Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review: Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell

About The Book:
(from Goodreads)

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

What I Thought:

Loved it! Simple as that! Ok...I guess I'll elaborate a bit more. *smile*

1. I knew I'd like it because it was based on "small town" Louisiana. I tend to be harder on these books because I like to see an author capture the right "feel." Saundra did it here. She literally got the feel of summer in LA and the general everyday craziness that is our special blend of people LOL!

2. I liked the mystery of the story and the ghostly events that made it such a mystery. It was great following this group of kids as they tried to figure out what was going on.

So overall, I REALLY enjoyed it! I hope you'll check it out if you haven't yet!

**review copy: gift


  1. Wow! It does sound interesting. I think I may have to check this out. Thanks so much.

  2. I'll have to take a look at this one too. I live in a small town in Louisiana too! I know what you mean about a lot of authors not getting it right a lot of the time. I think it was the Ya Ya Sisterhood that was having a Thanksgiving Crawfish Boil. I was like what???

  3. Sounds like a great mystery. Isn't it weird reading about places you know? There's always a small thing that isn't right--and it's fun to find! Thanks for the recommendation.

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