Shadows -
Robin McKinley

Shadows Review

"Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago. Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage. In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive." - summery provided by amazon.
Ok, so honestly, the summery of the book came from amazon. I didn't know what to write here because it has been one of the very few times in my life where I could not finish a book. I just could not get into it! From what I saw of other reviews on amazon, people love the world that McKinley build and the story inside of it. My problem was this: If you are going to build a world and create new words for it and try to explain the history that leads up to the actual story, it has to be done perfectly for me to be able to get the world and the history while still being enthralled. Now I am not the only person who thinks this! The problem I had with this novel is that it started so slow and then would have weird period jumps and it was so confusing! And there were reviews that I saw that said the same thing. And it is a shame because the book Beauty, also by McKinley, is one of my absolute favorites. So when I saw this novel I couldn't wait to pick it up. So for the first time on here, I'm not going to put an actual review score. I don't think it would be fair because I could not make it through the whole book. That being said, the fact that I couldn't finish the book, says enough to me. 
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