Walking in the Shadows

beautiful young woman portrait lying down in park in sunny day

One book and a nightmare comes to life…

Seconds seem like a life time when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, “Crimson Reign,” Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.

Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

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 Helped me by broadening my perspective on my writing. When readers told me that Vera felt much older than she was, I realized that although it was perfect for this book, that I should be writing older characters. I felt trapped in high school by writing Young Adult, and this novel helped me to feel a little bit less of that, but to realize I didn’t need to write Young Adult if I didn’t want to.

Is meant to be a spin on the obsession with vampires that Twilight created.

Is inspired by a dream I had. I saw Vera and Tad, and there was something forbidden about their relationship–yet it was so right. They were perfect for each other, and I felt they needed one another to make themselves whole.



Cassandra Giovanni has taken the student/teacher relationship and made it work.  Once we had that initial ‘oh no, he’s my teacher’ moment, I never really thought of it that way again. And it’s not because it wasn’t refereed to because it is but Vera and Tad are only a few years apart in age and add into that all that Vera has been through and she is much older and wiser that her years. In fact is was Vera who was the one pulling back from Tad in order to protect him and his job and Tad saying ‘screw the job!!’ But Tad and Vera are just naturally drawn to each other and one of the reasons is that Tad is just so protective and caring!! These two just fit together. Plain and simple!!

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I loved the twist of the Crimson Reign aspect of the murders and I highly recommend you all read this book. The story was beautifully written and the ending was perfect, I was definitely tearing up! It was such a great book, I didn’t it to end.

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It’s become apparent to me that Giovanni knows how to write an addictive romance…Overall, this was a highly compelling book.  I loved the development of the characters and how they were well-rounded; I loved the flow. I especially loved the romantic plot line between Tad and Abbi.  I was honestly just glued to my seat, wanting to read more about the both of them, both individually and as a couple.  There was a beautiful mix of banter and seriousness.  If you’re an unashamed romance junkie like I am, I can definitely recommend this.

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