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  • Sherry Fundin
    2018-11-01 16:59

    Nicole is not your typical teenage girl. She is more interested in science than boys, and she has some very unique parents. They are both professors. She mom sounds like a hippie and her dad is working for NASA…strange bedfellows. Meg, their neighbor helped out with the homeless population. Brian, the postman knows them all.The mystery surrounding the people of Isla Vista, California, kept me reading. I couldn’t help but wonder what the heck is going on. I felt the characters seemed almost real.It’s funny…I was watching a Halloween NCIS episode on TV, when I read this Halloween story. If you’re a fan of B movies, you are going to want to read Watch The Shadows by Robin Winter. You may be looking out of the corner of your eye, or over your shoulder, wincing at the whispering sound of IT.The great writing made even the homeless lovable and real, the peripheral characters becoming just as important as the main ones. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I do think it’s worth the read…And, who knows, you may like it more than I.To see more visit fundinmental

  • Lelia Taylor
    2018-10-17 11:18

    Back in the late 1950's, there was this wonderfully goofy movie called "The Blob", starring a yummy Steve McQueen (the re-make isn't worth talking about so let's pretend it didn't happen). The blob in question was a thing from outer space and it oozed its way around this small town, getting bigger and bigger while it sort of sucked up people and animals wherever it went. Naturally, the only folks who know what's going on are some teenagers and, of course, nobody believes them. Do I need to tell you that these teens save the day? Anyway, this movie is equal parts scary and campy and hilarious and it's a genuine classic, not to mention starring my heartthrob Steve McQueen :-)From the moment I finished the first chapter of Watch the Shadows, I thought of "The Blob" and knew I was in for a real treat. I'm happy to say I was not mistaken. Full of ooey-gooey scary stuff and mystery and the occasional snicker, this book kept me on the alert all the way through even though there are some periods when the pace kind of grinds to a, well, ooze (sorry, couldn't resist). Nicole is a cool nerd with parents who are just as nerdy and I loved spending time with her as she put her know-how to use, determined to figure out what was in the neighbor's kitchen. Mailman Brian and Meg, a woman who collects dogs and the homeless, are also growing more and more suspicious of the odd things happening and Jack makes a great sidekick for Nic.Storyline aside, I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Winter's descriptive abilities and her creative ways with words, such as:A semi thundered by, breaking wind like a fat man.and..."No," Brian said. "You're right, Jack. Nicole. Both of you.""Did you believe Jack because he's male? You didn't believe me alone, before," Nicole said."I didn't believe either of you in the beginning because you're kids," he said. The truth surprised him."Age-ism,' Nicole said. "I see."Bottomline, I got a real kick out of Watch the Shadows---and I believe I'll lay in a large supply of Italian salad dressing ;-)Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2015.

  • Laura Thomas
    2018-11-12 16:10

    Nicole, a high school sophomore, could be described as a child protege. She prefers the term science nerd. Her father works on the Nasa Panel, traveling a lot, and her mother runs her own lab at the university, so Nicole’s proclivity for science and biology are no surprise.It soon comes to Nicole’s attention that the crows are leaving her small town of Isla Vista. When people’s pets mysteriously vanish, body parts are discovered, the homeless start disappearing from their sleeping spots in the park, and a strange gooey substance starts cropping up, Nicole uses her smarts to try to solve this deadly dilemma.This is a truly creepy story. It starts like an average day in small town America and morphs into the truly bizarre very quickly.The characters, even the minor ones, will become as familiar as your next door neighbors. Living in a small town myself, I could relate to the claustrophobic feeling of everybody knowing everybody’s business. Adding in the homeless people made it more intense. The odd behavior of some and the dangerous outbursts of others built the suspense.As to what’s causing all of this; you know that saying “can’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag?” It doesn’t matter if you are the best of the best. When you run into one of these things, you’d better be an Olympic sprinter or your dead.I’ve always enjoyed horror like this. Something deadly comes to town. You don’t know where it came from, or why it chose your town. The tension and terror builds, slamming forward to that grand face off when you find out who wins or loses, who lives or dies. Once it’s all over your pounding heart finally slows to a normal rhythm and you mull over the story. I did anyway. Wondering what if this happened instead of that? What if so and so lived instead of died? And so on.I’m also curious how the author came up with the horrific things that attacked the good people of Isla Vista. Well done on giving me something new to be afraid of. I’ll never look at an innocent object the same way again.I received this book for my honest review.

