Rising Shadows

Sarah Matthews is nearing the end of another eventless summer in the small town of Bethany, Oklahoma Disheartened over the reality that yet another unexciting season is coming to an end, she wishes for an unforgettable adventure to break up the monotony of life But when mysterious circumstances transport Sarah and her sister, Lilly, back in time, she gets excitementSarah Matthews is nearing the end of another eventless summer in the small town of Bethany, Oklahoma Disheartened over the reality that yet another unexciting season is coming to an end, she wishes for an unforgettable adventure to break up the monotony of life But when mysterious circumstances transport Sarah and her sister, Lilly, back in time, she gets excitement than she bargained for.The girls find themselves trapped in the twelfth century in a place shrouded with mystery and deception Assassination plots, kidnappings, and tumultuous adventures force Sarah to rely on the Shadow, a masked hero who comes to her aid numerous times In order to uncover a conspiracy and save those closest to her, Sarah requests help from the Shadow and also from Will, the handsome and intriguing blacksmith she befriends Sarah is strangely drawn to the excitement that seems to follow the town hero and begins to look forward to their secret encounters She also finds herself caught in a romance with Will, despite the fact that their equally fiery personalities have a tendency to clash But Will s past is filled with secrets and pain, and Sarah finds it difficult to break through the walls he has built around him She knows that in order to make things right with the kingdom and also with Will she will need time in the forgotten land But when her life is put on the line, Sarah realizes that she will be permanently stranded in the past if she remains for too long, and she vows to find a way back home for her and Lilly or die trying.
Rising Shadows Sarah Matthews is nearing the end of another eventless summer in the small town of Bethany Oklahoma Disheartened over the reality that yet another unexciting season is coming to an end she wishes fo

  • Title: Rising Shadows
  • Author: Ashley Townsend
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 248
  • Format: ebook
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    1. Less Reality More Books*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review*Time travel is one of the more interesting and varied forms of supernatural aspects in stories. So many movies, TV shows and games have tackled it; all with different degrees of success and different methods of how time travel works. This was my first time reading a YA novel based on time travel but it looked really interesting, and I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel back in time to the 12th century? I do love Down [...]

    2. ~review to come~Update: May 30, 2017:Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend was a delightful, time-traveling, suspenseful, and easy read. I really enjoyed it, except for a few things, which I’ll touch on later.Okay, so first off: I basically always hate time traveling books. They’re all the same in one way or another, and all the mathematics and consequences and space-time continuum junk rusts my brain gears until I just don’t even try to understand. But I am happy to say this book was not conf [...]

    3. Huge thanks to the amazing author, Ashley Townsend, for sending me a free copy of Rising Shadows and Chasing Shadows, the first and second installments in her intriguing Defying Shadows trilogy!:)I definitely picked up Rising Shadows at the right time! Recently I've been craving lots of high fantasy novels, but the majority of them just didn't stand out from the any other books in the young adult genre. Then, Ashley was kind enough to send me a copy of Rising Shadows, and after reading its fasci [...]

    4. I'm pleased to say that I quite enjoyed Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend! I'd been seeing Ashley's books around, and thought they looked interesting enough to add to my to-read list. Then I won a copy of Chasing Shadows (Book 2) in a giveaway, and found out these are time-travel/fantasy romances; and saw that gorgeous cover, and eep! *grins* I was happy to accept when Ashley offered me an e-copy of Book 1 so I could start this series at once!We meet Sarah Matthews, the average eighteen-year-ol [...]

    5. This is such an adorable book! When Sarah and her sister are accidentally sucked into a past, but a past that looks very different from anything they learned about in the history books, they are thrown into a situation that is way over their head. Sarah must learn to be resourceful to get all of them out of danger and back home. That gets a little bit more complicated when she starts falling for someone. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. And that endingk! I knew it was coming, bu [...]

