10 March 2011

Review: Shine

By: Me My Shelf And I | 10 March 2011 at 4:00 AM | | |
Title: Shine
Format: ARC
Pages: 376 (hardcover)
Published: Expected May 1, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds

It amazes me every time I read a Young Adult book of this nature just how far YA has come since I was the actual age where I *should have* been reading YA.

Back then it was Baby-Sitters Club and Goose Bumps. The strongest topic mentioned in those was divorce and maybe liking more then one boy at a time. Certainly not the hat
e crimes, rape and death like we find in Shine. Don't let my comparison to simpler times lead you to believe I didn't like this book, because I did enjoy it. Read on!

When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a t

ightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.

Sometimes I have a hard time reading books about things that could "really happen", it's one reason I pick fantasy stories, because I need to have that escape. More often then not when I do read a "real life" story, I have a hard time getting into it but that wasn't the case with Shine. It has a very smooth, constant climax throughout lead by a solidly built, very well rounded main character, Cat.

Story is strong, and keeps you interested. Not once did I want to chuck the book (or print off of the book from the publisher, as it were) across the room out of boredom. *it's been known to happen* Instead I read it straight through just today in between wifely duties, and even during some of them. I am a true master of cooking and reading!

I can't wait to see the actual published book because the photocopied images that are between chapters look beautiful and really add that little extra ambiance to the story. Kinda puts you int he back woods of North Carolina a little.

In the end I'm giving 4 birds. Intriguing and suspenseful story. Definitely something I will suggest to friends, though it was a little "heavy" for me, in the topic department I still think it was great! A well written stand alone novel, which is refreshing in this, the age of the constant series!



  1. I remember the days of reading baby sitters club and goose bumps I think I actually stiil own some too! Great review!

  2. I actually just got a bunch of them for Mah Nookie (My nook color) My 6 year old keeps asking to read them, but I said we'd start with BSC! LOL

  3. I found your blog via the book blog ning, and I really like it! I ove the name too, very catchy! I am a new follow and look forward to getting to know you :)

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  4. Oh Amber,

    How right you are! My parents and I were just having this conversation, and they were mentioning that they grew up in a simpler time. Not that crime didn't exist then, but it was not so blatant - things like child-abuse, hate-crimes, rape and death were always a matter of shock and dismay. But now, in our times, it seems like we accept it as every day life.

    One way or another, it is always a good thing when an author tackles such subject matter, and tackles it well. I, for one, am REALLY excited to read this book now! Thanks for the amazing review!!! :D

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