Friday, September 27, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Shantallow by Cara Martin

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Cara Martin's Shantallow! On our tour stop today, we have my thoughts/review on this chilling YA horror. We even have a tour-wide giveaway to share! Check out all the blog tour festivities by following the tour, HERE, and grab your copy now!!!

Young Adult
Publish Date:
May 26, 2019

Tanvi isn’t the girl of Misha’s dreams; she’s the girl from his nightmares. She has appeared in his chilling dreams before he even meets her; when he DOES meet her, he falls for her.

Their relationship turns stormy, bordering on abusive, and takes a dramatic turn when they are held captive by a group hoping to extract money from Tanvi’s wealthy family.

But there is something more sinister at work, and the kidnappers and their victims find themselves struggling for survival as a supernatural force from Misha’s nightmares makes itself known in the real world.



**About the Author**
Cara Martin is the author of several acclaimed novels for young people published under the name C. K. Kelly Martin. Her most recent novel, Stricken, was released in 2017.

A graduate of the Film Studies program at York University, Cara has lived in the Greater Toronto Area and Dublin, Ireland. Within the space of 3500 miles she’s worked a collection of quirky jobs at multiple pubs and video stores, an electricity company, a division of the Irish post office, a London toyshop, and an advertising analytics company. She’s also been an image editor for a dot-com startup that didn’t survive the 90s, and a credit note clerk for Canada's largest national distributor of General Merchandise.

Cara currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and is still afraid of the Child Catcher from the film adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

Stay connected with Cara Martin


*My Thoughts*

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Let's see... How do I begin. Shantallow is broken up in to three parts. All of which is told in Misha's point of view. I would say that part one and three are set in the present. Then there's part two which goes into Misha and Tanvi's past and relationship... all before what took place in part one and what is taking place in part three. In the beginning, in part one, I guess it sets up the suspense of what is to come and what has been happening to Misha with regards to his nightmares. It is clear that there is a connection with his nightmares and what is happening with him and Tanvi. Then there is part two which read as a YA romance as readers are taken through Misha and Tanvi's relationship. When we get to part three, it starts off where part one left one... The kidnapping and such. Anyways, things go dark and creepy quickly as they are taken. And, I am not kidding when I say it got creepy... like under the skin kind of creepiness. It's giving me shivers as I write this review.

Shantallow has great word-building and well-developed characters which created a dark and chilling story creepy enough to bring shivers down my spine. The horror feel was a lot more prominent in part three; however, I did not care for the hurried ending. I felt that more needed to be told to end this horror story. In the end, I found that Shantallow is an intriguing horror story that will invoke all the spookiness and creepiness needed to get readers to hide under the covers...haha!!! This is a good read for the Halloween season! 

My rating:


***The Giveaway***

Giveaway Open Internationally
Note: Not Responsible for Lost & Damaged Prizes in Your Mail Box

Blog Tour Organized by


  1. This sounds super creepy and right up my alley! Great review, Jasmine!

    1. This definitely is a creepy and spooky read. Perfect for the Halloween season. :)