A Skinful of Shadows
This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there's a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father's rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death."

A Skinful of Shadows Details

TitleA Skinful of Shadows
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 17th, 2017
PublisherAmulet Books
ISBN-139781419725722
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Ghosts, Young Adult Fantasy

A Skinful of Shadows Review

  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was a 5 chapter sampler given by Netgalley as an ARC. It was great! This in itself is no surprise if you have read The Lie Tree by the same author.Makepeace our young main character hasn't had a happy life so far, being raised by a loveless mother within a puritanical family. This is set in the past in a time of superstition and ghosts, where things go bump in the night. Her mother seems to be training Makepeace to endure the presence of ghosts but this is cut short by ma' untimely demise. This was a 5 chapter sampler given by Netgalley as an ARC. It was great! This in itself is no surprise if you have read The Lie Tree by the same author.Makepeace our young main character hasn't had a happy life so far, being raised by a loveless mother within a puritanical family. This is set in the past in a time of superstition and ghosts, where things go bump in the night. Her mother seems to be training Makepeace to endure the presence of ghosts but this is cut short by ma' untimely demise. Makepeace is sent to her relative Obadiah- and there is a strong sense of danger around her. She is exhibiting aggressive behaviour, linked to a recent entanglement with the ghost of a bear and she fears Obadiah could have her persecuted as a witch or sent to Bedlam. Just at the point where it starts to get really interesting, where Makepeace works out what has happened and starts to communicate with the bear, the sampler finished. How frustrating! I can't wait to get stuck in where the sampler left off.
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  • Lucy Banks
    January 1, 1970
    I received the first few chapters of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A richly imagined, eerie start to the novel - more please!I read Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree a while back and really enjoyed it, so was hoping for something similar in this latest book. I certainly wasn't disappointed!The story (so far) follows Makepeace, a strange young girl with the ability to see dead things. Except, these aren't the sort of ghosts you'd want to meet on a dark night - we're tal I received the first few chapters of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.A richly imagined, eerie start to the novel - more please!I read Frances Hardinge's The Lie Tree a while back and really enjoyed it, so was hoping for something similar in this latest book. I certainly wasn't disappointed!The story (so far) follows Makepeace, a strange young girl with the ability to see dead things. Except, these aren't the sort of ghosts you'd want to meet on a dark night - we're talking wild, dangerous wisps that try to enter her mind and take over. Her mother tells her to arm herself against these spirits, before dying herself - which leaves Makepeace at the mercy of her father's strange and sinister family...There's much about these opening chapters to completely love - not least Hardinge's ability to weave extraordinary ideas into her tales. Words cannot express how much I loved the idea of the ghost bear (without spoiling too much) - such a stunning depiction, and such an unusual angle to come from. I was growing to love Makepeace too - the author seems to have a knack of portraying awkward, yet highly intelligent young girls. My appetite was very much whetted by this sampler - more please, and soon!
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  • Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a chapter sampler of A Skinful of Shadows, and it was a delight to read. Set in historical England, the sampler was a wonderful introduction to a kind-hearted but fierce main character, an intriguing element of magical realism, and exquisite writing. Though these chapters foreshadowed a dark plot of hardship, struggle, and pain, this story has the potential to be a magnificent epitome to strength in kindess and in friendship. I'm looking forward to the release of the full and final cop I've read a chapter sampler of A Skinful of Shadows, and it was a delight to read. Set in historical England, the sampler was a wonderful introduction to a kind-hearted but fierce main character, an intriguing element of magical realism, and exquisite writing. Though these chapters foreshadowed a dark plot of hardship, struggle, and pain, this story has the potential to be a magnificent epitome to strength in kindess and in friendship. I'm looking forward to the release of the full and final copy. **I received a sampler of this book from the publishers through NetGalley.**
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  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to get my hands on a five chapter sampler of this book through NetGalley. Having really enjoyed The Lie Tree, I was eager to see what A Skinful of Shadows was about.I found the start of this book really intriguing, as I have very vivid dreams myself. In fact, my dreams can often be more vivid that my waking life, so I do love books featuring dreams.This is beautifully written and visually descriptive in a magical, ghostly and emotional kind of way.Oh my goodness, the bear. I t I was lucky enough to get my hands on a five chapter sampler of this book through NetGalley. Having really enjoyed The Lie Tree, I was eager to see what A Skinful of Shadows was about.I found the start of this book really intriguing, as I have very vivid dreams myself. In fact, my dreams can often be more vivid that my waking life, so I do love books featuring dreams.This is beautifully written and visually descriptive in a magical, ghostly and emotional kind of way.Oh my goodness, the bear. I think it stole my heart.Dying to read more of this story now!
