Review for Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia's ShadowDelia’s Shadow
By: Jaime Lee Moyer
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Tor
Barnes and Noble

An electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:

Summary (via Goodreads):
A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake

It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.

Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.
It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.

And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.

The Story:
Half crime drama and half paranormal Delia’s Shadow pulls from both genres melding them extremely well. Moyer successfully creates an eerie aura with enough anxiety to keep the reader’s interest. I adored the Victorian setting and felt that the book stuck well to the times and location it was representing.

This was the first book I’ve read, in memory, that alternated between first person (Delia’s point of view) and third person (Gabe’s story). I felt that this created an awkward mix in the beginning, feeling like two books rather than one. As I continued to read I acclimated and didn’t feel pulled out of the story when the shift happened.

My biggest issue with this novel was the lack of depth and detail put into the serial killer’s personality and character. I felt that when the big reveal finally happened it was a bit of a let down because there didn’t feel to me to be any major plot twists. Moyer had a few things twist and turn through-out the novel but none of them took my breath away.

The Characters:
I felt that Moyer did an exceptional job giving Delia a well rounded personality and showing the reader how life was for her being haunted and constantly at a ghost’s whim. I felt that the secondary characters were well done and felt very unique, Isadora being an easy favorite. There was a slight romantic aspect threaded through but was never the main focus of the story.

Though the point of view shifts were awkward, I found I enjoyed seeing things from both Delia and Gabe’s eyes. I think that alternating did give me a better look into the overall story arc but wished the switch could have been smoother.

Final Thoughts:
Overall Delia’s Shadow was an intriguing read though it dragged in places and could have used more details about the serial killer to help give the reader a legitimate fear of him.

Delia’s Shadow will be available September 17th by Tor

ARC August Week 2

How’d I do the second week of Octavia’s (Read, Sleep, Repeat) ARC August? Not as well as last week but I did meet my goal, though I veered off my list of what I should read. I had wanted to finish Horde by Ann Aguirre but I ended up not even touching it all week. I also realized mid-week that I forgot a book from the first week–Marissa Meyer’s Cress. How in the world did I forget to add it last week? I’ll never know–but I’m adding it to this week’s update.

ARCs Read:
Cress by Marissa Meyer, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke , Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer and Overpowered by Mark H. Kruger

   Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Overpowered
Read my review of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

ARC’s for Next Week:
Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, Horde by Anne Aguire, Thin Space by Jody Casella

 Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1)Horde (Razorland, #3)Thin Space

You might be interested in:
Review of Cinder
Review of Scarlet
Interview with Marissa Meyer
I will have an interview with the artist responsible for all the book covers in the Lunar Chronicles soon

ARC August Week 1

So how’d I do this first week of Octavia’s (Read, Sleep, Repeat) ARC August? I think I did pretty well:

ARCs read:
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce, Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis and The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

I reviewed The Weight of Souls and The Chaos of Stars this week.

Books read–granted this isn’t an arc but I’m adding it anyway:
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay. You can read my review here.

Books for Next Week:
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke , Horde by Ann Aguirre and Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

Showcase Sunday #14

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

Won (thank you Pixie Lynn from  The Bookaholic):

Sylo by D.J. MacHale

Borrowed (thank you Stephanie from Inspiring Insomnia):

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

For Review (via NetGalley):Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer

For Review (via Publisher):

Shadows by Paula Weston