Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1) by MarcyKate Connolly

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

For the hardback, see ISBN13: 9781492649953.The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Da...

Details Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

TitleShadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Jabberwocky
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Reviews Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

  • Mischenko
    This review can also be seen @ Weaver is a middle-grade fantasy with a gripping plot that reads like a fairy tale. The main character in the book is Emmeline, a 12-year-old girl who has a magical ability to mold shadows into different forms and manipulate them. She uses these shadows in different ways, but the most important shadow is her best friend Dar.Emmeline is hidden away from the outside world...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is a fantasy kids book that is absolutely thrilling. Emmeline can control her shadows and she has a companion, her own shadow, Dar. She talks to Dar and Dar talks to her. Dar plays tricks on people which gets Emmeline in trouble and shunned. People are afraid of Emmeline. Then some people want to take Emmeline away, she and Dar run away...I can't spoil it but there is more to her life then she knew, and she jus...
  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    This book of MarcyKate Connolly is a fantasy fiction novel that tells about the story of Emmeline, one of the lucky people who was bestowed by the Cerelia Comet to possessed a magical power within them. She can mold shadows around her into anything she would like it to appear, thus she's called a shadow weaver; a certain shadow also always accompanies her and its name is Dar. Emmeline was born and grew up with Dar who is always beside her; she tr...
  • Shadowdenizen
    06-07-17: Pre-Read. More thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! The existing reviews have already gotten me super excited for this!***First impression: Only a few chapters in, and I'm already enraptured by the authors lyrical prose quality, as well as being invested in both Emmeline & Dar already!***06-08-17: Full disclosure first… Thanks to Netgalley, as always, for the ARC, it’s most appreciated, but this in no way impacted my review in anyway.As...
  • Zainab Shah
    I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewAll I have to say is that this was an awesome fantasy book! Also it's a pretty light read so I'm sure everyone would enjoy this even if you don't read any fantasy.
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    Shadow Weaver is an atmospheric, haunting story that immediately ensnares the reader. This may be written for a middle grade audience, but it begs for adult readership as well. MarcyKate Connolly weaves a tale that keeps you trapped in her world until the very end.Emmeline is a child that's easy to like and want to protect. Also, like most children she's also easy to manipulate and scare. Throughout the story I continually wanted to step into the...
  • Jessaka
    Enchanting. A play of shadow and light. Children have always been fascinated by their own shadows. When I was young I made shadow puppets on the walls of my bedroom. My teenage friend, Paulette, invited me to spend the night at her house once, and the full moon came streaming into her bedroom window, lighting the wall opposite it. Paulette positioned herself in front of the window and began to mimic Peter Pam’s climbing into a bedroom through t...
  • Angelica
    When I first saw this book cover on NetGalley several months ago, I knew I simply had to get it. Much like the cover, Shadow Weaver is creepy, and eerie, and dark. Sadly, it was not enough to keep me hooked or make me love it.While the story itself is interesting, I the writing style didn't fully do it for me. It seemed too simplistic at times, even for a middle-grade novel. There was something about it that never fully got me fall into the world...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Loved this cool, dark little adventure. I'm excited to read the sequel next year. RTC
  • Alexis
    * I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* I have to say I was really surprised with this book. I though it was going to be an okay read, but I loved it. The last half of the book is amazing! Plus a plot twist I didn't even see coming. We have the main character Emmeline who has special powers to manipulate the shadows. Her parents are afraid of her and want her "cured", from there everything spirals out. I reall...
  • Riley Redgate
    Ohhh, this book is so wonderful. Vivid yet spare, with children's-story creepiness abound.Hold your breath for 2018, folks. (But like. Figuratively.)
  • Enchantress debbicat ☮
    4 Stars! Emmeline's best friend is her shadow, Dar, and, actually, her only friend. In the book, a handful of children are blessed with magic talents every 25 years when a comet passes over. Those that can do magic are often viewed with fear. Emmeline's parents want to send her away to "cure" her of magic. Her gift is controlling shadows. To prevent her parents from sending her away, Emmeline strikes a deal with Dar, which will make her human aga...
  • Carina Olsen
    I have been so excited to read this book for ages now. I adored the other books by MarcyKate, and couldn't wait to read more books by her. So happy to have been able to read an eARC of this book early. It's so stunning. I wish I could say that I loved this book like I wanted to, but oh, I sadly had some issues too.There are parts of this book that I loved a lot. Found the story pretty incredible. But because of some issues that I had with some th...
  • stardustreader
    I just finished Shadow Weaver by Marcykate Connolly and it was such a quick, cute book. The twists and turns in this book have me wanting more. I can(and will) easily recommend it to anyone of any age looking for a short yet wonderful read. MarcyKate weaves a wonderful tale in just 163 pages, her writing strong and characters realistic, The book leaves on a cliffhanger and I hope the publisher picks up the next book. The charactersEmmeline is a r...
  • Leah