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  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    January 1, 1970
    Um...so... I maybe checked again today. Just to look at it. ~~~~~~~~Edit: I am so excited for this book I check this page literally every week to make sure it's really not going to be released until October 10. And I'm so excited for this book I'm not even embarrassed about that. This is going to be great. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I need this in my life right NOW.
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  • Lauren James
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this is the most original book I've ever read. Absolutely unique & mesmerising. Frances Hardinge is a national treasure. Makepeace, the girl with a bear in her soul, is going to stay with me for a long time.
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  • Monica Edinger
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.
  • Tonja Drecker
    January 1, 1970
    I was only given the first chapters of this book and admit that I find it a little difficult to base a review on only a beginning piece of a much larger story.Makepeace hasn't had the easiest childhood. In attempt to strengthen her against dark forces, her mother forces her to sleep alone in graveyards--a terrifying situation for Makepeace. The day comes when she's sent to live with her father's rich, powerful and mysterious relatives. There, she must hide a bear spirit, which accidentally took I was only given the first chapters of this book and admit that I find it a little difficult to base a review on only a beginning piece of a much larger story.Makepeace hasn't had the easiest childhood. In attempt to strengthen her against dark forces, her mother forces her to sleep alone in graveyards--a terrifying situation for Makepeace. The day comes when she's sent to live with her father's rich, powerful and mysterious relatives. There, she must hide a bear spirit, which accidentally took home in her heart, from the relatives or face horrible circumstances.This is a dark story, and the author does an amazing job building up exactly this type of atmosphere. Although never being graphic, the situation borders on brutal and weighs down as if buried under a collapsed stone wall. It's impossible not to feel sorry for Makepeace as she undergoes her mother's efforts to strengthen her, and all along, it's not really clear what her mother is exactly strengthening her against. The negative emotions are raw and hit with just the right among off sting, especially since Makepeace doesn't seem to know how to place what's happening to her really herself. She's definitely a character that demands sympathy and has the potential to grab the reader and pull at the heart-strings the whole way through. If only her name weren't so unfortunate.The characters around her draw out strong emotions as well, but in these first chapters, it's by far negative. The mother never instills an ounce of warmth but comes across cold, and Makepeace's relatives make it clear that this isn't going to be a tale of rainbows and happiness. These are characters to hate or, at least, keep a very wary eye on, and these emotions run thick over the pages. In other words, there are tons of things to love in these first pages. Not only are the characters packed full with potential but the writing is a masterful treat.Despite all of this, these first chapters were muddled. It's not clearly said what Makepeace's mother is strengthening her against, only the circumstances (and blurb) make one assume that it's probably evil spirits of the dead who want to enter Makepeace somehow...or something. But if they want take over her soul, hurt her or whatever is also never spelled out. Makepeace's uniqueness gains more explanation when she enters her father's evil relative's home, but even here, it's never explained said but left to the reader to pull hints and strings together. It was descriptive and did a fantastic job of holding the dismal darkness but it was more like reading in a never breaking fog. Just when there appeared to be a break and what all of this surrounding Makepeace finally was explained (as said, in Chapter 5), the excerpt I was given to read ended.So what do I make of it?Hard to say. The emotions and atmosphere are intense and amazing which screams great read, but if the plot and pertinent pieces information continue to be unclear and left as a constant search for hints in a fog --and that for almost 500 pages -- it's definitely a no go for me and won't be an attention grabber for most younger teens, which would be the age group most interested in a 12-year-old