The Shadows We Know by Heart

The Shadows We Know by Heart Leah Roberts s life has never been the same since her brother died ten years ago Her mother won t stop drinking her father can t let go of his bitter anger and Leah herself has a secret she s told n

  • Title: The Shadows We Know by Heart
  • Author: Jennifer Park
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Leah Roberts s life has never been the same since her brother died ten years ago Her mother won t stop drinking, her father can t let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she s told no one Sasquatch are real, and she s been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years.Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the Sasquatch liveLeah Roberts s life has never been the same since her brother died ten years ago Her mother won t stop drinking, her father can t let go of his bitter anger, and Leah herself has a secret she s told no one Sasquatch are real, and she s been watching a trio of them in the woods behind her house for years.Everything changes when Leah discovers that among the Sasquatch lives a teenager This alluring, enigmatic boy has no memory of his past and can barely speak, but Leah can t shake his magnetic pull Gradually, Leah s life entwines with his, providing her the escape from reality she never knew she needed.But when Leah s two worlds suddenly collide in a deadly showdown, she uncovers a shocking truth as big and extraordinary as the legends themselves, one that could change her life forever.From debut author Jennifer Park comes a haunting and luminous exploration of love, grief, and the dangerous lies that can bind or break us.

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    1. Loved this book! It was a unique story that had Tarzan and Jane elements that had me jumping out of my seat! Plus, come on, Bigfoot or Sasquatch? How cool is that! I want to go hang out with baby Bee for the day, and I loved Leah's brother Matt! There were great emotional scenes and revelations from different characters. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because I am extremely picky about MC's, and when they lie for no real reason, but I still did like Leah minus that. Full review [...]

    2. This review (and others) can be seen in all its properly formatted glory on my blog Beauty and the Bookshelf.4.5 stars!The Shadows We Know by Heart had a very unique aspect to its premise that made me absolutely, positively need to read it: Sasquatch. You read that right: Big Foot. When I knew this book would have the elusive, are-they-real-or-are-they-a-hoax creatures, I knew I had to have it. So when I saw there was an ARC giveaway, entered it, and freaking won, I was ecstatic--this very inter [...]

    3. This is such a unique and fascinating book! It's a contemporary Tarzan retelling set in Texas and featuring Sasquatches, and it's even more amazing than it sounds. I couldn't put it down because I could never predict what was going to happen next. The setting is fantastic--I felt like I was right there in the East Texas woods with Leah. The story is full of romance, family relationships, mysteries, twists and turns, and absolutely gorgeous writing. A fun and compelling debut!

    4. The Shadows We Know By Heart is a unique book blending a slowly unfolding mystery and a romance set in a wonderful woodsy world with just a hint of magic. The premise is set out right away, a mysterious boy emerges from the woods and we see that Sasquatches are real. The puckish forest-dwelling teen is the epicenter both of the bonds of friendship and love that tie together Leah, her family, and closest friends, and the mystery that these families share, an old tragedy with still-raw wounds, whi [...]

    5. (Read as an ARC)Okay, first off, THAT TITLE. And by the end, THAT TITLE. I might be jealous.What an amazing story of loss and hope and the lies we tell to protect other people. And half these lies are because if you told someone, they'd never believe you. Totally legit.So Leah has been hiding out in the woods where her parents tell her she's NEVER TO GO INTO, but what do they even care? It's not like they pay attention to her since her brother died. And what she finds in the woods are a family o [...]

    6. After reading this book, I desperately want a sasquatch as a friend. At the same time, though, I intend to run away screaming upon catching even a glimpse of one, so I doubt the friendship will last long. That's one of the great things about this book--the sasquatches living in the woods aren't good or bad, but well-rounded characters with flaws and strengths and individual personalities. In fact, that's true of every character. I loved them all and hated them all. They weren't good guys and bad [...]

    7. I had no clue what to expect when I picked this upd by the end, I was like "why aren't there MORE SASQUATCH BOOKS?!?!" But seriously. It's a YA Tarzan retelling with Sasquatches, and if you're intrigued at all by that concept, this is definitely one to pick up. I read it cover to cover in approximately one afternoon. The prose often surprised me, with these beautiful & poignant moments of description and insight appearing in the text like precious gemstones. The characters themselves were al [...]

    8. I fed my kids cereal to finish reading this in one sitting. A mystery, a romance, and Sasquatch: how can you go wrong????

    9. A unique and beautiful story about love, loss, and finding the courage to move on!This captivating story plunges you straight into the woods, and the mystery surrounding the death of Leah's brother and friends. We feel her grief, and its effects on her whole family, while wanting more for her. I loved the slow burn of the romance, and the gradual revelations about the whole town's secrets. Perfect blend of tension and gorgeous writing that will keep you turning pages until the satisfying conclus [...]

    10. I loved every word of Jennifer Parks's debut novel. The story is captivating from page one. Park plunges you into the East Texas woods until you feel like you're part of the story and never want to leave. Great characters, a great setting, gorgeous writing and exactly the right amount of action/tension to keep you turning the pages. A haunting look at love, hope, and the lies we tell, this is a book I can't wait to read again.

    11. I couldn't put this one down. I had to see what was going to happen next and how it would all resolve. I loved the relationships between the characters (human and otherwise) and the clever plot. (And I can I totally believe that there are Sasquatches in the East Texas woods!) This is a great read!

    12. THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART is a love story that winds around your heart and won't let go. Park does a fantastic job bringing her world to life and I felt like I was right there in the East Texas woods, waiting with my breath held for a wild boy to wander by. Perfect pacing, memorable characters and a love story that made me want to be seventeen again, this fantastic Tarzan retelling is one I want to reread over and over. I couldn't help jotting down favorite lines and lingering over favorite s [...]

