Sunday, June 15, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Rachel Rambles About I Become Shadow

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the I Become Shadow blog tour! 


Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever). Joe has a normal human job like most everyone else but hopes to become a full-time writer one day, and this is where you, the reader, must do him a really big solid and love I Become Shadow, his first novel.

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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Goodreads):

Ren Sharpe was abducted at fourteen and chosen by the mysterious F.A.T.E. Center to become a Shadow: the fearless and unstoppable guardian of a future leader. Everything she held dear—her family, her home, her former life—is gone forever. 

Ren survives four years of training, torture, and misery, in large part thanks to Junie, a fellow F.A.T.E. abductee who started out as lost and confused as she did. She wouldn’t admit it was possible to find love in a prison beyond imagining, but what she feels for Junie may just be the closest thing to it. 

At eighteen they part ways when Ren receives her assignment: find and protect college science student Gareth Young, or die trying. Life following a college nerd is uneventful, until an attack on Gareth forces Ren to track down the only person she can trust. When she and Junie discover that the F.A.T.E. itself might be behind the attacks, even certain knowledge of the future may not be enough to save their kidnappers from the killing machines they created.


I love a good secret-government-organization story, and I Become Shadow is everything I want out of the genre. It's an excellent balance of fun/humorous moments and frightening/suspenseful moments, which makes this book a fast and entertaining read.

My favorite thing about I Become Shadow is the narration style. The narration is fresh, unique, and entertaining. The main character, Ren, has a very distinct voice in comparison to a lot of her counterparts in other Young Adult books. Ren is sarcastic and hilarious, and I love the way she talks to the reader. This type of narration is a risk, but Joe Shine executed it wonderfully, and it resulted in a lovable, funny main character.

The concept of I Become Shadow is incredibly intriguing. It is, after all, what convinced me to pick up the book. Because the story is so detailed and complex, it makes this book a little hard to explain, but I'll do my best.

Since F.A.T.E. has knowledge of the future, the organization is able to determine what important figures must be protected in their younger years so that they can eventually impact the world. The F.A.T.E. trainees, like Ren, are turned into soldiers to protect the lives of future presidents, scientists, and anyone else who is meant to make significant changes in the world. The idea of watching these people and ensuring that they stay on their paths to greatness is fascinating, and it explores the age-old themes of destiny and whether or not people with knowledge of the future/the ability to time-travel/etc. should mess with the lives of others. These themes have always interested me (hence my love of all things time-travel) so I was delighted to find these elements in I Become Shadow.

The suspense and action in I Become Shadow is fantastic. Joe Shine knows how to keep the reader hooked and completely immersed in the story. This is the kind of book that makes you lose track of time and ignore all your responsibilities so you can just keep reading. You assume that you've only read a few pages, but really you've read 100 pages in one sitting and oh no is that the smoke alarm going off?! Yes, what I'm saying is that this book is so good you might forget you're cooking something and burn the house down. (Not that this happened to me. Pshh, like I'd ever cook anything that can't be made in a microwave!) If that doesn't make you want to read it, I don't know what will.

Overall, I Become Shadow is a fun, exciting, and action-packed read that I found myself unable to put down. This book is a good choice for anyone looking for a fast and entertaining read, but I'd especially recommend it to fans of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. I Become Shadow has a somewhat similar narration style to Maximum Ride, and the actions of F.A.T.E. are reminiscent of the scientists' actions in Maximum Ride. While the two books are quite different, I think they are geared toward similar audiences. So if you enjoyed Maximum Ride, I think you'll enjoy I Become Shadow too. And if you're like me, you'll like I Become Shadow even more than Maximum Ride!

Thanks for stopping by on the I Become Shadow Blog Tour! If you haven't read this book yet, DO IT. And be sure to check out the other stops on this tour!

P.S. I really hope this book turns into a series because I want more! GIVE ME A SEQUEL NOW PLEASE. :D

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