character. Still, this could be just the beginning to an amazing read. The first chapters set up the atmosphere amazingly well even if the information isn't clear. If the rest of the plot gets rolling after this and the story unleashes with masterful fury, then this has the potential to be an unforgettable read. But my gut's telling me that this is probably not the case. 500 pages is a hefty read even for young adult audiences and the writing style doesn't suggest clarity will come nor is there really a reason to believe that the pace will pick up soon. So it turns out to be a guessing game--this book could go either way.I received complimentary sample chapters through Netgalley and wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
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  • Nigel
    January 1, 1970
    I read and enjoyed "The Lie Tree" by this author about 12 months ago so I was very happy to get my hands on a sampler of her latest book. As with the Lie Tree it is probably more aimed at a younger reader than me however it was a perfectly reasonable read for me. It concerns Makepeace and initially her mother. Makepeace is not a teenager yet, Makepeace isn't really her name but she doesn't know what it is and she is illegitimate. Her mother, who dies early in the story, encourages her - even for I read and enjoyed "The Lie Tree" by this author about 12 months ago so I was very happy to get my hands on a sampler of her latest book. As with the Lie Tree it is probably more aimed at a younger reader than me however it was a perfectly reasonable read for me. It concerns Makepeace and initially her mother. Makepeace is not a teenager yet, Makepeace isn't really her name but she doesn't know what it is and she is illegitimate. Her mother, who dies early in the story, encourages her - even forces her - to fight shadows. These shadows are the spirits of the dead who try and enter her living body. By the end of this sampler she is with her father's family away from London where it seems possible civil war will break out. Has a shadow gone with here and is she better off with the new family she has?I really got to like Makepeace as a character in the five chapters available to me. She comes over as a very good and strong character. I found the writing wonderfully dark in places. Frances Hardinge certainly manages to evoke feelings of fear and dread with her writing and it gripped me after a while. I'll not rate this as five chapters really isn't enough for a proper balanced view however I'd happily read the rest of the book. I can't see it being anything other than a success.
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  • Swetlana
    January 1, 1970
    i've come to a point (after reading The Conqueror's Saga) were the words 'a Dark YA Historical Fantasy' makes me go yes, please!
  • Kath (sheturnspages)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley. Looking forward to starting this!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    I have not yet read the book in its entirety, so perhaps it does get better, but from the free sample, I am not particularly fond of the book. Makepeace's mother is terribly strict and very secretive. She wants to protect her daughter from some great danger but refuses to give her any idea of what it is she is up against. On this issue, I am entirely on Makepeace's side. And I know this has nothing to do with the plot, and it is explained in the story why her name is what it is, but my goodness I have not yet read the book in its entirety, so perhaps it does get better, but from the free sample, I am not particularly fond of the book. Makepeace's mother is terribly strict and very secretive. She wants to protect her daughter from some great danger but refuses to give her any idea of what it is she is up against. On this issue, I am entirely on Makepeace's side. And I know this has nothing to do with the plot, and it is explained in the story why her name is what it is, but my goodness I loathe the name Makepeace. Anyways, I may give the book another try once the book in fully released but I am overly excited about it.
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  • Elevetha
    January 1, 1970
    ** ARC Netgalley SNEAK PEEK **Read the first 50 pages through Netgalley and I honestly have no desire to continue the book when it comes out. The writing, the story such as it was in the first 5 chapters, and even our main character, Makepeace, were not appealing to me.
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  • Peregrine
    January 1, 1970
    !!!!!!!!!!!I've never wanted to win a goodreads giveaway more in my life. Crossing my fingers...
