Genre: Young Adult (Historical Fiction/Paranormal Romance)
Published: December 13, 2012
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?
Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.
There is so much going on in Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman, that I don't know where to start. You can tell the details within this story were very well thought out by the author. I was held captive from beginning to end. There were several characters, and they all added something to the story as a whole. The main characters were lovable I felt very invested in their lives while I read. I'm not familiar with all the legends and histories behind the Navajo people, but the book definitely peaks my interest to learn more about them. Jen Minkman is from the Netherlands and translated this book into English herself. In some translated books, things can get lost in translation or they feel choppy in places, but that was not the case with this book. I'm very impressed by this author. I don't know if there are plans for this to turn into a series, but the potential is there for a sequel. At the same time, it stands on its own very well. Shadow of Time was a true reading adventure!
The ARC of Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
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About the Author:
Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.
'I have always been drawn to writing. My first book was a sci-fi novel at the age of eight, which I painstakingly typed out on my dad's typewriter and illustrated myself. Nowadays, I stick to poetry, paranormal romance, chicklit and/or fantasy. In my home country, I am the first-ever published writer of paranormal romance, and I will gradually make my books also available in English (seeing I have to re-write and translate the books myself, this will take some time!
To learn more about Jen Minkman and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook & Twitter.