Review: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow (Spoiler Free)

the prophecy of shadows

Title: The Prophecy of Shadows

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers–and, to her dismay, by Blake–the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers over the elements. But the comet has another effect–it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

Michelle Madow has done it again! Though her Remembrance series wasn’t really my cup of tea, I did enjoy the Secret Diamond Sisters. One of my favorite things about Michelle Madow is that her writing is just so easy to read and enjoyable. She crafts characters that you can relate to easily and really begin to root for. The Prophecy of Shadows was everything I like about Michelle’s writing and storytelling skills embodied!

In The Prophecy of Shadows, Michelle introduces a cool new take on witches that involves Greek mythology (something I’ve never really read much about before). I really appreciated the fresh new spin on a paranormal element that has been around for quite some time. I thought Michelle created a world and magic system that wasn’t quite like anything I’d ever seen before, and I loved it. When you take the awesome, new spin on magic and couple it with a cast of lovable, very real characters, you get a recipe for an awesome book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in paranormal elements or mythology. I give it four out of five stars, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

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