Wind and Shadow Review (4 of 5 stars)
There’s a saying that seems to be pretty popular in my general circles these days that seems to fit this book. “I had all the feels.” If you’re not familiar with the phrase, it basically means that you had a whole bunch of emotions about whatever you’re talking about. I can honestly say that this book made me have “all the feels”.
Let me get this out of the way right now. This is a good book. You should read it. However, let me also say that if you like your romance novels neat and tidy and happily ever after, you might want to buy a chaser book to read immediately after this one. The ending does not resolve the story. Some people are okay with that and others are not. Personally, I finished this book and immediately vowed to only read happy fairy tales for the immediate future. But then I came to my senses and got over it. Sometimes we can’t help our gut reactions and well…I wanted things to work out differently.
Wind and Shadow is the story of Rayven Woods and Grant Michaels. Well, it’s the story of many other things, but they are the two main characters. Rayven was run out of town when she was a teenager because her witchly powers caused a terrible accident. Grant Michaels always loved her, even when he thought she might be a murderer. Years later, Rayven is back, forced to return to the town that hates her because she’s homeless and penniless.
When she comes back to town, a series of events (which isn’t her fault by the way) transpires to bring about a terrible fate to many in the town. Rayven must try to set things right and protect those she loves.
Wind and Shadow is very well written. It is quite fast paced and there were times I did not want to put the book down. I actually considered taking my bus four stops past my house just so I could keep reading. (What? You’ve never done this before? There would have been another bus to bring me home. Eventually.)
I loved the characters. They were well written, multi-layered, and true to themselves in their reactions. I wish, though, that there had been more of the supporting characters. Andrea could have been so much more than she was. Jason has more of a story to tell. Even Rayven herself could have let us in on more of who she was, her thoughts and emotions. I had one main complaint with how the story ended. I won’t spoil it, so let me speak in generalities. When a person does something that they realize hurts them, they are apt not to do it again. Yet these characters did. Again and again. I would have liked to see them learn just a bit more from their past mistakes. However, there’s another book in this series. I do hope that they learn their lessons.
This is a rather quick, emotional, thrill-ride of a read. I recommend it, but just have a sappy little happy-ever-after tale ready to go as a chaser.
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Tags: Grant, Rayven, Tori L. Ridgewood, Wind and Shadow, Witches
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