    13. Ooh la la, well consider me quite satisfied with this one.When I read the synopsis for the very first time, and noticed that this book shall involve Sasquatch and forests, my very first thought was this: this could be very good and original (because, come on, SASQUATCH) or a complete mess.I am pleased to report that THE SHADOWS WE KNOW BY HEART is wonderfully original. And organized. And knows where it’s headed, what it wants to address, and how it is to get there.Look, I like books like this [...]

    14. Jennifer Park's debut YA novel has one unique premise! Leah, whose family has been torn apart by the death of her older brother ten years before, has been feeding the family of Big Foot who live in the woods behind her house for years when she discovers a teenage "wild boy" in their midst. Leah believes she is only one who knows about the creatures' existence. Is she? Who is the wild boy? And how are the Sasquatch connected to her brother's death? Spoiler: It's NOT how you think!More than one ni [...]

    15. When I first heard about a Tarzan retelling, I didn't know what to expect, but it wasn't this beautiful, wonderful, bittersweet love story. The characters, the East Texas setting, and the relationships are all rich, complex, and gorgeous. It was impossible not to love Leah and her "wild boy", but at the risk of getting spoilery, I'll just say to read it. Read it as soon as you can.

    16. I was semi-excited for this book. It seemed like a good read, but not mind-blowing. Though come to find out, it was such an amazing read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Something did, however, take me by surprise: my absolute adoration and love for Bee. All in all, I recommend this book.

    17. First of all, I can never stop staring at the cover of this book, and it was just as beautiful in my hands. Second of all, there's something about this book that I couldn't put it down. The plot is full of mystery and to-die-for romance, something I couldn't get enough of with these amazing characters. So happy I got to read this ARC! <3

    18. This incredible YA is about as unique as they come -- it's a YA Tarzan with Sasquatches! It's full of family drama, too, and a lot of twists and turns. DEFINITELY get your hands on it in March '17!

    19. DNF @ 36%Okay, this book was supposed to be on my favorites shelf. Another YA Bigfoot book? Omg, it was going to be perfect. So may heart eyes. However, it did not float my Bigfoot boat. I'm so disappointed in what I read. I'm not sure if it was me or the expectations I placed on it. I imagined this would be a happy go lucky Bigfoot book, and I got a heavy, darker, more emotional Bigfoot read, which I was not feeling instead. And that really rocked my view of how the book read. I really think m [...]

    20. I immediately related to Leah and her struggles, even in this fantastical world of Bigfoot. The family dynamic was incredibly well-drawn, examining what it means to be the child of a pastor in the South, and how faith can be tested in devastating circumstances. The contemporary elements of the novel work so well that I never found myself questioning the fantasy elements. Park also manages to create a believable, dynamic love triangle. She kept me guessing as to how this situation could possibly [...]

    21. This is a tender and page-turning novel with an original premise and a rich and believable sister-brother relationship at its center.

    22. I can not get over how breathtaking and gorgeous this book was. I picked it up before bed and could not put it down until it was finished. Absolutely stunning prose accompanied by the backdrop of a modern day Tarzan and Jane relationship- everything about it was unique and beautiful and entirely engaging. This book has firmly slipped into a special place in my heart and I will happily recommend it to everyone ever.

    23. Absolutely amazing!!! It was like Tarzan and Jane but with Bigfoot! I couldn't stop reading it till the end and even then I wished there was more :) I highly recommend it :)

    24. ARC from NetGalleyThe main character in Jennifer Park's The Shadows We Know by Heart is sixteen-year old Leah Roberts, the "preacher's daughter." Her family endured an unspeakable tragedy years earlier that they still haven't recovered from. When the boy she's had a crush on for years (her brother's best friend) takes an interest in her, she should be elated. She is getting what she thought she wanted, and yet something doesn't feel right. Everyone thinks Leah follows her strict father's rules. [...]

    25. Beautiful, evocative, sweet, and haunting, The Shadows We Know By Heart only flirts with a few of the YA tropes we "older" readers love to hate (e.g. there's an insta-love, but there is some reasonable retroactive justification offered for it; there's also a love triangle, but it's not at all ridiculous or manipulative), and largely stands as a solid literary work, with strong characterizations of its teens, adults, kids, and Sasquatch alike. With its wholly inventive plot, this is not a novel t [...]

    26. A solid 4.5It would have been very easy to go wrong with this plot, but Jennifer Park did an excellent job of executing this novel; full of everything I never even knew I wanted.

    27. I hate it but I love it. I highly, highly, highly recommend it. It is a twist (ish) for an ending and backstories, secret intentions, and an open ending. I am still hurting from the events but just so you know it is mostly a love story but amazing!

    28. This was disappointing and that made me really sad. I was so excited for a Bigfoot novel and the synopsis sounded great but this book was a letdown.I did like the characters overall and I thought they were fairly well fleshed out. The friendships between the characters felt realistic. However, the teens didn't talk like teens. There were so many sentences that just felt off. That was one of the reasons I just couldn't get into the story. I also felt like the romance wasn't very well done. It fel [...]

    29. If you’re one of those people who hears “Sasquatch” and thinks YES, you’re going to love this book.If you’re one of those people who hears “Sasquatch” and thinks PASS, stop. I promise, you’re going to love this book.Before I cracked open Jennifer Park’s novel, I was skeptical about the handling of the Bigfoot storyline. I mean: Bigfoot. I expected some level of hokeyness. What I didn’t expect: A poignant story about love and loss that completely blew me away.This is probably [...]

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