CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What would you do if you had just moved to a new town only to discover that something wasn't right? What if the town you had moved to was a center for paranormal happenings? And what if you were told that you had to learn how to fight these things and capture them?
That's what happens to Miranda in "Shadow Breakers" by Daniel Blythe. Miranda is just a normal girl, having moved to the small coastal town of Firecroft from London after her father died a year before. When she moves to Firecroft, she is in for quite a surprise when she starts having dreams that include a dark shape.
The paranormal aspects of the book (the shapes Miranda sees, among other things) are explained pretty well to the reader as they are explained to Miranda through her new friends. The mystery is also explained pretty well as new details are added to help solve it.
Blythe has created a book that imbues Miranda's school and friends with paranormal mysteries that could harm the entire human civilization if they were to go unsolved. The mystery around Miranda's new town is gripping, keeping the reader wondering what the shape is and why it is bothering Miranda.
Miranda is a witty girl who shows she can do anything she puts her mind to, even if the odds are against her. She is tough in the eyes of danger, and she faces a lot of it in "Shadow Breakers."
The other characters of "Shadow Breakers" are interesting as well. Two of her new friends, Cal and Josh, are almost complete opposites of each other, and how they act toward Miranda shows it. Cal is pretty harsh at times, while Josh is normally pretty nice.
"Shadow Breakers" is written so well that even in the midst of a huge paranormal mystery, the reader still doesn't get truly confused about what's going on. Through the characters, Blythe manages to keep everything within the realm of reason, even for a paranormal story.
I loved the twists and turns that Blythe threw in "Shadow Breakers" as he was writing it. When I read a certain part, which I won't spoil, I got really angry at something a character did. Books that provoke emotion like that are always fun to read.I think "Shadow Breakers" is a really great read, especially if you like mysteries or paranormal books. It's really exciting, and it always keeps you guessing.