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Within the Shadows (Shadow World #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  315 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman's life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Gi ...more
Kindle Edition, 3rd edition, 205 pages
Published April 19th 2014 (first published March 16th 2011)
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Giselle Bergman thought she had the perfect teenage life, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect best friend in the whole world and parents that loved her, even if they had a strange way of showing it. But her perfect life is about to come crashing down around her when she is sent a disc, what she sees makes her perfect life starts to come apart at the seams. Her boyfriend cheated on her with a girl who hates her, and her best friend turns out to not be wh
Nikki  Peterson
Sep 21, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it liked it
Julieanne's vamps can endure the light...and they don't sparkle.

Giselle's boyfriend Marc cheats on her one week before prom with the school's bicycle Evie (you know...everyone's had a ride...). Alex has been Giselle's best friend for 6 years. Helping to orchestrate Giselle's revenge he takes her to his home and gives her the choice of being his bride and incubator or death. What's a girl to do? So she travels to his native Armenia where she is introduced to his father, Leonide and his step-mothe
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 19, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it liked it
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: MC Blog Tour
Shelves: reviewed
Quick review:

Cover: Kind of creepy?
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 3
Overall: Confused by how I should take the story
Characters: Good
Plot: Very anti-romantic notions about vampires.
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont.? Probably
Recommend: Maybe
Book Boyfriend: Marc

SUMMARY (60 words or less)

I’m not sure what to think about this one. In the end, I had to view the story as an anti-Twilight or parody on vampires to get through. There were a lot of disturbing moments in this story. At some point I almost didn’t
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Jan 27, 2012 Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers) rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to be given the chance to review In The Shadows the book sounded amazing and I just LOVE the cover! Let me just say once I started I wasn't disappointed..

Wow! I was just blown away by this story. Julieanne Lynch knows how to captivate her audience, the storyline is beautifully written. The characters are so easy to connect with. There's just never a dull moment, so many twists and turns. I was there along for a truly thrilling adventure. I was glued to my kindle cause I just could
Nov 21, 2014 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Like a hungry wild animal, I devoured this book within a few days - generally over lunch breaks at work, and curled up with my cat. And I was not disappointed with what was inside the gorgeous cover.

The tale follows Giselle as her teenage existence starts to fall apart when boyfriend Marc makes a mistake. Running from the anger and pain, Giselle ends up down the proverbial rabbit hole, and finds herself in a world of beautiful and deadly muthological creatures. Commonly known to the world at lar
Khelsey Jackson
Jul 29, 2014 Khelsey Jackson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series
Giselle Bergman used to have everything she wanted in her life, a loving boyfriend and the perfect best friend. But when the man she loves betrays her, her world gets turned upside down. She finds out a deep dark secret about her best friend Alex, and he started to terrify her.
She is brought into a new world when she is transformed into a new breed of vampire, and forced into a new life with someone she doesn’t love. It’s hard for Giselle to trust anyone because everyone has hidden motives towar
Sep 17, 2011 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Julieanne's book "In the Shadows" is the first book in the Shadow's trilogy, and what a way to start off a series. This book had me sucked in right from page one. I haven't read Urban Fantasy before and was glad I once again went out of my comfort zone again. I have been doing that a lot lately, and haven't been dissapointed yet. It's allowed me to read new Author's and fantastic books like this one.

Its an easy read but pay attention so you don't miss all the twists and turns that are thrown at
Michelle Lewis
Sep 18, 2013 Michelle Lewis rated it really liked it
Book Talk Reviews

I was give'n a copy of Within the Shadows for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book,the story line was really good.

The main Character is high schooler Giselle Burgman. you would think her life is perfect,what with the perfect boy friend Marc and her best frind Alex,but I guess it's true what they say ,"never judge a book by it's cover".
As I was reading this story I started to feel so sorry for Giselle,she is t
Five Star Book Reviews
Jul 25, 2011 Five Star Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
"My place is unknown to me, but the desire to feed is my basic instinct"

REVIEW- This new and stunning novel, In the Shadows by Julieanne Lynch is truly a work of art. This masterpiece not only tells the story of a girl fighting against dark creatures for the ones she loves and her own basic freedom but introduces us to new breeds of vampires in which will truly blow you away!

When I first recieved this novel I had a huge tbr pile and was not sure if I would have time for it but when I read the op
Sep 17, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing

Giselle starts out as a normal 18 year old senior, in love with her boyfriend of four years. Her best friend Alex is always there for her, has been since they were 12. Her life was exactly what she expected and wanted, until Prom night.

