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Shadowshaper
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in this action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep . . . Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathon Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.
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IhoardBOOKS
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Pickpick

A fantastic and magical book, first in a trilogy I look forward to reading the next book. Shadowshaper is a book about family, culture, secrets, and history. The audiobook narrator was phenomenal, definitely recommend this book in audio format.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Mehso-so

Pretty generic YA fantasy plot—teenage girl has powerful magic in her family history, no one will tell her about it until it starts to cause her problems, a boy she likes is involved. I liked the digs against gentrification and that the villain is basically cultural appropriation taken to an extreme. @TheAromaofBooks My #doublespin for July! I‘m totally keeping up with my picks! 🙌🏻

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
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night_shift
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Pickpick

Wow! I really loved this! The magic system is super interesting, based on ancestry and spirits, and the setting, a diverse NY borough, was perfect. A bit slow to start, but a really fun read! I'm definitely interested in checking out the rest of the series.

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Reign_5.0
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book

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Reign_5.0
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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So far I am enjoying this book. I can't wait until the second book is available to borrow. I feel so bad for constantly looking over this one.

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Reign_5.0
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Currently at work listening 🎧

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Meaw_catlady
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this magical YA. Sierra can shape spirits through art! A diverse and magic filled story! Daniel José Older is an imaginative creator and the audiobook narrator Anika was excellent ! Yes

Branwen This looks fantastic! 📚💕 2y
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bibliobliss
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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• Spent some time outside today in the bright January sunshine. 'Twas pretty chilly but wholly refreshing. The boy slept in his stroller after a brief walk through the neighborhood. Except for a nagging headache and OCD symptoms from hell, it's been a decent Wednesday. For some reason, Wednesdays are notoriously difficult for me •

#brain #OCD #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #today

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TrishB
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Mehso-so

It‘s a so-so because I feel about 35 years too old for it, but I know I would have loved it and Sierra when I was 15! Well written urban fantasy
And completed my #pocmcparanormal and #booked2019 overall 🎉🎉 now I can plan some of next years.

alisiakae Congrats on finishing the challenge! 🎉🎉 3y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!!! Congrats 🎉🍾🎈 Here‘s to all 2020 reading challenges ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!!! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
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IamIamIam Great news! Congrats! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm YAY!! 👏🎉 3y
Cathythoughts 🥳 woooohooo well done X 3y
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Shadowfat
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Pickpick

I thought this was a fun YA story about family and heritage and tradition and magic. I can't wait to see where the rest of the series goes!

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BeaG
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Mehso-so

Meh

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OriginalCyn620
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As it happens, I‘ve recently read a book with #shadow in the title! #fallisbooked

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover!! 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

This was an easy read with diverse characters and a great MC. I like that the author combined the spirit world with the art world, and there was enough creepy to keep my interest.
#booked2019 #pocmcparanormal

Cinfhen Great review and awesome photo!! 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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Nothing like a book and coffee while snuggled under a nice #blanket! #fallisbooked
🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so jealous!! I‘m freezing at a ballgame 🥶🥶🥶 3y
OriginalCyn620 Oh no! Hope you can a warm up soon! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 I‘m in the truck now!! Lol 😂 3y
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MrBook
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Today‘s author spotlight: Daniel José Older! The 39-year-old Cambridge, Massachusetts, native has one sibling, an older sister. He was an emergency medical technician in #NYC, working on his writing when he had free nights, until 2014. He started the successful campaign to have the World Fantasy Award statuette changed from H.P. Lovecraft‘s image to Octavia Butler‘s because of Lovecraft‘s racism. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

vivastory I've been meaning to check out Malka Older's work 3y
ozma.of.oz Love him! Such fun! He narrates a few of his own books too! 3y
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LibrarianRyan
Shadowshaper: Legacy | Daniel Jos Older
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I am glad to prove myself not crazy for thinking there was a third book. It has just been so long since book 2.

