Book Review: Dance in Shadow and Whisper

Dance in Shadow and Whisper by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis (blog)

Series: The Marionettes Myth Saga (#1)

Published: June 19th 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Goodreads: Kali unexpectedly discovers on her first day of human high school that she’s forbidden to eat or partake of the toilet during class time, the assigned history and species books look best on the shelves of popular fiction, and the boy she’s watching over is definitely a reincarnated war lord.
The highest powers of Kali’s people and the highest powers of Yuuhi’s people, irreconcilable enemies, designated them to find proof that Jason is, in fact, the reincarnated Ares.
All Yuuhi sees in Jason is the typical scrawny, socially inept emo kid dressed in conflicting shades of black. But Kali sees that Jason’s shadow is bigger than he is, and if the powers of Yuuhi’s people find out, Jason won’t be human much longer. The desire to protect him from an unexpected visitor brings out her most dangerous sides. Something’s changing in her, something she can’t control, and she’s not afraid of Jason mutating into a creature of the shadows more than she’s afraid she’s becoming something even worse. And the highest powers will be watching her”


First of all, OMG OMG OMG. This… This book, guys. Oh my! The gif above is basically me when I finished Dance in Shadow and Whisper. When I reached the end of the book I couldn’t belive it had ended. I checked I don’t know how many time the percentage of book left on my Kindle but the little bar always said 100%. What?!

Anyway. Dance in Shadow and Whisper is about Kali, a demon girl (but who is a century old!) that is in charge of keeping an eye on Jason, a boy who is supposed to be Ares reincarnation. What she doesn’t like in the beginning is having to do that with a vampire, Yuuhi. In fact, even Yuuhi doesn’t like that at all but that is all understandable since demons and vampires are against each other in this book.

Kali, even though she is “old” has never had a normal life. She was always protected from the outside by her dads, as she calls Lio and Rajy, the one who are taking after her since her parents are dead. When she learns that she must go to a high school and pretend to be a student it’s hilarious how she tries to mix with the other students. Obviously, she initially fails miserably, probably because her fashion sense is null. At the beginning, I must be honest, I liked her but she didn’t really capture my attention except from when she got caught up in awkward situations. She was completely naive and, even though she has immense power from being a demon, she doesn’t use it. However, this changes throughout the book and we can see a completely changed Kali by the end of the book.

I absolutely loved, LOVED, her brothers, Toivo and Carmi. However, my favourite was Carmi (he is actually my favourite character in the whole book). He was hilarious but there was something about him… Hum, I just want to see more of him in the next book.

About the boys in this book, cause I know you want to know about them! Yuuhi, the vampire, is one of my two favourites characters in this book. We learn how his life is and what means to be a vampire. Although he is supposed to be Kali’s partner and rival, he starts to care for her and becomes a huge friend and one who will help her a lot. I spent the entire book shipping him and Kali, actually. I just wanted them to be together.

Jason… Jason, the one whose book is suposed to revolve around. He is, apparently, Ares reincarnation but no one knows that for sure at the beginnig and that’s how this whole “must-get-into-high-school” mission starts. He doesn’t know what he is but figures immediatly what Kali and Yuuhi are so its obvious he understands the whole paranormal world. I never really understood his relationship with Kali, it’s a complicated one. One moment everything is okay between them and then everything falls apart. I don’t know how to feel about him yet, but damn, I reallu really really want more POVs from him in the next book!

Now, this book would probably have a higher than 4 chibis from me if two things would have happened. One is the fact that I had a hard time right when I started reading the book figuring out whose POV I was reading. There was no character name at the beginning of the character and sometimes I though Kali was narrating but later I would understand that it was actually Yuuhi or Jason or one of Kali’s brothers. Then, I would personally like if there was some kind of explaining of the whole world where the book is set. For example, I though demons and vampires were a secret to society but later learned that the whole world knew what was out there: schools had guards with silver guns, students learned in class what demons were and their story, etc. There should be probably a better world building. But there is definitely a visible progress throughout the book, we get to learn Ares story, who he is really and why it’s such a big deal if he “comes back”.

Apart from that, Dance in Shadow and Whisper is a great book that will leave you laughing hysterically  or crying your heart out. By the end I was bawling like a baby. Yeah… I’m not proud of that. And that ending, JUST GIVE ME BOOK 2 NOW. WHAT?? Just… you can’t leave a person hanging like that, it’s mean. Some things I was expecting but what happens to Kali?

4 Chibis

*Dance in Shadow and Whisper was provided by the authors in exchange of a honest review.*


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dance in Shadow and Whisper

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