When I Cast Your Shadow

Author: Sarah Porter
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: ARC
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 384

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Goodreads Synopsis: After her troubled older brother, Dashiell, dies of an overdose, sixteen-year-old Ruby is overcome by grief and longing. What she doesn’t know is that Dashiell’s ghost is using her nightly dreams of him as a way to possess her body and to persuade her twin brother, Everett, to submit to possession as well. Dashiell tells Everett that he’s returned from the Land of the Dead to tie up loose ends, but he’s actually on the run from forces crueler and more powerful than anything the Bohnacker twins have ever imagined….


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I couldn’t wait to start When I Cast Your Shadow after reading Vassa in the Night, and it didn’t disappoint. There were many intriguing aspects to this read, including the supernatural realm that filled many of its pages. I couldn’t help but keep reading on to find out what it all meant and where the main characters would stand at the end. How couldn’t I be taken it by it so quickly with such an intense dream written into the first chapter.

“And then I’m jolted out of myself, and I watch while Dashiell slides his hands to my shoulders. I watch while he shoves my head under the surface. the thrust catches me in the middle of an inhalation and water floods my throat before I know what’s happening. I feel the cold pouring into my lungs, and at the same time I observe it all from a distance: a dumpy sixteen-year old girl kicking desperately below me.”

It was an interesting take on life after death, how Dashiell was able to find his way back into the living even if only for a few moments at a time. Ruby fit into that perfect mold for him to be able to do just that, having always been dependent on Dashiell and her love for him. Her character was one I had to try caring more for because she had no fight for herself, it was all for him, and only parts of that affection for her twin brother Everett.

For me, Everett was what made this novel so much better, how he fought to protect Ruby, dealt with a crazy dream that only he could have imagined, and trying to make things right before it all comes do a deadly end for those who are still fully alive. While Dashiell was selfish (alive and dead), Everett was the complete opposite and it made the fight between good and evil more prominent as the story moved along. Even more so, when others from the after-world became more known in the land of the living.

“Ruby Bohnacker,’ the figure calls, wheedling now, ‘please come.’ And then it bursts out into peals of childish laughter. And it steps out to where a beam of light projects from a building on shore, showing itself to me. It’s a man, probably in his late fifties, gray and thick-bodied and bearded. He’s still laughing hysterically in his fourth-grade voice–though now I can hear how forced it is, an awful piercing falsetto.”

When I thought I knew everything to know about this book, I was shown that things are always more than what’s only on the surface. It kept shifting gears, especially as Aloysius’ got more involved in everything, but he’s the baddest of this story and one would need to read it themselves to find out just how much. Being a fan of the supernatural, I was very pleased with When I Cast Your Shadow and can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy.

***I received this copy from the author through a giveaway. All opinions are my own.***


  1. Sally

    September 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This looks fantastic – just my sort of read! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jen

      September 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      You’re welcome… always looking for good supernatural/paranormal reads


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