Book Two in the Liminal Series by Jennifer Bogart
When Bean fails to secure Nadia’s human magic, she puts her entire race at risk. Liminals fade as fast as Shadow-monsters emerge, creating a disturbing imbalance between light and dark. Liminals aren’t the only creatures affected by things that go bump in the night…
Knowing the ravenous appetites of the Shadow-monsters will grow out of control, Bean, Tissa, Pritt, and Ping are forced to deal directly with the dire situation. Armed with the ancient secrets of their people, they band together to destroy their enemies and return balance to their magical realm.
The existence of all things Liminal depends on their success.
mADD Book Review
Like most Young Adult fiction (YA), Shadow Shifts portrays a young adult as the main protagonist (rather than an adult or child) but Bogart’s Liminal series offers a slight twist: Bean, the fairy-like creature called a liminal, and Nadia, the main human character, both experience the challenges of a young adult coming of age.
The promise of magic and fairy-like creatures is what appealed to me primarily because, as parents, we have knowingly nurtured a talent to suspend belief because we recognize the value in a world of make-believe. Shadow Shifts did not disappoint in delivering the magic and, in fact, presents Liminals as proof that magic exists and as inspiration for stories of fairies and pixies throughout history. I appreciate Bogart’s respect of the truth in magic and her audience, offering young adults a series of novels that challenges their vocabulary while inspiring their vivid imaginations.
In Shadow Shifts, as in Liminal Lights, the reader is propelled through the story with action and intrigue that keeps you turning the pages, wanting more. The chapters and/or sections are fairly short, making it easier to pick up and put down in between life’s interruptions. The character development is key because, through its richness, the reader feels confusion and anxiety along with Bean as her experiences and her world rapidly change.
I would have really enjoyed some illustrations to complement the description of Nadia’s exceptional talent to draw/sketch and make magic come alive on the page with her pencil. However, I enjoyed both books and look forward to discussing it further with my daughter Alice as she gets further through them. ~Joan~
Alice is still reading and her tween review will be posted soon. Stay tuned! ~Alice~
The next stop on the tour offers a visit to my friend Hannah over at The Big To Do List. Enjoy!
Read more about how we encouraged our children to see the possibilities – the magic – in everything around them in The Lies Parents Tell: Truth in Magic.
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