Book Reviews

Shadow and Thorn by Kenley Davidson


I dove into this book not knowing what to expect, but it didn’t take long before I was wholly and utterly captivated. The first thing that caught me was the writing. To me, it had a certain grace about it which danced with elegant steps across the pages. And it took me by surprise, I had not anticipated such charm when first I turned to “Chapter 1.”

To put it bluntly, the characters were amazing! I think Zara has slipped into my top ten list of female heroines. She was strong and witty and smart enough not to fall for Rowan’s silky charade. Alexei was rather bitter at first, but as the book progressed, his faults allowed for some lovely character growth.

Now, this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast; however, it is twisted in many very appealing very innovative ways. Most retellings stick closely to the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, but Davidson allowed her imagination to take different pathways along the journey and I loved this. It was new and exciting and wonderful.

Lastly, this was a clean read. I was waiting for that one part or that bad word, but it never came and so, I was able to fully enjoy this story. I definitely recommend “Shadow and Thorn” to all those who love a fairytale retelling or a clean YA fantasy.     

Ta ta for now,

E.J. Hill  

7 thoughts on “Shadow and Thorn by Kenley Davidson”

  1. Oh, I’ve been dying to try this series out!! I read a book by Davidson through the Entwined Tales series, (and am currently reading through the books of another author in the mashup series), and LOVED her contribution to the Entwined Tales! I keep hearing such good things about this one!

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