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Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows. While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my wormi Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows. While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we've gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead). A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive - if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it's only a matter of time before Jarren learns I'm not dead and returns to finish what he started. There's no way I'm going to let Jarren win. Instead I'll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I'm running out of ideas...


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Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows. While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my wormi Year 2522. Lyra Daniels is dead. Okay, so I only died for sixty-six seconds. But when I came back to life, I got a brand new name and a snazzy new uniform. Go me! Seriously, though, it's very important that Lyra Daniels stays dead, at least as far as my ex-friend Jarren, the murdering looter, knows. While dying is the scariest thing that's happened to me, it morphed my worming skills. I can manipulate the Q-net like never before. But Jarren has blocked us from communicating with the rest of the galaxy and now they believe we've gone silent, like Planet Xinji (where silent really means dead). A Protector Class spaceship is coming to our rescue, but we still have to survive almost two years before they arrive - if they arrive at all. Until then, we have to figure out how to stop an unstoppable alien threat. And it's only a matter of time before Jarren learns I'm not dead and returns to finish what he started. There's no way I'm going to let Jarren win. Instead I'll do whatever it takes to save the people I love. But even I'm running out of ideas...

30 review for Chasing the Shadows

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maria V. Snyder

    Of course I'm giving my book 5 stars :) This series has been so much fun to write!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    Finally finished! That was such a hard slog and I still don’t really understand why 😫 Firstly, thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-ARC copy of the book - I got totally overexcited as I always do when I'm on Netgalley, and had forgotten I had pre-ordered a copy of the book too. Which was fine, because I had the hard copy for home and the e-version on my Kindle, phone and iPad, so I was set 😊 So basically, this is the second book in a sci fi series set in space, with a family of archae Finally finished! That was such a hard slog and I still don’t really understand why 😫 Firstly, thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-ARC copy of the book - I got totally overexcited as I always do when I'm on Netgalley, and had forgotten I had pre-ordered a copy of the book too. Which was fine, because I had the hard copy for home and the e-version on my Kindle, phone and iPad, so I was set 😊 So basically, this is the second book in a sci fi series set in space, with a family of archaeologists exploring the galaxy and discovering alien races, Terracotta Warriors, space looters and ways to mentally connect to the 'Q-Net' that really shouldn't be possible, plus of course travelling using time dilation. With an angsty teen romance thrown in for good measure. Just to be clear, I absolutely LOVE Maria's books and really enjoyed Navigating the Stars (book 1 in this series) but I just could not get into Chasing the Shadows. I found the writing to be really stilted, with very short sentences and a lot of first person musing. I'm sure there's a solid literary reason for this - maybe to create tension or something - but for me, it just made it hard going and not enjoyable to read. The book kicked off where Navigating the Stars finished, which was great, but took forever to get anywhere and I nearly DNFed half way through - but I just couldn't do that to a Maria V Snyder book! I'm glad I stuck with it though, because it picked up in the last quarter and I will (of course) read the next one. This was a 3 ✨read for me. #ChasingTheShadows #Netgalley

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Yes, the MC is sometimes childish. Yes, the romance often gets annoying. Yes, the book is a bit too long for my taste. Yes, we get almost no answers until the very end. But you know what? This book is still so much fun. I mean, the Q-net is fascinating by itself but in combination with the Warriors and mysterious shadow creatures + ordinary human evil, this book is really really fun. There were a couple of slower chapters but 90% of the book is action packed. I don't even know where to start? The Yes, the MC is sometimes childish. Yes, the romance often gets annoying. Yes, the book is a bit too long for my taste. Yes, we get almost no answers until the very end. But you know what? This book is still so much fun. I mean, the Q-net is fascinating by itself but in combination with the Warriors and mysterious shadow creatures + ordinary human evil, this book is really really fun. There were a couple of slower chapters but 90% of the book is action packed. I don't even know where to start? The evil guys want to kill everyone and they have the technology to do it without anyone noticing. The mystery surrounding the Warriors is yet to be solved. There are shadow creatures who live in the dark and basically can't be killed. The MC died and came back to life and now has super powers which basically include super fast Googling and glorified computer skills. Even though this book has ~450 pages, I flew through it in 2 days, which is a rare thing for me. I usually shy away from books this long and when I do read them, it takes me far more than 2 days. BUT THIS WAS SO MUCH FUN. I know I keep repeating it, but it's the truth. I'm a sci-fi maniac and I can't help myself but gush whenever a good sci-fi read comes along. Idk what happened to me these last few weeks but I got the sudden desire to surround myself with science fiction - I started reading more of the genre again, I began rewatching my fave show ever Doctor Who, also decided to start watching DC's Legends of Tomorrow again + have plans to watch some other new sci-fi TV shows that came out recently. Basically, life is good.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    3.5 stars This book is at a disadvantage by being a middle book. There is a beginning and an end, but they’re soft stopping points in the overall arc. Lyra gets a new job as a junior security officer and is eager to help out the base in any way she can. She comes up with lots of ideas and theories; the other characters don’t get to do much. She does a lot more with the Q-net, has a new boyfriend, tries to fight Shadow-blobs, and still do archaeology research. (Lyra happens to be the same age as my 3.5 stars This book is at a disadvantage by being a middle book. There is a beginning and an end, but they’re soft stopping points in the overall arc. Lyra gets a new job as a junior security officer and is eager to help out the base in any way she can. She comes up with lots of ideas and theories; the other characters don’t get to do much. She does a lot more with the Q-net, has a new boyfriend, tries to fight Shadow-blobs, and still do archaeology research. (Lyra happens to be the same age as my daughter, and I happen to be the same age as Lyra’s mom. I AM NOW THE PARENT IN YA BOOKS, unless I got killed off previously.) The book has a lot of investigating mysteriousness and lots of playful banter dialogue. There’s plenty of danger and action, but it’s a light tone overall. It’s in first-person present tense, which usually drives me up the wall, but it works well enough here. Snyder has enough writing experience to pull it off. The U.S. edition is self-published and could really use a good copy edit. No strong language | Some heavy making out | Some monster violence

