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Review and Giveaway: The Good Shadows by Carol Alwood May 14, 2020

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:15 pm
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About the Book

Book:  The Good Shadows

Author: Carol Alwood

Genre:  Young adult romance with a supernatural twist

Release Date: January 10, 2020


She believed him when he told her some Shadows were good.

When sixteen-year-old Violet Blackstone seeks to belong outside of her Christian community, she opens doors to a dark world she doesn’t understand.

Her parents’ secret separation and conflict at church fuel her desire to find something more. She sneaks out to a party at Chuckanut House and meets Dakota Selby, the mysterious new guy at Bellingham High School who reads her tarot cards and tells her she doesn’t belong. When she discovers his family owns Chuckanut House, she plans to hold her parents’ twenty-fifth-wedding-anniversary party there to reunite them in the beautiful mansion surrounded by forest and ocean—and to spend more time with Dakota to prove she fits into his world.

Violet works her way into Dakota’s life and must face the secrets and Shadows buried deep within Chuckanut House and her own family’s past. Entrenched in darkness, Violet searches for light and love as she battles Shadows threatening to capture her soul.

When her life falls apart, where will she turn?

Winner of the 2016 Orange County Christian Writer’s book proposal contest.


Click here for your copy!



About the Author

Author Carol Alwood grew up in the green haven of Bellingham, Washington, the setting of The Good Shadows series. Now living in Southern California, she misses the raindrops on maple leaves, so when she isn’t home for a visit she writes stories that take place in her hometown. Carol adores fiction and is the author of the novelette, Ghost of a Girl. She also wrote Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys, a newly released writing-craft book.


More from Carol

Magic isn’t a new topic for Christian fiction.

Many readers of this genre often enjoy spell-filled stories that take place in faraway lands because they know the narrative involves make-believe creatures and battles. But what if by becoming used to magic in stories we have allowed a gentle pathway for magical ideas to trickle into our lives? What if in one sudden moment (in the same way other things have become acceptable overnight) magic, a.k.a. magick, touched our fingertips in the real world, and we felt compelled to wield its power? Could it be that magic is already here? All one has to do is check online for tarot card readings, potion recipes, and steps for casting spells. What if while we scoffed at the thought of magic as something more than the stuff of fantasy our children stumbled upon it? From this logic, The Good Shadows was born.

Violet Blackstone is a sixteen-year-old pastor’s daughter who struggles to feel whole. Her parents hide their secret separation, she feels like she doesn’t fit in at church, and she meets a Wiccan priestess’s son who shows her another way of thinking. Nestled in the shadowy forests of the Pacific Northwest, Violet sets out on a new pathway that leads toward love and magick. Meanwhile, she uncovers disturbing information about her own family’s past. Her friend Owen tries to stop her from heading down this dark path, but she’s drawn in by a boy with forest green eyes and the desire to exercise control over her crumbling life.

What will it take for Violet to realize she has opened doors to a dark world and there are shadows are after her soul?

This award-winning book is available on Amazon in paperback and as an ebook (Kindle Unlimited). The Bible study at the end is ideal for small groups or individuals to enjoy an in-depth study on magick and sorcery. Don’t miss Ghost of a Girl, a novelette in The Good Shadows series, and The Dark Shadows (book two coming out June of 2020).

Carol Alwood is also the author of Focused Backstory: The Key to Writing Deep Character Journeys and the book’s corresponding workbook. Both are available on Amazon. While Carol lives with her husband and two daughters in Southern California, she loves visiting her hometown of Bellingham, Washington, where The Good Shadows takes place. The road to Chuckanut is a real place with stunning views and inviting forests. Check out her website for a virtual hometown tour and to read chapter one of The Good Shadows.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 8

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, May 9

Just the Write Escape, May 10

Texas Book-aholic, May 11

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 12

Blogging With Carol, May 13

For the Love of Literature, May 14

Genesis 5020, May 14

Emily Yager, May 15

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 17

Inklings and notions, May 18

For Him and My Family, May 19

deb’s Book Review, May 20

Pause for Tales, May 21


To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away the grand prize package of a signed paperback copy of The Good Shadows & $10 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My thoughts:

There were a few reasons I wanted to pick up this book. The backcover blurb sounded really interesting and I have read a non-fiction book that Carol wrote, Focused Backstory,  and I really enjoyed that and couldn’t wait to see how she put her ideas into her own work.

The first part of the book I was really drawn into. A lot of questions that I wanted to see answers to and this kept me engaged.

But, if I am being honest (and I am), I lost a lot of interest about half way through. I kept reading because I was hoping by the ending I would like it better but didn’t.

I could give a lot of reasons why I didn’t care for the book but I think the main thing was it seemed so unrealistic. That sounds funny, because it is unrealistic but the motivation for the characters and the secondary characters didn’t feel true. It felt like a lot of random scenes that didn’t really connect. Also, weird things that the church did and how they reacted to Violet didn’t fit for me.

Now, this is written for YA. That doesn’t usually effect my enjoyment of a book, but maybe a high schooler would like this more than I did? The premise of this book is great but the overall story wasn’t for me.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon,  or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own. 


5 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: The Good Shadows by Carol Alwood”

  1. Rita Wray Says:

    The book sounds great, I like the cover.

  2. Emma Says:

    This is an important topic to consider these days. It’s too bad that the book was disappointing.

  3. James Robert Says:

    Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

  4. Debbie P Says:

    This sounds really good.

  5. carylkane Says:

    Melissa, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

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