Out of the Shadows, by Ashlee Nicole Bye [ARC] | Book Review #241

I want to give a huge Thank-You to Ashlee Nicole Bye, for allowing me to read and review Out of the Shadows in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review

unnamed-16Nobody ever said death would be easy… 

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.

Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.

Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.

Trigger Warnings: Blood, Self-harm, Murder

I was drawn into Out of the Shadows since the synopsis seemed so interesting. I mean, this book was compared to Cassacdra Clare’s writing, as well as Paula Weston’s writings. I loved Weston’s The Rephaim series, so I’m happy that I got the chance to read Out of the Shadows!

There are multiple points of view. Some of these views we only read from once, while others are reoccurring. The main point of view, however, is from Sachi. Sachi is my kind of girl to be honest. She’s funny, likes Disney, she tends to reply to things with sarcasm, and she’s Australian. What’s not to love about her? Oh, and by the end of the book, she’s pretty badass, too.

A lot happens in within this book. There are so many different forces at play in this first Shadowlands novel. I found that it was kind of hard keep up with everything; especially because I took breaks in between reading, which would lead me to forget what happened. That’s totally on me though, and not the book.

The plot of the story moves fast, mostly because of those many different points of view we read from.

I actually really liked the fact that Bye has layered our world onto the plot-line of this book. It suits the story really well, and in my opinion just adds to the believable factor. This is mainly the reason why I enjoy reading Urban Fantasies so much. I love believing that there’s something other out there that we’re so skeptical about.

I ended up giving Out of the Shadows, 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

If you’re a fan of Urban Fantasy with multiple points of view, then I definitely recommend Out of the Shadows! And it takes place; for the most part, in Australia!

Thank-you again to Ashlee Nicole Bye, for allowing me to read Out of the Shadows in exchange for an honest review.

Happy Reading!

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