#PBwkendread Review: Shadows at Sunset: Book 1 of the Sunset Trilogy by Tonya Royston

26485676Title: Shadows at Sunset
Author: Tonya Royston
Published: July 27, 2015
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Pages: 304
Review: Paperback from author
Genre: YA
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 

She never thought her ability to communicate with wild animals was anything more than a unique gift. But this gift is tied to a long history of secrets that threaten to shatter her one chance at true love... Laken Sumner isn't your average teenager. Ever since she realized that wild animals could hear her thoughts, she's spent more time in the woods with them than with other children. Even her wolf is a better friend to her than most people. She trusts him-so much so that she follows him out into the wilderness in the middle of the night to find a lost little boy. But the boy's disappearance is only the beginning. The one bright spot in her life is Noah Lawson, the handsome new town deputy. Charming and mature, he almost seems too good to be true. Then she meets Xander Payne, the new boy at school, who seems to know something about her. But how could that be possible? As strange things begin to happen in her sleepy New England town, Laken wonders if Xander has something to do with it. Or is it just a coincidence that danger targets her soon after he arrives?

I received this book to give an honest review.

This book is a good one for teenagers to enjoy there is no violence, no sex scenes, bad language it is a clean book.
I should also state that that the cover is beautiful. I love the colors and the way it pops out to you. 
 We are introduced to Laken who is becoming a senior she is normal minus the fact she can talk to animals and they seem to understand her. Ever since she was a child she has been able to do this though she has never known why and it has helped her befriend a wolf she has named Dakota. 
When one night Dakota and her search for a missing boy that is when her life becomes a bit different. She is being called a hero, and has the catches the eye of two guys. One being the new town deputy Noah and the other being the new guy Xander. Each one is different in their own way and she is really starting to like Noah but it seems Xander is giving her feelings as well. Though Xander seems to be hiding something but it isn't clear what it is exactly. While dealing with her feelings and school she is starting to notice that there is more wolves roaming around and a mysterious shadow of what looks like man. What does this all mean? 
Now I would highly give this book a five but I felt it lacked on the explanation of what is going on exactly. Is this a werewolf book or something to do with the paranormal? Or is it just about Laken speaking with animals, finding love and possibly avoiding danger that is there but we don't know why. 
Is what Laken can do heredity? As I don't believe her parents know what she can do but I would think a secret like that is hard to hide from your parents for a long time. 
I can only hope that things come around and we get some answers as to what is going on in this New England town in the next book.

Tonya Royston

Tonya Royston lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, son, two dogs, and two horses. Although she dreamed of writing novels at a young age, she was diverted away from that path years ago and built a successful career as a contracts manager for a defense contractor in the Washington, DC area. She resurrected her dream of writing in 2013 and hasn't stopped since the first words of The Sunset Trilogy were unleashed.
When she isn't writing, Tonya spends time with her family. She enjoys skiing, horseback riding, and anything else that involves the outdoors.

More information about Tonya and her upcoming endeavors can be found at www.tonyaroyston.com.


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