  • Christina (christinareads_)
    January 1, 1970
    Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsUnfortunately, I didn't get very far before I had to stop reading. I was too confused with what had happened, what wasn't explained, where and when things were... I didn't understand the name. So Makepeace had her name changed when her and her mother came to Poplar so they would be accepted - some people in the village have names like this as well. But why? Why not a name that means "make peace" as opposed to literally having the name Makepeace? The reason Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsUnfortunately, I didn't get very far before I had to stop reading. I was too confused with what had happened, what wasn't explained, where and when things were... I didn't understand the name. So Makepeace had her name changed when her and her mother came to Poplar so they would be accepted - some people in the village have names like this as well. But why? Why not a name that means "make peace" as opposed to literally having the name Makepeace? The reason the mother changed her name was because the father wasn't around them. How is a name going to change how people think of you, especially when you changed the child's name so people would see you differently? Maybe the name was explained more later on in the book, but from the beginning, it bothered me.What is wrong with the mother? In the beginning she takes her scared, ten-year old daughter who just had a nightmare and makes her sleep in a tiny chapel by a graveyard... I wish that she had offered some explanation other than telling Makepeace a story about sharpening a stick to fight off a wolf.I thought that the time period should have been explained in the beginning. I wasn't sure if this was far in the past, couple hundred years ago, or some other time frame. Or if it was an alternate England? You do learn later that this is happening during the reign of Charles I, so it's in the 1600s. But again, I kind of wish that was explained in the first chapter. The writing was also clunky. The tense sometimes changes from past to present.I had too many questions and got confused more often than intrigued, so I had to put this book down. Maybe I'll pick it back up later, but right now I couldn't finish it. Readers more interested in fantasy and possession might like this, though, so if it sounds like it's up your alley, pick it up.************************ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • C.C. Hrivnak
    January 1, 1970
    Received a ARC Sneak Peak View of this novel....mini-review to come!
  • Christina Reid
    January 1, 1970
    Review of the 5-chapter sampler provided by Netgalley - can't wait to read the rest!'Let me tell you a story,' she began, as she occasionally did when there were serious matters to discuss. ' There was a little girl lost in the woods, who was chased by a wolf. She ran and ran until her feet were torn, but she knew that the wolf had her scent and was still coming after her. In the end she had to make a choice. She could keep on running and hiding and running forever, or she could stop and sharpen Review of the 5-chapter sampler provided by Netgalley - can't wait to read the rest!'Let me tell you a story,' she began, as she occasionally did when there were serious matters to discuss. ' There was a little girl lost in the woods, who was chased by a wolf. She ran and ran until her feet were torn, but she knew that the wolf had her scent and was still coming after her. In the end she had to make a choice. She could keep on running and hiding and running forever, or she could stop and sharpen a stick to defend herself with. What do you think was the right decision, Makepeace?'Makepeace could tell that this was not just a story, and that the answer mattered a great deal.I am beyond excited for this book!Frances Hardinge is one author whose books I will buy on sight, based on the wonderful experience I have had with previous books of hers.My personal favourite is Cuckoo Song as, you know, I love fairytales far too much. I also loved The Lie Tree.When Netgalley offered this extract (the first 64 pages) I jumped at the chance. The story hooked me in straight away and I can't wait until the book is published next month. I will come back and update this review once I have finished the entire book.We are introduced to Makepeace, a young girl being raised in a puritan community near London. She has horrible nightmares which make her relatives uneasy, leading to her mother forcing her to face up to and fight the spirits she believes are trying to possess her.The first five chapters introduced just enough to get me hooked so I was really frustrated when the sampler ended - please hurry up 21st September so I can read the rest!They understood something together at that moment, Makepeace and Bear. Sometimes you had to be patient through pain, or people gave you more pain. Sometimes you had to weather everything and take your bruises. If you were lucky, and if everyone though you were tamed and trained...there might come a time when you could strike.What I liked: Makepeace's character, the ghost of the Bear, the historical details, the set-up for what is sure to be an intriguing mystery.Even better if: 5 chapters is just enough to cruelly tantalize you with the story - need the rest as soon as possible!How you could use it in your classroom: Like many other books by Frances Hardinge I am sure this will be widely read and enjoyed by a variety of reader. She often deals with complex issues which could lead to discussion in class.(Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan for my review copy)
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  • Meggie
    January 1, 1970
    Had high expectations having loved "The Lie Tree", but this was a let down. Sorry, F. Still love you.