  • Kathleen Kelly
    2018-10-22 15:12

    Watch the Shadows Watching the Shadows starts out simply as a man named Winsome, finds a dismembered leg along the side of the highway. Brian the postman sees a shadow that moves, Meg Shrands cat is missing and teenager Nicole also sees things move in her peripheral vision. What starts out as a pretty tame story, ends up packing a wallop. The homeless people of the town are disappearing and there is an overabundance of plastic bags floating around. Without giving away too much, I will say that this book reminded me of the old movie, The Blob...very creepy things are going on in this little town, a handful of people must try to save the town from a predator that is wrecking havoc on it's residents. I always love to read a good horror story and this one was pretty good. It started out a bit slow for me but I think think it was the setting up of the story line and characters by the author. By the middle of the book I was hooked. The ending had me thinking a bit, on how much we as inhabitants of this planet are polluting it. With that said I think that this is a book that has all the right elements for the sci fi genre. I don't generally care to read this genre but I found this book to be very well written and from what I got out of the story is that the author intended for there to be a lesson learned. Give this book a try, I don't think you will be disappointed.  

  • Brenda
    2018-10-26 10:56

    There is something odd going on in Isla Vista, California. First a severed leg is found by a homeless man, and then Meg Burdigal comes home to find a gelatinous blob that resembles a cat in her house, but when she runs next door to get her next door neighbor high school sophomore Nicole and her mother the thing is gone. Now some of the homeless people are coming up missing. One things for certain it's no longer safe in Isla Vista but why? Nicole knows something is going on, and she is determined to find out what!Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter is a book that starts out slow as the author introduces us to various character, but then builds momentum and held my attention as I wondered what the heck was going on! There were several interesting characters from Brian the mailman, to Charlie the homeless man and his dog Rapper. Ms. Winter paints each character with a sense of realism which allowed me to imagine them and the roles they played within the story. Rich descriptions allowed the story to flow smoothly. While there were a few lulls in the story I really needed to know what was going on so I kept reading. Overall Watch The Shadows certainly provides a unique read in the horror sci-fi genre but also provides a few glimpses of humor as well. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

  • Christy
    2018-11-01 15:55

    This review first appeared on my blog Christy's Cozy Corners.Watch the Shadows is a great YA book that will appeal to lovers of sci/fi suspense books. The synopsis really grabbed my attention. Nicole is great at science and loves the scientific process. It’s for this reason that she refuses to work in pairs for her high school science project. Who can blame her? It’s always the smart ones that end up doing all the work! So when her neighbor sees (or thinks she sees) a strange creature in her living room, Nicole scoops up some of the slime it has left behind. She takes the sample to her dad’s lab and begins her project. What happens next takes the reader on a wild adventure!The characters in this book are interesting and make the story relate-able as they could be any of us. The plot is fast-paced and is easy to get through very quickly. I like Mrs. Meg and Brian a lot. They seem to be the best developed characters in the story and though they sometimes act a little irresponsibly, it’s their flaws that make them interesting.Once you finally see what is happening in the story, it becomes quite horrifying. You begin wondering if it could really happen! You start getting freaked out by common household items! :) You’ll really like this story if you are into sci/fi fantasy. It’s got PG13 language, so be advised. It fits with the story though.

  • Becky Willis
    2018-10-22 12:09

    Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.Robin Winter caught me with the first sentence. I honestly do not think I have ever started to read a book and had the first sentence make me laugh out loud like "Watch the Shadows" did.The story takes place in Isla Vista, California,a college town. Little things start to make Nicole realize that something is not quite right.The homeless community starts to dwindle and Nicole starts to 'investigate' to see what is causing this to start happening. What she finds is not only disturbing; but causes her to wonder if anyone will believe what she is uncovering.This book kept me reading to the very end. I feel you will find the twists and darkness intriguing, to stay the least. Besides Nicole, the other involved characters are Meg Burdigal and Brian, who also notice that strange things are afoot.If you like a bit of darkness in your reading, as well as some mystery and some disturbance; Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter is for you!You can purchase your paperback at the Amazon link below, and start a book that you won't put down until the end!

