- By Bella Forrest

The Secret of Spellshadow Manor

  • Title: The Secret of Spellshadow Manor
  • Author: Bella Forrest
  • ISBN: 9781544118956
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret of Spellshadow Manor A spine tingling new fantasy mystery perfect for adults or teens who enjoyed Harry Potter What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman but no one else could see him Like most sane

    A spine tingling new fantasy mystery, perfect for adults or teens who enjoyed Harry Potter What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no one else could see him Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating perhaps he d consumed something bad at the party he d been attending that night, or he was severely overtired BA spine tingling new fantasy mystery, perfect for adults or teens who enjoyed Harry Potter What would you do if you spotted a man following a young woman, but no one else could see him Like most sane people, student Alex Webber thought he was hallucinating perhaps he d consumed something bad at the party he d been attending that night, or he was severely overtired But when he sees the mysterious man following Natalie again the very next day, he can no longer disbelieve his eyes Although Natalie denies the man s existence, Alex sees her walking with him down a road in his neighborhood he s never seen before and can t help but follow After a bizarre, but strangely short journey, he finds himself standing before a towering iron gate wreathed in gray ivy, behind which looms a decrepit old house named Spellshadow Manor Spellshadow, with its beautiful yet sinisterly decorated hallways, ever changing outdoor scenery and very unusual residents Alex will quickly learn it is a place that is as wondrous as it is deadly Especially for a normal person like him What if you found yourself recruited to an institute of magic, only to discover you really couldn t do magic What if your enrollment there was all one big, terrible mistake If you were at Spellshadow, you d keep it a secret A deep, dark, deadly secret Because Spellshadow s elusive Head is hiding a secret of his own, one that Alex soon realizes he and Natalie must uncover at all costs if either of them wishes to leave the Manor alive and before it s too late Mystery, suspense, and plenty of twists and turns an unforgettable experience awaits you in Spellshadow Manor Welcome in BUY NOW

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    1. Facebook kept posting on my feed that this was the next amazing fantasy series for those who loved Harry Potter, so I finally caved and downloaded it to my Kindle. Disappointingly, it did not even come close to the quality of writing in J.K. Rowling's wonderful books. That said, I liked it a littleenough to take the cliffhanger bait and download the second book in the trilogy as well. Also just okay, but now that I'm two books in, of course I'm going to read the final installment when it becomes [...]

    2. I admit it, I was seduced by the hype! Boy was I wrong! This isn't the natural successor to Harry Potter or Twilight. It's poorly written with cliché after cliché.

    3. As a HUGE fan of her Shade of Vampire and Gender Game series, this Bella Forrest book provided an unexpected change in reading style. For readers expecting to enter a story via the first person point of view, you're in for a surprise! This story provides a third person account of a new world of magical encounters, suspense, and, true to Bella's writing style, characters you can fall in love with or despise with a vengeance. Bella creates a world like none other, with such vivid descriptions that [...]

    4. Harry Potter? No. Not terrible for a YA novel, however. I was disappointed that virtually no questions were answered by the end of the novel, as I didn't enjoy it enough to read its sequel.

    5. ABSOLUTELY SPELLBINDING !!!Title: The Secret of Spellshadow ManorSeries: The Secret of Spellshadow ManorAuthor: Bella ForrestDesignation: Book One of Series, Full-Length Novel (400 pages), NOT A Standalone, Cliffhanger AheadGenre: #fantasy #sciencefiction #actionadventure #mystery #comingofage #romanceReading Platform: Kindle Edition (Verified Purchase US)My Rating: Five Spellbinding Stars*****Oh my! Oh my! Oh my! Bella Forrest just rocked my world AGAIN with another brand new series! Forrest h [...]

    6. It was okay. I fell for the Facebook hype too. It isn't that I didn't enjoy it, but it wasn't a book I need to know the ending of either. Harry Potter? Well, there is a "school" and there is magicrt of that is about as far as it goes for being like Harry Potter. It would be better if it stopped trying to compare itself to anything else. Just be what you are. (I know, I know, that isn't how advertising works.) I guess the big thing is Hogwarts is a place you want to go to, Spellshadow is not a pl [...]

