Possession (Song and Shadow) – Annie Oldham (Review)

Title: Possession (Song and Shadow, #1)
Author: Annie Oldham
Publisher: Annie Oldham, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal

**I received a copy of this book free from Ebooksforreview.com and the author in exchange for an honest review**

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA’s Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

So I saw the blurb from ebooksforreview, one of my favorite reviewing sites (I’ve met great authors through the program), and I had to read this. Unlike the last book that tricked me with its #coverlove, this time it was all about the content, baby!

Necromancers! Yay!

I signed up and received both books in the series so far: Possession and Illusion. I’ll definitely be following this one up with the next book in the Song and Shadow series!

I’ll dive right in and stop keeping you in suspense, as I know you must be dying to know about this book. Right? (It’s the dead bird 🐦 on the cover, am I right?)

Ok. So…let’s talk about Constance.

Not a quote from the book. Just for funzies.
Constance is a typical teen, if you consider hiding behind your hair and only having one friend typical. She knows she must give off the freak vibe because Greta is The only friend she has, and Greta is semi-popular. When Seth, a football player and Calculus underachiever, needs a tutor, the teacher volunteers Constance (or Con as Greta and her family calls her) to be his tutor. She wouldn’t mind so much if his girlfriend, Seline, wasn’t such a b-word. (Rhymes with “witch” cause I run a respectable site here, guys). 

Seth makes it obvious he will not tolerate Con’s attempts to reason with him about Seline. They butt heads on multiple occasions. She thinks Seline is horrible, and she uses every opportunity to make fun of Con. But Seth (in so many words) implies that maybe Con is asking for it. Nice, right? 

As the study sessions fail, Con notices her mother looking worse for wear. Turns out, Constance is a necromancer just like her mom, and something crazy is going on in town. Now, her mom needs her help and has to teach Con the trade. Graves are being vandalized and bodies are going missing.

But Constance doesn’t want to be a necromancer. She just wants to be a normal teen. With normal friends. 

Is that too much for a girl to ask?

Is It Classroom-Appropriate?

Yes, it’s actually quite relatable for teens. Con is the outcast, though she can get a little whiny at times. And the necromancing is interesting…nothing “satanic” about it as that could be a problem in some classrooms. I don’t see this as much of a educational book, though. I see this more as a recreational read that could inspire stubborn or reluctant readers, especially those who don’t “fit in” with the crowd in school. I would keep the book out of the curriculum to avoid any parents worrying about the necromancy thing (you remember how they used to react to Harry Potter, right?). This would be more a book I would want to keep on the shelf in my reading library in class for kids to pick up when they are done with work or have a desire to read.

Age Range:

As a self-published book, this one is not going to show up on Lexile. So I would say that this could even be appropriate for middle grade: I would suggest 7th grade and up, or about 13. Nothing inappropriate going on here, and pretty much no romance (I kinda hope that changes in the next book cause I like me some romance). It’s a safe read. I’d let my niece read this, and that is almost always my go-to test for appropriate reading since she’s 12 years old. (She’s a more advanced reader, but she likes Miss Peregrine’s House for Peculiar Children and I think this one is not similar per se, as I haven’t read Peregrine, but just as fun and harmless. 

End Result:

Though we have seen the teenage outcast special girl trope before, I actually liked this one. The difference here is that Constance never becomes the popular girl. She isn’t happy having only one friend, but she also doesn’t become popular or learn a lesson or think she’s a “speshul snowflake” either. She hates the idea of being a necromancer. And that’s what made the book readable. 

If I found out I was a necromancer, I would be like, “Cool! Let’s get some people living again!” So I like that this goes in a completely different direction, and I was pleasantly surprised. Plus, Oldham is a very good writer and I got sucked into the story right away. That’s always a plus. (I will warn you that Constance can be a pain sometimes, but she’s also a teenager, and I’m sure I was a pain as a teenager too).

So I give Possession ★★★★☆. A solid four star book. 

Which translates to…

Now that I’m done with that, let’s find a cool Necromancer picture! 

Pimp Necromancer rising the dead
Steampunk Necromancer?
Anime Necromancer!
My Necromancer Kit!
You know how the saying goes…
And of course…

Me! As a Necromancer! Yay!!

That was fun! 

Happy Reading, y’all!

42 thoughts on “Possession (Song and Shadow) – Annie Oldham (Review)

    1. Yeah I’m trying that Beat The Backlist challenge to make sure I read some older books…but I’m also doing the Netgalley challenge, so they kinda cancel themselves out, lol. But I want to clear out some of my ARCs before I request more.

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  1. I love you as a Necromancer. You’ve made this review fun to read ! I’m glad you liked it. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go and look up what a necromancer does exactly (blonde you know). I have a pretty good idea, bringing back the dead?, but I have no idea how exactly ;-).

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    1. That’s pretty much it: bringing back the dead…I didn’t want to give away too much in this book but it mainly involves runes and candles.
      You like my necromancer fashion show? Me too!! Lol!
      I like the kit too…can you imagine? Eeeeww…😂🤣😂😂

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  2. The pictures are just fab.. love the steampunk necromancer!
    This sounds like a super interesting book and the cover is sadly beautiful. I love birds… they’re so adorable.. the tiny, fat, fluffy ones are just so cute! 🙂
    Ha, and the necromancer kit.. can you imagine going traveling with it? In the airport the security be like- Yo, wtf is this? 😀

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    1. Yeah that would be a little awkward…”I use this for my necromancy…” at the airport security!! 😂🤣😂
      I had to share some pics to make up for the dead 💀 bird 🐦 on the cover!!
      I’m reading the sequel now bc I didn’t realize I was supposed to review both! Oops! Lol!