  • Carole Rae
    2018-10-30 14:52

    Took me forever to read. I mainly blame work and school for that. Also, it is a book you need to take small dosages of. It's like wine. You can't take it all in at once; you must savor it. However, the last 20 pages I flew by! I could NOT put it down. There is something creepy happening in Isla Vista and only a few people are noticing. Especially Nicole. She is a teenage science nerd (blame her science nerd parents), who is seriously a lot like Sheldon but who swears a lot. WHICH why have the authors of contemporary books lately been making ALL teens super potty mouths? I get that swearing is becoming more of a thing with this youth, but it seems over-the-top in books lately. The author of this one didn't do too bad, but it still seemed like a lot (I don't mind swearing at all, but it does seem like a lot ever for me). ANYWAYSThe postman also is noticing odd things happening, but he only does because he has been delivering to the same neighborhood for years. Then there is Meg, who volunteers at the homeless shelter and notices that many of the homeless are disappearing. Oh dear.LOTS OF CREEPY STUFF! That THING grossed me out. I will not explain what it is or how it looks. But good lord...if I seen that THING in real life I think I would move off this planet. Evil, gross, bugger. I really want to see this turned into a movie! I think it would go well with the right actors and screenwriting. It would be a nice creepy Halloween film. It is not necessarily "scary" or "horror"-y, but it is indeed creepy. Sometimes creepy is worse (in a good way) then flat out blood and guts horror type films/books.There was a dry spell at the halfway mark. It honestly felt like filler to me. I totally skimmed...I was losing interest. After the 30 page filler part, it got better again. Thank goodness! I was going to be really bummed if it flat-lined. The author saved it though with a certain event. *wipes sweat from brow*In the end, this was a fun book. Super creepy! There was a little bit of a lull and the teens are swearing away like sailors, but the rest was fun. I would really be excited if this became a movie. I want to see what the creators would do with that THING. Bleurgh. It's creepy, but I want to see it on screen (not real life - Earth would need to be blown up at that point).I totally recommend this to those that love mystery, a touch of creepiness ("horror"), and Sci-Fi. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 3 stars. More like 3.4, but I don't do decimals. :) Favorite Character(s): Jake, Brian the postman, and Nicole's mom (she made me smile)Not-so Favorite Character(s): Meg (mmm), Karen (I wanted to punch her), & Dwayne (creeper).

  • Lisa
    2018-10-28 15:53

    The homeless people in Isla Vista, California are disappearing. The ducks are vanishing from the park, and the rats are disappearing. The disappearance of the rat population is a welcome thing, but the ducks?A homeless man searches through the trash for food. The piece of meat he finds isn’t exactly what he had expected to come across, especially since it costs him his life.Meg works with the homeless population in Isla Vista, California. She comes home one day to find what I call the blob in her house. It looks like a malformed jellyfish, and it stinks. For some reason her dog and cats didn’t run it off, and her cat has disappeared. She has Nicole’s mom, a science teacher, come to look at this monstrosity in her home, but when Nicole and her mom arrive, it has disappeared, leaving behind little evidence that it had ever been there.Nicole sneaks a sample of tabby fur from the bit of goo left behind on Meg’s floor. She sneaks and tests it to see what it is. Will anyone take her horrific findings seriously?Nicole is one intelligent young lady, a science geek. Her dad is a scientist currently working with NASA, and her mom is a microbiologist and a teacher. With such brainy parents, I don’t see how Nicole could be any other way. But Nicole has begun seeing things in the shadows, and she has an uneasy feeling about the plastic shopping bags she sees blowing around town. The way they move just isn’t right.Meg, full of compassion, allows a homeless man to live in her garage so that he can recover from an illness. Religious intolerance rears its ugly head, and a perverted individual comes to life.The identity of the alien creatures in this story took me by surprise, and the thought of these everyday items being inhabited by aliens is truly terrifying. The possibility of the life being sucked out of people and their flesh consumed is enough to give someone nightmares.In this book, the tension builds page by page until it finally explodes into an edge-of-your-seat ending packed with action in a life-threatening situation for more than one of the characters. I found myself clutching the cover of the book and holding onto so tightly that if someone wanted to take it from me, he or she would have had to pry it out of my hands.Robin Winter has a definite gift for writing a creepy story, and it is my hope that she will write many more.I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-29 18:01