She and her boyfriend were virgins, Prom night the secret comes out that her boyfriend cheated. Trying to escape, Alex gives her little choice but to come with him and he will take care of her. Little did she know that meant becoming a blood and soul sucking vamp
Wanda Hartzenberg
Sep 09, 2012 Wanda Hartzenberg rated it really liked it
I am going to do something I hate doing; I am going to mention another book in relation to this one. Do you know Twilight? Did you like it? Did you hate it? If you hated it, you will probably love this. If you loved it, again you will love this.
If you do not know Twilight, then I .... Well then I rest my case!
This book is nothing like Twilight, it has Vampires and it has good and evil. But these Vampires are not nice, they do not sparkle and they do not play games.
I felt horrible for the main c
Amber I. (AwesomeSauce Book Club)
This book totally blew me away. After the first chapter I was hooked. There are just so many twists and turns and you really will not see most of these things coming. And you will never know who you really can trust. In the Shadows will have you hooked and dying for more!

Giselle's life gets out of whack right away and every time you think she has a handle on her new situation something crazier then before comes out! You start trusting people with her and then BAM! guess what? They are the bad gu
Jul 03, 2011 A. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, teens, adults
Recommended to A. by: Julieanne Lynch
Julieanne Lynch’s book “In The Shadows” is a must read for anyone who loves urban fantasy. Her writing style is fun and easy to get into character with and you instantly become one with the main character, Giselle. Julieanne writes so eloquently you can feel and picture everything Giselle is going through, with no question as to what role every character in the book plays. Giselle is a young woman, we all can relate to in many situations. Julieanne, paints a bigger picture in the plight of the t ...more
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
Jun 21, 2013 Linda Parkinson-Hardman rated it really liked it
Within the Shadows a book of conundrums and it’s not your usual vampire novel. On the one hand you are starting with a naïve schoolgirl who has failed to see something lurking in the shadow’s of her best friend’s personality; on the other hand she is a feisty woman who is not afraid of taking responsibility for her own life, even if that does mean she does some pretty strange things. The book is full of unexpected twists in the plot that leave you wondering where on earth you might be taken next ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buy this right NOW
This book is fangtastic (pardon the pun). Once I started reading it I couldn't leave it alone.I have read all the other Vampire ones like House of Night, The Vampire Acadamy, The Vampire Diaries, The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries and of course the Twilight lot and this stands up to the others. In fact it is very much more adult not for under 15's I would say (I am a mother of 4), the sex scenes are quite something and are racy. I love this book and look forward to reading more from this new author ...more
Carly Odonoghue
Jul 31, 2015 Carly Odonoghue rated it it was amazing
Within The Shadows written by Julieanne Lynch is a story of love and betrayal and I loved every single second of it, its so rare for me to slow down when reading, normally I sped up to see how it book will end but with this book I had to slow down as I didn't want to finish it but at the same time I read it all in less than two days because I needed to know what happens. I won’t recap the story as I feel people tend to write a lot of the story in a review and I feel that it spoils it for other r ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

This is the first book I have read by Julieanne Lynch who was a new to me author but it definitely won't be the last. In fact my plan is to track down ALL of her writings and devour them in a short a time as possible.

I read a LOT of vampire based fiction. A LOT! As many people know it is generally my go to genre and I thought I had a rough idea of what this one would be like ... but I was wrong.

The cover and description ma
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Sep 21, 2014 Gladys Gonzales Atwell rated it it was amazing
*** Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl #NerdGirlOfficial ***

Let me just say that I typically do not read other reviews, or discuss books with the authors before I write or release reviews BUT in this instance I had already read one of my fellow Nerds reviews who didn’t like the book AND had a discussion with her as well. Actually, quite often we have debated and had arguments regarding the vampire mythology, compulsion, the concept of fantasy, the element of make believe and feminism. They are good debates
Jul 19, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya

In the shadows you will find lust and passion, battles for power, blood, death, and fear. For in the shadows you are carried away to a future that is unknown, it is here that your destiny awaits and you are no longer who you thought you were. You have a thirst.

Giselle is a normal girl; by normal I mean she has a teens attitude, a steady boyfriend, an awesome best friend who would do ANYTHING for her, and a typical school life. Her family isn’t perfect (who
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
Giselle is in love with the hottest boy at her school who also happens to be her boyfriend. She also has an amazing best friend in Alex. Not much is wrong in Giselle's world. Then one day she receives a DVD in locker, showing her boyfriend cheating on her. Giselle looks to Alex for support who gives her that and much much more at prom. Giselle learns that there is much more to Alex, who is not a human but a Prince of a Vampire race. Giselle also learns that Alex has had plans for her for some ti ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Autumn rated it really liked it
Okay theres a lot going on and some of this stuff i will intentionally leave out Lynch did an amazing job with this book so i dont have to break it down that much.. got me..

