Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss Stirling

July 22, 2016 Book Review 0

Review: “Summer Shadows” – Joss StirlingSummer Shadows by Joss Stirling
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Published on: July 7th 2016
Published by: Oxford University Press
Pages: 320
Series: Benedicts #6
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Benedict Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Misty Falls (Benedict Boys #4)
Angel Dares (Benedict Boys #5)
Summer Shadows (Benedict Boys #6)


The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Summer lives under a terrible shadow. It drains her, manipulates her and threatens to steal her future.

A high-stakes mission offers a temporary escape. She must use her mind-shadowing abilities to hunt down her target and find the truth.

Hal Robinson is a soldier. He does not get distracted. He wins. But what Hal wants begins to shift once he meets Summer.

They must learn to trust each other if they are going to protect the Savant community. But will their secrets allow them to find a happy ending of their own?


My Thoughts

This book was the perfect continuation of the series and I really wish that I had had the time to reread the previous books before this one.

We’ve met Summer before in previous books, but we’ve never properly gotten to know her and she is such a great character. She’s got a pretty difficult family situation but is such a strong character who sacrifices so much to keep her family together.

Hal was a total mystery for basically the first half of the book. He spends the majority of the book acting like a jerk, but Summer is so on point most of the time that their back and forth banter feel a lot more like flirting. That being said, although he acts like a jerk, you can’t help but fall in love with him, so by the time he actually starts being nice I was totally swoony over him!

I really liked the story in this one. Set in Afghanistan, which is somewhere I have never read about in a book before and I loved reading about the culture. We get to watch the final Benedict brother find his Soulfinder, and for the most well behaved brother he took us on a bit of a wild ride.

There are also some super cool new savent powers introduced in this book and we also get to see the bad powers too. So far we have seen bad people using their powers, but we have never before seen a power which is just pure bad, so that was really interesting.

(unfortunately no powers like this, but I just love these guys!)

Best of all, we get EVERYONE back together again in this book! Trying not to spoil anything here, but there is a bit in this book in which a lot of different skills are required, and so we get a MASSIVE reunion of nearly everyone from the entire series which was amazing! I love how everyone is connected in some way or another, whether friends, family, soulfinders etc.

I still have to admit that the first two books in this series are my favourite as they are focused solely on the Benedict boys, but I love that Stirling has so smoothly managed to create new stories outside of the Benedict family whilst still keeping them involved with the older boys search for their soulfinders as a sort of sub-plot behind the main story from these younger savents.


Final Thoughts

A fantastic end to the series, although I am super gutted that it is over! I want so much more from this world, and I’m really hoping that Stirling gives us another book or two from inside the savent community in the future. If not then I guess I’ll have these 6 to just keep re-reading over and over and over…

Re-Readability: Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: characters with powers, families fighting crime, brothers who are besties, teen/YA romances, destined-to-be loves

Rating Beyond Loved

Have you read any of the Benedict Books?

Which is your favourite book? Which is your favourite Benedict?

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