    6. Oh my stars this book was soooooo good!!!Does someone know how to open a portal to Serimone? Cause I wanna go there X)This cover is so pretty and the book is so good, just <3 <3 <3 <3and all of the characters are amazing<3 <3 <3 <3(*cough* Will *cough* ;)That's all I can think to say about this book right now, I might try to do a longer review laterbut for now go read this bookkenow ;)byeeeee

    7. SO THIS IS BASICALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS EVER! Rising Shadows is right up there at the tippity top of my fandoms. <333

    8. *happy sigh* What an enjoyable tale! A shorter book, RISING SHADOWS is a fairly quick read. It's the first in the Rising Shadows trilogy, and I had actually read book 2, CHASING SHADOWS, before reading this one -- so this was kind of like a prequel backstory sort of thing for me, which was actually a fun way to read it. I think it's a great introduction to the series, though, if you actually read it first (like one probably should but since the story deals with time travel, I don't feel TOO bad [...]

    9. With this being her first novel, I was pleasantly surprised at the characters' depth in the story, which made for an enjoyable read. Some authors master the storyline but never seem to make good characters. I don't need relatable people, but when you are inside one person's head for the entire book, and he/she is slightly psychotic (AKA Katniss Everdeen), it is really hard to enjoy the book, no matter how ingenius the plotline.I am an extremely picky reader, and although I love to read, it is ha [...]

    10. What an enjoyable book! I received this book and other goodies at a FB party the author hosted and was thrilled to win it! If you like time travel, a sweet love story, and a little suspense this book is for you! The end of the epilogue definitely has me curious, now I must read the next one to see what Sarah and Karen are going to do.

    11. NOTE: I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.I was exceedingly happy when the amazingly sweet Ashley Townsend allowed me to read her debut novel, Rising Shadows. I mean, time travel? Medieval settings? A mysterious, masked guy? YES PLEASE. I’m a sucker for time travel stories. They’re my weakness. So I could not wait to read this one, and it was a wonderful ride!Ashley Townsend built a beautiful setting and realistic characters that kept me up at night [...]

    12. 3.5 / 5 FangsI went into this book not really knowing much about it, and I am glad I took the chance to read this book. There were some things that I didn't like about this book, but I liked it as a whole. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the time travel. I thought it was so interesting to see the characters travel back in time! The world that Ashely created was so much fun to read about. I am so excited to pick up book two so I can go back to the twelfth century! I also [...]

    13. This was a neat book! I am a sucker for time travel novels, especially when characters are transported back in time. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and given that Rising Shadows is historical Christian fiction, I was really in for a treat.Sarah is just your typical girl, getting ready to start college. One day, during a thunderstorm, she and her younger sister Lilly are transported to the twelfth century. Upon their arrival, they meet Karen, a college student who is also from the futur [...]

    14. I want this book. I want it I want it SO badly! I need it!!!!! okay. I'm going to try to keep myself calm as all I think about. ow is wanting this book. :D

    15. I didn't really connect with the characters, but I really enjoyed the plot! There aren't enough time travel books. :)

    16. The summary for my book is now available. I'd love for you to check it out! Stay tuned for updates.

    17. Review to come!Update 1/1/16:See more reviews on my blog Novels and NecklacesActual rating 4.5 starsI would like to start this review off with a HUGE thank you to Ashley Townsend for sending me a copy of the first and second novels in this series in exchange for an honest review. This novel has been on my TBR shelf for a bit, and it always intrigued me. Very few authors can pull off time travel well, and when you mix it with fantasywell you can get into a bit of a sticky situation. But this nove [...]

    18. Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this ebook in exchange for a review from LibraryThing. This is no way affects my review.Preface: The opinions in this review are my own. They are not up for discussion. I am an atheist. I do not want commentary about said atheism. I offer this review from my non-religious stand-point for other like-minded people.I have to be brutally honest. I wanted to hate this book. I really, really, really wanted to hate it. As shallow as it is (and yes, I recog [...]

    19. I couldn’t put Rising Shadows down. I put books down all of the time – it’s a necessity of my busy life and I wouldn’t get anything else done otherwise. I just find a good stopping point, bookmark it, and pick it up later. I couldn’t find a good stopping point with this book; I wanted to know what was coming next the entire time.Sarah is now on my list of favorite female protagonists. No, really, there’s a list. I’ve noticed a trend in Christian YA Fantasy of female protagonists wh [...]

    20. Book exchanged for review~Per rulesSarah Matthews is eighteen years old really thinks her life is boring of late wondering where her summer has gone. She has complete faith in God and his plan for her life. Yet something is clearly missing but Sarah doesn't know what. When she and her sister Lily are transported back in time to the twelfth century. Sarah gets much more than she bargained for in adventure and intrigue. Sarah and Lily meet Karen, a young girl who happens to know that Sarah and Li [...]

