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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Playing Catch Up! Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

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Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan
Genre: Young Adult (Fractured Fairy Tale / Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Harper Teen

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best. 

Reign of Shadows is the first book in the Reign of Shadows series by Sophie Jordan. I didn't realize this was a retelling of Rapunzel until after I read it, but looking back...princess hiding in a tower.. hmm yeah, I can see it now.

I absolutely loved Luna and her stubborn, strong personality. At times, she seemed so delicate. Then her inner lion would come out. She was great. Fowler has this rough and tough exterior, but he was also lonely I think. In this world, it's scary to get too close to someone. They have lost so much. There are dangerous creatures, dangerous people, and a dangerous king. The setting and mood for this story was so well put together and unique. I feel very invested in these characters. I can't wait until the next book!

When we left the Black Woods, it was like stepping out from a dream. There were trees, but fewer and more spread out. There was also the occasional fallow field and forgotten cottage. With less foliage obscuring the sky, it actually seemed brighter. Moonlight dappled the land. I could see farther, but of course that meant we could be seen, too.

Luna seemed to sense the change, too, and not simply in the terrain. She sensed it in me. Her expression became more pensive and her face repeatedly turned in my direction as though she was seeking something from me—something I couldn’t give her.

More than once, she had made me feel like who I used to be. I couldn’t be that person anymore. I couldn’t get lost in her smiles or her voice or her touch on my skin. I definitely couldn’t get lost in her lips. Not if I wanted to keep us both alive.

A bat swell passed, obscuring the sky for a few moments, hiding the glow of the moon.

Luna didn’t even glance up to the sky. She simply kept moving.

I frowned. She was different from that girl I first met in the tower. It was bound to happen. Out here, no one was untouched.

She fell in beside me and I spared her a glance. I reached out as though to touch her, but stopped short. There was no need. I didn’t want to watch her break. I didn’t want her to turn into this twisted, hardened scrap of what she used to be.

I didn’t want her to be me.

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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

To learn more about Sophie Jordan and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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