Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1) by MarcyKate Connolly

Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

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: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmelin...

Details Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

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

Reviews Shadow Weaver (Shadow Weaver #1)

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.)
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • K.A. Wiggins
    Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected digital proof via NetGalleyThis story had some really interesting ideas but didn't hold my attention as well as I'd have liked. The relationship between the main character and her shadow (invisible friend?) is interesting, unique, and offers some unusual opportunities to show a story from a very interior perspective. I really liked the setup and premise. Adult readers will very quickly pick up on the fact that th...
  • Bran Pendergrass
    I was offered this ARC for an honest review from Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS JabberwockyI was not sure that I was going to like this book I ended up loving it and I bought it to read to my niece when she comes over! I was surprised how rich the imagery was and Lordy mercy that plot twist had me waging my mouth open like a buffoon! I even could relate to the main character Emmeline and thought that it was a great coming of age storyline! I believe t...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    Once upon a time, children with talents were admired and cherished, as their gifts were bestowed on them every twenty-five years from a magical comet. Now they are hunted by the nefarious Lady Aisling, but twelve-year old shadow weaver Emmaline knows nothing of this. Isolated and alone save for her shadow companion (who no one believes exists) after a series of mysterious accidents injure her childhood friends, Emmaline has nothing to do but play...
  • Cindee
    I loved this book a great first book to a duology I am looking forward to that next book. I loved how the story was told and all of the characters were very interesting. I loved Emmeline and was suspicious of Dar from the beginning I liked the other characters like Lucas and his parents. I loved how the story was told it was written so well. So overall I really enjoyed this book looking forward to the next one.
  • Nannette Demmler
    Don’t you just love that cover? It really sets the tone for this book quite well. It was one of the reasons I picked up the galley, plus the summary. I was very curious about what a shadow weaver was, how she came about her powers and what exactly was Dar? Emmeline was an endearing character, although I felt sorry for her throughout most of the book. She was immensely naive at times, especially when it came to Dar. But once you reflect on her u...