Book: The Shadow and the Rose (The Ash Grove Chronicles) by Amanda DeWeescategories: Book, Teen, YA, Supernatural, Romance, Magic, North Carolina, Pregnancy, Tam Lin, Love Story, High School, Young Adult Paranormal
Amanda DeWeesabout this book: I love stories with courageous heroines and supernatural villains, but I've always found it hard to relate to lead characters who have super powers or amazing demon-killing abilities—or several guys competing for their affections. When I wrote "The Shadow and the Rose," I decided that Joy, my heroine, wouldn't be any of those things. She's smart, funny, and brave, and she'll fight tooth and nail for anyone she loves—but she's not beautiful, super-strong, psychic, or Humanity's Last Hope. She's someone I would love to hang out with—whether or not the fate of the world is in her hands.
And the guy she's fighting for, Tanner Lindsey? Mercy. If there's one thing sexier than a gorgeous guy who loves you, it's one who also *needs* you. And Tanner needs Joy like crazy. Thanks to creepy relationship with the seductive older woman Melisande—a powerful but sinister supermodel—he's got a big hole where his self-confidence should be. It's up to Joy to convince him that he has the strength he needs to get out of Melisande's grasp... before she kills him. Because Melisande isn't human. And she has no intention of letting Tanner out of her hands—dead or alive.
Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at an exclusive high school for the performing arts... which Joy discovers is rife with supernatural energy... "The Shadow and the Rose" is full of suspense, romance, and humor. Readers will fall in love with the snarky, lovable characters and the scenic yet surprising world of Ash Grove. If you loved the romance of "Twilight" and are tired of gritty post-apocalyptic settings, you owe it to yourself to check out "The Shadow and the Rose"!
• "The author portrays Joy and her friends smart and easy to love ... A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery." — Kirkus Reviews
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