  5. 5 out of 5

    trufflebooks

    4/5 ⭐ REVIEW HERE, AUTHOR Q&A RIGHT HERE. 😊 4/5 ⭐ REVIEW HERE, AUTHOR Q&A RIGHT HERE. 😊

  6. 4 out of 5

    Madison Secoy

    OMG I loved this book, it was as amazing as the first book. I need the third book immediately.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    NOTE: I received a complimentary eARC of this book from Harlequin Australia through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I’ve read several of Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy books and really enjoy her writing, but I can honestly say… she should write more sci-fi!! They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but in this case, I’m very glad I did! I didn’t know this series even existed until I stumbled upon the first book in my local store and bought it becau NOTE: I received a complimentary eARC of this book from Harlequin Australia through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I’ve read several of Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy books and really enjoy her writing, but I can honestly say… she should write more sci-fi!! They say you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover but in this case, I’m very glad I did! I didn’t know this series even existed until I stumbled upon the first book in my local store and bought it because I liked the cover. It wasn’t until I got it home that I realised it was by an author I’d read before and really enjoyed and before I was even halfway through I went searching to see if there was a second book because I was enjoying the first one so much that I knew I would want to read the second straight away; I was so excited when I saw it on NetGalley and immediately requested it! **WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD** The world building was phenomenal, Snyder thought of everything even down to the tiniest little detail. I loved all the technology and archaeology talk and found myself wondering more than once how long it took Snyder to research everything that went into the book. From the theory behind all of the mysteriously placed terracotta warriors throughout the universe and their connection to the “shadow blobs”, the science behind the way time “crinkles” worked, to the ability of people to “worm” into the Q-Net and the eventual reveal of how the Q-Net actually came to be, they were all such a unique and interesting concepts. I’ve never read anything like it before and it kept me wanting more, more, more the entire time I was reading. The action scenes were so well written that my heart was often racing and my whole body was tensed in anticipation. During the scene where Jarren caught Lyra and put an explosive on back, I was gripping my poor Kindle so tightly I actually tore the PopSocket off the back lol Needless to say the characters were also amazingly written. The main character, Lyra/Ara, had me laughing out loud on many occasions and her relationship with everyone around her and the way they developed was so incredibly well done. She wasn’t your stereotypical “everyone instantly loves her spunky attitude” character and I loved that; she was constantly having to fight to be heard by her “superiors” but she never gave up, even when she knew it could possibly mean everyone might end up hating her. I really enjoyed how her relationships with other crew members developed over time, not just with Niall but with his father (the head of security), her own parents, and the other members of the security team. She could often be stubborn, impetuous, and just generally a stereotypical “I don’t have to listen to anyone” teenager, but that was all part of what made her growth as a character so fun and enjoyable to read. It was very interesting to see how much she changed from the beginning of the first book to the end of the second. Honestly, I could go on and on about how amazing these books are for days, that’s why I rated them both five stars. There’s action, archaeology, science, romance, culture, technology, aliens, time travel (kind); there is literally something for everyone in this book and I can’t stress enough how much I enjoyed it! So much so that I was recommending the whole series to friends before I have even finished the first chapter!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cmoore

    I think that Chasing the Shadows was perhaps my most anticipated book of the year. But even when it arrived, I was hesitant to start the book, because this is the follow up to what has so far, been a perfect story, which started with Navigating the Stars... And, seriously, how can you maintain that kind of creative momentum?!?? Welllll... Maria V Snyder did exactly that, and wrote the 'Perfect' sequel! The world building with the fantastic back drop of Terracotta Warriors, the archaeology, the al I think that Chasing the Shadows was perhaps my most anticipated book of the year. But even when it arrived, I was hesitant to start the book, because this is the follow up to what has so far, been a perfect story, which started with Navigating the Stars... And, seriously, how can you maintain that kind of creative momentum?!?? Welllll... Maria V Snyder did exactly that, and wrote the 'Perfect' sequel! The world building with the fantastic back drop of Terracotta Warriors, the archaeology, the aliens (quaintly called shadow blobs), the looters, along with all of that breathtaking action is just so awesome that it quite appropriately, took my breath away! Through it all Gabra Zackman was right there, bringing the adventure to life for me! I'd say you really need this Astounding YA book, but first, get its predecessor in the series, and catch up so you'll be ready for this Amazing tale! Dang! Now I've got to try to be patient until the next book is ready!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

