Saturday, August 30, 2014

Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman (Shadow of Time, #1)

Shadow of Time
by Jen Minkman

My rating: 4 stars

Series: Shadow of Time - Book 1
Publication Date: January 5, 2014
Publisher: Jen Minkman
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 402 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

Shadow of TimeMy Review
Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman  

With a strong voice, Jen Minkman brings the magic of love, loyalty and friendships together in her YA series opener, Shadow of Time. Blending the spiritual, mystical and supernatural beliefs of a Native American tribe in Arizona with the bonds of friendship between a brother, sister and his best friend, the reader is taken on a journey of doubt, faith and trust.

Hannah cannot reconcile the handsome Native American in front of her as being her younger brother’s childhood friend. Josh has grown and her attraction to him, considering their 6 year age difference seems wrong, but there is a maturity and a calmness about him that makes him seem much, much older, more aware and worldly. When horrible nightmares about Josh and his Navajo brethren torment Hannah, her fears for him raise, and the wrongness of her feelings cloud her heart. Is this a warning to leave him alone or is it a test from the ancient spirits of her worthiness? As the traditions of his people unfold, and what Josh’s position in his tribe is made known, Hannah may be swept away with love for this younger man if her dreams don’t scare her away, first.

Jen Minkman hasn’t just written another YA Paranormal tale, she has added the mystery and legends from an ancient people that live on today. With each page, as this world comes to life, the feeling of being among them throughout is strong, thanks to Ms. Minkman’s gift for storytelling. A well told story causes the world to fade away and I found myself lost in the ebb and flow of her words.

Ms Minkman’s characters are a delight, from goofy, lighthearted Ben to the confused, love-struck Hannah and finally to the mysterious, and sometimes brooding Josh. This heartwarming tale follows the growth of the characters as they become comfortable with each other, the past and their connection to the world around them. Beautifully done, another stellar read from Jen Minkman.

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