    21. Find more of my reviews at Books, Stars, and the Pages in Between**I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**This novels tells the story of eighteen-year old Sarah Matthews, who has recently graduated high school and is spending the summer, bored, in anticipation of her new college life in the fall. That is, until something strange happens, and she finds herself and her younger sister transported into the twelfth (the twelfth!) century. Caught right in the middle of a h [...]

    22. Be careful what you wish for. It might be more than you baragained for.Sarah Matthews wanted more for her summer vaccaton than staying home with her parents and sister, and prepping for college. One wish and the next thing she knows, she’s traveled a few hundred years back in time to Serimone, a kindom that isn’t even supposed to exist, protected by a mysterious hooded character known as the Shadow. He’s kind of like a combination of robin hood + the arrow.Life suddely got a whole lot more [...]

    23. My favorite new book of the year! My friend has been trying to get me to read this since September, but I was concerned about reading a book by an author a few years younger than myself. But I was so pleasantly surprised with the storyline, depth of the characters, and overall pace of the story. I couldn't put it down! And that Will Taylor. Let me just say I was sighing everytime he walked into a scene. There was plenty of tension between Sarah, Will, and that Shadow (I'm not telling!), although [...]

    24. An action-filled adventure another timeSarah and her sister, Lilly, are swept from their life in the present day to a medieval time though historic with a rich history, is not remembered by time. There Sarah meets a mysterious man in a green cloak, who fights silently for what is right. What adventures will Sarah experience in this land that time seems to have forgotten?Written in an engaging easy to read fashion, with accurately flowing, descriptions perfect for a fast paced novel. I really lik [...]

    25. I read the book and really loved it, and then I got to the end all like, "Wow, that was a great adventure, all the mysteries are solved, I'm okay with the fact that Sarah never confronted Cadius, and now everything----What?! Are you kidding me? Where's the next book?!!!!!" I had every intention of finishing this "novel" and then moving on to the next stack of books on my floor and my Kindle, but then I read the cliffhanger ending and am currently freaking out. I NEED the next book. I discovered [...]

    26. Received as an ebook from the publisher as part of Librarything's Early reviewer giveaway.Partway through reading the book, I was flicking through and found that this is Ashley's first book and she is a young author too. This makes this début novel the better, with a decent storyline and some good primary characters. For those who dont like Christian themes in books this is not for you - Sarah has a strong relationship with God, as do some other characters, though Ashley does well to not make t [...]

    27. I received this book from Librarything in exchange for an honest review. I award this book 3.5 stars.Rising Shadows by Ashley Townsend is about a teenager named Sarah that is whisked away one day to an unknown land that teems with handsome strangers, loving friends, and sinister villains. I admit that I didn't realize that Kirkdale Press was a Christian publisher, but was pleasantly surprised with the product.I really liked the characters-- they were well fleshed out and fun to read about. I thi [...]

    28. 4 STARSThis is going to be the first of three book series. I enjoyed it. Thier is no sex, swear words but thier is praying.Sarah Matthews is 18 and soon to start collage an hour way from home. Right now she is watching her sister while thier mom is helping take of a different family member.Its starting to storm so Lilly comes into Sarah room power goes out and lightning loud.Then all of a sudden they are not in her bedroom at night but day in a forest.A girl sees them and says thats not what is [...]

    29. Alright, so I was given the first 2 books for free to offer an honest review, so here goes.Honestly, I wasn't too intrigued at first, because I've never really read any books about time travel (besides The Time Traveler's Wife, which I never finished), and I also noticed it does talk about Christianity. While I do believe in God, I see things a bit differently when it comes to religion, so I was pretty reluctant to read the book, but because I said I would, I did.So in the 1st installment Sarah [...]

    30. All in all, I enjoyed this story. I love the epicness of modernity clashing with the Medieval era. So cool!The only thing I was disappointed in was much of the plot (and this is entirely my opinion). The characters were fine, each their own, but there was no resolution to the plot itself. By the end of the tale, I felt I had so many questions left completely unanswered. True, the story was left open for its sequel, but still. . . Each story, or mini-tale, if you will, needs some sort of resoluti [...]

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