    This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library. Chasing the Shadows is Book #2 in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series by Maria V Snyder. I'll be honest, the first part of the novel was kind of hard for me to get in to. There was an overhanging threat over everyone's heads, but it wasn't immediate enough to be particularly concerned for Lyra - or Ara, as she is called in this book. She spent most of the early part of the novel running between her various duties and training, which I didn This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library. Chasing the Shadows is Book #2 in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series by Maria V Snyder. I'll be honest, the first part of the novel was kind of hard for me to get in to. There was an overhanging threat over everyone's heads, but it wasn't immediate enough to be particularly concerned for Lyra - or Ara, as she is called in this book. She spent most of the early part of the novel running between her various duties and training, which I didn't find particularly engaging. Lyra's narrative voice is phenomenal though: she's maturing, funny, and dreadfully sarcastic. It's a real change in voice from any of the other Snyder characters I've read! Because this is a second novel, we miss out on some development of relationships that have by now been established. That's OK, because Ara and Niall are really, really cute together. What I love most about them is that although they are just so into each other, they are respectfully waiting until Ara turns eighteen, and although they'd rather spend all their time making out with each other, they have more important things to do. I love that push and pull between both of their desires, jobs, and maturity. Beau is Ara's platonic friend, and he's a great foil to a jealous Niall, as well as being a great mentor to Ara: he's diligent, egotistical, with a little bit of sass. I loved how more of the Terracotta Warriors were explored in this novel since we had so many questions left over from the first! Their mysteries are being discovered, and it's all thanks to Ara. It's a mixture of sheer dumb luck and her amazing ability to be in the right place at the right time. Ara has a kind of magical gift with the Q-net that she doesn't really understand. Like I said in my review of Navigating the Stars, if you enjoy Snyder's other books, you'll probably enjoy this aspect of it well. The tech and practices of using the Q-net are vague enough to appear completely magical: they basically treat it like an all-knowing super-aware intelligence they can tap into. Similarly, Ara thinks really broadly about her problems, but the answers just always seem to pop into her head. It's not that she's a special snowflake: god no, too many people hate her, she has both of her parents who treat her like a normal kid, no one takes her word as gospel, and her problems require actual solutions that no one just hands to her (annoyingly, she's always right): but she's unique, and I think that's what Snyder is really good at writing. i enjoyed this book, possibly not as much as the first one due to the slow pace at the start of the novel and the general feeling that we were all just waiting for the bad guy to attack. I enjoyed Ara's continuing development and I'm looking forward to the third book in the series! I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review is spoiler-free. I absolutely ADORED this book and highly recommend it! The first thing you need to know is that it’s a sequel to the equally amazing Navigating the Stars. While you can still catch up on what happened in book one by reading Chasing the Shadows (CTS), I would recommend reading Navigating the Stars first. I’ve recommended that book to a number of people and they’ve all enjoyed it. If you were already a fan of the first book, you will love this one too. CTS is a combinati This review is spoiler-free. I absolutely ADORED this book and highly recommend it! The first thing you need to know is that it’s a sequel to the equally amazing Navigating the Stars. While you can still catch up on what happened in book one by reading Chasing the Shadows (CTS), I would recommend reading Navigating the Stars first. I’ve recommended that book to a number of people and they’ve all enjoyed it. If you were already a fan of the first book, you will love this one too. CTS is a combination of science fiction and fantasy, though the fantasy aspect depends on your suspension of disbelief when it comes to aliens and time travel. It’s also a bildungsroman as the 17-year-old main character is growing up and learning how to handle adult situations. Ara (formerly Lyra, because she has to pretend to be dead) is training to be a security officer while also learning her new ability to navigate the Q-Net (think an interactive Internet) and dealing with two groups that want to kill her: the shadow blob aliens (called HoLFs [hostile life forms] and her former friend turned murderous looter, Jarren. I will admit that the first 100 or so pages of the novel may seem to progress slowly, but after finishing the book I can say it works perfectly as it is building up to the rest of the novel. For example, Ara’s ability to run longer distances and fight later in the novel only make sense since we’ve witnessed her training. And I must note that Elese, her friend turned trainer, is still hilarious. I enjoy the “slower” part of the novel because we also get to see how Ara, formerly a punished wormer (hacker), has earned and continues to earn both respect for, and permission to use, her worming abilities. I loved seeing Ara’s growth as she handles the challenges presented to her. MVS’s characterization is excellent. We really get a feel for who the main characters are and how they grow throughout the novel. I dislike flat characters, so I was happy to see that the characters continue to be dynamic. But I will admit, I’d love to see Beau developed a little bit more and learn about his past. The world building in these novels is phenomenal. I really enjoyed how we get to see more of the planet Yulin in this novel. We also get a little more information about the HoLFs and the terracotta warriors, which is always great (no spoilers as to HOW we see it, but it’s awesome!). And I won’t say what for, but Ara definitely gets some vindication in this book! The action scenes are also fantastically written. For the first book, Navigating the Stars, I could literally feel the tension during the climax of the novel. And I’m happy to say the tension of the fight/action scenes in CTS is just as good, if not better. And of course, there is more of Ara and Niall’s romance. It’s so sweet to read about the two of them navigating their way through their first romance. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel! I would like to thank Harlequin Romance Young Adult for my ARC copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stein

