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Within the Shadows (Shadow World #1)

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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 (first published March 16th 2011)
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Nikki (The Bibliomaniac)
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...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Sep 19, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
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...more
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...more
Five Star Book Reviews
"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...more
Jul 19, 2011 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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

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...more
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...more
Jonel Boyko
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...more
Deea (Andreea)
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...more
Linda Parkinson-Hardman
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 5 of 5 stars 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
Sarah Carr
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
Brian Bigelow
It's a good vampire story with some aspects to the story line I feel. I do like the fact that the author wasn't afraid to delve into the sexual aspects. I'll admit I wasn't as much of a fan of the love triangles that were central later on though. It was probably the only part of the book I didn't like all that much. This book, for all intents and purposes, is a romance story. The suspense and horror aspects were well done and it's what kept me reading.
Timothy Neal
OMG it was epic I loved it there were twists and turns to always keep you guessing. I won't tell you what the book is about but I can promise you that this book will be an emotional roller coaster for anyone who wants to read it. I loved this book and would enjoy reading it over and over. Thank you Julieanne for writing such an incredible book. It really teaches us that life can be treacherous and even your closest friend can turn on you.
Kim culbertson

I was given this book as a gift for an honest review. ~waAr~

I started reading this book right before i went to bed thinking i would knock out a chapter or 2 and pick it back up today since i had to get up at 6 amand it was already midnight. once i started i couldnt stop!!! it sucked me in and left me trappen inside Giselles world. i really enjoyed this book!

i can not wait to read more about them!
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Apr 04, 2013 Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Julieanne Lynch Author
10*s. I received a copy of Within the Shadows directly from the author in return for an honest review.
Wow. This was an amazing story with a twist that was so unexpected and I loved it. I loved the characters and the story was well written. A MUST read Ya story that will hook you from beginning to end. Thank you, Julieanne for the chance to read and review this fabulous story.
Cassandra Griffin
Within the Shadows had me lost within a fantasy world, that I never wanted to escape from.
Giselle commanded my attention from the very first page, while Alex seemed sincere and sweet.
From chapter to chapter, my opinions changed, my breath was held and my knuckles white from such a gripping storyline.
I am eagerly anticipating book two!
In the shadow is the debut novel of Julieanne Lynch. It’s about a stereotypical teenage girl, Giselle. She is what you can call the girl next door!!! She’d been happy, until the betrayal of a long time boyfriend or so she thinks!!! Heartbroken and trying to deal with her first break up, A second betrayal from her best friend and anchor slammed into her, thrusting her into a world of strange things, night creatures… Vampires, shadows and…
At first glance you would think you’ve figured out the goo...more
Andrea Guy
The first book in the Shadows trilogy by Julieanne Lynch and it will leave its readers wanting more immediately upon completion.

Giselle is not your typical heroine. She's unique, just like her name, but boy does she get into some trouble. That trouble all revolves around her bff Alex, who we learn is not what he seems and her boyfriend Marc. There's a lot of betrayal here, from both guys and when one turns out to be a vampire...and a not so nice one, things really get tricky.

This book is geared...more
Fairytale Nerd
Full review at The Fairytale Nerd

This book is very dark, very twisted. It's filled with deception, sex, and betrayal. Julieanne did not sugarcoat anything in this story. I believe that's what makes this story beautiful.

I felt like the entire book was a very long introduction of the story. It took a while for me to fully understand the sick and twisted world that Giselle entered. There were just so many dark things happening to her. And by the time I was getting the story, I was alre...more
Ebook: Within the Shadows
Author : J.A. Lynch
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This review may contain spoilers
I was given this book by the author for an honest review
Summary: 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...more
Sandra "Jeanz"

I downloaded this one when it was FREE on Amazon! I do talk to the lovely author Julieanne on facebook and thought it about time I read and reviewed one of her books. I do wish to state that just because I speak to this author online, this has in no way affected my review. My review is my totally honest opinion.
The cover gives off a haunting feeling to me and I would say the woman on the cover is of course Giselle. I like the cover as to me it represents a scene or two from within the b...more
Charlie Flanagan
I won this book in a giveaway, and wasn't sure if I'd like it at all. I was wrong. This was so different from a lot of the books I am used to reading, and at first I was a bit skeptical about the whole vampire-turns-girl-into-vampire scenario. By chapter 3 I was hooked and the unknown author had won me over.

The constant action, twists and turns kept me thoroughly entertained and for a reader who always seems to find flaws in debut authors work, I couldn't in this authors case. The unique twist...more
Giselle, a young teen, is ripped from the life she knows and thrown into a world of crazy and manipulative vampires. What's even more crazy? She wasn't given a choice in the matter. Her journey into this new world leaves me with mixed emotions. Giselle is very smart mouthed but easy to persuade. She's very submissive. She seemed very immature for an eighteen year old but the events that happen to her make it some what understandable.

The book gives a new look on vampires. I wish the story went mo...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
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...more
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on In The Shadows by Julieanne Lunch

In The Shadows is by far an excellent book. At first I wasn't sure about what it was about, but by the end of the third chapter I was in for the long haul. It is an excellent addition to anyone's vampire collection.

There are so many trials that poor 18 year-old Giselle Bergman must face. The betrayal of her boyfriend Marc, her best friend Alex, and others around her it drove me to tears twice!!

Giselle is brought into the world of vampires in...more
Jul 18, 2011 Theresa rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
In The Shadows
By Julianne Lynch
Review by Theresa M. Norman

Giselle is your everyday girl next door who is heartbroken. Her longtime boyfriend breaks her heart and soon she has to deal with betrayal from her best friend. Just as her world is turning upside down, she gets thrust into a world filled with shadows, vampires and things that go bump in the night.
She soon learns to deal with the new and unusual things happening around her, but who can she really trust?
This book takes you on an adventure...more
Michael Griffith
This book is in the air for me. There were many parts of it that I liked but there were also many parts that I did not like.
I liked the idea behind the book, that there are multiple types of Vampires in the world. That there are those that are humans who were turned, there are those who were born with a Vampire “gene” I think it said, and then a new breed that is the focus of this novel. At least for me this is a little different and gives life, pun intended, to a genre that is starting to...more
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Julieanne also writes under the pen name J.A. Lynch.

Shy and reserved Julieanne Lynch is an author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she works on her Shadows World novels and other series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths, a rock star being one of them. She s...more
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