Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Shadow Girl

The house on Arrow Island is full of mystery.Yet when Mei arrives, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved. What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison ho...

Details Shadow Girl

TitleShadow Girl
Release DateDec 19th, 2017
GenreMystery, Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews Shadow Girl

  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a contemporary story about a girl staying in a haunted house. Mei was a nice girl, and she worked so hard to try and get somewhere in life. She also really cared for her family, and was irritated by the way her brother behaved.The storyline in this was about Mei being hired as an academic tutor by a rich family, and being asked to move into their su...
  • Rachel Lightwood
    Shadow Girl was a poorly paced borefest. I do not understand why this is being pitched as a paranormal mystery when it was so clearly not. The supposed ghost lore is mentioned only a handful of times, and even then, it is not a focus of the story. It was not remotely spooky. There are a few bumps and wails in the night, but they could - and were - easily explained away. It was mostly driven by the fact that Ella, Mei’s student, claims her room ...
  • Lissa {rabidreadings}
    The mystery was the driving force for me as I wasn’t a fan of any of the characters. I needed to know what was happening, why it was happening, was there actually something happening?! I’m like a dog with a bone when it comes to unanswered questions so Shadow Girl hit all the right marks with the mystery. Right up until the end.. where I was left wanting more regarding the conclusion.In many ways the thing that may interest the reader is the ...
  • Cathryn
    This was a heck of a page-turner – I was totally hooked by the gothic creepiness and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the Morisons’ island. I loved how that atmosphere echoed the way Mei felt trapped in her family life, and the way the ghost story paralleled and linked together with Mei’s personal journey. An evocative and memorable read.Read the full review at Starship Library
  • Jeraca
    I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Mei has been working one way or another for the past few years and has everything planned out. First she started as a camp counselor and learned how to deal with hyper, wild children. Then she would talk to those kids parents about how she was doing tutoring throughout the summer and throughout school, getting those same kids that she has already learned about their ...
  • Angelica (The Bookish Angel)
    I received an ARC of this book from Edelweiss but it doesn't affect my review in any way. Rating 3.5Shadow Girl was the book I needed to get me up from my reading and blogging/reviewing slump. It's not a book that may win literary awards but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it's all that matters.From reading the synopsis you may get a super creepy vibe but the book wasn't really like that. Well I admit that I almost stopped reading it because...
  • Lauren
    Shadow Girl was an intriguing novel that as I started to read, did not think I would like but ended up enjoying. Liu's writing is standard but good, and her characters are well developed and interesting. There were a few plot points that bothered me for their inconsistencies, but otherwise this was a solid contemporary read with a creepier, ghostly subplot that seems to have a larger meaning but I struggled to see the overarching connection at th...
  • Elisabeth
    Needs more show and less tell, plus a heavy dose of pruning. I was also hoping for more ghostly goings on, but I found the plot interesting enough to stick with it through the end. I was lucky enough to read an ePub before publication provided by Edelweiss, so I'm sure the final product will be much more polished.
  • Julie
    This book seemed scary but it really wasn't. It was about a girl getting a job being a nanny, but helping out the family. There might be a curse on the island or family. Some romance in the book.
  • Brittany
    (ARC) LOVED LOVED LOVED -> More on the blog! you Liana for the ARC for #bookodyssey!
  • Natasha
    If you're looking for a horror/ghostly tale then you might be disappointed because the paranormal encounters are very few and far between. This is more akin to The Nanny Diaries but with an Asian academic tutor to the rich kids and her tale trying to adapt to the goings on of the rich.
  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    I really enjoyed this one, but the ending was a little lacking to me and I'm not sure I feel entirely satisfied. mini review to come