Book Review: Shadow Flames by Jina S. Bazzar

About the Book:

Title: Shadow Flames

Author: Jina S. Bazzar

Series: Shadow Walker

Page Length: 235

Publication Date: Jan. 6, 2023

Synopsis: Melaina’s escape plan fell by the wayside. She’s entrapped in the tenacious clutches of the very people she’s been running from.
Yet, when she finds the opportunity to damn the Resistance and set herself free, she withholds vital information. Deep in her heart, she believes in their cause.
Torn between a life on the run, the Resistance, and helping the Houses prevent a war, Melaina finally makes a choice . . . but it’s much too late.
The lives of loved ones are on the line. And now, to save them all, she must surrender to the beast within–even if it means losing herself.

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My Review:

Oh my word, this series! I don’t know if my heart can take all the twists and turns, shocking surprises, and fast-paced action. It’s the kind of series that grabs you right from the start and doesn’t let go. It’s engrossing and intense, and the suspense is off the charts. There’s never a dull moment for Melaina as she fights to protect those she loves and unveils a treacherous plot that could change everything.

Melaina continues to be a strong and fierce protagonist. The story begins while Melaina is being held captive by a group that wants to benefit from her powers. Like the other books, Melaina realizes that there aren’t many people she can trust. She also learns that the ploy for power is much more complex than ever, and no one and nowhere is safe. Melaina’s gone through and continues to go through so much, but she never gives up. She’s guided by her love of and determination to protect those she cares about, but she realizes that sometimes that isn’t enough.

Of course, one of my favorite parts of the story is the romance. I adore this second-chance romance, though I worry for their future, especially after what happened in this book. Fingers crossed Melaina and Bradley will find happiness. Other characters are also compelling, and I’m excited to find out more about each of them because I have a feeling that some might not make it out alive, and I’m stressed!

The story definitely makes you think about who the real monsters are. Monsters certainly come in all different forms, and sometimes the worst monsters are the ones you don’t expect. There are so many morally grey characters and groups, which makes the story so intriguing. Just when I thought I had someone or something figured out, the story went in an entirely different direction. I love stories that keep me on my toes, and between the high-stakes action, the intense plot, and the unexpected twists and revelations, I was captivated from the start. And the ending of this book! That cliffhanger made me desperate to get my hands on the next book.

I would most definitely recommend this series to readers who enjoy dystopian fantasies, and I’m so thankful to Jina S. Bazzar for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The action.
  • The suspense.
  • The romance.

Favorite Line:

Their way wasn’t the right way. I didn’t know the right way, I didn’t even know if there was a better way, but war wasn’t the answer. History had proven time and again that nothing could be gained from it, while everything could be lost.


This isn’t a standalone, so I would recommend reading the first two books in the series before starting this one.

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