talks about her natural hair and loving it even if it’s not considered “good hair.” She talks about colorism in the community and rants at her aunt for acting like lighter is better. She gets whistled at, yelled at, and propositioned while walking down the street and points out how messed up it is. If it’s something women (especially women of color) deal with, Sierra hits on it.

Diversity Score: A+ Success

This book blows it away. We have Sierra – Puerto Rican-American, Robbie – Haitian (American?), and Sierra’s friends from several backgrounds. Tee and Izzy are lesbians. Her grandfather has recently suffered a stroke and is incapacitated in many ways. The story takes play in Brooklyn, New York, and you get strong sense of place. Conversations about gentrification occur a couple of times without feeling like they were stuck in to “make a point.” And the book revolves around non-European folklore and ancestral memory which we also don’t see often.

The book will be a strong mirror for many readers – there’s Spanish (not italicized), food, dancing, music, and other cultural markers that will mean everything to readers that don’t usually get to see themselves in books. It will also serve as a good window book – though that is a side bonus, not the focus – because Older writes with such a deft hand and Sierra is an engaging character.

Awesome Factor: A+ Success

The characters and story are engaging. The location and sense of place are on point and the pace does not let go once it gets started. I really enjoyed the story and almost missed my metro stop a couple of times because I couldn’t stop reading. There’s a lot going on in the book peripheral to the story – police brutality, gentrification, misogyny, sexism, racism – they all get attention but it never feels like it’s been shoved in to make an issue. Instead, it always feels like a natural part of Sierra’s (and her friends’) experience.

I really liked Sierra’s voice and the fun cast of characters that she brings with her. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys paranormal, supernatural, urban, fantasy, or action-packed stories.

Also – THAT COVER.

Favorite Character

Sierra – because she’s spunky, and bright, and doesn’t let other people’s expectations or restrictions hold her back. (But, I want to give a shout out to Bennie for being an awesome friend that reps the nerdy side of things.)

Favorite Line

This is long, but I laughed out loud. Plus, since I studied anthropology in university, I feel a little extra love for this excerpt. I also loved the way this book discussed the ethical (and privilege) issues around anthropology.

“Imma write a book,” Tee announced. “It’s gonna be about white people.”

Izzy scowled. “Seriously, Tee: Shut up. Everyone can hear you.”

“I’m being serious,” Tee said. “If this Wick cat do all this research about Sierra’s grandpa and all his Puerto Rican spirits, I don’t see why I can’t write a book about his people. Imma call it Hipster vs. Yuppie: a Culturalpological Study.”

Is this worth a book hangover?

Absolutely. It was fast, fun, and exciting. I enjoyed getting to know Sierra and her family – and her family’s heritage. I definitely recommend this is you’re looking for something action filled.

Fun Author Fact

Older has one of the most interesting twitter accounts – if you care about young adult books, diversity, representation, inequality, and justice in the US.

Read These Next

This Side of Home by Renée Watson for a story about twins dealing with a neighborhood in change or Black Beauty by Constance Burris for another paranormal story deeply rooted in place and community.
5.0 von 5 Sternen I loved that the magical element of the story lives inside ... 17. Januar 2017
Von Christine Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Daniel José Older’s Shadowshaper is admittedly the first YA I’ve read that’s explicitly about a non-white community. It’s also the first book with fantasy elements that I’ve read in a long time. I expected these factors to play into my reading of the book, but I also just got so into this book. I didn’t want to put it down, and I forced myself to slow down, to really savor the experience. It was so worth it.

I’ve thought a lot about how Older made this work, even for me, a non-fantasy reader, a white girl, and I think it comes down to two important elements: the use of setting and the vivid characterizations. The neighborhoods of Brooklyn become characters in this story. A big reason I was drawn into this book is because it was set in Brooklyn. Everything that happens is grounded in place, full of descriptions, from the subways, the streets, to the guys that holla at you when you’re just trying to walk home—all of that was just so real to me. I loved that the magical element of the story lives inside the murals of Brooklyn—it felt real to me, having seen living examples of just how magical street art can really be. While Brooklyn can be a dangerous place (particularly when you got angry, terrifying spirit things wandering around out for blood), it’s also undoubtably home to these characters.

Sierra and her friends were beautifully characterized. Older spends just enough time in description and dialogue so that by the end of the story, I’m attached. I want these kids to be my friends; I want to wander around Brooklyn with them. I got especially attached to Sierra, this beautifully unique girl who, for all her sass, still has some confidence building to do throughout the events of the story. I love that Older deals honestly with the effects of race on a young girl’s self-perception, and the way he complicates it. Sierra internalizes the racism that exists in the outside world, but she’s even more upset at the ways she puts those ideas back on herself:

It came from somewhere deep inside her. And that meant that for all the times she’d shrugged off one of those slurs, some little tentacle of them still crawled its way toward her heart. Not enough milk. Not light enough. Morena. Negra. No matter what she did, that little voice came creeping back, persistent and unsatisfied. Not enough.

This brief passage broke my heart. For me it was a window into a specific reality that I haven’t experienced, but at the same time, I think we have all felt not enough in one way or another, particularly those of us with female bodies. As much as it broke my heart, I was grateful to be given this window into someone else’s mind. By the time I read this passage, I was already so invested in Sierra’s journey; I wanted to see her filled up with the power that lives within her, filled up with self-confidence and self-love.

Ultimately, Shadowshaper is about acceptance: learning to love yourself, love your history, and claim your destiny without fear or shame. It’s a beautifully written, fast-paced story that will keep you thinking—and leave you with a serious case of book hangover.
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