18527495In the Shadows Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrations)
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Source: ALAMW2014
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t. – Goodreads


As of writing this, this book is a 2o14 stand out for me. Told via two different mediums, text and illustrations it is genius. Di Bartolo’s illustrations are lush and luxurious and I want more of them. Which is awesome, cause he is good at his job. Tie that in with White’s prose, which I always love, I adored this book. It is not what I would consider a typical “Ashley” book but at the same time, typical Ashley books haven’t been working for me. I DNF 5+ books this month.

What works about this book is the fact that the illustrations and the text are two separate stories. This is not an adult picture book, or even a comic book. You root for the characters in the illustrations, the main characters in the written story, there is evil, romance, there are things I cannot even discuss because HELLO SPOILERS. But it works. The art is also completely luscious which works for this in ARC form and I cannot wait to see it in print form, because the print ARC is that delicious.

The main problem with this book is the fact you cannot actually discuss it without spoiling anything about it. Which, I know #firstworldproblem, but go read this book! ASAP!