• I Become Shadow

  • By: Joe Shine
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (499 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This debut thriller combines a pulse-pounding thriller with a new-adult coming-of-age story set at Texas A&M University.

When Ren Sharpe was 14, she was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called FATE and trained to be a human weapon.

Now, four years later, she receives her assignment: protect Gareth Young at all costs. Currently a student at Texas A&M, Gareth will someday change the world. FATE calls people like Gareth "FIPs" - future important people - and they're everywhere, each with a FATE-trained shadow.

But when disaster strikes, Ren will have to turn on her maker. Together with Junie, a fellow abductee and the one person she trusts, Ren takes Gareth on the run.

Because whatever else happens, failure is not an option.

©2014 Joe Shine (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Enjoy the Ride

I can forgive logic flaws in a YA book when the author knows to write very tongue in cheek rather than drearily earnest. With Joe Shine's I Become Shadow, we have a very snarky but also kick-butt heroine that who makes for a great character to read. Sure, you do have to turn off your brain - but that is the appeal here and I enjoyed this book for what it is - great entertainment.

Plot: At 14, Ren Sharpe is kidnapped from her bed by a shadowy organization who imprisons her for four years, teaches her martial arts, and then sends her out to protect a person who will become very important in the future (appropriate dubbed FIP for Future Important Person). On her first assignment to protect a very nerdy college student, things begin to go very wrong for Ren.

The first half of the book is the 'training' - where she become acquainted with the shadowy organization that supposedly knows the future. The justification for her kidnapping is simple: she would have been dead anyway in an accident and this way she can be of use to the world. By the second half, she's been assigned to protect a brilliant student and we get her interactions with him as she is forced to break rule after rule in order to protect him.

There are three main characters in I Become Shadow - Ren, fellow abducted Junie, and nerdy student Gareth. If it sounds like this is a love triangle, don't worry. Even the romantic subplot with Junie is very underplayed and lacking the saccharine soppiness of most YA romance novels. I greatly enjoyed following Ren through her travails - she was a likeable character smart enough to recognize when she was in trouble yet also able to hold her own without needing to be rescued. Passive, she wasn't.

Of course, what drew me most to the book was the snarkiness. I admit to greatly enjoying when the main character adroitly uses self deprecating wit in order to deal with problem situations. It's a reminder not to take the plot too seriously and just enjoy the ride and Ren mows down the bad guys.

I look forward to the next in the series. Reviewed from the Audible version, which had a decent narrator.

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Loved the book

Loved it! Wren kicked butt! Audio voice was perfect. Will definitely read more books by this author.

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Hang in there.

If you can make it through the first couple of chapters it actually gets good.

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Good story

This book was better than expected. The touch of humor in the telling keeps it from being too heavy without removing the emotions the lead is feeling in all the difficult situations. Overall I was happy that the lead didn't fall into a female steriotype. Loved the performance! Great voice for the part.

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Really awesome listen

Keeps you entertained entertained all the way through it keeps you that you wan to know more keep listening now stop up I really recommend it

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could have been better

the narrator did a great job. However, midway through the story becomes jumpy. the story could have gone so much further. The overall idea was good.

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great book

this is an enjoyable listen i highly recommend this fun romp.
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Need a book 2

This book was great as a standalone but it would be phenomenonal as a series. We NEED book 2!!!!

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Basically Black Widow rising.

Okay, I really liked this story. I couldn't help but think that it was more or less like the black widow story from the Marvel Universe. I like stories about college but this one ended up being very little about college and mostly about the creation of a super soldier and then things go off the rails pretty quick right about when you think things are going to get boring.

I would listen to more in the series. I was hoping for super powers but I guess super skills is pretty cool too.

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Wow!

I really enjoy this !Super great story ! Please make more ! The performance was spot on!