  • Liz (Stellar Kitten Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a sample of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI LOVED the first 5 chapters of this book. I liked the writing style and this creepy, eerie kind of feeling to the overall story as we follow Makepeace and her her mother. The characters were well written and interesting. Both Makepeace and her mother are stubborn, which makes it interesting when Makepeace begins to rebel. I also liked Mother's tough-love approach to dealing with Makepeace's problems. She seemed har *I received a sample of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI LOVED the first 5 chapters of this book. I liked the writing style and this creepy, eerie kind of feeling to the overall story as we follow Makepeace and her her mother. The characters were well written and interesting. Both Makepeace and her mother are stubborn, which makes it interesting when Makepeace begins to rebel. I also liked Mother's tough-love approach to dealing with Makepeace's problems. She seemed harsh but really meaning the best at heart. I can't wait for this book to come out so I can see where the rest of the book goes!Full Review on Stellar Kitten Book Reviews: ❝ Mother was like this sometimes. Conversations became riddles with traps in them, and your answers had consequences.❞*This is based on a sample of the first 5 chaptersI am really happy to have read this sample, and also kind of sad because it's not the whole thing, haha.I think the story started out with just the right amount of trouble because Makepeace woke up screaming of for the third time. This is obviously a routine that Mother and Makepeace must play through often, but one that is getting old. It's not long before Mother makes a startling revelation about the source of her daughter's nightmares: ghosts.When Mother uses an unconventional tactic to help Makepeace deal with the unseen forces it changes everything between them and sets in motion events which will change Makepeace's life forever.❝ Makepeace followed her home in silence, head bowed. She knew that Mother always had reasons for everything she did. But for the first time Makepeace found that she could not forgive her, and afterwards nothing was the same.❞I really liked the writing style and overall tone of the story. I think I would probably compare it to something like The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco or The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale.I liked the careful detail put into creating the setting of this religious-driven world that Mother and Makepeace lived in. They strived to fit in and yet couldn't quite make it work. Grizehays, on the other hand, seemed to run by its own rules.I'd love to see where this story goes and I can't wait for this book to be out so I can enjoy the rest of it. I would highly recommend checking this one out!
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  • Katherine Hayward
    January 1, 1970
    This review is for the 5-chapter "sneak peak" sampler of the hardcover edition that I got sent by the publisher via NetGalley. It's the story of 12-year-old Makepeace. Stongwilled and resilient for her age, she has not had an easy life. Her mother is very insistent in strengthening her against the ghosts and visions she sees, and makes her sleep in graveyards which I found quite a cruel thing to do. Makepeace is very sensitive to the mistreatment of animals and people and I found her likeable. H This review is for the 5-chapter "sneak peak" sampler of the hardcover edition that I got sent by the publisher via NetGalley. It's the story of 12-year-old Makepeace. Stongwilled and resilient for her age, she has not had an easy life. Her mother is very insistent in strengthening her against the ghosts and visions she sees, and makes her sleep in graveyards which I found quite a cruel thing to do. Makepeace is very sensitive to the mistreatment of animals and people and I found her likeable. Her life changes after her mother's sudden death early in the story, and she still has some strange visions, but remains as strong and resilient as before. The characters are very visual as is the setting in England in a time of high superstition about ghosts and the devil. Makepeace lives with her strange puritan family and has to fight against the ghosts who want to get inside her. I'm giving this 3 stars as it's a great start to a novel, but may be too dark for some people. I'd need to read the full book to be able to properly review it, I'm liking Frances Hardinge's writing so far though, and this is the first time I have read anything by her.
