Shadowed Strength received a 5-star review from Readers' Favorite!
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite
In Shadowed Strength, a Young Adult paranormal romance by Wendi Wilson, sixteen-year-old Melanie Johnson is a quiet teen struggling with self confidence, but with a strong group of friends. Then one night, after an encounter with a bully leaves her feeling shattered, she comes face to face with a masked assailant who has the worst of intentions. Despite trying to fight him off, she's nearly overcome when a mysterious dog comes to her rescue. Shaken, Melanie tries to put the incident behind her and focus on her burgeoning romance with Jeremy, her long time crush. But sinister notes invade her bliss and, as the danger mounts, Melanie soon comes to realize that her attacker may go to her school.
I had a blast reading Shadowed Strength by Wendi Wilson! It was such an enjoyable adventure. The romance had me grinning from ear to ear and I loved the interaction between Melanie and Jeremy, as well as between her and her best friend, Tara. I also enjoyed how much Melanie blossomed as a character, growing from a shrinking violet to a young woman standing strong in the sun. There was a crucial plot point where I was worried that Shadowed Strength would dive into cliche, but Wilson really showed that she knew her character and the journey she should take. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but still manages to resolve the main story while leaving just enough tension for the new mystery. A fast paced read, Shadowed Strength is the first in a series about trust and self acceptance, and is great for any fan of teen literature and paranormal romance.