Dear Ashley: An Unconventional Review of ‘Rising Shadows’

Published April 10, 2015 by Ashley Townsend

This review had me in tears…… Of sweetness and joy! I honestly could not believe Lydia enjoyed Book I in the Rising Shadows trilogy so much. I queried her to read and review Chasing Shadows, but she insisted on buying Rising Shadows first. Now, many of you know that I can be rather self-conscious of my first effort as a real writer, and my style and ability have shifted quite a bit since I first penned the start of Sarah’s time traveling adventures in Serimone. So when Lydia told me that she was insisting on starting with the first book, I launched into my under-selling explanation of why the book is so “simple”: “I was really young when I wrote it”; “My ability has progressed sooo much since then”; “Don’t let it stop you from reading Chasing Shadows.”
I was honestly anticipating her thinking the first book was so boring that she wouldn’t even get around to the book I wanted her to review. So you can imagine my surprise to find an email from her simply stating “Your family is right; you do undersell it” and a link to her glorious review of Rising Shadows. . . . Yes, she LOVED IT!!! Her review is completely unconventional in the sense that it’s written as a letter of encouragement address to ME, gushing about how Sarah is one of her favorite heroines in fiction history and that she adores Will so much that he had her crying. Haha.
Just follow the link to the original post and check it out for yourself before I spoil it for you. And take this as encouragement that you don’t have to undersell things that are important to you or pretend that you failed just because someone might criticize your efforts and you want to beat them to the punch (actually, I’ve never really received a negative review for any of my books—go figure!). God has a great plan in store for all of us that does NOT include fear, and if it’s important to you, it’s definitely important to Him.
Oh, yeah, and Lydia still wants to read Chasing Shadows. ^_^ Who knew?!

Lydia Thomas, Author

Dear Ashley,

This is totally not how ever conduct my reviews.

However, when you contacted me about reviewing the second book in your trilogy, Chasing Shadows, I wanted to read and review the first book – well, first.  You shared a few things with me about the some of the differences I might note between Rising Shadows  and its sequel, and mentioned that your family thinks you undersell this first book in your trilogy.  I hardly know you at all, but based on what you told me, I’d like to tell you something.  Your family is right.

Here’s why:

I couldn’t put Rising Shadows down.  I put books down all of the time – it’s a necessity of my busy life and I wouldn’t get anything else done otherwise.  I just find a good stopping point, bookmark it, and pick it up later.  I couldn’t find a good stopping…

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