Shadow of Time
Publication: January 1st 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance | Supernatural Fantasy
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I didn't know what to expect when I started Shadow of Time. Fantasy, perhaps, because of the cover and the labels found on Goodreads. But I was pleasantly surprised that it's actually a mix genres and elements: Chick-lit Romance, Historical Mystery, and Paranormal Romance that leans more toward Supernatural because of the Navajo and spiritual lore, with tendrils reminiscent of time-travel and reincarnation. All was weaved to make a lovely and wonderful spectrum of a story. Jen
While the first half of the book focused more on the romance between Hannah and Josh, and I could've done without some of her fretting over his feelings, her own feelings, and their slight age difference, I really liked the friends-to-lovers aspect and how it, as well as all the other relationships, played an unexpected, atypical role in the plot. Hannah and Josh were not just kindred spirits and romantically drawn to each other as adults; they unknowingly found one another when they were children and were bound before even then. It was incredibly romantic (and heart-breaking) as the rest of the story develops and unfolds.
And I love how the story does. The second half of this book was amazing. I adored all the characters and their interaction. With how the relationships developed, there was a very strong sense of family and it expanding. The supernatural elements were believable and so well described that I got the chills.
But what really captivated me was the Navajo history and beliefs. Jen Minkman, the author, transported me to a different time and culture with historical and primitive details. They enriched the book and added great depth to what could have been just the average Paranormal Romance. I immediately started researching and reading more on the community after I finished the book, wanting to know more and what was and wasn't true fact.
If you're a fan of Paranormal Romance and historical novels, looking for a new take on both, you might want to try Jen Minkman's debut, Shadow of Time.
eBook provided by Jen Minkman in exchange for an honest review.