Review: Dance in Shadow and Whisper by Sarah Godfrey + Victoria DeRubeis

Posted September 8, 2013 by Sophia

The Marionettes of Myth Saga #1
Author: Sarah Godfrey, Victoria DeRubeis
Released Date: June 19, 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Kali unexpectedly discovers on her first day of human high school that she’s forbidden to eat or partake of the toilet during class time, the assigned history and species books look best on the shelves of popular fiction, and the boy she’s watching over is definitely a reincarnated war lord.

The highest powers of Kali’s people and the highest powers of Yuuhi’s people, irreconcilable enemies, designated them to find proof that Jason is, in fact, the reincarnated Ares.

All Yuuhi sees in Jason is the typical scrawny, socially inept emo kid dressed in conflicting shades of black. But Kali sees that Jason’s shadow is bigger than he is, and if the powers of Yuuhi’s people find out, Jason won’t be human much longer.

The desire to protect him from an unexpected visitor brings out her most dangerous sides. Something’s changing in her, something she can’t control, and she’s not afraid of Jason mutating into a creature of the shadows more than she’s afraid she’s becoming something even worse.

And the highest powers will be watching her.

Disclaimer: The authors provided a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The review is not influenced in any way.

     Basically from the first chapter, I was pretty hooked. Actually, I would say the first sentence, but that could have changed from sentence two or even sentence three.
     Though if I said I nearly chucked the book across the room after sentence one, I would be telling a white lie.
     So I actually did like Dance in Shadow & Whisper. Really liked it. And I pretty much believed I was in for a good read from sentence one. In fact, I would have recommend it to my school book club but due to language, I would probably get whacked in the head. Literally.
     Yeah. Not happening. I’m the last fan of migraines and headaches (and bruises). I’m pretty sure the lot of us are as well.
     But here are a few reasons why I really liked the book and labeled it potential book club recommendation:

  • I think this tends to be the very obvious in a lot of books I read: the idea. Demons vs. Vampires. Finally vampires have a new group of people they don’t really like that aren’t called werewolves.
    • ABOUT TIME – in my very humble opinion. Not that anyone cares because they’re probably too busy screaming “Team Jacob!” or perhaps “Team Teen Wolf!” (I probably made the Team Teen Wolf up. It is about werewolves after all.
  • I loved almost all of the characters’ personalities, in which most are humorous and witty. But I particularly liked Kali, who is the main character in the book and seems to be a really fun person to be around (pigtails, lol).
  • Even though there are a few different POV changes throughout the book, it’s easy to tell who’s POV it is when it’s not Kali.
  • The ending. Literally. If I say why I like it, I’ll spill the milk and I might get haunted in the middle of the night. Because really…

     It was flawless in the transition. That’s all I’m going to say about the ending. But now I’m in another waiting room… just keep waiting.
     That’s all I’m going to say and I refuse to say any more. But for Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis’s debut novel, Dance in Shadow & Whisper is definitely worth a read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

~Happy Reading!

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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