Friday, March 29, 2013

#BookChat Concealed in the Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith #YA

Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033, her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister Evvie, her only family and entire world. Sydney holds a sliver of hope that they will be lawfully reunited, and that light will return to her desolate life, but she is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape Miles County so that she and Evvie can live full lives together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to anyone who crosses the county's electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of county technology. It seems impossible to escape into the forgotten forests and cities of the past, but Sydney is determined to find a way if she is denied guardianship of her sister. For years she has longed to break free from the government's experimental Petri Dish and the hallowed drones that inhabit it.

What Sydney doesn't know is that the county has particular interest in her. Her place in this complex dystopia is about to change. Deceit, fear, and warfare will come to characterize her life, yet her love for Evvie will always prevail. She must protect her sister, but at what cost?

Concealed in the Shadows is a novel with gripping action, intriguing suspense, and unexpected turns of events. The situations and decisions that the characters must face pull at the very fabric of the human heart. 

The subtext artfully examines an array of timeless social and political complexities, fitting this novel for both adults and inquisitive, young readers. The heart and soul are equally satisfied through immersion into such human themes as trust, love, and courage. 

Notes from the Author: After I finished reading a powerful YA series, I found myself in reader's despair. Naturally, I sought a new book or series to bring me out of the funk. When I didn't find exactly what I was looking for in the next few weeks, I decided to try my own hand at writing something powerful to fill the void. Concealed in the Shadows was born. I hope readers will find in it exactly what I was searching for: honesty, thought-provoking themes, suspense, and inspiration.

Readers' Reactions: "Concealed in the Shadows is right up there with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld." ~ Justine (Reviewer)

"There are many unpredictable and exciting events in the plot which will make the book hard to put down. The one thing I want to highlight is the thoroughness of the storyline, I believe the storyline was exceptional and a lot of thought was put into it." ~Nick (Reader)

"I'm definitely a fan and can't wait for the next edition." ~Mary (Editor)      

Behind the Scenes: I would like readers to know that the second installment of the story is underway. I am consistently intrigued by the twists that unfold in my mind when I should be sleeping at night. I can't wait to develop my ideas for the second book.

GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. She looks forward to continuing the story. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.


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