Semi-Finalist, Young Adult category, 2019 Kindle Book Awards.
As if being a ghost whisperer in a trailer park isn’t weird enough, skinwalkers take things to a whole new level of strange.
Running away from her demons rather than facing them, Shade’s mother moves them once again to a new place—this time a trailer park on the outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. Hiding in plain sight among UFO festivals and rumors of alien abductions, paranormal creatures live there by their own rules.
Shade accepts her destiny as a ghost whisperer with the help of her new best friend, Kai Zahnii. An empath and healer with the potential to become a Navajo shaman, Kai must break free of her dysfunctional family. This dysfunction goes far beyond anything Shade has ever known. Kai is all too familiar with skinwalkers, shapeshifter witches who violate taboos in order to practice pure evil. In the Wild West atmosphere of her new town, Shade is thrown into a world inhabited not only by ghosts, but also by witches, faeries and shapeshifters. She must find the courage to fight the skinwalkers alongside her new best friend and creatures she never knew existed.
SHADE AND THE SKINWALKERS is Book #2 in a YA Paranormal Mystery / YA Urban Fantasy series.
great prose, quirky take on america
“Apparently, it was opposite day because that’s the exact opposite of how I was feeling” is an example of all the phrases I just loved to dwell on. The story was so smart I wanted to enjoy the prose as much as the plot. You don’t see that often in a novel, and it reminds me of a Patricia McKillip novel...destined to be savored years after.
SInce I have never visited Roslyn and ground zero for alien abduction theories, I was enraptured by the description of the poverty in school overlaid by monthly festivals (aka Tourist Traps). That alone exaggerated our world into a caricature of modern life.
But I failed to finish the novel because I expect a faster pacing and more paranormal sooner. Gory descriptions of bagged teeth aside, great prose and worth a book award aside, I need a faster pace.
If you are tired of the same old trash novels but still enjoy a quirky paranormal take on crime novels, this is definitely an interesting read.