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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Book Review: The Secret of Spellshadow Manor (Spellshadow Manor #1) by Bella Forrest

by Bella Forrest
March 10th 2017
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
A spine-tingling new fantasy, perfect for adults or teens who enjoyed Harry Potter...

*Over 260 worldwide 5-star reviews*

What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no-one else could see him?

Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating - perhaps he'd consumed something bad at the party he'd been attending that night, or he was severely overtired. But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes.

Although Natalie denies the man's existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighborhood he's never seen before - and can't help but follow. After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in gray ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old mansion named Spellshadow Manor.

Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinisterly decorated hallways, ever-changing outdoor scenery and very unusual residents... Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly.

Especially for a normal person like him.

What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn't do magic?
What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake?

If you were at Spellshadow, you'd keep it a secret. A deep, dark, deadly secret...

Because Spellshadow's elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that Alex soon realizes he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive... and before it's too late.

Mystery, suspense, and oodles of twists and turns; an unforgettable experience awaits you in Spellshadow Manor... Welcome in.

A very enjoyable tale of a "non-magical young man that follows and tries to rescue an abducted young lady from the halls of a magical school.

Alex's mother hosted a French exchange student for the school year and enlisted Alex to mentor her stay. Reluctant in the beginning, he quickly became fond of the young lady and when he saw a "rag man" following her around and sapping her essence he couldn't stand idly by and see her abducted by this strange man. He was astounded that no one else could see this "rag man".

Following her as she sommulently followed the stranger to a hidden building, he finds himself trapped in an uncanny school for magic. This is similar to other YA books I have read except Alex is not magical. He is "unmagical"! the schools graduation leaves him and the other students leary about what becomes of the students who then are never seen again. Thinking himself with no magical powers he plots and deceives trying to find a way to escape with his friends from this school and their path to destruction.

I enjoyed the magical twist flavor, the insertion of a little mystery and the cast of characters. I just might pick up the sequel!

Getting 4 "breaker, breaker" sheep.

Jeanie G.

About the Author:
Bella Forrest is a lover of fantasy, romance, action, and mystery infused stories with twists you don’t see coming. She has sold over seven million books since her first novel was published in 2012. 

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  1. I loved Harry Potter, so this sounds like something I would love to read.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. What happened to the releases of a shade of vampire book 92 and dark hunt book 9?

    1. According to amazon book six was the last book of the series... you might want to ask in her FB group :)