    Sadly, Shadow Weaver didn’t live up to my expectations. I was bored to the point where it took me nearly a week to read this 300-page Middle Grade novel. Half the time I just didn’t care to pick up the book. While the world and magical abilities were intriguing, the characters weren’t all that memorable and I don’t feel invested enough to check out the sequel.For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
  • Stacie
    Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly, a fantasy for middle-grade readers that reads like a deliciously dark fairytale. Spinning a web around her readers just as protagonist Emmeline crafts her shadows, Connolly has created a world where darkness shines and light is hidden, along with secrets that make the truth hard to distinguish from lies. At the heart of this tale is Emmeline's ever-evolving sense of self and her connections, both good and bad...
  • NaTaya Hastings
    I quite enjoyed this book. It was a little juvenile at times, and some of the main plot points are quite obvious, and when the big "turnaround" comes about at the end, it is no shock because it was quite predictable. However, despite those flaws, the book was a lot of fun to read. The basic premise is that there are people in the world who have been blessed with special powers by a magical comet that only flies by once every generation. One of th...
  • Amber
    I started this book about year ago now, read half of it then stopped.In an effort to work through some of the books that I have half finished, I picked this one up again and finished it in just a few hours.I have to say, I really enjoyed this one. Seeing the pain that little Emmaline held in, watching her shadow tear her apart little by little, it truly made my heart happy to see her friendship with Lucas grow. I am glad that in the end, she went...
  • Mary Johnson
    Middle grade is a genre I've found myself drifting away from. But some of my all-time favorites fall in this category, and since I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from MarcyKate Connolly, I decided to revisit. First of all, I've got to say, SHADOW WEAVER has one of the most stunning covers I've seen in a while. The plot sounded fantastically creepy, and the first paragraph gave me shivers. I mean... I did not reach for my mother like instinc...
  • Ragan Dendy
    *I received a free copy from NetGalley*Every 25 years a comet passes over and grants select unborn children incredible powers. Emmeline is one such child, able to weave shadows into any shape possible. Emmeline's shadow, Dar, is also alive, an Dar is Emmeline's best friend. Em's powers cause fear and distrust to bloom in all of her friends and family, and her parents eventually seek a cure. Emmeline and Dar run away from home, but Dar begins to g...
  • BookishOwlette
    I took one look at this book and instantly wanted to grab it. Whoever worked on the cover art did a marvelous job!Shadow Weaver made me curious from start to finish. Emmeline’s life and her story had me hooked and invested. I'm glad that this is a series because I really do want to know what is going to happen next. This book would be very suitable for a book club. It's interesting and filled with elements that speak to its target audience. I k...
  • Alyson Kent
    Thank you, Netgalley, for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.This is a good read overall, and I know several of the kids that frequent my library that will enjoy the spooky edge this story has. But I also had some small issues with it, too, hence the three star rating. I don't want to go into details because I don't want to give away spoilers, but I just have issues with most of the adults in this story. But I also understand some of why th...
  • Brent Gilson
    I received and ARC of this story and loved it from start to finish. Connolly has done it again with this story. Emmeline is a great character that really demonstrates what it is like for kids that grow up different and struggle to make friends. While set in a world of fantasy and Magic like Connolly's past books (which I highly recommend, and my students love) Shadow Weaver establishes new lore and and world with infinite potential for more stori...
  • Alyx Campbell
    I cannot wait to share this one with the 4th and 5th graders at various elementary schools we visit each month. They are absolutely going to go wild for this one! I thought the plot was well thought out. I had wished there had been some more world-building, since the characters seem to live in a totally different time. I also loved how spooky and creepy Emmaline's voice was at the beginning of the story, but that ghoulishness seemed to diminish t...
  • Christina Reid
    The first time my shadow spoke to me I was a mere infant in the cradle. They say on the night I was born that even the stars fled the sky and the moon hid under a dark cloak. That I was a quiet thing, with a shock of black hair and eyes like glittering onyx. I did not scream like other newborn children. And I did not reach for my mother like instinct should have instructed me.Instead, I held out my tiny arms and smiled at the shadow in the corner...
  • Taylor
    I was lucky enough to recieve an arc from Netgalley to read and review and I cannot begin to tell you how I loved this book.I've always enjoyed middle grade novels because the reader can fully throw themselves into a fantastical world without adult problems getting in the way of the magic of the story. It really enjoyed how Emmeline was not afraid of the shadows. This would really be a great book for kids who are afraid of the dark in my opinion....
  • Caitlin Christensen
    3.5 stars! Emmeline was born with the gift of shadow weaving in her blood - she can exert her power of shadows, going so far as to even turn them into tangible things. To top it off, her own shadow, nicknamed Dar, speaks to her and happens to be her best friend. Emmeline loves Dar, but no one else even believes she exists. It's unheard of for a shadow weaver to be able to talk to shadows as if they are living things, and this supposed power of he...
  • Lindsay
    Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar. Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble's mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees...