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Shadowed (Shadow and Moon Series Book One) by Michelle Areaux

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Sixteen-year-old Henley Abbott is just trying to make it through high school in the small town of Edison, Washington where she has lived her entire life. Constantly feeling alone, she’s surprised when she finds herself intrigued by the new boy in town, Cohen Davenport.

With the entire town talking about the new and secretive family, Henley refuses to join in on the rumors swirling about them and attempts to keep her distance.

However, as Cohen becomes intrigued by Henley, the pair seems to find a spark in a kindling friendship.

As the intensity of their relationship builds, Henley discovers a dark secret plaguing Cohen and his elusive family. He reveals a twisted past that has kept his family on the run…for decades.

Cohen should keep his distance. It is too dangerous to bring Henley into his life, but he can’t stay away from her.

And, Henley doesn’t want him to.

As Henley overcomes her own fears and trepidations, she finds herself engrossed in a battle that could destroy them both. Only their connection could help them all survive.


The small town of Edison, Washington, will never be the same after the new neighbors move in.

What if the government made a mistake years ago and are trying to cover it up by experimenting and killing innocent people?

To my mom, I should dress more like the popular kids at school. But to me, well, I have already accepted my fate as the school loser. I just wish she would come to terms with the idea, too.

Henley couldn’t wait to leave Edison. She and her best friend, Amy, have always been outsiders in their high school and plan to go to college far, far away from their hometown until Cohen arrives. He’s handsome, mysterious, kind, and has a dark secret.

Cohen’s family is hiding a secret and they are in danger so when he falls for Henley she is not safe either. Will he stay in Edison or move to a new location?

The story has an old, familiar plotline with girl falling for mysterious new boy in town who has a dark secret so I was hoping to read something new and unique that would grab me, but it fell short. The novel had a fine beginning, but it soon became predictable and hurried.

Overall, Cohen’s family secret is notable and unusual and I have high hopes for book 2 of the series.

Thank you to Ms. Areaux for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.



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Michelle AreauxMichelle loves most fiction genres. For New Adult, she loves to read romance novels that include a hot and brooding male character. Think Travis Maddox in Beautiful Disaster. She accepts: College aged new adult romance, paranormal romance, and romantic comedies. For young adult, Michelle is a sucker for fantasy novels that include vampires (she is still on team Edward), shifters, and a modern world with monsters and demons alike. She accepts: dark fantasy, paranormal, mysteries, contemporary romance or mystery, and anything else in the young adult genre. ​

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