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  • Marisa Goldsborough
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley who kindly provided an advance extract of “A Skinful of Shadows” in exchange for an honest review. My first feelings having read, non-stop, the first five chapters of Hardinge’s next book are “WOW” and “OMG, How am I to survive not knowing, right now, what happens to Makepeace!!”Hardinge is really a remarkable talent! Her books always impress with the uniqueness of the world’s created and the characters that inhabit them. They are all so different and y Many thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley who kindly provided an advance extract of “A Skinful of Shadows” in exchange for an honest review. My first feelings having read, non-stop, the first five chapters of Hardinge’s next book are “WOW” and “OMG, How am I to survive not knowing, right now, what happens to Makepeace!!”Hardinge is really a remarkable talent! Her books always impress with the uniqueness of the world’s created and the characters that inhabit them. They are all so different and yet all of very her and I’d say this looks to be the best yet.This snippet, of her forthcoming book ‘A Skinful of Shadows’ opens with a young girl Makepeace and her mother. Makepeace is having a terrible nightmare and so you know right from the beginning something strange is going on when her mother demands she most stop having a nightmare she surely cannot help.Makepeace has a vulnerable aspect and it would seem that her life with her mother must be very tough. Fatherless and living in both a community and household in which she doesn’t feel like she belongs; yet alone safe and secure. You can feel the fear trickling through all aspects of the work …..then her mother does something to Makepeace that is really quite shocking! The suspense has been built so successfully and so quickly to this point that you feel genuinely terrified for her.This truly marks the end of any semblance of any childhood security Makepeace ever felt. A new fire comes to life inside her stoked no doubt by hate, fear, stubbornness and sheer bloody mindedness to survive.I would hate to ruin this wonderful story for anyone so I’ll refrain from going into too much detail. Safe to say after this life changing event Makepeace changes. For the first time she resists her mother. This all leads to devastating consequences and sudden discoveries and alarming changes for Makepeace.This book is due for release on Thursday 21 September 2017, buy it, read it, love it and share it with everyone you know. Darker than others of hers I’ve read if it lives up to these early chapters then it’s going to be awesome.Thank you once again to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley it’s a privilege to be one of the first to read this.
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  • Allison M
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for letting me read a free excerpt from this novel.I don't know how I can wait to read this YA/children's book! I am a huge admirer of Frances Hardinge's writing, although I think she has yet to equal her stunning debut novel Fly by Night: Mosca Mye and Saracen have to be two of the very best characters in children's fiction, and Fly by Night is less dark than Hardinge's other novels. I wonder whether A Skinful of Shadows can reach those heights?Set in a sma Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for letting me read a free excerpt from this novel.I don't know how I can wait to read this YA/children's book! I am a huge admirer of Frances Hardinge's writing, although I think she has yet to equal her stunning debut novel Fly by Night: Mosca Mye and Saracen have to be two of the very best characters in children's fiction, and Fly by Night is less dark than Hardinge's other novels. I wonder whether A Skinful of Shadows can reach those heights?Set in a small town called Poplar immediately before the English Civil War, this book is about a girl called Makepeace. We learn that she is fatherless, meaning that she and her hard, cold mother Margaret Lightfoot have no secure position in society. Makepeace is aware of the dead, and of their attempts to claw their way into her head. As her mother explains: 'The dead are like drowners. They are flailing in darkness, trying to grab whatever they can. They may not mean to harm you, but they will, if you let them.'This novel excerpt is quintessential Hardinge: incredibly imaginative with elements of horror, darkness and light, the supernatural and the fantastic, with a hatred of (organised, repressive) religion, and featuring a hard fight to grow up and be true to oneself. Yet to list these themes is to miss the beauty in the writing and the sureness of touch that together make for compulsive reading. The darkness never overwhelms and the victory of light makes for a very satisfying read - I am sure that this will be the case in A Skinful of Shadows too.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Pan Macmillan for providing me with an excerpt of the opening chapters via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.This short extract made me want to do two things: 1. Find out what happens next (SOON!) and...2. Read more of Hardinge's books before this happensWe follow Makepeace, who has had a rather strange upbringing at the hands of her mother, who changed her name for unspecified reasons and is teaching Makepeace how to fight the demons who are seeking them out and wish to harm Thanks to Pan Macmillan for providing me with an excerpt of the opening chapters via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.This short extract made me want to do two things: 1. Find out what happens next (SOON!) and...2. Read more of Hardinge's books before this happensWe follow Makepeace, who has had a rather strange upbringing at the hands of her mother, who changed her name for unspecified reasons and is teaching Makepeace how to fight the demons who are seeking them out and wish to harm them. Early on, her mother dies and Makepeace is thrust from her rather Purtanical life into one where the unseen is no longer confined to the shadows. So far, this novel is enthralling, fast-paced and enthralling.I can't wait to read the rest this September - definitely one to add to the wishlist!
