As a self-published author myself, I like to add other indie authors to my reading list hoping I can find a good one who I can support with a great review! Shadowed Strength for me was between a 3 and 4 stars.
I have to confess I’m not a huge fan of YA books, but I like a good story so the fact that it was a YA book didn’t bias me against the author. In a nutshell, shy and insecure sixteen year old Melanie Johnson is attacked one night, only to be saved by a large black dog with soulful eyes. Both attacker and rescuer disappear into the night. You know that’s not the last time we will hear from them again!
What I liked about this book is the theme about bullying and overcoming insecurities. That’s a theme that will always resonate with women at any age. I love that Melanie isn’t your typical waif who is just misunderstood. But, at the same time, we are constantly reminded Melanie is overweight and that she’s insecure. At some point that just grates on the nerve–who wants to be around someone who is so needy and who constantly needs to reminded she is special. Moreover, the action was a little slow building and predictable for me. I think some of that is probably due to the fact that Wendi wrote the initial story when she was sixteen.
Notwithstanding the flaws, I give great big thumbs up for Wendi’s positive message to young adults!