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Shadow Town (Maggie Lane Chronicles, #1)

Shadow Town (Maggie Lane Chronicles, #1) - Robyn  Jones ****The author provided me with a copy of this book for my honest review****
Maggie is your typical nineteen year old girl, she manages the uber exclusive Pearl Estates that's owned by her alcoholic, abusive father and filled with people that she refers to as Shadows. There are a few regular humans who live in the community that she helps out financially by working in a skeevy bar because she refuses to touch her inheritance. Her life is turned upside down when a new Shadow moves in, then a waitress/friend goes missing, secrets from every ones past come out along with lies that change everything. What are the Shadows? Who took the waitress and why? Can Maggie figure all this out, deal with a new relationship and find the strength to get over the demons of her past? I absolutely loved this book, from the first pages I was hooked with Maggie's sassy sarcastic I don't give a crap exterior that hides this scarred girl with a protective streak a mile wide and a penchant for helping children. Maggie is different from the typical new adult/young adult heroine while yes most of the men in the story do lust/want her there is an actual reason for it, yes she is a beautiful girl with a good body, but she also has this great personality and is a fighter to the core. There are a lot of male characters in this story each one of them has a different and distinct personality that adds a little something to the story. My favorite ones were Damon and Branden, the love interest, and the best friend they were understanding of all Maggies quirks and just let her be whom she needed to be while at the same time offering her the support she did not know she needed. There is such a wide cast of characters in this book that I could on for a long time about each and every one of them; there are evil people, misguided people, crazy people, creepy bartenders, lots of Shadows, hot cops, teenagers and a sweet yet feisty grandma lady, plus more people each of them touched in someway by Maggie. I enjoyed getting to know all the different characters in this book, I loved how the author wrote them to have such stand out personalities that even as the story progressed you weren't confused, there could be a scene with half the characters in the room and I would not have to stop when one of them would speak and think "who is that again?" The beginning of the book was a bit slow because of the world building and then later on it slowed down again, I actually liked it this way because as I said before I liked the characters so for me it was nice to get to know them and then later on to see them be normal, well normal for them. My only problem with this book was the ending there was a cliffhanger, Ugh how I loathe the time between now and when the next book comes out, all I can say is Robyn write fast for the love of my sanity I don't even care if the book is edited when you send it to me just as long as I get my Maggie fix :)