    This book was pure fun. The world is interesting, the characters are fun, and it was so well written that I didn't mind the first person present tense POV. Great book and I can't wait for the 3rd installment!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    Maria V. Snyder returns to the Sentinels of the Galaxy series with Chasing the Shadows that picks up right where we left off in Navigating the Stars. Lyra has a new identity now in order to protect her from her long ago friend, Jarren who believes her dead. She goes by Ara now and has been training to be ready for the day when Jarren finds out she’s alive, because, it’s bound to happen eventually. Ara is a security member now and still works with her parents every now and then with the statues an Maria V. Snyder returns to the Sentinels of the Galaxy series with Chasing the Shadows that picks up right where we left off in Navigating the Stars. Lyra has a new identity now in order to protect her from her long ago friend, Jarren who believes her dead. She goes by Ara now and has been training to be ready for the day when Jarren finds out she’s alive, because, it’s bound to happen eventually. Ara is a security member now and still works with her parents every now and then with the statues and trying to figure them out and why she’s still the only one who can see the shadow blobs. Then the unthinkable happens, their communications with DES, who they were waiting on for backup in the next two years or so, goes silent and they learns that DES believes them to have gone dark. Something hinky is going on with the communication system and Ara takes to the Q-net to try to figure things out. This was a rather exciting installment of what I believe is a trilogy! It doesn’t have second book syndrome at all. There’s a great deal happening and yet only a handful of days go by. Ara is just one of those characters you can’t help but root for as you follow her along her journey. I love her resilience when it comes to training, she struggles here and there but never gives up. In some sense you could say that this book might be more so middle like, as there’s quite a bit of planning and researching going on. There’s plans being made for this and that and there’s the ever presence threat of Jarren arriving any day now. Ara starts to track him through the Q-net, but that’s all I say on that. Then of course there’s the still budding romance between Ara and Niall. Sadly the two seem to always be on separate schedules and shifts when it comes to security and things, so their together time is sparse. But you gotta love those moments that they are able to steal with one another. Every now and then, you start to wonder if there’s a love triangle brewing with Beau added to the mix, but I don’t think so. Beau remains a constant friend and partner for Ara in her security deals and Q-net activities and I do admire their friendship. It’s always so hard talking about a sequel within a series because you don’t want to hash out too many details or reveal something from the first book overly much. It took me awhile to read this one because of work, life, and such, but I enjoyed every minute I was able to steal with this book. It was truly one I never wanted to put down but was forced to at times. It’s a real page-turner! The story just grips you tight and doesn’t let up until its most exciting and shocking conclusion! There were things that were revealed that I just did not anticipate and I cannot wait to see what Maria will do next! Whatever will happen is sure to be nothing short of epic! Chasing the Shadows was an amazing and epic thrill ride! It’s a story that doesn’t let up on the action, suspense, mystery, or teasing romance! It’s a story that you will want to come back to again and again, never wanting to leave. I find all of Maria’s stories to be like this and I will eagerly be awaiting the next (and possibly final, as I am only 90% certain that this is a trilogy) installment! Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Chasing the Shadows is the exciting second book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series. As a huge Maria V. Snyder fan, I was thrilled to be able to continue this story that is one part archaeology-action and the other technology-hacking, space science-fiction. Chasing the Shadows picks up right where the first book left off, and continues Lyra’s investigation into the Terracotta Warriors that grace planets across the galaxy, the looters who are destroying the Warriors, the invisible creatures who Chasing the Shadows is the exciting second book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series. As a huge Maria V. Snyder fan, I was thrilled to be able to continue this story that is one part archaeology-action and the other technology-hacking, space science-fiction. Chasing the Shadows picks up right where the first book left off, and continues Lyra’s investigation into the Terracotta Warriors that grace planets across the galaxy, the looters who are destroying the Warriors, the invisible creatures who attack, leaving planets desolate, and the hacker who has put a target on Lyra’s back. But Lyra, with the help of her archaeologist parents, security officer boyfriend and his head of security father, is more than up for the task of this four-pronged investigation. Especially, as Lyra’s already exceptional worming skills (her ability to navigate the Quantum Net ((think internet on steroids)) without detection) are increasing with surprising results. Lyra is, once again, our narrator, with her usual humour and propensity of mischief. The writing style puts the reader right alongside Lyra and it’s as if Lyra is chatting to the reader. She continuously makes little asides to the reader, comments on what she is saying or thinking, often as a way to explain or excuse something. This gives her a young voice, which is a little in contrast to her age, her worming abilities, her ideas for improving security and even mature leadership skills (not to mention her increasingly physical relationship with Niall). The Sentinels of the Galaxy series is perfect for science-fiction readers who would rather not know all the ins and outs of the science technology. We learn a little more about the Q-Net in this book, but the explanations for how it works and what that looks like is still pretty vague in my mind. The same goes for the space ships, bases, or planets themselves, outside of the Warrior Pits. I would have liked just a little more detail about the terrain, other plant-life, even something like where do they get the continual supplies and food from? But if you are prepared to take everything at face value, or really don’t care about those details, then the action and intrigue of the story is very enjoyable. With some big developments and a nice surprise reveal right at the end, Chasing the Shadows nicely sets the scene for what is sure to be a thrilling third book. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bingeworthy Book Blog

