The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her. As if she were his enemy. When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever.
Darcy is a likeable girl with loyal, protective friends. Something about Conn sets Darcy on edge, but he somehow gets through to her. And Darcy starts falling for him. But just when she thinks he may return her feelings, Conn betrays her trust. And Darcy is suddenly introduced to a world she didn’t know existed. And worst of all, she finds out that she isn’t even human. Darcy knows more about humans than her own people. So when she’s asked to spy on the Shadow Society in exchange for her freedom, Darcy agrees.
Full of engaging characters, passion-filled drama, fascinating creatures, and a decades-old war – The Shadow Society was a surprising read. This young adult fantasy was dark, dramatic, suspenseful, and enthralling. Young fans of romance and fantasy will enjoy this emotionally-charged story.