Shadows of the Forest by Emma Michaels
Everyone is dying to live in the Shadows of the Forest.
They gave me three rules to follow in exchange for my brother’s life:
1. Do not enter the West Wing;
2. Do not go outside after darkness falls; and
3. There is only one exit; The Gates.
This is what happened when I broke them…
Emma Michaels is the award winning author of the Society of Feathers series. With over 15 written publications and hundreds of book covers under her belt she plans on taking over the literary world one cup of coffee at a time.
Cole and Lily are twins that have had a rough home life. Recently their parents have died and they are planning on moving to the big city to start fresh. Then things get thrown to the side in a car wreck were both twins are severely injured. Lily wakes in a strange hospital with even stranger rules. But she learns Cole is about to die and knows that he made a deal for her to live if he dies in her place. Lily couldn’t live without the knowledge of Cole being alive so she travels with a kitsune called Arro into the forest to find a spirit that could help her die for Cole.
This story takes you on an adventure with very limited information. You learn things just as Lily. She is at a strange hospital run by Kaede and his daughter Willow. She learns the forest is a place for spirits to go after they have died a remarkable death and the one that controls it is Willow’s mother, Usagi. Usagi has a solution for Lily’s dilemma but it might not be the answer that she was looking for.
This story deals with physical and verbal abuse. This is brought up a lot during the story. I understand how it plays a major role in someone’s life but I admit that it can be a bit annoying revisiting the same thing over and over and over. The same goes for Lily’s concern for Cole, how she wants him to live, and sees him has her hero. I understand how his is the only one in her life that was good to her but it does get very repetitive.
I did like this story. There is a lot of description but in this world you need it. I have yet to read another book from Emma Michaels but I will definitely be checking out her other books.
I received Shadows of the Forest from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.