January 7, 2020

#CoverLove
#YAedition

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Jasxnicole
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

I was drawn to this book from just the cover, but then digging into the story kept me just as interested. Anything dealing with art will always catch my attention, but throwing in a little bit of magic and slight horror movie elements was right up my alley.

I loved the layers to Sierra‘s character and all of the shadowshaping scenes were described so beautifully, I could see them in my head.

#popsugar2019

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Jasxnicole
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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May/June Wrap-up 📚

I only managed to get a few books checked off of my list here and there over the past two months, but they were all pretty great picks. My TBR stack still seems to be growing (🙈), so hopefully I can knock some more off in the next month or two 🤞🏾

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some good reads there, well done! 💖📖💖 3y
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Jasxnicole
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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I love Sierra! 😆

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Spacebrujita
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
Pickpick

Short but action-packed, this story deals with the things we inherit whether we know them or not.

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Jasxnicole
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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The beginnings of a beautiful relationship😏😊

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Writeme
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Panpan

Latest book for our library‘s YA book club for adults: Young At Heart. Not my favorite. Grounded in PR Brooklyn, but hard to know what is relative to PR traditions, culture, etc. or what is souped up to support the wild and slightly incoherent plot. Characters seem representational, with nothing to make me care about them. Would have put it down early had I not been expected to help lead the discussion. #librarylife

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Kasie
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
Mehso-so

I thought that this was a good urban fantasy. The side characters are all really likable. I had a harder time with the main characters Sierra and Robbie. It had a very unique concept to how magic works in our world.

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Kasie
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Been listening to this at work. It is very interesting the way they put magic in this modern world. Who doesn‘t love art.

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veronicaeye
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I'm listening to the audio book & this passage was so sweet to hear this morning. Slight spoiler...

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Gillyreads
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Afternoon break

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LazyLimaLife
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

A really fun read! Also a diverse YA book with Puerto Rican and Dominican leads. The story has some issues but the storytelling is fast, fun and full of adventure. Where the story lags is the abundance of characters who aren‘t fully developed. It was hard to track.

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LazyLimaLife
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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I‘m enjoying this soooo much! It‘s supernatural. It‘s diverse. It‘s a little scary. It‘s also funny. 🇵🇷 🇺🇸 👻

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RebL
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I don‘t do scary, so I had to listen to this during the day. The good news is my lawn is mowed, my carport is clean, house projects completed.... Did I mention I don‘t do scary?
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#TFOB

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ReviewsMayVary
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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‪My kid‘s friend came over in the summer to borrow a book and i butted in and loaned her a few faves of mine. Including several hard covers. I was immediately filled with the warm, squishy feeling of INSTANT REGRET. I just found the picture documenting the books. Urgh. ⚰️#YALit #KindnessOrStupidity?

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GatheringBooks
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Mehso-so

#BlackCatChallenge Day 8: The supernatural aspect in this fantasy novel had a touch of folk legend wrapped around it. This unique ability of Sierra as #Witch, passed down in her family across generations, is believed to be part of her ancestry, with her comatose abuelo perceived as the once-leader of this community of artists able to sense spirits, serving as conduits through spellbinding stories, art, and music. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-bBt

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Deborah42
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

A rollicking good start to a new (to me) YA fantasy series.

Sierra Santiago has to rethink her summer plans when weird stuff starts happening. She sees a painting cry, and then her comatose grandfather starts apologizing for putting her in danger.

Sierra discovers that she is a Shadowshaper, a person whose art can host spirits who will do her bidding. Meanwhile, someone is killing other Shadowshapers. And that someone is after Sierra.

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JacquelynLovesYou

Listening on audio at work today for 6 hours. Engrossing. Two hours to go!

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MarticaMustRead
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

🎧📖🤓 #Audiobook #AudioWalk #DiverseReads #Fantasy #LibrarianLife #WorkPerks

Solid 3🌟's.

