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, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction

Reviews A Skinful of Shadows

  • Emma
    November 2017I always knew I would be reading this book after being lucky enough to read the sampler from Netgalley back in the summer. And what a wonderful treat of a book this was. Set during the English civil war, at the height of witch hunts, comes the story of a family with a very unusual gift. Makepeace, our main heroine, was an excellent character and her journey to maturity and peace is a difficult one for her but a terribly satisfying on...
  • Helen
    Frances Hardinge's latest offering certainly didn't disappoint, in fact, she may just be one of my new favourite authors. Her writing is so original, innovative and different, I don’t know where she gets all her ideas from but I’m praying she never runs out. This novel blends historical fiction with the supernatural, and the pair get along famously. The central character is Makepeace, a girl who grew up in a Puritan community in the years lea...
  • Karl
    “A Skinful of Shadows” by Frances Hardinge is the follow-up to her 2015 book “The Lie Tree”. However, “Shadows” is set just prior to the English civil war in the 1650’s era and utilizes as a background the gaining momentum of that war. The seventeenth century is not a common time period in which to set a YA book.The book gives us castles, hungry soldiers, plagues, and suspicious townsfolk. Did I mention it also gives us ghosts? Oh y...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/11/11/...Earlier this year I had the pleasure of reading Frances Hardinge’s A Face like Glass, and afterward I just knew I had to read more of her work. Because of this, I picked up the audiobook of A Skinful of Shadows, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. The book turned out to be one of the most wonderfully magical and imaginative Young Adult novels I’ve ever read...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Hardinge's novels are always a delight to read. I loved Lie Tree and loved this one too. Although a tad less feminist than The Lie Tree, still a great book for teens to read to see girls CAN be their own heros, without the need of a male company.Such a refreshing and imaginative read in this world of love-obsessed young adult fiction.Full review to follow soon!
  • Sara
    I loved The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, and had high hopes for her next offering. I wasn't disappointed. This was the perfect blend of history, magical realism and dark fantasy. Set in the early days of the English Civil War, Makepeace has been raised by her mother to fear and fight off the dead who want to inhabit her body. When events force her to leave her home and live with her powerful father's family, Makepeace must confront the shadows t...
  • Justine
    Amazing. Incredible. Fabulous. A Skinful of Shadows is everything I know Hardinge is capable of. The story is creepy and brilliant, but heartfelt and emotive. I loved the main character, Makepeace, but as is usual for Frances Hardinge, all of her characters are vivid and filled with life. No complaints about the quality of the writing either; it is a joy to read.This is a great book for Hardinge fans, but also a wonderful starting place if you ha...
  • Emer
    "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 and running forever, or she could stop and sharpen a stick to defend herself. What do you think was the right decision, Makepeace?Makepeace could tell that this was not just a story, and that...
  • Lindsay
    If authors have golden periods during their careers than surely Frances Hardinge is in one now. Cuckoo Song and The Lie Tree were both brilliant dark fantasy stories with younger protagonists and this continues in that vein.Makepeace and her mother live in a puritan village in England just prior to the English Civil War. From a young age Makepeace is trained to protect herself in a very strange way: her mother has her sleep in the village graveya...
  • 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...
  • Kath (sheturnspages)
    "Bear, I need your eyes. I need your nose. I need your night-wits and forest-wisdom."A Skinful of Shadows was, in short, magical and mesmerizing. This was my first Frances Hardinge book and it absolutely will not be my last. I have been completely taken by her imagination and vivid characters. This is the sort of book that is just as beautiful, if not more so, on the inside as the cover (and just LOOK at that cover!).We are given an intriguing ba...
  • Linda
    This now joins the top ranks of being one of my favorite Hardinge novels. I absolutely loved it! The first half was interesting enough and I liked the setting. But the second half really took off for me as some unexpected things happened. And the ending was perfect.
  • Jenny Baker
    I don’t know what to say about this one. It had a fantastic start, but the last hundred pages was a chore to read. I actually sat this down for almost a week before I picked it back up to try to finish it. The begin felt like a weird, creepy horror story, which I loved, but then the novel takes an unexpected bad turn. The spirit possession plot is set aside and the focus is more about the war, family secrets, and staying in the king’s good gr...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsWhile interesting and original this young adult horror story had a bit of an identity crisis as it tried to marry its horror story with historical war. A Skinful of Shadows starts out very solid as we learn about our lead gals odd ghost 'issues'. Her Mother that appears cruel and the Aunt and Uncle who have no interest in her sets our lead gal up as a neglected, alone and forgotten soul. Not unlike some ghost/spirits might...
  • Lata
    Puritans and Royalists and their lead-up to the English Civil War in the mid-1600s are the backdrop of a good story about Makepeace Lightfoot, a young woman who was raised in some secrecy by her mother and taught to defend herself from ghosts entering her mind. With her mother's death, Makepeace is sent to Grizehayes, the ancestral home of her father and his noble family, the Fellmottes. Little do they know that Makepeace inadvertently allowed a ...
  • Rachael ( RachaelRexds )
    I was expecting to enjoy the book more than I actually did :( Nonetheless, I might give it another chance again in the future!
  • 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.
  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    What can I say? It was perfect and you all need to read this book. RTC`````Um...so... I maybe checked again today. Just to look at it. ~~~~~~~~Edit: I am so excited for this book I check this page literally every week to make sure it's really not going to be released until October 10. And I'm so excited for this book I'm not even embarrassed about that. This is going to be great. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I need this in my life right NOW. What can I sa...
  • Linda
    Full review originally posted on my blog! ʕ•ᴥ•`ʔThis book is about loyalty and friendship and the bond between siblings. It is about fighting the past and moving forward with new hopes and dreams. It is about a girl who has lost everything but gained so much more. So, I want you to read this book if; you love nature you want to read a book perfect for fall you are a fan of beautiful wiring styles you want to experience character develo...
  • 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...
  • Alessandra Crivelli
    This was such a disappointment to me. I almost DNF this book and I need to forced every cells of my body in order to finish it. I simply didn't care nor about the main character or the story. I kind of care about the bear. It was my only Halloween-ish book that I own and since I am in a book buying ban it will probably be the only Halloween book that I am going to read for Halloween. So disappointed. It kind of set my mood of the entire month = D...
  • Beth
    This is good. (What a relief.) This is more of historical-fantasy Hardinge, but being set in 1640s England makes all the difference. Here's a setting that's integral without being weighed down by its own implications. Some of the writing is a little too clever and stands out a little too much, and some of it zings with that Hardinge wit:His face was mournful, lined, and marked by a rigid uncertainty. There was something tense and waiting to happe...
  • Ksenia (vaenn)
    Про “A Skinful of Shadows” не так вже й просто розповісти, бо це доволі нетипова дитяча книжка. По-перше, вона балансує на межі підліткової та допідліткової літератури: на початку оповіді Мейкпіс – дванадцять років, далі вона стрімко старшає до п’ятнадц...
  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    I got a 5 chapter sampler of this book from NetGalley, so my review is based off the sampler! I will update my review if/when I read the full novel! I have never read a book by Hardinge before, but this sampler clearly showed that she has a way with words! I really liked her writing style and how descriptive she was. The author weaved in some interesting plot points and information within the first 5 chapters of the book that makes me VERY intrig...
  • Puck
    You know you sometimes find a book that you believe you will love?And you read it and it proves you right?That's this book