A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

A Skinful of Shadows

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong,...

Details A Skinful of Shadows

TitleA Skinful of Shadows
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherAmulet Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Ghosts, Young Adult Fantasy

Reviews A Skinful of Shadows

  • Emma
    This was a 5 chapter sampler given by Netgalley as an ARC. It was great! This in itself is no surprise if you have read The Lie Tree by the same author.Makepeace our young main character hasn't had a happy life so far, being raised by a loveless mother within a puritanical family. This is set in the past in a time of superstition and ghosts, where things go bump in the night. Her mother seems to be training Makepeace to endure the presence of gho...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received the first few chapters of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A richly imagined, eerie start to the novel - more please!I read Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree a while back and really enjoyed it, so was hoping for something similar in this latest book. I certainly wasn't disappointed!The story (so far) follows Makepeace, a strange young girl with the ability to see dead things. Except, these aren't the sort of gho...
  • Jules
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on a five chapter sampler of this book through NetGalley. Having really enjoyed The Lie Tree, I was eager to see what A Skinful of Shadows was about.I found the start of this book really intriguing, as I have very vivid dreams myself. In fact, my dreams can often be more vivid that my waking life, so I do love books featuring dreams.This is beautifully written and visually descriptive in a magical, ghostly and e...
  • Lauren James
    I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this is the most original book I've ever read. Absolutely unique & mesmerising. Frances Hardinge is a national treasure. Makepeace, the girl with a bear in her soul, is going to stay with me for a long time.
  • Monica Edinger
    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.
  • Tonja Drecker
    I was only given the first chapters of this book and admit that I find it a little difficult to base a review on only a beginning piece of a much larger story.Makepeace hasn't had the easiest childhood. In attempt to strengthen her against dark forces, her mother forces her to sleep alone in graveyards--a terrifying situation for Makepeace. The day comes when she's sent to live with her father's rich, powerful and mysterious relatives. There, she...
  • Christina (christinareads_)
    Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsUnfortunately, I didn't get very far before I had to stop reading. I was too confused with what had happened, what wasn't explained, where and when things were... I didn't understand the name. So Makepeace had her name changed when her and her mother came to Poplar so they would be accepted - some people in the village have names like this as well. But why? Why not a name that means "make peace" as opposed...
  • C.C. Hrivnak
    Received a ARC Sneak Peak View of this novel....mini-review to come!
  • Christina Reid
    Review of the 5-chapter sampler provided by Netgalley - can't wait to read the rest!'Let me tell you a story,' she began, as she occasionally did when there were serious matters to discuss. ' There was a little girl lost in the woods, who was chased by a wolf. She ran and ran until her feet were torn, but she knew that the wolf had her scent and was still coming after her. In the end she had to make a choice. She could keep on running and hiding ...
  • Meggie
    Had high expectations having loved "The Lie Tree", but this was a let down. Sorry, F. Still love you.
  • Liz (Stellar Kitten Book Reviews)
    *I received a sample of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI LOVED the first 5 chapters of this book. I liked the writing style and this creepy, eerie kind of feeling to the overall story as we follow Makepeace and her her mother. The characters were well written and interesting. Both Makepeace and her mother are stubborn, which makes it interesting when Makepeace begins to rebel. I also liked Mother's tough-love approach to...
  • Katherine Hayward
    This review is for the 5-chapter "sneak peak" sampler of the hardcover edition that I got sent by the publisher via NetGalley. It's the story of 12-year-old Makepeace. Stongwilled and resilient for her age, she has not had an easy life. Her mother is very insistent in strengthening her against the ghosts and visions she sees, and makes her sleep in graveyards which I found quite a cruel thing to do. Makepeace is very sensitive to the mistreatment...
  • Marisa Goldsborough
    Many thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley who kindly provided an advance extract of “A Skinful of Shadows” in exchange for an honest review. My first feelings having read, non-stop, the first five chapters of Hardinge’s next book are “WOW” and “OMG, How am I to survive not knowing, right now, what happens to Makepeace!!”Hardinge is really a remarkable talent! Her books always impress with the uniqueness of the world’s created and...
  • Allison M
    Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for letting me read a free excerpt from this novel.I don't know how I can wait to read this YA/children's book! I am a huge admirer of Frances Hardinge's writing, although I think she has yet to equal her stunning debut novel Fly by Night: Mosca Mye and Saracen have to be two of the very best characters in children's fiction, and Fly by Night is less dark than Hardinge's other novels. I wonder whether A Skinf...
  • Michelle
    Thanks to Pan Macmillan for providing me with an excerpt of the opening chapters via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.This short extract made me want to do two things: 1. Find out what happens next (SOON!) and...2. Read more of Hardinge's books before this happensWe follow Makepeace, who has had a rather strange upbringing at the hands of her mother, who changed her name for unspecified reasons and is teaching Makepeace how to fight th...
  • Desiree Shay
    Received e-ARC Sneak Peak via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. Only first 5 chapters read at the time of reviewRating for the first 5 chapters: 4/5Though initially the story started out clunky in dialogue, the story smoothed as it went on and left me sufficiently hooked that only having five chapters made me sad - though the story is only being set up in those 5 chapters, it has laid the premise for an interesting tale, crossing history w...
  • Jo
    ***This review is of a sample, rather than the complete book.***This book seems to have all of the charm, magic and mystery of Hardinge's award winning 'The Lie Tree'. From the first pages when Makepeace is abandoned by her mother in a church at night, in order to learn how to fight away ghosts, I was both horrified, gripped and desperate to give Makepeace a hug. As the novel continued Makepeace's story got progressively more tragic, yet kept me ...
  • Sarai Henderson
    I am a big fan of Frances Hardinge. She always pulls you into the story right off the bat and keeps you entertained until the very end. This book was no exception.THIS CHICK HAS A BEAR IN HER HEART!I only received the first few chapters to review, but I am already hooked and want to know what's going to happen to Makepeace and her ghost bear.Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
  • Jenny Bravo
    I feel so saddened that I DNF even the sample chapters provided by NetGalley. I was so put off by the main character's name, that I could not even take anything written, seriously. I'm sure bigger fans of the genre would probably enjoy the book overall. For myself though, this was a 👎
  • Melissa Rothman
    The cover is eye catching which I like the book is very different from what I expected it's way much more darker and interesting. You want to know what will happen to her when she meets her father's family and you can't help but feel angry and hurt for her. This is a very quick read I liked it but didn't fall in love with it but I do recommend it if you like dark books.
  • Lisaswestcoastreads
    **Netgalley arc review **Read the first 5 chapters as a Netgalley reviewI was beginning to get into the story and then it took a twist I wasn't expecting and not sure how it arrived at this plot. Not a book I would read unfortunately