Title: Fading into the Shadows Author: Kelly Hashway Genre: Young Adult Release Day: January 16, 2017
Blog Tour: January 23 - 29
About Fading into the Shadows
Avery looked over his limbs, and his eyes widened at the sight of his left arm. He raised it, squeezed his fist, and tested it against his other hand, seeing just how much he could feel with his faded arm. After a few seconds, he lowered his arm again and met my eyes. I’d thought I’d lost Avery once, when he was kidnapped. It nearly tore me to pieces. I couldn’t possibly lose him for real this time. I had to get him out of this place. And fast.
“Come on.” I tugged on his good arm. “We’re getting Melanie to open the portal, and we’re sending you home. Bobson said people go back to normal in their own worlds. We just have to get you home. Then everything will be fine.” I dragged him to the doorway before he dug in his heels and stopped, jolting me back with him.
He grabbed me by the shoulders, which felt weird since one of his hands wasn’t fully there anymore. “Ella, slow down. You’re talking so fast I can barely keep up.”
“We don’t have time to slow down.” Why wasn’t he more freaked out? This wasn’t difficult to understand. You fade away to nothing, and that’s it. You’re nothing! “Do you really want to risk fading away completely? ’Cause I’m not about to watch you die.”
He wrapped me in a hug. “I’m not going to die. We’ll figure it out. I promise. But please calm down. You’re going to send everyone into a panic.” He nodded slightly toward the boys who were starting to stare at us.
I pulled away and stepped right outside the doorway so they couldn’t see us. “We should be panicking. This is serious.” I tried to lower my voice as best as I could, but it wasn’t easy to freak out in whispers.
“You’re not acting like it.”
“We have a job to do, Ell. I can’t think about this right now.” He raised his hand, squeezing his fist again. “I have to come up with a plan to fix things here so we can get back home before it’s too late.”
I couldn’t believe he still wanted to stay and help Melanie. It was absurd. Why would he risk his life like this for her? I was about to let him have it when I saw Melanie walk by. No doubt she was heading to her room, away from the unsightly injured and fading boys. I let go of Avery’s arm and ran after her.
“Ella,” Avery called after me, but I ignored him. If he wouldn’t listen to me, I’d make Melanie listen to me.
“Melanie!” I yelled. “We need to talk. Now!”
Melanie turned, looking annoyed. “What is it, Ella? I’m very busy. And there’s no need to yell.”
“I don’t care how busy you are. These kids are fading. Avery is fading. You need to open the portal and send them home. Now!”