ARC Review: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

ARC Review: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
Reign of Shadows
by Sophie Jordan

Genres: Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Publication date: February 9th, 2016
by Harperteen

Format: ARC


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Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

So, are you here to read a ramble-y review about all my feelings about Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan? Well, you are gonna be disappointed because today I have decided to attempt doing a review in GIFS. After all, they do say a picture is worth a thousand words…

Overall reaction to the book

How I feel about the characters

LUNA: sometimes naive, sometimes kickass, also occasional bad decision maker. Overall:

FOWLER: Just an angry young man who is mad at the world for all the wrongs it has done him. Overall:

How I feel about the romance

In theory, I shipped the characters but in practice I just needed them to slow down and get to know each other instead of Fowler being passive agressive and then suddenly falling in love?? (IDK if the L word is used)

How I feel about the world building

 I found it interesting but thought there needed to be a lot more of it. Overall:

How I feel about the plot

 I love me a survival story and I enjoyed the plot, but also wanted more substance. Overall:

The Ending

I do have mixed feelings about the book since there are some things I liked and others I felt mediocre about. The book didn’t manage to blow me away but it was good brain candy, so if you’re looking for an easy, fun book to flip through, Reign of Shadows might just be for you. Just be warned, the ending is BRUTAL.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.6

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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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  1. says

    Sophie Jordan is a hit-or-miss author for me. I’ve really enjoyed one of her New Adult romances but most of her other books have been just alright so I don’t think I’ll be giving this a try. Thanks for the honest and helpful review, Rashika!

  2. says

    Don’t worry, I found this incredibly mediocre too. I wasn’t a massive fan of Fowler so I think that was a major problem. And the romance was so rushed! I didn’t ship them at all, unfortunately. And I think the cliffhanger tipped so many people over to the “not for me” section. I’m going to pick up the sequel, but only because I want more world-building!
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  3. says

    Aww boo! :( I’m sad you didn’t love this one as I really did like it, but I can understand where you’re coming from. There was just something about it that I liked and kept me glued to the e-reader.
    But yes that cliffhanger though!! I may have yelled at the world at that!
    I agree with you on the world building. There definitely wasn’t enough for me either, but I’m hoping book 2 will be better in that regards.
    Great review, Rashika-bear! <3
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  4. says

    Dude, the ending is basically evil. Who does that!? But yeah, I feel you on most of this. I liked it- I wasn’t like, blown away, but it was entertaining and solid. My gripe was the worldbuilding too. I needed more information, because I was just kind of like “so, it’s dark out…. and there’s stuff around?” and that’s not great. But I did like the characters and the story, so just for pure entertainment value it was a win!
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  5. says

    This seems like one of those books that reviews either seem to really like… or not like at all, haha. For me, I absolutely love the sound of the story, so it’s definitely one I’m going to give a chance. And I love how creative that cover is–I haven’t seen anything like that done before in YA. (And YESSSS to brutal endings. I like to torture myself, apparently.)
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  6. says

    I’m horrible. I don’t even remember the ending. What even happened. I read this book like LAST WEEK. I guess it just really didn’t even stick with me. Whoops.

    I really agree with about every GIF here Rashika HAHA. Though I’m going to be honest, I hated the MC more than you did. Ok. more like TOLERATED :P
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  7. says

    This book seems to have gotten mostly middling reviews so I wasn’t sure if I’d pick it up. I haven’t seen one single 4-5 star review for it so far. I can’t see the first 2 gifs you shared or the 2nd to last one, but the ones I do see look ‘meh’ and overall, this book has me feeling ‘meh’ I doubt I’ll pick it up at all, despite the promise of a brutal ending! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here my friend ♥
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  8. says

    She can walk through a forest perfectly and more competently than one with sight, which would have been perfectly acceptable considering this world is shrouded in darkness, but then there’s the fact that she’s barely been outside of a stone’s throw from the tower where she lives.