Shadow Girl

Shadow Girl

The house on Arrow Island is full of mystery. Yet when Mei arrives, she can?t help feeling relieved. She?s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man?s daughter if it means a break from her normal life?her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved. What M The house on Arrow Island is full of mystery. Yet when Mei arrives, she can?t help feeling relieved....

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Title:Shadow Girl
Author:Liana Liu
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:0062306677
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Shadow Girl Reviews

  • Laura (midorireads)
    Jan 24, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

  • Amy
    Dec 24, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Oct 01, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    Nov 21, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Dec 25, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

  • Jeraca
    Jul 06, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would ta...

  • Emmy Lou
    Jan 20, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

  • Miranda
    Jan 11, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

  • ElphaReads
    Mar 01, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would ta...

    This was the most unghostie ghostie book I've read. I was expecting ghosts on islands, ghosts haunting little girls, ghosts haunting big girls, ghosts in lighthouses, ghosts in creepy rich islands, ghosts in dreams, ghosts out of dreams, ghosts doing scary things, ghosts doing thril...

    This book probably isn't what you are expecting from the blurb and, due to that, I think it's likely to disappoint a lot of people. While it pitches itself as a supernatural mystery, it really isn't. The potential ghost isn't mentioned all the much and, beside a few nightmares, there a...

    I love a good haunted house story, as living in a home that has the remnants of the dead sharing the space is creepy as all get out. As someone who has possibly lived in a strange house in the past (I WANT TO BELIEEEEEVE), I really enjoy stories that let me relive that time without hav...

  • Llinos
    Aug 28, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Dec 02, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

  • Sarah
    Oct 21, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

  • Lissa {rabidreadings}
    Oct 18, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

  • Jessica
    Jan 15, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

  • Cassandra
    Jan 28, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

  • Christine
    Jan 23, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

  • Hollis
    Dec 05, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

  • rachel • typed truths
    Oct 30, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

  • Alice Hartman
    Dec 27, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

  • Rich in Color
    Feb 11, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 07, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would ta...

    This was the most unghostie ghostie book I've read. I was expecting ghosts on islands, ghosts haunting little girls, ghosts haunting big girls, ghosts in lighthouses, ghosts in creepy rich islands, ghosts in dreams, ghosts out of dreams, ghosts doing scary things, ghosts doing thril...

    This book probably isn't what you are expecting from the blurb and, due to that, I think it's likely to disappoint a lot of people. While it pitches itself as a supernatural mystery, it really isn't. The potential ghost isn't mentioned all the much and, beside a few nightmares, there a...

    I love a good haunted house story, as living in a home that has the remnants of the dead sharing the space is creepy as all get out. As someone who has possibly lived in a strange house in the past (I WANT TO BELIEEEEEVE), I really enjoy stories that let me relive that time without hav...

    Honestly, I'm not really sure what this book was supposed to be about. The ending just fizzled out, leaving a lot of hanging threads and a feeling of "who cares?" Her time with the family comes a very abrupt and strange end, and the last chapter at college just came out of nowhere too....

  • Mandy
    Jul 24, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would ta...

    This was the most unghostie ghostie book I've read. I was expecting ghosts on islands, ghosts haunting little girls, ghosts haunting big girls, ghosts in lighthouses, ghosts in creepy rich islands, ghosts in dreams, ghosts out of dreams, ghosts doing scary things, ghosts doing thril...

  • Kim Dyer
    Dec 10, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

    I normally don?t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. ...

    This book disappointed me. Review to come. ...

    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would ta...

    This was the most unghostie ghostie book I've read. I was expecting ghosts on islands, ghosts haunting little girls, ghosts haunting big girls, ghosts in lighthouses, ghosts in creepy rich islands, ghosts in dreams, ghosts out of dreams, ghosts doing scary things, ghosts doing thril...

    This book probably isn't what you are expecting from the blurb and, due to that, I think it's likely to disappoint a lot of people. While it pitches itself as a supernatural mystery, it really isn't. The potential ghost isn't mentioned all the much and, beside a few nightmares, there a...

  • Jay G
    Dec 22, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Jan 12, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

  • Jill Hughes
    Jan 04, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

  • Hafsa Sabira
    May 06, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

  • Annie (Diverse Reads)
    Nov 06, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

  • Taylor
    Nov 16, 2017

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...

    ? Mei (mc) is biracial, Chinese-American ? Chinese-American scs, including her brother and best friend (Doris) ? Mei's mother is Chinese and has an undiagnosed hoarding disorder ...

    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book. ...

    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I?m still not disappointed. ...

    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combinati...

    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so re...

    #ownvoices This was all over the place. Plot holes, loose ends... I think she was trying to do too much and it didn't work unfortunately. 2018 AtY "own voices" ...

    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing...

  • Michael
    Mar 31, 2018

    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I ju...

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, a...

    -- Initial Post Reading Thoughts While Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn?t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was l...

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation ho...

    DNF at 49% It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, t...

    I have mixed feelings about this book. You know those books that have nothing technically wrong with it? The plot is cohesive and moving. The characters have a distinct voice and drive. The characters are even likable and struggle and change and grow. But there just seems to be some...

    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are ...

    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go i...

    Abstract: Mei is a lower-middle class Asian-American teenager trying to live up to the high performance expected from her and concentrates solely on earning some extra money for her college and her family. So, when she receives an offer of being an educational tutor to Ella Morison...

    It?s only January right now, and I?ve found one of my favorite books of the year. For reference, my favorite last year was a belated reading of Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung. Like Lucy and Linh, Liana Liu?s Shadow Girl is another incredible read with a heroine from a low-income Asi...

    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everythin...

    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise. ...

    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn?t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I?m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right...

    This was a heck of a page-turner ? I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons? island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked tog...

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Islan...

    I bought this book at the promise of supernatural/horror mystery, but sadly it isn't really that at all in the end. There's genuine creepiness when the story is focused on the supernatural, yet it just fails to capitalize. It could have been a disturbing look into the history of the is...