Saturday, December 3, 2011

When the Shadows Began to Dance by Yamaya Cruz

Nelly Reyes, a young girl struggling with schizophrenia, feels like she is being haunted by the shadows, the buried souls of the past.  The shadows are all-consuming and have destroyed everyone she has ever loved.  After witnessing the deaths of her loved ones, she is convinced that she will never survive; until she is guided by the spirits of her past and begins to understand 'The secret of their survival.' Then, and only then, is she able to tap into a source that is powerful and all-encompassing.  A power that enables her to overcome the darkness that exists within. 

What a powerful and engrossing tale! Once you pick this book up, you won't be able to put it back down. The haunting story of Nelly and her ancestry will keep you glued to page after page. This is not a simple, light entertaining story. This is emotionally and mentally deep and will make you struggle to keep up with Nelly's mental stability as well as questioning your own.

This is a must-read for anyone who's interested in the fractured mind and how it works. Not only that, the way that Cruz writes makes you wonder who's really right. Is there actually anything wrong with Nelly's mind or is she truly haunted? Perhaps the visions she sees are real. After all, sometimes a nightmare is more than a nightmare. Read this book for yourself and watch Nelly conquer herself and her fears, whether they be real or not.

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