The Shadow and the Rose

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In book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles, sixteen-year-old Joy, a plain but spunky junior at Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts in North Carolina, must rescue chameleonic teen model Tanner Lindsey from his seductive, evil, and possibly supernatural mentor, supermodel Melisande. More
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About Amanda DeWees

Amanda DeWees received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by announcing that her dissertation topic was vampire literature. Amanda's books include the widely praised historical gothic romance "Sea of Secrets," a finalist in the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence historical category, and the Ash Grove Chronicles, a captivating young adult "paranormal lite" romance series set in modern-day North Carolina. Besides writing, Amanda's passions include theater, classic film, Ioan Gruffudd, costume design, and the preservation of apostrophes in their natural habitat. Visit her at www.amandadewees.com to explore book extras and more delightful diversions.

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Review by: Jeanna Cornett on Nov. 01, 2012 :
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to the YA "Urban" Fantasy Genre October 31, 2012
By Peyt
I was provided an ARC of "The Shadow and the Rose" by this author after reviewing her previous novel, the wonderful "Sea of Secrets", on my blog [...].

Although I don't often read YA fiction, or series, for that matter, I found myself compulsively reading "The Shadow and the Rose" after receiving my ARC. But, then, I may have been biased from the outset, since the plot of "TSATR" follows closely that of Tam Lin, one of my favorite of the old English ballads.

DeWees has done an excellent job of creating a heroine, Joy, that most teen girls and young women alike can relate to, and a hero, Tanner, that is suitably swoon-worthy. Even minor characters are memorable and finely-drawn, as well, and her ear for the cadences of teen speech is spot-on.

As for the story, YA readers with no prior knowledge of the Tam Lin legend, however, will have no trouble following "TSATR" and enjoying it on its own merits. The thwarted-romance plot is one that is common in YA fiction, but the challenges Joy and Tanner face are what sets this book apart; aside from the paranormal elements, which are that strange combination of extraordinary and yet believable, the book focuses on issues that are universal, such as the illness of a parent, bullying and the yo-yoing self-esteem that is endemic to the teen years. It would be crossing into spoiler territory to reveal one of Joy and Tanner's biggest challenges, so I'll let readers discover that one for themselves.

"The Shadow and the Rose" will leave you looking forward to future volumes in DeWees' series -- and humming Fairport Convention's "Tam Lin," too!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jeanna Cornett on Nov. 01, 2012 :
I got to read an ARC from the author last week. I'm stuck at 3.5 stars, though part of that is probably because I'm not a fan of ebooks; I find I have a hard time getting into that format. Definitely going to buy a paperback when it comes out to read it again. This is an excellent addition to the genre, in the style of Twilight (Stephenie Meyer), Wings (Aprilynne Pike), and Tithe (Holly Black).

The main character, Joy, was a pleasure. She's sweet, innocent (but not naive), clever, loyal (and average, human-sized, which I appreciated, especially when she's surrounded by so many beautiful people), but with some distinct flaws that kept her from being annoying. Another great, strong heroine all around. If Ms. Dewees keeps coming up with women like this, I'll definitely keep reading. The supporting cast was no less enjoyable a group of real characters--the hodgepodge, artsy bunch that still didn't manage to fall into cliche. I especially loved Joy's roommate, Maddie, who is just the type of friend every girl should have. She was probably my favorite character.

Tanner, our hero, I had a bit of difficulty liking. He didn't really seem to have many strengths beyond his unnatural beauty and his mad brooding skillz. He's a great guy, but the cloud of depression can really put a damper on other worthy qualities. Other than the sheer pleasure of looking at him (which, admittedly, can do a lot for a relationship, for a while), I had a hard time understanding what would appeal to Joy so much that she would fight so hard for him. Given that this is our author's second hero to suffer so greatly, I wonder a bit if we're going to have a theme in Ms. DeWees's works. I could think of other themes I'd prefer.

Tam Lin is not a story I know well, so I was definitely surprised by many of the plot twists. (I looked up one of the ballads after I finished and was really amused to see some of the things the author incorporated from the original story.) She tied up this story very neatly in then end, so that I'm not really sure what she plans to do in the next book; since I thought this tale was going to be spread over three books, there were a couple of relationship elements that--while a significant part of the Tam Lin story--I thought came in a little early. But I thought the final battle with Melisande was pretty thrilling. And I loved that Joy was an active heroine, that it was Tanner playing the damsel in distress this time.

Definitely looking forward to the next installment. Just tell me, is it going to follow Joy and Tanner in more adventures, or will we be introduced to some new main characters? I'm very curious to see what comes next in the trilogy. Is it too much to hope that we'll resolve William and Maddie's love troubles?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Voice in YA Paranormal Fiction October 31, 2012
By Ruby Jones
Format:Kindle Edition
I was provided an ARC of "The Shadow and the Rose" by this author after reviewing her previous novel, the wonderful "Sea of Secrets", on my blog [...].

Although I don't often read YA fiction, or series, for that matter, I found myself compulsively reading "The Shadow and the Rose" after receiving my ARC. But, then, I may have been biased from the outset, since the plot of "TSATR" follows closely that of Tam Lin, one of my favorite of the old English ballads.

DeWees has done an excellent job of creating a heroine, Joy, that most teen girls and young women alike can relate to, and a hero, Tanner, that is suitably swoon-worthy. Even minor characters are memorable and finely-drawn, as well, and her ear for the cadences of teen speech is spot-on.

As for the story, YA readers with no prior knowledge of the Tam Lin legend, however, will have no trouble following "TSATR" and enjoying it on its own merits. The thwarted-romance plot is one that is common in YA fiction, but the challenges Joy and Tanner face are what sets this book apart; aside from the paranormal elements, which are that strange combination of extraordinary and yet believable, the book focuses on issues that are universal, such as the illness of a parent, bullying and the yo-yoing self-esteem that is endemic to the teen years. It would be crossing into spoiler territory to reveal one of Joy and Tanner's biggest challenges, so I'll let readers discover that one for themselves.

"The Shadow and the Rose" will leave you looking forward to future volumes in DeWees' series -- and humming Fairport Convention's "Tam Lin," too!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Goggins on Oct. 30, 2012 :
I am a big fan of Ms. Dewees's Sea of Secrets, so I decided to try this YA novel since I really like paranormals. I love this book, especially the characters. Joy is a strong, feisty heroine and the supporting characters are funny and fiercely loyal. Tanner is a very attractive hero with a unique predicament! I hope to see a lot more Ash Grove stories!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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