ARC Review: The Prophecy of Shadows

The Prophecy of Shadows
The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: January 26, 2016

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy. Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

One word that comes to mind when reading The Prophecy of Shadows is – generic. I mean, the plot initially sounds to close to The Secret Circle, and then there are Greek mythology elements thrown in which comes close to so many other such books. The story itself is a pretty standard scavenger hunt (it was even called so in the book) and then a few monsters, promise of some terrible evil in subsequent books, angst-y romance and you see where I am going with this, right? I would have liked it more if it had much more complexity to the plot, or more layers to the characters. The magic of the book itself is unoriginal – mixed witchery and demigod skills. As it stands, it is a good quick read, but not that great.

Received a free galley from Barclay Publicity via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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