Much like the diversity of produce that I saw at last week's farmer's market held in front of my work building, I thoroughly enjoyed the rich cultural diversity & expression in this well narrated audiobook. I only wish that Older had given us more exploration into the mysterious history & past of both Sierra's mom & her grandfather. I would've loved more!

CoffeeNBooks This is on my TBR list! 4y
MarticaMustRead In that case I'd recommend the audio version @CoffeeNBooks - the narrator does a great job and nailed NY accents !😊👍 4y
CoffeeNBooks @MarticaMustRead Great! I'll check it out. 4y
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Julsmarshall
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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New basket for books next to my bed 😄 #decoratingwithbooks

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s really cute! 5y
BarbaraJean Oooh, I like that idea! 5y
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callunakeep Oooh! What is the taller black book with the awesome little graphics??? 5y
callunakeep @Julsmarshall Thanks! It sounds (and looks) wonderful! TBR!!🤓 5y
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mdemanatee
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Today‘s #worklisten. Though I am having trouble focusing since it‘s Friday, so I may switch to music for the afternoon. This is a really good audio production and I want to give it more of my brain.

MarriedtoMrT Yes! Such a good audiobook. 5y
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TheNextBook
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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This took me forever to read. Not because it was bad but because life and so yeah! Regardless, this was really fun read. The characters are great! I love that this story brims with culture and tradition and family! My pet peeve with this novel is one that I have had with plenty of other novels and it has to do with the way secrets are kept and how that does/does not drive the plot.

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TheNextBook
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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I feel like I‘ve had this for a while and always kept it in the back of my mind. I feel like now is the perfect time to dive in!

JSW This is supposed to be fantastic!! 5y
TNbookworm I love this cover💕 5y
TheNextBook @JSW It‘s starting off good! 5y
TheNextBook @TNbookworm it is gorgeous!!!!! 5y
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ReviewsandReadathons
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Pickpick

Loved this one!! The magic is so wonderful and the setting just adds to it so well. A great diverse fantasy read! First book down for #readathon!

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megt
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Mehso-so

I think this is a case of “it‘s not you, it‘s me.” I‘ve enjoyed Daniel José Older‘s work in the past so I went in to this one with some high expectations. This is a good book with fun characters and great storytelling, but it didn‘t blow me away like I expected it to. Some day I‘ll learn to go into books with no expectations! I still recommend checking this one out (and DJO‘s other work), especially if you like your fantasy mixed with reality.

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josie281
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Pickpick

This was a free audiobook last summer from that program @LibrarianRyan shared. Puerto Rican heroine who was spunky and relatable. Throw in art and spirits and BOOM! Yes, some parts were predictable, but that happens! Great YA! Narrator of audiobook did a good job.
Candle from @Robothugs and it smells amazing. #mtTBR

LibrarianRyan Yeah. There is a sequel. 5y
LibrarianRyan Audiobooksync starts again next month. !! 5y
Robothugs I can smell it all the way on the east coast 🤤 5y
josie281 @LibrarianRyan I will read it after I finish my #mtTBR challenge and thanks for the heads up!! 5y
josie281 @Robothugs it‘s all of my favorite smells! 5y
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josie281
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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#mttbr This was a freebie from last summer. So far, so good! 🎨 🐉

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OneBookishBabe
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Hoping this is a good as this cover looks. #PrettyCover #WeekendsAreForReading #BookishBabe #BookLover

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BookishShelly
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
Pickpick

Good action-packed fantasy novel. It‘s YA and I think teens will like it even more than I did.

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Kristelh
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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Finished. First book of #tbrFebruary. YA diversity, urban fantasy

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Kristelh
Shadowshaper | Daniel Jos Older
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#tbrfebruary Currently reading Shadowshaper and The Third Man. Blonde is at 33%

Kristelh Oh, also reading The Power 5y
Chili I read Endurance and thought it was really interesting. I can‘t imagine going through something like that. I‘m only 24% on Blonde, but I‘m really enjoying it. 5y
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Kristelh
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