    The Details: - YA - 2nd in a series - Sci-Fi/Fantasy When I saw that Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder was up for review on Netgalley, I jumped at the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book and was utterly thrilled when I was granted a copy. I fell in love with the world that Maria V. Snyder had created when I read the first book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series, Navigating the Stars (which I, of course, re-read before diving into the advanced copy that I'd been given.) This series The Details: - YA - 2nd in a series - Sci-Fi/Fantasy When I saw that Chasing the Shadows by Maria V. Snyder was up for review on Netgalley, I jumped at the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book and was utterly thrilled when I was granted a copy. I fell in love with the world that Maria V. Snyder had created when I read the first book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series, Navigating the Stars (which I, of course, re-read before diving into the advanced copy that I'd been given.) This series is a fascinating blend between sci-fi and fantasy and the second book in the series, in my opinion, is even better than the first book. Speaking of the first book, if you haven't read Navigating the Stars yet, than I highly recommend that you do so before reading this book as events from the first book are frequently mentioned throughout Chasing the Shadows. The first book in the series set the stage for characters and laid out the scope of the universe, its laws and mysteries and readers were introduced to the main character, Lyra, her family and friends and her love interest, Niall. Navigating the Stars, follows Lyra's journey to her new home on a distant planet, far, far away from Earth and events and mysteries abound. Chasing the Shadows, picks up where the first book left off and follows Lyra, who for reasons that I'm not going to mention, had to change her name to Ara, as she navigates her way through her new life as a Junior Security Officer. This book is a gripping, sci-fi adventure that raises as many questions as it answers as the book draws towards its conclusion. This book is an unmissable, addictive read that I could not put down. I was utterly immersed in this story from the first chapter and I eagerly await the next book in the series. Highly Recommended Bingeworthy Book Blog On Facebook On Twitter On Instagram

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    [SPOILERS FOR NAVIGATING THE STARS BELOW] Chasing the Shadows begins where Navigating the Stars left off. Lyra Daniels is now known as Ara Yinhexi Lawrence aka Junior Officer Lawrence aka Mouse, following her sixty-six seconds of death at the hands of ex-friend/looter/all-around-asshole Jarren. For her own protection she is now sharing a Unit with Chief of Security, Officer Tace Radcliff aka the father of her incredible boyfriend Niall Radcliff aka Toad. Keeping her identity a secret is of utmost [SPOILERS FOR NAVIGATING THE STARS BELOW] Chasing the Shadows begins where Navigating the Stars left off. Lyra Daniels is now known as Ara Yinhexi Lawrence aka Junior Officer Lawrence aka Mouse, following her sixty-six seconds of death at the hands of ex-friend/looter/all-around-asshole Jarren. For her own protection she is now sharing a Unit with Chief of Security, Officer Tace Radcliff aka the father of her incredible boyfriend Niall Radcliff aka Toad. Keeping her identity a secret is of utmost priority because if Jarren realises that she is alive, he won't hesitate to come back and finish the job. Ara undertakes officer training and learns how to push herself to limits she never knew before, both physically and mentally and it's great to see a character with such self-confidence and grit in her own character. She knows who she is and fights for herself and those she loves. Ara commands respect both with her skill and with her compassion. The level of detail that Maria V. Snyder went to in regards to the development of the Q-net, worming, HoLF's and the overall world building is second to none and something that I have always enjoyed in Maria's previous works. The Q-net and Worming just sounds so incredibly awesome that I wish it was in reality (though with all the technological advancements happening maybe it's just a matter of time?). I really like the direction that Maria is taking the novel in regards to the real purpose of the terracotta warriors, what the HoLF's actually are, what Ara's purpose is and how it all wraps together. I was pleasantly surprised with the end and I can honestly say that I didn't see it coming and I'm looking forward to seeing how it is explained in book 3. *thank you to Harlequin Australia and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    MissJLovesReading

