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
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal

Reviews Shadow Girl

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Shadow Girl is an interesting book, but a little cliche. It's a very generic haunted house tale that boasts a lot of mystery but really doesn't have much of anything mysterious or suspenseful at all in its plot. Some of the characters were very obnoxious too, making it a book that I just wanted to quickly finish.
  • 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...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Mei is an academic tutor saving for college. She takes the job helping Ella as she gets to meet her father, Mr. Morison a powerful man in the financial industry and as a bonus she gets to spend the summer out at their vacation home on Arrow Island. But things are not as easy going as they appear. She is annoyed by Henry, her charge's brother, she is taken advantage of by Nessa, her boss and then ...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    --Initial Post Reading ThoughtsWhile Shadow Girl has an intriguing premise, it sadly fell a little short for me. I was really excited about the fusion of contemporary and mystery/suspense, but unfortunately it didn’t work very well in this case. There was a lot that was left unexplained and not in a good way. I did like the contemporary aspects of the novel though!--What I LikedThe mystery. I really did enjoy the mystery of this story…until I...
  • Hollis
    DNF at 49%It's been a long time since I DNF'd a book but unfortunately SHADOW GIRL wasn't something I could force myself to push through. Sure, I only had an hour and twenty minutes remaining but I just couldn't do it. For a book that was pitched as a paranormal mystery thriller, there was little plot to that affect. Instead we got to experience a rehashing of what the role of an academic tutor meant, watch our protagonist flip flop between likin...
  • rachel • typed truths
    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 ...
  • Amy
    If you are looking for a suspenseful, paranormal mystery, this isn't the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting, broken, (Asian!) heroine in a YA novel that is light on the romance and angst, yet emotionally tumultuous, this is probably for you. My recommendation: go in with no expectations and enjoy! I didn't particularly like this book at first, but it grew on me. The writing is first-person present and full of short, abrupt senten...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I liked this a lot better than I thought I would. It falls in a weird mix of YA contemporary with ghost story so I think that's why it doesn't get more buzz. I liked the main character and the side characters. It does end a bit abruptly however. It is a fast enjoyable read otherwise.
  • 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 ...
  • Llinos 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
  • Jay G
    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel:*I was sent a copy of this by the publisher in exchange for my honest review* One summer, Mei is hired by a wealthy business man and is required to stay on Arrow Island with the family while she tutors Ella. As the summer progresses, she becomes interested in Ella's older brother, Henry. She also notices that at night, mysterious noises ...
  • Emmy Lou
    The ending threw me off a little, but I still really enjoyed this book.
  • Jill Hughes
    I thought this was going to be a lot more haunted and creepy than it was, but I’m still not disappointed.
  • Alice Hartman
    I have just finished reading the very wonderful book Shadow Girl. and I cannot wait to tell others about what an awesome this book is. I must admit that I have been reading very slowly the past few days as I wanted to hold on to this story for a very long time. This book is a combination of mystery, romance, adventure and one surprise after another. The characters are true to life....with a few exceptions which I will not reveal right now. The au...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    I'm kind of conflicted about this book because there wasn't necessarily anything bad about it, but it really wasn't what I was expecting. The book's blurb promises a mystery and a ghost. Both of which you kind of get but... not really. They're kind of in the background to everything else happening in the book, which is Mei dealing with her own issues - such as giving into her boss' demands too easily, trying to appease a young girl who believes i...
  • 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 ...
  • Kim Dyer
    This book probably isn't what you are expecting from the blurb and, due to that, I think it's likely to disappoint a lot of people. While it pitches itself as a supernatural mystery, it really isn't. The potential ghost isn't mentioned all the much and, beside a few nightmares, there aren't really any spooky goings on.Really, it is a contemporary fiction that focuses on a teenage girl from a poor background who becomes a live-in tutor for a very ...
  • Taylor
    wow!! that was extremely sucky!!!! this is not a book. this is a giant massive list . The main character is some negative girl who is the most boring narrator to ever exist. she is so annoying and you dont even see her name ever in the book except the back cover. the only good thing about this book is the cover. it's supposed to be a ghost story, right?? wrong. there is less that 2% of paranormal activity in here. WHat a let down. instead, its t...
  • 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...
  • Jessica
    Spooky ghost books are not my cup of tea, but I loved this. I liked how spoken Chinese was handled - straightforward translation, no tacky fumbling with context clues or exoticized italics. I loved Mei's inner life and her relationship with her mother. So many little details were so real -- from the heavy sense of duty to listening to her mother move around the house and peeling fruit for her. There were so many moments where I was like oh, that'...
  • Caitie
    This book wasn't quite what I was expecting it to be. It wasn't bad, it just seemed like it was written like a first draft, not a complete novel. There was no background on any of the characters, we jump right into the story, which isn't bad, but this didn't work. I never really got to know the main character, and since the book is told in first person, this is a huge problem. Her name was Mei (which I had to find out from the book jacket) who tu...
  • Sarah
    Mei tutors young Ella at her family's wealthy home on Arrow Island. The young girl appears to be withdrawn and strange, but Mei hopes to open Ella up and help her schooling. Soon, supernatural things begin to happen and Ella insists that the house is being haunted by a young girl. Mei works to disprove the haunting, all while attempting to keep the line between her professional and personal life clear. Ella's mother continues to ask Mei to comple...
  • Wisty
    Academic tutor Mei goes to Rich People Island to tutor well-behaved if a little strange Ella, but there's something not right here. Something haunted. A Chinese-American lead? Ghosts? Class differences? The first half of the book absolutely lead up to everything Shadow Girl promised to be. Mei, coming from an impoverished area, her family always struggling with money, is determined to make it big in Wall Street. You never forget her ambition or w...
  • Elyse
    This book is best described as a beach read - alright for a one time reading, but no substance or compelling storyline to make you think about it afterward. It also didn't occur to me until after I finished reading that I had no clue what the narrator's name was. I know it was told from her point of view, but I think it's poor writing if your audience can't identify the main character's name after 324 pages. Seriously, go back to your book and ra...
  • Erin Newton
    This story is very unlikely, not just because there's a supposed ghost but because it's rare that teenage girls get invited to stay on an island for the summer to tutor an 8-year old. This story wasn't fantastic and the supernatural element wasn't a big player but I loved the character development in this book. I especially liked how level-headed Mei is--she's my kind of teen. *Spoiler* The ending, at least what happened to Jeffrey and the appear...
  • 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...
  • Yaiza
    The paranormal elements were confusing for me but as a contemporary novel this is brilliant. I loved the contrast between the two families way of life and the slow unraveling of the Morisons' problems. My biggest issue was the ending; it seemed rushed and you could see it coming from the beginning. On the other hand the character development of Mei, the main character, is remarkable and so so satisfactory.
  • Miranda
    I normally don’t write reviews, but this book... was just off. Whole phrases were repeated in descriptions fifty pages apart like the author forgot she already said that. There were far too many competing plot points. That being said, most of them were never satisfactorily resolved. The ending was rushed. Almost nothing was explained. The pieces never seemed to fit together into a coherent story.
  • 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.