Review: A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge


Book Blurb: When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.

97815098375402Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.

Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.

And now there’s a ghost inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

Hello everyone! My final review from 2017! How exciting!

I admit that this book was a total impulse buy due to the BEAUTIFUL cover AND the fact that I found a signed copy. I HAVE NO SELF-CONTROL! With that being said, this book was amazing and does not get enough hype!

It was hand’s down one of the best books that I have read this year… yes it even beat out John Green’s new release. It really is that good! This was my first time reading a book by Frances Hardinge and to be 100% honest, I am already dying to get my hands on more of her books. Especially her book The Lie Tree which won the Costa Book of the Year award for 2015.

So what makes this book so special, you may ask? Well let me tell you! Hardinge’s  writing is PERFECT. It holds your attention for hours, sucks you right into the world, you fall in love and grow deep hatred for characters, and can’t bring yourself to put her work down. It is just so magical and descriptive, unlike anything I have ever read. I could go on and on but I will just follow my normal structure for reviews – let’s begin!


  1. The length. Alright guys, it’s 415 pages. Meaning 415 pages of magic that you will never get tired of and can’t stop turning to read more.
  2. The ghosts. I have never read a book before that described ghosts in such a beautiful, delicate, and powerful way. They weren’t just ghosts, they were the souls that drove the story and brought Makepeace to everything that she battled and grew from.


  1. The main character. Makepeace is amazing. Seriously guys, I don’t know how Hardginge came up with such a strong and beautiful character for this plot but she did and wow did she succeed! If you are a fan of Eleven from Stranger Things and you like stories that include “witchcraft”, definitely check this one out.
  2. Complete plot. From beginning, middle, to end, I was on my toes, struggling to put this book down. Can I think of anything that I wanted more of, expected but didn’t get, or wasn’t thrilled by? Honest, not really. You can tell how much work Hardinge put into this whole story and it truly shows that her two years of writing it was well worth it.
  3. The unexpected surprises. Family secrets, magic, impressive characters, and massive plot changes. What more could you ask for? Looking at the length of this book and the time span that it covers, Hardinge did an amazing job handling all of the twists and turns. Every time something unexpected happened, I just fell in love with the book even more.
  4. The history. This story includes puritans, inheritance, rich/controlling families, poverty caused by war, and camp fever (more commonly know as epidemic typhus). Although the war and families included in this story are not exactly factual, all of it still matches events that have happened in history and forms a world for you that is believable.


  1. The ending. Now hear me out on this one. Did I love the ending? Yes. Was it what I expected? Yes and no – yes in a satisfactory sense, no in the sense of it still holding surprises. I just felt like it was rushed. Seeing as the book is 415 pages, it could have easily been an extra five or even thirty more pages. It just ended so quick that I felt like Hardinge must have cut it too close to her deadline and had to rush a well-thought-out ending in simply one chapter. I JUST WANTED MORE, OKAY?!

Would I suggest this book to a friend?: Yes, a million times yes!

Am I dying to read more Frances Hardinge books?: Yes and I already know that I will have to fight myself to not buy one any time soon.




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