    As much as I adore Maria V Snyder and will happily tell anyone and everyone that she is my favourite author and Poison Study is my favourite book ever, this series isn't quite up to that standard for me unfortunately. I just find the main character a little bit immature and young, whereas I'm used to reading very mature and more adult main characters from Maria. I found myself cringing a little with some of what the protagonist says which never happens with books from this author. Whilst it's no As much as I adore Maria V Snyder and will happily tell anyone and everyone that she is my favourite author and Poison Study is my favourite book ever, this series isn't quite up to that standard for me unfortunately. I just find the main character a little bit immature and young, whereas I'm used to reading very mature and more adult main characters from Maria. I found myself cringing a little with some of what the protagonist says which never happens with books from this author. Whilst it's not a mind-blowing 5 star read that I'm used to, it's still a solid 4-star read and is definitely worth a read. Chasing the Shadows is the second book in the Sentinels of the Galaxy series and is a great follow-up from the initial introduction and set-up that the first installment brought about. I really enjoyed the constant mystery and intrigue in this series and we learn new discoveries in this book that we didn't know about in the first one. The growing relationship between the protagonist and her sweet, caring boyfriend who is also her boss' son is thoroughly enjoyable and improves this book to a higher level as well. The space theme and friendly terracotta soldiers who defend the humans from the not-so-friendly aliens adds to the excitement and intrigue too. A solid 4-star read, and a good lead-up to the 3rd book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Snarky narrative voice. Longer review now available at my blog, Trish Talks Texts. Snarky narrative voice. Longer review now available at my blog, Trish Talks Texts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dreximgirl

    Full review to come

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lulai

    Love it

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tasha Leigh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Let me say from the very get go, thank you so much to the crew at Harlequin/Harper Collins Australia for sending me this one all those months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it even if it did take fires, floods and a killer virus for me to have time to sit down and read it. Chasing the Shadows starts off with Lyra getting a new name and rank but keeping her old face and boyfriend. As an added bonus, during her acid trip that was death, suddenly she is connected to the Q-net at some sort of weirdo emoti Let me say from the very get go, thank you so much to the crew at Harlequin/Harper Collins Australia for sending me this one all those months ago. I thoroughly enjoyed it even if it did take fires, floods and a killer virus for me to have time to sit down and read it. Chasing the Shadows starts off with Lyra getting a new name and rank but keeping her old face and boyfriend. As an added bonus, during her acid trip that was death, suddenly she is connected to the Q-net at some sort of weirdo emotional level and I’m sorry but WHAT? For the most part she will go by the name Ara now after being newly inducted into the patrol and have a whole new identity made for her while they endeavour to work out why nasty soot sprites are invading their world – instead of being cute and helpful, they have knives for hands because why the hell not. So here is where I have my first question. Ara had a funeral at the end of the last book to hide her from Mr Douchebag. But she also gets presented and flashed around to everyone as Ara. Please explain to me how NOONE NOTICED THE SIMILARITIES and wondered why the hell they were 'burying her'. Throughout CTS, most of the techs are portrayed as not knowing she’s still alive. Did you brainwash them? Is there suddenly face morphing software out in the universe? I’m so confused… But I shall continue. In the aftermath of Jarren’s escape, the security of the base are now keeping the other looters hostage while trying to extract information as to the location of Captain Craptacular’s base and why t the shadows from hell are trying to kill them once the Warriors are destroyed. Of course, this is to no avail because one would assume, they would prefer to be dead than defy the greatest wormer in the Galaxy. It’s all a little eh to start but eventually the action gets up and running again. Once this happens, I started to really get back into the narrative. So obviously, Jarren makes a return as well as Lyra/Ara and her parents, Niall, the Captain and Beau, one of my favourite characters throughout the whole thing. And once again, Jarren is the big bad because why not? Its all the same cast except for the couple of people who die throughout this series first instalment. While this could feel a little stale ( I mean yes relationships can deepen but we’ve all been home for the past 2 months, no one wants to be stuck with the same 5 people), expansion of character backgrounds and motivations adds a little something to the story which made it more than bearable but definitely a little eh because I felt like I already knew everyone. The narrative in this one was unfortunately a tad predictable ALTHOUGH that predictability didn’t necessarily detract from the book as a whole. I mean, we all know a romance is going to be happy at the end, right? Otherwise it isn’t a romance, it’s a damn tragedy. Here it feels like a natural continuation of exploration of a new planet. Someone died, people mourned and then life went on because it kind of just had to. I loved the introduction/confirmation of the portals; it was something I thought MAY have been a thing but until someone activated it, you couldn’t really say for sure. I also quite enjoyed the great escape despite it being extremely short. Now I know this review is kind of vague but seriously, it has to be otherwise it would be a recap not a review. I’m trying to avoid spoilers here OK. I will say one final thing. Goodreads lists this as a duology. As in this should have been wrapped up in a nice little bow, the reader should have felt closure. This is where I’m going to say, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT ENDING? Reader, it is NOT an ending. Nothing is wrapped up. There’s absolutely zero freaking closure. I even messaged a friend thinking maybe I was missing part of the file – I unfortunately was not. It’s not a bad ending, its actually the ultimate cliff-hanger but seriously, is there going to be another book? Because I need another damn book! Right here is where I’m ending the discombobulated rant that is my review (felt good, might delete later) because I am just *wild gesturing* emotions. For the TLDR it’s a pretty great book although it didn’t quite have the same impact as its predecessor. Same characters as Navigating and minus a few but for the most part it doesn’t feel stale. It was predictable but not in a roll your eyes and grunt at the page way. And that ending, was not a damned ending for a series. Overall, I would definitely read it again if another one managed to find its way onto the scene.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Claire Di Lorenzo