    Something strange is happening in the suburban town of Isla Vista. No one can quite figure out what is happening though. Nicole, a high school student who loves science, observes the meteor shower and then notices less small animals in the neighborhood. Brian, the postman, feels like he is being watched and senses shadows along his mail route. Meg, who works with the homeless through her church, finds her tabby cat after its tail has gone missing, and is getting many reports of homeless people who have disappeared. Nicole wants to find out what is going on for her science fair project, but will anyone believe the high school student?Different and very interesting, Watch the Shadows took me down an unusual path for a thriller. With many changing points of view from Nicole, Meg, Brian and some of the homeless, there is a slow buildup of suspense as to what is happening and how it is affecting people. An ominous tone is created when I didn’t know if the small things happening could be the result of natural events or supernatural. I didn’t really connect to any of the characters personally, but they did all feel like they could be neighbors of mine. I did really like the inventive solution at the end, it was realistic but a little funny. Overall, a slow-building and creepy, thriller for someone who is looking for something different. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Dawn
    2018-11-09 15:01

    I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for an honest review.Watch the Shadows is a really different kind of horror story. I like different so I liked the premise of this book. It was difficult for me to get into the story at times. The first couple chapters didn't flow well and were hard to follow but it got easier after that for the most part. This was a pretty quick read and I wasn't able to put the book down toward the end. I loved the last line of the book!There were quite a few characters but it was easy to keep up with them, which isn't always easy for me to do. They were well described but I didn't really connect with any one person. I recommend Watch the Shadows to anyone who is looking for a unique horror/thriller story.

  • Mary Bearden
    2018-10-26 19:01

    If you love reading scary stories, then this book will definitely be right up your alley!One thing is for sure and it doesn't come right out and tell you that they may be aliens, but it implies they are and all I have to say is the way the author describes the way these "things" eat people is both detailed and fascinating. Don't know how authors have such an imagination but it does make the story much more scarier.There are a few side stories as well with the main characters that breaks up some of the scary stuff and makes the book easier to read because it's not all guts and terror.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2018-11-04 11:55

    Hmmm.For the first ninety-something pages, I was utterly and completely bored. I even actually contemplated DNF'ing the book. Then it picked up and started to get good, for most of the last half, anyway. I was excited reading about these alien things going around killing people and animals. It was intriguing to learn about them and wait for them to strike again. It was a totally new way of portraying alien species in stories, and I appreciated the ingenuity.I hated, yes, hated, the very end. Literally, it was the last two pages. Not how I wanted it to end off the story at all. It went back to total boredom, so quick. Out of 174 pages, only about 70 of them were any good.

  • Victoria Brinius
    2018-11-02 11:10

    I just finished reading "Watch the Shadows" and I found it to be an interesting story. I liked the storyline and I liked the characters. I liked the character Nicole and I liked her actions. Things are disappearing more and more and Nicole seems to be on her own. While she is trying to figure out what is happening she has to convince the others in her small tow. I give this book s 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.- See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2...

  • Cassandra
    2018-10-23 16:15

    A mystery that is both thrilling and unique. I started reading and by the end of the second chapter had no idea what to expect. It is just a lot of characters and having to follow what is going on. The story is very detailed and is fairly easy to follow. I would say the ending chapters of the book are were I as more hooked into reading through to the end. At the end it is an incredibly good read. I received a complimentary copy.

  • Mindy
    2018-10-29 19:17

    This story is definitely for science fiction or horror fans. Reading it is a lot like watching "The Twilight Zone." This is not a genre I generally read, but it was interesting. It is well written and right on the edge of believable/unbelievable. I had trouble with parts of the story dragging, but it quickly picked up..