    7. The only reason I finished this book is because I don't have a ton of time for fun reading, and I felt like I had to finish it. I have no interest in continuing in the series even though the ending didn't wrap up anything. I found the characters to be far too "adult" in how they spoke, interacted, etc. They didn't seem like kids. You can write good YA and still have the characters represent their age group somewhat authentically. The storyline had so many holes in it that I felt like there was n [...]

    8. A brand new book by Bella Forrest. For those who follow Bella's writing, the new book does not disappoint. The Secret of Spellshadow Manor (TSOSM) is a mesmerizing read full of intrigue, mystery, laughter, and surprises. For those readers not familiar with Bella, try TSOSM !!!

    9. The announcement for this book, made it sound as if it was the next Harry Potter book series. I was very disappointed in the writing, and the background information wasn't up to the quality of Harry Potter. The friendships of the students was very poorly done. I was into the 14th chapter before it became a little more interesting.

    10. This book took forever for me to read. It's much longer than it needs to be, and not overly interesting either, imo. The blurb describing it as "The next read for fans of Harry Potter" couldn't be more wrong. It's much more like Mrs. Peregrines, and I don't say that in a complimentary way. For kids in a school, they rarely attend class. Everything is creepy, and frightening, and mysterious, yet we're given precious little information as to the why of any of it, instead slogging through chapter a [...]

    11. I picked up this book based on the recommendation of one of those "what should I read next" sites. I can see why the book was recommended; it contains elements that I enjoy reading - magic, a secret world inside our own, and a personal journey. Despite Ms. Forrest's lovely writing style, I found that this story did not grab me. For me, I thought the characters lacked depth; Alex is simply a teenage boy who is trying to earn extra money to help his sick mother; and Natalie never really developed [...]

    12. Why I chose this bookI admit I gave into the hype. I’d not heard of this indie author before, although I understand she’s written quite a variety of paranormal/urban/dystopian type books. However, the ads for this book popped up in my Facebook feed most days. It promised me that if I loved Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, I would love this book. Did I? Read on…Rating/ContentI give this book a 3 out of 5. But that rating is based partly on the fact that it was hyped up to be AMAZING, whe [...]

    13. This book seems more nightmare than magic! Nothing is truly explained - just 2 teenagers mysteriously brought to this “school for magic” out of the blue. And told that they cannot leave until they graduate. Lots of weird stuff and halls that travel in and out of locations around the globe.I was at least 20% into this book, and still NO EXPLANATIONS. Nothing makes sense! What about the mundane world? What about his mother and the school - did they think that X and Y were kidnapped? Ran away?T [...]

    14. Not badWell I wasn't expecting much to be honest but this book actually had a pretty interesting plot once it got going and it doesn't go down your typical magic school angle either since all the students are kidnapped and forced to learn magic for an unknown and most likely sinister purpose. Honestly this darker aspect is what kept me reading and the mystery is very tantalizing.Character development is somewhat lacking, I didn't really feel involved with the characters all that much and I found [...]

    15. Great YA fantasy for the summer - can't wait to read the second book. Would be enjoyed by both adults and kids alike. I know some reviews are comparing this series to Harry Potter, but honestly they are not at all alike, beyond the whole teen/wizard/wizard school concept. The plot line and characters are dark and sinister, with none of the feel goods and characters to love like Harry and the gang.

    16. I really liked this book. I liked how Alex to care of his mother. I liked how after his friend confesses that he is going to try to overtake the teacher, Alex and Natalie began to train with him. I like how they didn't give up and defeated the teacher. I like how he said that he would help and protect them as much as possible. Definitely gets 5 stars.

    17. Toted as the series to read after Harry Potter. It's about wizards and magic, but lacked the character chemistry. I liked Natalie and Alex fine, but I didn't get drawn into the story. I kept thinking, where is this going? What are they trying to do? It wasn't bad, but when compared to Harry Potter (which it was, that's why I tried it) it isn't even close.

    18. Dr Harry StrangeThis book feels like Harry Potter meets Dr Strange. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have already purchased book two. For anyone that loves different "worlds" or likes good combinations of favorites, I believe this would work beautifully.

    19. This one was just ok, I think I prefer her normal fantasy, with vampires and all that fun stuff. I am interested in what is to happen nect in the series, but could be improved. Hopefully book 2 is a little better.