    Wow! Amazing plot with an even better cliffhanger! - the pacing was slow to start but sped up and created tension that made it impossible to put down - the writing style is great, it’s got a lot of moments in which the fourth wall is broken, giving the story a more personalised feel for the readers - I’m enjoying Ara’s development, she is becoming more sure of herself and her actions, hardheaded but confident, and she is honest and pure at heart, a very easy character to love - the romance is lovel Wow! Amazing plot with an even better cliffhanger! - the pacing was slow to start but sped up and created tension that made it impossible to put down - the writing style is great, it’s got a lot of moments in which the fourth wall is broken, giving the story a more personalised feel for the readers - I’m enjoying Ara’s development, she is becoming more sure of herself and her actions, hardheaded but confident, and she is honest and pure at heart, a very easy character to love - the romance is lovely, very healthy relationship ideals are represented, showing how to respect each other’s boundaries and the importance of honesty as well as not pressuring each other to reveal things they are not comfortable with - I wish Niaill could get more character development, right now he feels like just a boyfriend, protective character, and I’m wanting more from him in terms of who he is, but I think I feel this disconnect because I’m not seeing things from his perspective (a novella from his perspective would be wondrous) - the parents are my favourite characters, they are realistic, setting boundaries, showing love, and care, they are great role models - the plot is mysterious and intriguing, for the first time in a while I don’t know what will happen! It’s refreshing - ending was great! It reminds me a lot of the “illuminae files” (from jay kristoff and Amie Kaufman) and I love it Can’t wait for book three!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Xia ✻.

    #1 Navigating the Stars 3.5 stars #2 Chasing the Shadows 3.5 stars #3 Defending the Galaxy ??? 3.5 stars Don’t let my rating fool you. Having almost 4 stars is a good score from me. The books are fast-paced, enjoyable and incredible addictive. The author makes you read non-stop using chapter cliffhangers and constant action and revelations. You don’t really have time to breath. The bad thing? I still don’t really like the main character, but I don’t hate her either. I’m just neutral about her #1 Navigating the Stars 3.5 stars #2 Chasing the Shadows 3.5 stars #3 Defending the Galaxy ??? 3.5 stars Don’t let my rating fool you. Having almost 4 stars is a good score from me. The books are fast-paced, enjoyable and incredible addictive. The author makes you read non-stop using chapter cliffhangers and constant action and revelations. You don’t really have time to breath. The bad thing? I still don’t really like the main character, but I don’t hate her either. I’m just neutral about her. She has some childish behavior and the romance is booooring but the crazy rhythm of the book makes up for it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alysse

    good 3/5

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jelaina Jones

    Oh. My. Stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Morgan | Mashleas Reads

    Chasing the Shadows was an excellent continuation of the Sentinels of the Galaxy series. The first book, Navigating the Stars, was a 5-star read for me last year so I was very excited to be reading an early copy of this book. If you haven't read the first book I would HIGHLY recommend it. Its like Indiana Jones in space - who can beat that? Whilst I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, it was a fantastic read! It was the same awesome mix of sci-fi, fantasy and lots of action. Everything I Chasing the Shadows was an excellent continuation of the Sentinels of the Galaxy series. The first book, Navigating the Stars, was a 5-star read for me last year so I was very excited to be reading an early copy of this book. If you haven't read the first book I would HIGHLY recommend it. Its like Indiana Jones in space - who can beat that? Whilst I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, it was a fantastic read! It was the same awesome mix of sci-fi, fantasy and lots of action. Everything I enjoyed about the first book was here. I laughed out loud, gasped and really loved some of the witty one-liners from Lyra and her mum. Laughing out loud in a book like this made me enjoy it so much more. We follow our main character Lyra, who has to assume a new identity to protect herself, to a new planet called Yulin. She builds her relationships with Niall, his father, her parents and others on the base whilst hiding from the man who tried to kill her, Jarren (a previous friend). We learn a lot more about the warriors and the shadow-blobs. The plot develops well, isn't rushed and by the end I was hanging on the edge of my seat. What I like most about these books is that Maria V. Snyder doesn't take things too seriously. She has characters that have depth but you can still enjoy reading and actually have a laugh at. They are enjoyable to read and are full of life. The action of this book picked up significantly in the second half and I quickly devoured the book, along with the super sweet romance moments which I lived for. Maria V. Snyder has a way of writing addictive books and this is no exception. If you like Indiana Jones, tomb raider, sci-fi with awesome action and subtle romance this series is for you!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jem