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  • Desiree Shay
    January 1, 1970
    Received e-ARC Sneak Peak via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. Only first 5 chapters read at the time of reviewRating for the first 5 chapters: 4/5Though initially the story started out clunky in dialogue, the story smoothed as it went on and left me sufficiently hooked that only having five chapters made me sad - though the story is only being set up in those 5 chapters, it has laid the premise for an interesting tale, crossing history with fantasy and some truths. At times, the charact Received e-ARC Sneak Peak via Netgalley in exchange for honest review. Only first 5 chapters read at the time of reviewRating for the first 5 chapters: 4/5Though initially the story started out clunky in dialogue, the story smoothed as it went on and left me sufficiently hooked that only having five chapters made me sad - though the story is only being set up in those 5 chapters, it has laid the premise for an interesting tale, crossing history with fantasy and some truths. At times, the character came across older than a 12 year old, but this is certainly a story I'm going to look for at the publication date so that I can read the remaining chapters.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    ***This review is of a sample, rather than the complete book.***This book seems to have all of the charm, magic and mystery of Hardinge's award winning 'The Lie Tree'. From the first pages when Makepeace is abandoned by her mother in a church at night, in order to learn how to fight away ghosts, I was both horrified, gripped and desperate to give Makepeace a hug. As the novel continued Makepeace's story got progressively more tragic, yet kept me completely engaged. I cannot wait for publication ***This review is of a sample, rather than the complete book.***This book seems to have all of the charm, magic and mystery of Hardinge's award winning 'The Lie Tree'. From the first pages when Makepeace is abandoned by her mother in a church at night, in order to learn how to fight away ghosts, I was both horrified, gripped and desperate to give Makepeace a hug. As the novel continued Makepeace's story got progressively more tragic, yet kept me completely engaged. I cannot wait for publication so that I can find out how Makepeace's story ends.
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  • Sarai Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    I am a big fan of Frances Hardinge. She always pulls you into the story right off the bat and keeps you entertained until the very end. This book was no exception.THIS CHICK HAS A BEAR IN HER HEART!I only received the first few chapters to review, but I am already hooked and want to know what's going to happen to Makepeace and her ghost bear.Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Jenny Bravo
    January 1, 1970
    I feel so saddened that I DNF even the sample chapters provided by NetGalley. I was so put off by the main character's name, that I could not even take anything written, seriously. I'm sure bigger fans of the genre would probably enjoy the book overall. For myself though, this was a 👎
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  • Mindy
    January 1, 1970
    If the rest of this book is as good as the first 5 chapters, it will be devoured in a day. Easily. I've not read much by the author but I've enjoyed, although not been blown away by, what I have read. Until now. With very dark undertones, it's right up my alley and I can't wait to read the rest! Thank you to the publisher, author, and Netgalley for providing me with the first 5 chapters in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa Rothman
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is eye catching which I like the book is very different from what I expected it's way much more darker and interesting. You want to know what will happen to her when she meets her father's family and you can't help but feel angry and hurt for her. This is a very quick read I liked it but didn't fall in love with it but I do recommend it if you like dark books.
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  • Lisaswestcoastreads
    January 1, 1970
    **Netgalley arc review **Read the first 5 chapters as a Netgalley reviewI was beginning to get into the story and then it took a twist I wasn't expecting and not sure how it arrived at this plot. Not a book I would read unfortunately
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