Giselle Bergman is happy shes dating the "it" guy Marc.. Her best friend Alex is HANDSOME and wonderful.. Things change when someone leaves a dvd in Giselles locker.. The dvd contains video of Marc and Evie a girl Giselle greatly dislikes.. Things kinda go down hill from there for Giselle i mean the girl cant catch a break
Bex 'n' Books
Apr 29, 2013 Bex 'n' Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: bex-s-review
Reviewer: Bex
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Within the shadows, by Julieanne Lynch, is a fresh vampire read. We follow Giselle; a fairly 'normal' 18 year old. The book immediately grabbed my interest and starts off strong by introducing the characters effectively and setting a scene that's easy to visualise.

And then we have twists galore. After several chapters, I had to pause. I seriously did not see that coming! This is a good thing as I was totally convinced by the author's writing, and foolishly
Jonel Boyko
Mar 02, 2013 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
What an interesting introduction to the series. Lynch did an amazing job of setting up all of the background elements, including the theological and supernatural aspects, which will carry her series forward. She does so while creating a very compelling and captivating story for her audiences.

All of the descriptions in this novel give it a dark overtone. It suits the storyline perfectly. The descriptions are also very clear and memorable. I appreciate the fact that the author stays true to herse
Deea (Andreea)
Sep 23, 2011 Deea (Andreea) rated it liked it
Make that 3.5 stars :)

I missed reading a new YA vampire series, so I was thrilled when I got the chance to read In the Shadows! It was a good book, with an interesting and refreshing take on the vampire lore. Her vamps are dark, creepy, unpredictable, yet intriguing and they have a fascinating history. For that reason alone, this is a book not to be missed!

So "In the Shadows" is about Giselle, a 18 years old girl and her journey into a supernatural world she didn't even know existed, a world ful
Miranda Hofmann
Mar 13, 2015 Miranda Hofmann rated it it was amazing
Within the Shadows by Julieanne Lynch
*This book was provided to me by the publisher for an honest review. I am new to this author and starting out I had my doubts. Lately it seems like there is not a shortage of vampire novels, most paint the vampires as attractive and lovable creatures that teenage girls can easily fall in love with. The beginning of the book I thought I knew what was going to happen. I was wrong. The book took unexpected twists and turns that you will just have to read to find
May 21, 2015 booklover rated it it was amazing
OMFG this is the first vampire book i've ever read and what a baptism of fire it was !!!
So much action, so many twists and turns, you think you know what's going to happen next when out of nowhere Julieanne throws something COMPLETELY unexpected at you !! Loved how strong Giselle as a character seems even though she's going through so much that she knows little about and wants even less to do with. Absolutely brilliantly written !! LOVED IT !!
Patricia Mckelvy
Apr 30, 2016 Patricia Mckelvy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Giselle is in love with the hottest boy at her school who also happens to be her boyfriend. She also has an amazing best friend in Alex. Not much is wrong in Giselle's world. Then one day she receives a DVD in locker, showing her boyfriend cheating on her. Giselle looks to Alex for support who gives her that and much much more at prom. Giselle learns that there is much more to Alex, who is not a human but a Prince of a Vampire race. Giselle also learns that Alex has had plans for her for some ti ...more
Kelly Hawkins Solomon
Apr 11, 2015 Kelly Hawkins Solomon rated it really liked it
This has great potential. 3.5 stars. This starts with Giselle in her senior year of high school. She is devastated by her boyfriend cheating on her. Her best friend Alex helps her with the ultimate revenge. However, Alex ends up not helping her, but forcing her into a horrible situation. It takes no time at all for this story going from normal high school antics into craziness full of vampires. There are many characters in this story but not enough development for all of them to really make it a ...more
Sarah Carr
Mar 03, 2014 Sarah Carr rated it it was amazing
Over the past two days, I read Ms. Lynch's Within the Shadows, and I must say I was not disappointed. Going into this read, I knew the book had large shoes to fill from my last read...and I was pleased. This tale gripped me from the beginning, stopping me from dishes, laundry, and disregarding daily household duties. Lynch's world is one that will immediately suck you in and I loved the "I wonder what will happen next?" factor the author maintains throughout the storyline. Just enough carrot was ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Heidi rated it really liked it
I will write a whole review in the morning but here are my thoughts. what a refreshing storyline. It drove me crazy I wanted to like a character then wanted to hate the same character....

ok my review...
I loved this. It was like opening a window after winter and letting spring in. This isn't your sappy teen vampire sparkely romance.
I liked how you thought one way about a character to be blindsided by their behavior. Not all things that lurk in The Shadows are bad but some are much much worse.
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Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre urban fantasy books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots.
Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University,
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