When I Cast Your Shadow: A Novel by Sarah PorterWhen I Cast Your Shadow: A Novel by Sarah Porter

When I Cast Your Shadow: A Novel

bySarah Porter

Hardcover | September 12, 2017

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2017 Bram Stoker Awards Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel (Horror Writers Association)

"Engrossing. Filled with nightmarish dreamscapes and menacing villains, it also treads the tender terrain of family....Highly recommended!"-Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

"Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter's writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death." -Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

"Porter offers a poignant consideration of how far we will go for the people we love." -School Library Journal, starred review

"A wildly innovative, whip-smart, and utterly spellbinding testament to family, memory, and love-and the messes and miracles of each-poised to possess legions of readers." -Booklist, starred review

IN WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW, A TEENAGE GIRL CALLS HER BELOVED OLDER BROTHER BACK FROM THE GRAVE, WITH DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES....

RUBY
Haunted by her dead brother, unable to let him go, Ruby must figure out whether his nightly appearances in her dreams are the answer to her prayers-or a nightmare come true.

EVERETT
He's always been jealous of his dashing older brother. Now Everett must do everything he can to save his twin sister Ruby from his clutches.

DASHIELL
Charming, handsome, and manipulative, Dash has run afoul of some very powerful forces in the Land of the Dead. His only bargaining chips are Ruby and Everett. At stake is the very survival of the Bohnacker family, bodies and souls....

"A haunting tale of possession that explores the ghostly landscape of dreams and nightmares-but more importantly, the particular dynamics among siblings, both oppressive and redemptive." -Kirkus Reviews

Sarah Porter is a writer, artist, and freelance teacher who lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two cats. She is the author of the Lost Voices Trilogy (Lost Voices, Waking Storms, The Twice Lost) in addition to Vassa in the Night-all for the teen audience. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from City College.
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Title:When I Cast Your Shadow: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.34 × 5.89 × 1.34 inPublished:September 12, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765380560

ISBN - 13:9780765380562

Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed The book sounded really good but it's really not. I found the characters weird. The story was hard to follow and had not point to it.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Macmillan-Tor/Forge) for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I really wanted to love this book, but try as I might I didn’t. In the beginning, I even forced myself to laugh and tear up where I knew I should be laughing and tearing up. In the end, too many things went wrong for me to enjoy it. Firstly, the characters are written very young. If Ruby and Everett’s age hadn’t been explicitly stated, I would have pegged them for 12 years old at the maximum, and 6 years old at the minimum. I think Ruby and Everett were supposed to come off as super innocent, but they ended up sounding far too young for their age instead. I was a really innocent 16 year old surrounded by other innocent 16 year olds, so I know what an innocent 16 year old sounds like. Dashiell’s voice also reads more like a 17 year old than a 22 year old. It didn’t help that the Bohnacker siblings called each other Dash Dot Dot, Ruby Slippers/ Ruby Ru, and Never Ever far more than they used their actual names. This book tends to ramble. The characters will be having a conversation, and the conversation will go another direction. Then, they will return to the previous topic for no reason. This made it difficult to follow. The chapters also seemed to share every thought that went through that character’s head. There are some thoughts that are just unnecessary to include. I’m not sharing every thought I had while reading When I Cast Your Shadow, because some of my thoughts are not necessary to indicate to someone whether or not they should read it. There also isn’t much of a plot. Dashiell basically just poses Ruby for no reason. We find out later that there was technically a reason, but the book itself makes a case for why it is a terrible one. The villain is not only basically non-existent for the majority of the book, but he also isn’t very well done. We are told that they can feel how evil he is, but there is nothing in this book that actually proves it. “I feel his badness” (not an actual quote) is not a good enough reason. Ruby and Dashiell have a weird relationship. Ruby is infatuated with Dashiell in a really un-sibling like way. It’s actually kind of disturbing to read from her POV because she is so infatuated with her brother. The romance on Everett’s side wasn’t much better. It’s one of those “she would never notice me, since she’s amazing and I’m a geek”, “I’ve always noticed you, Everett” deals. That’s not even the best part; this ridiculous romance is crucial to the “plot”. It dictates not only Everett’s decisions throughout the novel, but the love interest’s as well. Overall, I wanted to love When I Cast Your Shadow, but it had too many issues I could not ignore, earning it 1 star out of 5.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter 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.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,
Date published: 2017-07-26

Editorial Reviews

"Bizarre, beautiful, and richly imagined. A dark, thoroughly modern fairy tale crackling with wit and magical mayhem that would make Baba Yaga proud." -Leigh Bardugo, New York Times bestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy, on Vassa in the Night"An enchantingly twisted modern fairy tale. Inventive, darkly magical, and beautifully written, it will stay with me for a long time." -Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author, on Vassa in the Night"Darkly seductive. Sarah Porter's writing glitters and her storytelling stuns in this twisted tale of siblings, love, and death." -Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval, on When I Cast Your Shadow"Porter offers a poignant consideration of how far we will go for the people we love.... An excellent selection for libraries serving teens." -School Library Journal, starred review, on When I Cast Your Shadow"A wildly innovative, whip-smart, and utterly spellbinding testament to family, memory, and love-and the messes and miracles of each-poised to possess legions of readers." -Booklist, starred review"[A] beautiful and gripping narrative filled with magic, hope, loss, and triumph. An enthralling, magic-tinged read about home, family, love, and belonging." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Vassa in the Night"Porter (the Lost Voices trilogy) delivers a suspenseful reinvention of the Russian fairy tale 'Vassilissa the Beautiful," set in a darkly magical version of present-day Brooklyn.... [A] feverishly imagined and deliciously surreal adventure."-Publishers Weekly on Vassa in the Night