    I really enjoyed book 2 of this series, it had a good pace too it and had me enthralled right up until the end. When I finished I stared at the page willing the next book to appear, I have so many questions 😅 it was again told from the point of view of the main character, Lyra. We remain on the same planet, Yulin but we start to learn more about how things work with the Q-net and why the terracotta warriors are on the planets in the galaxy. Not 100% sure how accurate the science is, being as spa I really enjoyed book 2 of this series, it had a good pace too it and had me enthralled right up until the end. When I finished I stared at the page willing the next book to appear, I have so many questions 😅 it was again told from the point of view of the main character, Lyra. We remain on the same planet, Yulin but we start to learn more about how things work with the Q-net and why the terracotta warriors are on the planets in the galaxy. Not 100% sure how accurate the science is, being as space travel is mostly uncharted territory in the real world it was probably a bit difficult to research it, but for me it made sense. 😊 It was filled with a few heart stopping moments as well as a few laugh out loud moments. . After the events of book 1 we see Lyra grow and begin to understand more of the Q-net and how she can use it to stop their enemy from destroying the base and the Galaxy as they know it. Her parents are still there with her, as I said with the first one it was refreshing to see a characters parents still alive and being typical parents. Lyra is learning her place within the base and working on her relationships with others in the base, who perhaps aren't as happy with her bluntness and ideas sometimes 😊 All the characters were relatable and there was some good banter throughout the book too. . Overall an enjoyable read and I can't wait for the next book 😁 also how gorgeous is the cover 😍 matches the first one so well 😁

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Gagne

    Thank you to Harlequin Romance YA for an advanced copy of this book. I adore the characters in this series. I absolutely love the humor. Those things were definitely continued on from the first book and I'm grateful for that. I find the Q-net and the warriors fascinating and I'm always wanting to learn more about what each of these things can do. Unfortunately though I was disappointed in this book. I hate to admit that because I loved book one so much. I was fairly bored through most of this. It b Thank you to Harlequin Romance YA for an advanced copy of this book. I adore the characters in this series. I absolutely love the humor. Those things were definitely continued on from the first book and I'm grateful for that. I find the Q-net and the warriors fascinating and I'm always wanting to learn more about what each of these things can do. Unfortunately though I was disappointed in this book. I hate to admit that because I loved book one so much. I was fairly bored through most of this. It became repetitive after awhile. Ara spent so much time thinking of “What if” scenarios (Super relatable) that by the time the event/action happened it was sort of a let down in comparison to what could have happened. She also is generally right in most of her theories so I didn't feel there were many surprises. I am eager for the next book though because I do really love the characters and I’m curious to see where it goes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Amazon *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Chasing the Shadows is the second installment in author Maria V. Synder's Sentinels of the Galaxy. It has been 8 days since Lyra Daniel's funeral. It has been 8 days since Lyra took up the name Ara Yinhexi Lawrence in order to keep the fact that she is alive from Jarren, the looter/former friend who tried to kill her. If he finds out she's alive, he will come after her again. Ara is now Junior Security Officer Lawrence work *Source* Amazon *Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Chasing the Shadows is the second installment in author Maria V. Synder's Sentinels of the Galaxy. It has been 8 days since Lyra Daniel's funeral. It has been 8 days since Lyra took up the name Ara Yinhexi Lawrence in order to keep the fact that she is alive from Jarren, the looter/former friend who tried to kill her. If he finds out she's alive, he will come after her again. Ara is now Junior Security Officer Lawrence working with the Chief of Security Tace Radcliff and his son Niall. As you may recall, Ara's parent's are renown archaeologists who focus on Terra Cotta Warriors who were originally found in China in 1974. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lizz

    Chasing the shadows is book 2 in the sentinels of the galaxy series by Maria V. Snyder. I sometimes find with sequels they back track a lot and spend a fair amount of time on what happened previously instead of continuing on with the story, however Snyder doesn’t do that. Chasing the shadows jumped straight into the action, with enough detail to remind you of what’s happened, but leaving you still unsure of what is to come and I loved that. I binge read this in a day! Since I haven’t read anythin Chasing the shadows is book 2 in the sentinels of the galaxy series by Maria V. Snyder. I sometimes find with sequels they back track a lot and spend a fair amount of time on what happened previously instead of continuing on with the story, however Snyder doesn’t do that. Chasing the shadows jumped straight into the action, with enough detail to remind you of what’s happened, but leaving you still unsure of what is to come and I loved that. I binge read this in a day! Since I haven’t read anything from her in a while, I forgot how much I enjoyed her story telling and world building. The characters stand out on their own and all have their own story to tell, while coming together. And the covers of both Chasing the Shadows and Navigating the stars are just gorgeous! Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy of Chasing the Shadows!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kaffeeklatsch and Books

    I was extremely excited for this as I loved the first book, but it was mostly boring. I was constantly waiting for some action or bigger twist or turn. Unfortunately I feel this has some pacing issues. It's mostly about Lyra/Ara training and worming in the Qnet for the first 45% and then we get tiny slivers of why Jarren is attacking and some more clues regarding the warriors until 80%. Lots of parents staring and disapproving of things and we don't even get any romance scenes. Every time I think I was extremely excited for this as I loved the first book, but it was mostly boring. I was constantly waiting for some action or bigger twist or turn. Unfortunately I feel this has some pacing issues. It's mostly about Lyra/Ara training and worming in the Qnet for the first 45% and then we get tiny slivers of why Jarren is attacking and some more clues regarding the warriors until 80%. Lots of parents staring and disapproving of things and we don't even get any romance scenes. Every time I think they're finally going further, they get inerrupted. That quite frankly made me mad and unsatisfied. The ending (the last 8% of the book) is too short and rushed. I'm hoping that the next book is better paced and not as boring to read. Dear M V Snyder, please don't let me down. I love your books.

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