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Book Review: The Year of Shadows – Claire Legrand

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy, Ghosts, Gothic

Read Count: 2


Four years later and this book still has a powerful hold on my heart. It was one of the first books by Claire Legrand that I read and her writing style grabbed me and hooked me in deep. The flow of words was beautiful and a pleasure to read.

Olivia’s a twelve-year-old girl who’s mom left her with her neglectful maestro father who uprooted her and her grandmother from their home to a run-down concert hall after falling on hard times. Olivia’s life has been turned upside down and it’s heartbreaking to see her try to adjust to her new life, to cope with the fear of homelessness, to be the adult.

No child should be forced to grow up fast, to care for adults when it should be the other way around. I wanted to put my arms around Olivia and make everything okay for her. So many times I had to stop reading at a certain scene because it was too painful. I had to breathe for a moment before I could go on. If it was that hard for me to read about Olivia’s life, how much harder was it for this girl to live it?

There was a slant of the supernatural to the story with the addition of ghosts that added a really good twist. A delightful cat and friends with interesting characters added some humor and really sweet moments. The plot-line was excellent and very clever. The Year of Shadows was a beautiful, heartfelt story – so well-written it took a permanent place in my heart.



Olivia wants a new life—and it might take ghosts to get it. A heartfelt, gently Gothic novel from Claire Legrand.
Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.
Her mother’s left, her neglectful father—the maestro of a failing orchestra—has moved her and her grandmother into the city’s dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.
Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help—if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.
Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living…and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.



I'm a die-hard bibliophile and I'm also an introvert. My blog's about books, books and more books. (yep, that was easy) I might, from time to time, write about life and its vagaries. I like taking pictures of books and doing origami.

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