Review – Haunted by Shadows

Haunted by Shadows book cover


Haunted by Shadows


Demons of New Chicago #2


Kel Carpenter


Urban Fantasy


I used to hunt witches. Now I live with one.
To further complicate things, my past as a supernatural bounty hunter doesn’t exactly make me popular in these new circles I’m running in.
Shocker, I know.
Someone wants me dead.
Unfortunately for them, I’m pretty good at keeping myself alive. Not that it stops Ronan from being an alphahole.
He wants me to stay in Nathalie’s apartment and be safe while he handles the threat, all while holding Bree’s future over my head.
Not gonna happen.
To say I’m fucked is an understatement. But I’ve been in worse spots before.
Lucifer may be gone, but the corruption of magic isn’t. I have enemies everywhere.
And this time, they’re going to know what it means to burn.
Some things are worse than the devil.
To save Bree, I’ll become one of them.


4stars rating

Hmm, what to say about this one… except that I liked it a lot 😀


We moved around a lot in this instalment, and while that was often by mundane means, we got to teleport, or well, shadow walk (now I’m scratching my head to remember if there was a term for it, if I missed it, let me know!). So we needed good descriptions about what was happening and what Piper or the person in question was seeing to actually make any sense of it. Luckily for us, the author did a great job with this. Scenes and environments were clear and well detailed, letting you just relax and enjoy the story.

Character development:

What I really love about the author is the way she makes her characters be the good guys, but still with the potential to do terrible things. For example (without giving anything away), Piper would do anything to get her sister back… so if that was by killing a lot of people or supes, chances are high she wouldn’t think twice.
This instalment went to a far deeper emotional level than I thought it would go. We still ended up with many questions, but the feels… It had me clutching my kindle so hard I broke a nail (yes, woe is me). The kindle is fine, in case you were worried 😉
Piper went deep, facing a lot of hard truths, some of which she really didn’t want to look at.
Ronan is still as mysterious at the end of book 2 as he was at the start (seriously Kel, give more info about Ronan!:D), though he is slowly but steadily opening up more and more, giving Piper a lot more than she bargained for, but she needed it, and she needed him (even if she’s still in denial).

Pacing & Flow:

It was a smooth read from start to finish. It kept teasing me to keep on reading ‘Don’t you want to know what Piper does now?’, ‘What will Ronan say?’, … Let’s say it held my attention throughout without much effort 🙂
Good balance between a lot of action and conversation to move the story forward.

The book itself:

The book itself was well written with no (noticeable) errors and yes, there is sex described in the book (if that is important to you).
The book is 356 pages long, spread over 30 chapters.

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I can honestly say it was another great book in a very enjoyable series. I just love it when the characters arent all goody-two-shoes. Some darkness? Why, yes please! 🙂