Blue Shadows Fall, Lenore Stutznegger

About the Book:

“They wear the faces of your loved ones, but are more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Lovely things shouldn’t draw you in and kill you. You almost want them to.”

Seventeen-year-old Blue Haven, gifted with superhuman sight since birth, dreams of becoming a warrior—not that anything’s happened near the wall since Old Man Amos was attacked by that beaver. The Shadow Elves—humans infected by a zombie apocalypse-like plague—have died out over the past 150 years, leaving life altogether boring. In her quiet farming village nestled in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains, warriors are no more than a formality.

But Blue’s unique sight is beginning to show her some troubling things. A suspicious green-eyed outsider. A strikingly beautiful Shadow Elf. These visions can’t be real—because if they are, that means everyone’s been wrong. Dead wrong. They are not the last survivors in the world. And they aren’t prepared for the reality Blue’s eyes are showing her.

The outsiders want in, and they’re hungry.

My Thoughts

Some people live cut off from the world in a tucked-away village, a safe option considering there were once Shadow Elves roaming about, set on taking down anyone in their path. In this village lives Blue, a teenager who has dreams that she knows she won’t be able to follow. Used to hiding her abilities, she tries her best to blend in. A curious teenager, she’s never content to take things at face value. It’s through that curiosity that the book unfolds.

When the review request for this came into my inbox, I was immediately intrigued. It’s not often I say that a book draws you in from the start. So often, books need a few chapters to find their groove, not so with this one. Stutznegger’s freshman novel is going to hook you from the very start. Everything from the setting to the characters is imaginative and vividly detailed. The abilities people have are so creative that I found myself a bit jealous of some of the traits.

If you’re looking for a strong teenage heroine, who goes after what she wants, isn’t afraid to show emotion, and has abilities beyond your imagination, Blue Shadows Fall is your book. This is a super fun mix of fantasy and drama, with a main character that made me laugh a lot. All the characters in this book are wonderfully deep, and I am especially fond of Kaleo.

For now, you can read and like this review on Goodreads.

Blue Shadows Fall is available for preorder on Amazon for $4.99, it releases November 9th.

About the Author

Lenore grew up running barefoot in the woods of Mechanicsville, Virginia with a dog at her side, five crazy siblings, and creative parents. She learned from a young age to hone her talents in art, trust in her voice, and compete for the most marshmallows in “Lucky Charms”. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Fine Art, married the love of her life, and lived in North Carolina for many years. She considers the South to be her happy place. She now resides in Northern California with her handyman husband, four spirited children, a pug, two cats, and backyard chickens in a new kind of crazy paradise. Lenore loves all things fantastical–from Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter to shark and alien movies. Supernatural and humor play equal parts in everything she writes.

Blue Shadows Fall, YA Dark Fantasy, is her debut novel.

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