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      1. Really creep them out, smile and say “Your grandmother sends her regards!” LOL!!! Okay, this only works if they’re the right age, but……. sigh, I’ve been corrupted by Georgie RR because that was just cruel. 😦

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    1. Really? People on the blogs seem to read a lot quicker than me!
      Thank you, though! This past year I didn’t have a blog or other activities so I read much more…this year will prob have a lot less reading done bc of blog hopping and social media. But I do try!

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  3. Really enjoyed your review and the pics you chose to accompany this! You have a knack for that 😉 I am a fan of necromancers, but I prefer the really dark kind that are probably (no definitely not age appropriate for the classroom). This sounds intriguing though. How much of the actual story would you say focuses on her abilities as a necromancer? Is a lot of that overshadowed by her desire not to be? Always picking your brain for my daughter haha ❤

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    1. I think a lot is focused on the Necromancer gig. I’m actually reading the sequel to it bc I got two books for review, so this one will definitely focus on it more.
      I think she may want to be normal, but her desire to help her mother overrides the concern. Also, her father worries it will be dangerous so she doesn’t want to upset him. I think this would be a good one for a teen. I really do.

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    2. Hey, that’s what I’m here for! Pick at me all you want!
      I can’t guarantee she will love it bc everyone has diff taste, but I can guarantee age level/appropriate content! I’ll never let what happened to my niece happen to anyone else if I can avoid it!

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  4. Christy Luis

    So glad to hear that you found a decent read to make up for the two awful ones! I love those necromancer pics at the end. Especially the “pimp necromancer” 🙃

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    1. Aren’t they great? I love them all!
      I love some the pics that came up, and I found an interesting series…I don’t remember the name of it, but if you google search teenage Necromancer (I was originally trying to find someone I could use as Constance), this series comes up with a red cover and it looks awesome! The first one is read with a bird I think, and the second one is blue with a wolf, and Necromancer is in the title. I wish I remember what it’s called…I will rec it to you on Goodreads.

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      1. Christy Luis

        Oh yeah, I think I know which series you’re talking about! The one by Lish McBride? I think book 1 won the Morris debut award! Sounds like a good series.

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      2. That’s the one! “Hold me closer, Necromancer!” Sounds awesome!
        Btw…you were in my spam…you are NEVER in my approve comment folder! I am wondering if Askimet has lost their mind since they did that to me recently again!

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  5. I feel like if I turned out to be a necromancer I’d be a little freaked out at first but eventually my reaction would be the same as yours. Lets go out and bring people back from the dead! 🙂
    Great review Stephanie, this sounds like an interesting book and I’m glad you enjoyed it more than the last one you reviewed. Constance sounds like an interesting character and even though I haven’t read this book yet myself I agree with you on liking a little romance in my books as well, not enough to overshadow the plot but enough to be there you know?
    Also I love the necromancer pictures you featured as well! 😀

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    1. Yay! I’m glad you liked the pics. There’s very little for this book as it is an indie one, so I wanted to jazz it up a bit. This one helped me get over my funk about Shadows of the Forest and Slumber.
      Now I’m reading The Careful Undressing of You from Penguin First To Read and the sequel to this one (apparently I was supposed to review both and had a blonde moment!).
      So glad you liked the review. You always make me feel like I do a good job: I don’t feel complete until I see a comment from you, lol! 😊😘

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      1. Well those pictures definitely succeeded jazzing up your review, not that I really felt it needed it, and yeah it’s great it pulled you out of your funk as well.
        I’m guessing as you’re reading it now your blonde moment is over? Either way I hope you’re enjoying this second one as well.
        Aww thanks Stephanie, I’m glad you feel that way, I definitely look forwards to seeing comments from you on my WordPress notification feed! 😀

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    2. Yes, I’m reading it now and I let the company know I am doing that because I really love ebooksforreview. I’ve found some of my best author friends that way! It’s how I met Tenille Berezay!
      Yeah…trying to pay more attention from now on! 😘
      And I always love your comments bc it’s how we talk!

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  6. This sounds so interesting! Is it terrible that I didn’t know what a necromancer was at first? I feel like I’ve heard the word somewhere. In fact, I know I have but I couldn’t remember what it meant 🙈. Either way, I’m thinking I’ll be adding this to my TBR. Not sure I would like Seth but I’m definitely interested in the other aspects of the story. And I’m completely with you on needing a little romance. Some books I’m good without it but for the most part romance spices a story up in the best way lol. Great review, Stephanie! Also, I love the pictures you included. 😊

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    1. Thank you, darling!! And no, it isn’t just you who doesn’t know necromancy. I only figured it out from the roots: necro in my medical terminology class meant dead, and mancy is a root meaning dance, I believe. So it literally translates to “death dancer.” Kinda cool, huh?
      I am reading the sequel now and so far so good!!

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  7. Usually most characters that find out they’re special/have a gift, never like it or embrace it. Usually it’s quite the opposite. So, for me, Constance is acting like the majority of other characters I’ve read, and that’s totally fine. But it would be nice if someone would be like “Cool! Let’s do it!” like you said you would hahaha

    Overall, I really enjoyed your review and definitely will want to check this series out. Who knows what I’ll think of it? 🙂

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