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Blog Tour: 5 Reasons to Read These Fleeting Shadows by Kate Alice Marshall 👻

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Hello fellow bookworms 📚 I was fortunate enough to receive a digital copy of These Fleeting Shadows through participating in the TBR and Beyond Tour! These Fleeting Shadows had been on my list of most anticipated releases, so I was grateful for the opportunity to read it early 🥰 For now, let’s get into what this book is about! Check out the blog tour schedule, so you can read all the other amazing posts! ❤

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These Fleeting Shadows
by Kate Alice Marshall
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date: August 9th, 2022
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Supernatural Thriller

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CW’s: Death of children, Body horror, Violence, Alcoholism, Discussion of a lobotomy

Representation 🌷 Queer MC & LI

Helen Vaughan doesn’t know why she and her mother left their ancestral home at Harrowstone Hall, called Harrow, or why they haven’t spoken to their extended family since. So when her grandfather dies, she’s shocked to learn that he has left everything—the house, the grounds, and the money—to her. The inheritance comes with one condition: she must stay on the grounds of Harrow for one full year, or she’ll be left with nothing.

There is more at stake than money. For as long as she can remember, Harrow has haunted Helen’s dreams—and now those dreams have become a waking nightmare. Helen knows that if she is going to survive the year, she needs to uncover the secrets of Harrow. Why is the house built like a labyrinth? What is digging the holes that appear in the woods each night? And why does the house itself seem to be making her sick?

With each twisted revelation, Helen questions what she knows about Harrow, her family, and even herself. She no longer wonders if she wants to leave…but if she can.

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About the Author

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Kate Alice Marshall is the author of young adult and middle grade novels, including I AM STILL ALIVE, RULES FOR VANISHING, and THIRTEENS.

She lives outside of Seattle with her husband, two dogs named Vonnegut and Octavia, and two kids. They all conspire to keep her on her toes.

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Review

Thank you to Viking Books for Young Readers, TBR and Beyond Tour, and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest review! All quotes are taken from the Arc and therefore subject to changes.

5 Reasons to Read These Fleeting Shadows ⭐⭐⭐⭐

1.) Helen is an intriguing protagonist searching for the truth. She’s awkward, bad at social interactions, and just a bit strange (which I very much related to). Her life has never been stable, she’s been moving around all her life because bad things start happening once she stays too long in one place. Helen’s feeling of isolation and like there is something wrong with her becomes a central part of the book. She becomes Mistress of Harrow to gain the inheritance of her deceased grandfather but she’s still pretty much the black sheep of the family. No one will tell Helen what is going on, so she sets out to find the truth herself.

2.) The book is very atmospheric. I love how Kate Alice Marshall always manages to infuse her stories with a sinister, eerie atmosphere! The book is set at Harrowstone Hall, an old mansion that has been the Vaughan family home for generations and things are feeling off from the very beginning. The place feels like it might be haunted, even though everyone insists that there are no ghosts. Helen is drawn to Harrow’s secrets and the house keeps playing tricks on her mind. The endless corridors and maze-like interior seem to serve a sinister purpose. The writing style really made the strangeness of Harrow and Helen’s estranged family come to life and I loved how vivid it was. These Fleeting Shadows would make the perfect autumn read!

3.) Desmond & Celia are great secondary characters. They are Helen’s cousins and immediately welcome her into the family. I especially loved Desmond, he is funny, charming, and loves all kinds of riddles. That’s why Helen enlists his help in order to find out more about Harrowstone Hall. I loved their friendly banter and that Helen had someone in her family to confide in. Celia was also great, she could be a bit withdrawn but has a good heart and was genuinely trying to do what’s right. In the end, I even came to like Eli, the brother of Helen’s deceased grandfather.

“You’re gonna kiss the witch,” he told me. “Desmond please shut up,” I begged him. He raised his hands in surrender. “All right. I’m leaving you here to google ‘how to get a spooky forest lady to like me,’ and I’m going to go do real work.”

4.) The sapphic enemies to lovers romance. Since Helen has to stay a year on Harrow’s ground she meets the groundskeeper’s daughter: Bryony Locke. Bryony also isn’t like other people, she’s the supposed ‘witch of Harrow’ and seems to notice things no one else does. Initially, both girls start out as enemies, Bryony hates the Vaughan family and Helen isn’t used to people liking her. Throughout the book, both of them draw closer and try to solve the mystery of Harrow together. The understanding and tenderness between them were warming my heart, especially as it was in between horror and grief!

5.) It’s such a fast, addictive read. I finished this book within a day because I was so intrigued and at a certain point I simply couldn’t stop reading. I can never resist a good mystery and I loved the themes that were present, such as the meaning of humanity and the price of power.

“I promise I will tell the truth. But first I need to lie.”

IN CONCLUSION.These Fleeting Shadows is a great, atmospheric supernatural thriller that you won’t be able to put down! I was hooked by the mystery from the very beginning and loved how romance and horror were interwoven here!

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Are you going to read These Fleeting Shadows? What is your favorite spooky book? 👻

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