YA Book Review: Counting Shadows by Olivia Rivers

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Title: Counting Shadows ( Duplicity #1 )
Author: Olivia Rivers
Published: June 30th 2013
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: NetGalley

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Faye’s soul-mate is everything she should hate—an Angel, an outcast, an enemy. Ashe is just one more imperfection in her life that somehow makes everything… perfect.

Until he’s murdered.

With the only person she loves ripped away, Faye sets out to avenge Ashe’s death. The task seems impossible, until she finds Lor—an Angel who looks nearly identical to Ashe’s killer. Arrogant and hot-headed, Lor is everything Ashe wasn’t. But Lor is connected to her soul-mate’s past, and Faye needs him to find the killer—even if Lor is potentially deadly.

But when Faye discovers that Ashe’s past isn’t as black and white as she thought, she faces an impossible choice: Give up the hunt, and risk the lives of others. Or continue pursuing Ashe’s murderer, and forfeit the lives of everyone in her family—including herself.

“Counting Shadows” is a YA Epic Fantasy, suitable for ages 13+


Counting Shadows is a book for someone who want a quick light read. The book is really short. It’s one of those book you could possibly read in one setting. The book starts off with the princess Faye witnessing her gourds cut the wing off of her Guardian. His name was Ashe and he was a angel. He was set to death.

Every since then she has been set on ravage. She plans on killing him for what he has done to Ashe. ON a mission she finds clues. She comes across a angel with the same tattoo as Ashe in the dungeon. He is set to death by king to fight in the arena. Faye decides to make him her new Guardian and have him found the killer to Ashe.  Faye is a trained fighter, she can take care of herself and is not scared to do what is right and i think that’s what i loved about Faye. She is very Strong and Brave.

Lor is very sarcastic. He has a humor but you can tell his using that humor to hide what he is really feeling most of time. He didn’t have a choice when Faye makes him her Guardian.

The book is bittersweet love story of two people meeting after the death of Ashe. Lor is Ashes Twin brother. Faye and Lor find out along the way who the real killer is. Most of the book is Faye and Lor stuck in the castle. You watch them become close.

In Fays world there are all kinds of creatures, Vampires. and even dragons. Pretty much anything cool you can think of. Lots of fun characters in the book. The story gets really good the more you read. But right when it gets even more interesting the story ends and i’m just sitting there so mad! i wanted to keep reading it. A big battle against the kingdom and the angels break out and it becomes nail biting. It was a really fun epic story with touches of the paranormal.

Death brought them together. The book is sort of tragic but really sweet love story, full of suspense and action. The book might be small but how the book is written and the plot makes reading the book worth it.  I recommend anyone one who loves a story of fays and Mythical creatures with a touch of a love story.

Of course there is a lot more to the story then i mention but you are gonna just have to read the book to find out for yourself. If you have read it let me know what you thought!


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2 thoughts on “YA Book Review: Counting Shadows by Olivia Rivers

  1. Kayla Sanchez November 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm Reply

    I received this book from NetGalley recently, but was a bit hesitant to read it (just because I hoped there wasn’t too much angst!) despite my love for angels. I’m glad to hear it’s better than expected!

    • YA Addict November 6, 2013 at 9:20 am Reply

      The romance in the book is not rushed i thought it was a nice touch and realistic..well as realistic as you can get with make believe. There is very little angst but it’s there some what.

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