The Shadow By Marianne Curley… I’m Freaking the F**k Out

When I sat down to write a post about Chelsey and my adventures this past weekend at Ad Astra, I didn’t realize my entire life was about to take a dramatic shift.

Let me set the scene. I was procrastinating writing by doing tedious website maintenance stuff (I do this a lot); which lead me to clicking on an old review for Marianne Curley’s The Named. It was a review I wrote from memory to go along with a really silly April Fools Day video.

This of course got me thinking about Marianne Curley and led me to clicking on her Goodreads profile to see if she’d written anything new recently.


Queue a freak out. And this spam text to Chelsey.

The next few minutes had me searching everywhere online for a copy.

The Guardians of Time holds a special place in my heart. Chelsey recommended the series to me when we were in high school together and I devoured them. I remember sneaking into the break room during my camp counciller job to read The Dark (my personal favourite of the series). These books burned t heir way through our friend group and for years we were OBSESSED. I can remember spending hours on the internet searching for anything to do with the series.

Which leads to the main draw of these books. The one character who we all cherished and crushed on. Who’s name I still use as a handle on many websites. The blue haired, purple eyed perfect man: Arkarian. If you were to take a time machine back to 2006 and were to ask me what I considered the most romantic novel of all time, I would hand you The Dark. I loved that book. I loved that blue haired man.

After I got over my initial wave of excitement and the book was safely ordered, I really started to think. Will this book hold up? Would the series hold up to the memory I had of it? It’s been over ten years since I first picked up the Guardians of Time. A lot has happened since now and then. I’m a completely different person than I was ten years ago.

I guess the only way to find out is to revisit the series. So fingers crossed that it lives up to my memory. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.

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