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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

REVIEW: The Shadow by Kelly Green


Smart and sassy Abby Grace is a seventeen-year-old with a talent for getting out of trouble. Sent to repair the lives and loves of teenagers on the edge of disaster, Abby is the perfect girl for the job. She has everything going for her… except one thing: a body.

This fast-paced and exciting episode is the first installment in an ongoing mystery series with a supernatural twist.

Episode 1

When Abby Grace wakes up in the back of a van, she has no idea who she is, how she got there, or why anyone would want to kidnap her. After escaping her masked captors, she hurries home, only to discover that she unknowingly left her younger brother behind in the van. Unable to answer the police’s questions with her memories gone, she retreats to the safety of her bedroom where she tries to reconstruct her life. Just as she is settling into the belief that things will one day return to normal, she looks in the mirror—and sees a stranger’s face.


As Abby learns next, she has become a Shadow, sent to inhabit the lives of strangers in trouble. With nothing to go on except the vague hints of her cute but maddening Guardian, a 19th century ghostly teenager named Will, Abby sets out to rescue the missing brother. But she will need all of her intelligence, fearlessness, and wit, because if she fails to find him in time, she will remain trapped in this unfamiliar body forever.


Book: The Shadow by Kelly Green
Release Date: October 17, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal / Young Adult
Series: Borrowing Abby Grace, #1
Obtained: From the author in exchange for an honest review
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I picked up this book mostly because the author had sent the ebook to me recently enough that it was toward the top of my emails and I didn't have a clue what I wanted to read at the time, but I was truly shocked by how much I loved it.

Whenever I finish a book at night--which is when I usually finish books, for some reason--no matter how late it is, I make myself read at least the first few pages of the next book I'm going to read because I'm a lot less likely to procrastinate if I've already started it. So, when I started reading The Shadow at around 2am, I expected to read a few pages and go to sleep like a normal human being. Instead, I stayed up until 5am reading, and finished the book during breakfast the next morning. I just couldn't put it down.

What really hooked me was the amazing pacing. There was never a slow moment, and therefore, never a moment when it felt like a good place to put the book down for the night! I was so shocked when I looked at the clock and saw what time it was!

Abby was a cute character, and I can't wait to learn more about her in the later installments of this series. I've already read the second, and the third is very high up on my list of books I need to read ASAP. Needless to say, this series has me hooked, and I definitely recommend the short, fast-paced books to any fans of YA lit.