Review: Shadowdance by Kristen Callihan

Friday, January 3, 2014
Series: Darkest London #4
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.



I have no idea how this keeps happening but until it stops, I'm going to keep mentioning it. I am almost 100% certain I loved this book more than the last. This group of characters really brings out the emotions in me. I absolutely loved Jack and Mary in this book. There was so much between them and so much that happened. I was on an emotional roller coaster the entire time I was reading this book.

Jack Talent is one of SOS' most successful regulators. But there is one case that he can't solve. Or he doesn't want to solve. Poppy Lane the head of the SOS, put Mary Chase on the hunt. She makes Mary his partner. Neither one of them are very pleased with the situation. However, Mary was Poppy's assistant for a long time and she trusts her. Jack is basically family and Poppy needs someone with Jack she can trust. There's a murderer on the loose and the perpetrator is hunting down shifters.

Mary and Jack have not gotten along since they met. Jack is harsh on her for reasons that are opaque to her. Jack has his reasons but they're all bad. Granted the tension between them is palpable. The witty banter back and forth is enough to make the most stoic person crack a smile. And both of their stories are enough to make anyone break down and cry. Okay, it was me.. I was crying. Poor Jack and Mary. And right when you thought things were going to change, BOOM. The bomb drops.

So we have these regulators on the hunt for a murderer who is literally both from out of this world and right under their noses. We have two people who were both so broken but who have built themselves back up, they have such hard exteriors. But you know what they say, people who are toughest on the outside are the softest on the inside. In this case it's so true.

If you haven't read this series, you're so missing out. While you can read them as stand alone books, you really shouldn't. Each of these books are so perfect and then it gets more perfect. Kristen Callihan gives me life and has such a way of bringing these stories right into your freaking heart and it's insane and wonderful and amazing. READ THESE BOOKS.

12 comments:

  1. Agreed -- this book was AMAZING! As is the whole series, of course. Great review!

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    1. Thanks! I absolutely loved Jack Talent, he's my favorite. Him and Ian were breaking my heart in this book.

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  2. OOoh nice review!! I FINALLY got this one in the mail this week! Going to try getting into my reading queue soon, but might have to tackle a few other review books first. But lovely, lovely review!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have quite a few books in my lineup right now. I'm trying to get them done but working definitely makes it harder.

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  3. I just finished this a couple of days ago and loved it! Jack was the perfect tortured hero and has become one of my fave heroes in the Darkest London series. This is definitely a must read!

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    1. Jack is definitely one of my favorites. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about him when I found out he was going to be the main character but he's fantastic.

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  4. I absolutely adore this series too. I loved Jack and Mary too. I can't wait to see what happens with Holly now.

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    1. I never pay attention to who is coming next and someone always tell me and I get do excited. I can't wait.

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  5. I have yet to read the first instalment, I'll do it this year ! Thanks for the review :)

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  6. I'm psyching myself to do a Steampunk binge and for sure this will be #1 on the list! I sooo love this series, I haven't read any straight up historicals lately and this is the closest I can get to it. The tension is panty melting all the frickin time!

    Lovely review, most likely I will give this a 5 start too. Happy 2014, Amber!

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    1. So much of the panty melting. I've been on a Steampunk ride lately and I"m loving it! I can't wait to see what you think. I hope your 2014 is fantastic.

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