    20. I got this as my Kindle Lending Library pick . It's billed as "the next Harry Potter." And while it borrows heavily from that series, it is not nearly as good. Students here aren't excited to go. They are basically kidnapped and forced to go. Also, it's very dark. Not like "there are monsters and bad things everywhere" dark but more "nobody gets out of here alive" dark. It was okay, but not the delightful YA fantasy I thought I'd be getting. I did go ahead and borrow the second volume, but that [...]

    21. Another fantastic world created by our Bella! In this book she explores magic- the source of it in the characters and anti-magic. SOSM is very well written, and will appeal to her "seasoned" readers, as well as younger readers- I would have no issue with my 14 year old reading this. The story begins with Alex following his fellow student, Natalie, when he sees a dark billowy figure whispering to her in class. "Finder" leads Natalie to Spellshadow Manor, where we are introduced to magic wielders. [...]

    22. You know a story is poorly written if you're not engrossed in it, instead you're critiquing the writing as you read. This book kept showing up in adverts as an amazing magical series to rival HP. Let's get one thing clear, it does not. The story itself seems okay, it interests me enough to annoyingly want to read the second book despite this review. The writing is poor, basic and repetitive sentences with poor dialogue, description and character development. Another thing which annoyed me is the [...]

    23. Harry Potter this is not. It would be like reading only the outline for Harry Potter and calling it a book; no depth, one dimensional characters, not enough information, too many holes. The students are literally kidnapped and held hostage, the school is dilapidated, the headmaster is a psychopath, there are only three teachers, the classes are odd (Jari and Aamir have been there for years, but are still first years with Alex and Natalie. Other students and years have been mentioned, but then fo [...]

    24. The writing is sloppy and the story doesn't hold up under close examination. There are plot holes you can drive a truck through. Since Forrest's writing tends to be 'gripping,' it is easy to get swept along and miss these details (akin to certain action movies that don't hold up under close examination). But, I happened to stop reading this book for a day to proofread another upcoming YA novel that takes place in a private school. The book I was proof reading was so much more coherent, the chara [...]

    25. This book was likened to Harry Potter, which was the original draw for me (and the cover, because it's gorgeous and intriguing). Well, to put it mildly, this book does not even hold a TINY candle to Potter!!!!! Not in ANY WAY, except that it's a school of magic. The characters are not very developed and I skimmed a bunch of stuff when it got dull and didn't miss a single thing! The ending was anti-climactic and I'm not sure I'm curious enough to read further into the series. Everything worked ou [...]

    26. Frankly so far I'm having a really hard time continuing this book. 1- It should NOT have anything in the "about" book with Harry Potter in it. It's more like Tim Burton meets wanna be like Harry Potter. I like young adult that's what I read most of as an adult but this I'm struggling with and I'm pushing 37% on a kindle. I'm not gonna lie I'm about to put it down.I tried to go back to it and I just don't want to. I'm not connecting to the characters and it's just not holding my interest. Maybe p [...]

    27. Do not fall for the hype. This book is NOTHING like the brilliance of Harry Potter. Do you ever think about the fact that there are people out there who try to create viral videos? The thing is you can't go into it trying to make a viral video. You have to wait for a natural "viralness" to occur. This is what happened with this book. I don't believe that the author tried to create a "Harry Potter phenomenon." s I think the author just wanted to tell a story. But the publisher had other ideas. Th [...]

    28. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. It’s been plastered all over my Facebook & and keeps being touted as “the next Harry Potter”, which usually just has me rolling my eyes and passing on by, but something drew me in this time (honestly, it might have just been the really cool cover, lol).Whatever the reason, I’m glad I picked this one up from the library. It was a quick, easy, and FUN read. I ended up binging it in less than 3 hours, even with it being almost 400 pages; th [...]

    29. I really hate it when books are said to be the 'next Harry Potter' because I feel like this label is slapped on every book with a magical school and it gives people unrealistic expectations for the book. I really don't feel like this was like Harry Potter at all. That said, I did enjoy this book. I really liked the world-building of this book with the teachers and the school and the magic as well. This felt original in a great way and I loved Alex's power as well. I wanted to know more about the [...]

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