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Olivia wants a new life and her wish might be granted by the unlikeliest allies A heartfelt gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand that School Library Journal calls a “not too scary ghost story”Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year Her mother’s left her neglectful father the ma. Middle Grade fiction and I don't usually get along which is funny considering their covers are the cutest things EVER I am one of those people easily swayed by pretty covers and I just can't help clicking that To Read button on Goodreads What can I say I have ZERO self control You should also know that I do not do Horror Like at all because I am a total scaredy cat who's afraid of her own shadow I sleep with a teddy bear and everything But anyway for The Year of Shadows I knew I had to give it a try because a Legrand is pretty awesome and I like her style b Dat cover yo You will notice this is how I select most of the books I read which is not always as fail proof as I'd like it to be Unfortunately Awesome Author does not always eual Awesome Book But in this case it totally does The Year of Shadows tackles issues that I was surprised to see in a Middle Grade novel and it does it so wellThe novel follows Olivia Stellatella a kid who's dealing with way than anyone should have to deal with at her age Her mother has left Olivia and her father which causes a strained relationship between them Her father's failing Orchestra has left them severely in debt causing Olivia her grandmother and the Maestro himself to move into the very old Emerson Concert Hall It doesn't even have a shower The horror To make matters worse Olivia has school troubles and you can just imagine how all of these things combined can make for a very bitter kid She's not very kind to the Maestro even though he is obviously dealing with his own demons the two friends that she does start to make she pushes away and she is kind of a brat As Mr Potato Head would say That ain't no happy childBut the thing about Olivia is that you can't help but feel for her situation At times she is a frustrating character because you want her to just open up already and give people a chance But at the same time I understand why she's a loner and why she despises Emerson Hall and blames it partially for her mother's departure She's a depressed lonely kid just trying to survive when she discovers the ghosts haunting Emerson Hall Through a few uncanny friendships you can see Olivia's' growth as she slowly allows herself to heal Or rather she allows the friendships of the ghosts and her two friends to heal herSpeaking of Olivia's friends Henry and Joan were fantastic The one thing I sometimes miss when hanging out in YAland is the dynamic of friendships because with YA there is usually such a strong focus on romantic love But I loved how Henry saw beyond Olivia's facade and was there for her even when she pushed him away I loved Joan and how she was all about getting involved with causes Then there was also Igor the cat who Olivia may or may not have talked to in her head dreamy Richard Ashley fetch me my fainting couch and Olivia's grandmother These characters were adorable and I was so happy that Olivia had themMy favorite setting would have to be The Happy Place a coffee shop run by Mr and Mrs Barskey My Personal Happy Place generally involves my couch ice cream and watching Pitch Perfect over and over while thinking of ways to then incorporate Pitch Perfect jokes into every conversation I have A ca believe it But I digress With its bright vibrant colors with eually colorful personalities of the couple that owned the establishment it provided a much needed ray of sunshine considering how depressing The Year of Shadows can be  And it definitely had its dark moments when Olivia and Henry started sharing with the ghosts and learning about their pasts Topics such as murder The Great Depression and war are delicately presented in a way that was not overwhelming but never lacking in severity Mr Worthington's story tore me up inside WHY CLAIRE W

review The Year of Shadows

The Year of ShadowsEstro of a failing orchestra has moved her and her grandmother into the city’s dark broken down concert hall to save money and her only friend is Igor an ornery stray cat Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall They need Olivia’s h. A delightful yet dark MG novel; The Year of Shadows is dusted with ghosts entertaining personalities and an unexpected amount of grave topics which are handled with complete expertise all through the delicate eyes of a child who is harboring a mountain of pain This book is about a young girl Olivia who has had to move into this battered concert hall where her father works due to the stupid Economy Fostering anger towards both her father for bringing her to this dank place and her mother for leaving without saying goodbye she's tuning everyone out to concentrate on the one thing she loves drawing Then the ghosts show up From abandonment to loneliness to grief Olivia's heart became my own when I was reading her story; the heavy burden of her sadness is palpable She's feeling so much bitterness towards life that it's affecting how her peers see her at school mostly as a freak and a loner as well as how she reacts to others even when they show kindness Conseuently we get a character who's indignant yet easy to care for; it makes her situation even saddening a situation that holds threads of familiarity for many unfortunately She does acuire a support system however Her friends Henry and Joan who are both uirky Joan especially as well as a hilariously witty cat by the name of Igor then we can't forget the ghosts we meet throughout with their own stories and endearing charm A memorable cast like this is just what I hope to get inside an MG novel This plot revolves around two major aspects One is the hardship of Olivia's situation including wondering why her mother abandoned her for which she blames her father and the orchestra The other revolves around the ghosts who need help finding their anchor to our world so they can finally deal and move on an ordeal with which Olivia and Henry agree to help This process is actually pretty dark overall It involves them letting the ghosts use their minds and bodies to relive their deaths which can be pretty brutal The first experiment was the least glossed over when we're brought into an ugly murder scene this is where we get to see the mental and physical effects of this ordeal on Olivia and Henry It was actually fascinating in a way and very well imagined too same as with the description of the ghosts for which I commend the author Most of the other deaths were mainly referenced leaving it to our imagination with a brief depiction but the atmosphere was set While this is all happening Olivia is dealing with the aforementioned harsh topics of this novel It's a story with a lot of intersections leaving little room to lose any steam; even so I did find it bordered on the long side Also if you're debating get a print copy as it has lovely imagery throughout that an ebook especially the e ARC couldn't do justiceIt's a novel full of magic mystery life and family If you enjoy MG novels with a dark vibe that manages to be both sad and beautiful this is one you should put on your list An advance copy was provided by the publisher for reviewFor of my reviews visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

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The Year of Shadows Read & Download ↠ 7 ¹ Olivia wants a new life—and her wish might be granted by the unlikeliest allies A heartfelt gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand that School Library Journal calls a “not too scary ghost story”Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year Her mother’s left her neglectful father—the maestro Elp if the hall is torn down they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever never able to move on Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends Save the concert hall But helping the dead has powerful conseuences for the livingand soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving. Four years later and this book still has a powerful hold on my heart It was one of the first books by Claire Legrand that I read and her writing style grabbed me and hooked me in deep The flow of words was beautiful and a pleasure to readOlivia’s a twelve year old girl who’s mom left her with her neglectful maestro father who uprooted her and her grandmother from their home to a run down concert hall after falling on hard times Olivia’s life has been turned upside down and it’s heartbreaking to see her try to adjust to her new life to cope with the fear of homelessness to be the adultNo child should be forced to grow up fast to care for adults when it should be the other way around I wanted to put my arms around Olivia and make everything okay for her So many times I had to stop reading at a certain scene because it was too painful I had to breathe for a moment before I could go on If it was that hard for me to read about Olivia’s life how much harder was it for this girl to live itThere was a slant of the supernatural to the story with the addition of ghosts that added a really good twist A delightful cat and friends with interesting characters added some humor and really sweet moments The plot line was excellent and very clever The Year of Shadows was a beautiful heartfelt story – so well written it took a permanent place in my heartPosted on Blog