Review: Shadeland (The Ethereal Crossings #1) by D. L. Miles

on Oct 24, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal

Series: The Ethereal Crossings #1

Blurb: It's been one year since the creatures of Shadeland have exposed themselves to the world, but 17-year-old Liv doesn't really care; she knew of them long before anyone elsedid because her best friend Luke is one. But when woman begin dying in her hometown, Luke gets blamed for the killings because he isn't human and it sets Liv on a mission to find out who the real killer is, or what it is.

Review: I totally loved this book! In Liv's world Eidolons (supernatural creatures) revealed themselves a year ago, resulting in a revolution that still causes pain today. The concept of supernatural creatures having willingly and openly revealed themselves was quite different from most fantasy/paranormal novels, and the fact that the reveal resulted in a revolution was especially interesting.

After reading Shadeland, I am fairly certain that Liv is one of my favorite main characters of all time. D. L. nicely avoided the stereotypes that many YA main characters are made of. Liv comes across as a very real, relatable seventeen-year-old girl. I also enjoyed that her best friend Luke was an Eidolon, because of this the two have a very special relationship and compliment each other very well.

The rest of the characters were quite fascinating as well. The bounty hunter, Jared was very awesome and I'm seriously hoping that he is in book two. We meet many other Eidolons as well, both good and bad. D. L. Miles breaks away from the common and presents unique creatures that aren't very well known in the paranormal genre right now.

To sum it up, this book was so good that I couldn't put it down! You definitely want to check out this novel! :)

Shadeland is available on smashwords for free!  

About the Author:
D. L. Miles graduated from Sheridan College and currently resides
in Southern Ontario. She enjoys Doctor Who marathons with her brother
or perusing hair day at the local drug store with friends. She is a young adult
 author, always in fantasy and the like.
She currently has two series in progress and two more in the works.
Check her out at her website:

About the reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. She reviews indie and traditionally published books at Her time is spent reading, gaming, drinking tea, and writing. M lives in Upstate New York with her family and six pets. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


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