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Shadowshaper por Daniel José Older
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Shadowshaper (edição 2015)

por Daniel José Older

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When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.… (mais)
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Título:Shadowshaper
Autores:Daniel José Older
Informação:Arthur A. Levine Books, Kindle Edition, 304 pages
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Etiquetas:fantasy, bechdel-pass, urban-fantasy, young-adult, complex-magic-system

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Shadowshaper por Daniel José Older

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Shadowshaper was a fun read. Even though It didn’t dip much into the Latino culture, there was enough to keep my interest. The pacing was perfect for this small book.

The characters were fun, and I can see it as relatable to the targeted audience. The one issue I can see, is maybe a little more character building, but it didn’t bother me do to the shortness of the novel. There was a little bit of a love interest, but not enough to distract you from the main plot. It was nice to see that development with an idea the Sierra wasn’t looking for a boy to get close to because she believed they mess things up once they opened their mouths. I find it interesting, how the author doesn’t follow the pristine happy family. It was refreshing to see a family that is not necessarily broken, but not being close. Sierra considers her friends to be her family.

The concept of the shadowshaping was interesting. I loved how the author made it feel natural and part of the world. The way there was more than one way to shadowshape was great because there is more than one way to express yourself. The idea of this being passed down through the family is culturally related as many folklores and myths do come orally from family. Seeing the good side of the shadowshaping before seeing the bad, I enjoyed that. It seems like a lot of times in fantasy or supernatural, you always see or read about the bad side before seeing the good.

Even though you want more, this book is not long. The chapters are small and yes, there would be more world-building or character development, there is enough for this type of book. It was an enjoyable read and I am ready to read the sequels and novellas. I do recommend this book. ( )
  Charliwriter | May 12, 2021 |
The lead has to solve a mystery that has something to do with her culture and family. It's not too heavy on the teen drama and has a strong female lead. YA Fantasy/PNR lovers should definitely check this out. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
when I saw this compared to Cassie Clare crap, I thought maybe it'd be full of dumb incest fake outs???? but instead it was mostly just urban fantasy YA crap. in Brooklyn!! Clary and Simon are just around the corner, probably in a hipster coffee shop, also being crap. THAT BEING SAID, the audiobook was SO GREAT; definitely finished on the strength of that alone. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
It had been quite a while since I'd read any urban fantasy, and never in a YA novel, and I really enjoyed it. I like the whole being able to use shadows/spirits in drawings, or paintings, or music to protect people. I liked how Sierra was able to overcome her grandfather's gender prejudice and become powerful herself. Go girl power! It's a series starter, but one could be left happy with the ending in this novel, and not stress about the next one. I can see where the story arc might go, and I've put it on my list to come back to once the series is complete. I'm not feeling it for a Gateway, though. I think maybe because of the genre. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
2.5 stars

Not gonna lie, I'm pretty disappointed with this book. I think it was unfortunately over sold and I tried to keep that in perspective but it's still lacking.

The good: The idea is interesting. The MC is kind and dedicated to her task. I get very tired of the cool, whiney mean-girl who deserves a slap rather than help on her crusade. The cast is racially diverse and this is a (deservedly) much touted book for own voice's reading. The MC's friends are girls, which you so rarely see in a YA world full of love triangles. The idea is interesting and draws on cultures rarely represented in UF, which is a shame bc they are must certainly a good fit, more so than things like Norse gods and fairies which are barely visible on the North American landscape outside of UF.

I like a lot of the characters, but more of the side characters, as the MC is busy reacting. Her brother is more interesting than her in some ways and that's a shame. Rather than being an artist she is a plot mover while he gets to be shocked, etc.

My problem with this book is mostly in the execution of it. The start is slow, at least up until the 50% mark. Sierra's grandfather never told her about any of this world, which feels ridiculous because his literal role is storyteller. I know a storyteller or two (guilty) and we don't shut up. We share. What this means for the plot is that all revealing is done in dialogue. Teenager dialogue, with lots of pithy asides, demands for answers, and incredulous responses. Way, way too much slow dialogue that built an image of annoying, too cool for school kids in my head. I will admit I struggled with the dialogue at first in part because some of the language used would have gotten you labeled a "poser" where I'm from, but, being from the ass end of the earth, in a land of terrible speakers I am well adjusted to realizing my understanding of linguistics is wrong and adapting to what everyone else uses so it was an easy adjustment for me to realize that there are people in the world who do use "cat" without sarcasm or mockery.

The other major, major reason the first 50% is slow is that the book spends way too much time building a relationship between Sierra and Robbie. I know YA loves a love story but it was tedious and by the 25% mark it had been thoroughly hammered into my skull that what they had was so special, and she could stand on her own in the relationship. There is literally a time around the 75% mark where she pauses in motion to thnk of how special he is. This is bc the book needs to remind us bc he has just been kidnapped. Got it. Understood. You can stop with the beatings now. The horse is dead.

Now to some holes that annoyed me:
1/ Sierra is an artist because it is useful to the plot, but she never feels like an artist outside of it. Artists draw everywhere. Using art should be second nature and magic skills out of art is awesome. She ought to be using that everywhere. We even see she can draw eyes to look for her. She uses that useful skill exactly once and then apparently forgets it. I would be drawing everywhere if I was looking for a bad guy.
2/ Female involvement. This is an own voices book, but written by a guy and it shows. There are no female Shadowshapers bc her grandfather's apparently against that sort of thing, which indicates her grandmother, a strong spiritual leader within the group (without being too spoilery) just let that happen. Let's be clear, even in actual patriarchal socities women still hold roles they "shouldn't" so this rings false. Her grandfather's reason for not including Sierra in this group is flimsy at best, and no girl, cis or trans, is shocked to see misogny and exclusion from even their own family if they're as woke as Sierra is. With the amount of discussion of race issues in the book, the lack of loud, involved discussion about the role of misogny is really telling and part of why I avoid reading books about women by men. They do not get it, and yes, we talk about this shit ad nauseum, so it should be there.
3/Hello plot fillers. Sierra does multiple things to meet a need of the plot, not because it's useful or natural. She calls Nydia out of the blue to tell her where she's going so that we can have a momentary diversion of who's the spy? That's never resolved. Then Nydia randomly joins their group. They go up to see Wick make wraith things, rather than scrubbing out Robbie's creations or making them bunnies instead of dangerous creatures. Robbie runs away a lot to protect her which is about the dumbest thing. You can draw distractions and protectors. Maybe do that instead of leaving someone stranded? There is random dancing in her room, apparently without music or I missed the music, bc we need to have that relationship thing really clear.

Essentially my feelings boil down to: this book is important but where it at times literally stops the plot to give a race lesson, it drops the ball on gender issues, while still managing to have a lot of female characters, mostly in the uninitiated role which is the usual easy place to stick women. (Seriously, would it have killed anything to make Nydia a Shadowshaper?) The book is slow and heavy with teenager dialogue. The end action finally swells at and after the 75% mark but when it takes that long to get there I am less forgiving and this book, like so many other YA books, displays a sudden falling into power with little blow back from trying to sort it all out. The little bits of her power we do see are fun and I wish we'd gotten much more of that instead of the talking and the cute boy thing. I am not interested in continuing this series. Although I hope much of the talky-talk is done it just dragged too much and I can't imagine setting myself up to live through more of that. I have heard good things about the author's adult series, which is maybe where I should have started in case some of my issues are editorial markers geared toward the YA genre. I doubt it and will move with much more care before I leap into the author's adult fiction. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
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When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago realizes that something strange is going on--then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

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