Title: Necessary Evil
Author: Adrian Lupsa
At almost eighteen years, Christine considers herself an adult, a grown woman, with her own principles and ideas about life, ready for every challenge that she would have to face. Or at least this is what she thinks.
When her parents go on a business trip, Christine decides to invite the most handsome boy in school in her house. After a party with her friends, strange things start happening in the Taylor’s house. The girl tries to find out what is going on and in the same time wants to have a normal life along with her friends.
Christine discovers a connection between the silhouettes inside her house and the dreams she has lately, but will she be able to regain peace knowing that she must release a greater evil?
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First, let me comment on the cover art. It was the first thing that attracted me to check this book. I am not sure about the exact reason of the author, but I think it is Japanese anime inspired. Once a fan of Japanese characters, I felt a pull towards the book.
Now, for the story. It is a YA paranormal fiction and I guess everyone can guess that by looking at the cover. The storyline is very basic and predictable, but I think some people will not see this in a bad light. It depicts an ordinary life of a high school girl with a paranormal experience for a twist.
Are you afraid of the dark? Of shadows lurking in the darkness? What if you found yourself in a situation where a lot of shadows are stalking you because you can communicate with them? That’s basically the premise of this novel. There is simplicity in the way the story was written, but if the target readers of the author were the young ones like in the book, then I don’t think there could be a problem. There were expressions of teenage angst in the story which I believe the young readers can relate to. They may also see themselves in the lives of the characters.
For the heroine, Christine, I am not sure if it’s because she’s not yet mature or it was the author’s intention to make her look dumb. Not only that, it seems she has a tendency to shift moods a lot. One time she’s so depressed, and then a single phone call from her best friend can put her in a positive emotion. I am not sure if I was also like that during my teenage years, but that frequent mood changes made me wonder about the emotional stability of Christine at some point. Furthermore, I think she is always angry. And the other characters, too. I feel it is 1 out of 10 statements from Christine contain exclamation points like: “I don’t know! I am sure! Don’t agitate so much! He won’t! You’ll see!” The problem here I think is the abuse of the mentioned punctuation mark. I don’t actually think there is a strong emotion when she said those things because the following statements did not make it appear that she’s angry or excited.
Another thing to note is the fast pacing of the story. I feel the characters are unreal when one moment they are shocked then after few sentences they will be able to cheer up and smile on a bright morning like nothing happened.
But overall, the book is promising. The story is there, but like a piece of clay, pulling and digging are needed in some important parts to create a masterpiece. There are rooms for improvement and hopefully in the second installment of the Shadow series, we can read a more entertaining piece of fiction.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
Adrian Lupşa currently resides in Romania with his family. He is a student at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Constanta, but in his free time he enjoys reading and writing. Adrian had written short stories since he was a child, but encouraged by the many authors with whom he came in contact, he decided to face the world and write his debut novel.
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