Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland...Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway!


Today I am hosting Shannon Greenland as part of the Shadow of a Girl Blog Tour!
Keep reading for Shannon's Playlist for the book as well as my review of this emotional read!

About the Book


Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Use cash and keep moving.

After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.

West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.

The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…


About the Author


Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.



Guest Post


Since the story takes place during a music festival tour and both of our main characters are musicians, I asked Shannon about a playlist for Shadow of a Girl and here is her response...

For a playlist I thought I’d first copy/paste a few paragraphs. It’s a conversation between West and Eve, and it’s totally applicable.

West leans his shoulder against mine and leaves it there,
and I don’t think anything’s ever felt so good. “So what kind
of movies do you like?” he asks.
“Anything funny. Despicable Me was great.” 
“A woman after my own heart.” He does an impression
of the minions, “Ba-na-na,” pointing his finger at me and
widening his eyes, and we both crack up. “How about
music?” he asks next, still laughing.
“I’m old school. I love Fleetwood Mac and Eagles and
England Dan.” I get excited just thinking about all the
records Bluma’s mother has that she let us listen to. I love
those records. “Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. The
Who. I could go on.”
He nudges his shoulder to mine again. “Me, too!
Cartoons, funny movies, old school rock. Like I said, a
woman after my own heart.”

And so with that, here are some of Eve’s favorite songs:

1) Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac. It brings out the free spirit in Eve.
2) Peaceful Easy Feeling by the Eagles makes her feel carefree.
3) I Am A Rock, by Simon and Garfunkel. It reminds Eve that she’s a survivor.

And the #1 song for West is:

1. Annie’s Song by John Denver. Because of Eve. All things Eve…

Thank you so much for sharing, Shannon!
I love all of those songs and they are perfect for the characters!  For those who haven't heard any of the songs, I encourage you to listen to them and then read the story so you can see for yourself how well these songs fit the characters and story!

My Review


Title: Shadow of a Girl
Author: Shannon Greenland
Format: Digital ARC
Source: Netgalley

An emotional, but also romantic story, the various emotions that Shadow of a Girl made me experience was a pleasant surprise. Joy, sadness, anger, hope, fear, I felt them all and more.

After escaping an abusive situation with the help of a friend, Eve is now touring the country as a roadie for a music festival.  Always looking over her shoulder, afraid that her past will catch up to her, Eve has built walls around her not knowing who she can trust.  Lead singer West Wolf is determined to get past those defenses and get to know the real Eve…if only she’ll let him.

Scarred both on the inside and outside, Eve has lived in fear most of her life and now that she is free, she fears being discovered.  The friendship she develops with West surprises her as do the feelings she develops for him.  It was both exciting and heartbreaking to see Eve experience things she has missed out because of her past situation and the fear.  Her new friends, relationships, and job help her to gain the confidence she needs to push past that fear and open her eyes to life full of possibilities and new experiences.

And West wants nothing more than to help Eve to feel safe and loved as he helps her explore her newfound freedom.  He knows she is hiding something, but shows tremendous patience and understanding and doesn’t push the issue.  With Eve he can be himself and drop the fa├žade that he shows to the rest of the world.  West is quite the charming guy with a great sense of humor, I could easily see how Eve fell for him.  I loved watching their relationship develop as well as the confidence that West tried to instill in Eve as he pointed out her beauty, strength, talent, and other qualities that she had never allowed herself to see before.  They were an amazing couple who were perfect for each other.

While Eve’s story is heartbreaking, it is also filled with joy, hope, and love. I enjoyed watching the changes the main character goes through during the story.  You can see Eve grow from a scared young girl, to a young woman with determination and strength.  The author handled the story wonderfully by adding a bit of humor, fun, and joy to what could easily have been a too heavy and emotional read.  It’s a nice balance which isn’t always easy to find in books dealing with the subject matter in Shadow of a Girl. 

I enjoyed Shadow of a Girl, and I hope we get a chance to see more of Eve and Wolf because I would love to see where their journey takes them.  There are so many possibilities.

My Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*


Giveaway!

3 Winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Chapter by Chapter

I encourage you to check out this great book and be sure to check out the other stops on the Shadow of a Girl Blog Tour!
You can find the schedule by clicking here!

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