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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
Nook, 47 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Backlit (first published October 16th 2011)
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Kind of a cute and fun mystery definitely geared more towards a younger crowd but one that older book lovers might enjoy as well.
Cathy  Keaton
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot: Abby Grace is a Shadow, a mystical being, formerly human, who inhabits the bodies of living people who need her to solve their problems. But, her problem is that she has amnesia upon first inhabiting her new body and doesn't remember anything about herself. She is in the process of being kidnapped when she first comes to, in the beginning, and manages to get away. Then, discovering who she is and who she's pretending to be takes her on a wild Nancy Drew-like mystery solving journey. The ma ...more
The Shadow is a short, fast and exciting read. It is a bit of mystery with a supernatural twist. The story flows along at a great pace and gives the reader unexpected twists and turns.

Abby wakes up to find herself in the back of a van with strangers. She also can't remember who she is. When she realizes she has been kidnapped she makes a quick escape out the back. Once the police take her home her father wants to know where her brother Paul is. It's not long before she meets Will and finds out t
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Episode one is where you are first introduced to Abby Grace and where she learns that she is a Shadow. This is where she “borrows” people’s bodies in order to help them solve their problems. The story begins with Abby waking up in the back of a van. She is confused as to where she is and who she is. She doesn’t even remember her own name. She is living the life of Brooke, the girl whose body she has taken over, but when she looks into the mirror, she sees Abby. After surviving the daring escape, ...more
C.C. Thomas
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My favorite series are those that have lots of changes: I hate when I am stuck in one place with one person too long (after all, if I want that, there is my own life to live). My favorite heroines are those that has a little chutzpah in them: pushovers make me want to throttle someone. My favorite books are thrillers: ones where I can't wait to turn the page and keep on with my roller-coaster read.

Borrowing Abby Grace ticked all those boxes for me. The premise is so original and is sure to keep
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As you fall deeply into Borrowing Abby Grace, you'll find yourself hooked and yearning for more. Suspenseful, thrilling, and exciting! You'll find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat.

She awoke to find herself confused, disoriented, and in the back of a van with two complete strangers wearing ski masks. But how did she get there? Kidnapped! Not wanting them to know she was awake, she quietly snuck to the back of the van and opened the door, only to barely get away, as they had realized her
Rebecca McKinnon
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was provided to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fun, super-fast read. The idea with these books is that they're episodes, so they're short and sweet.

Right off, we meet Abby Grace. Abby is a shadow who gets "borrowed" by people who have problems that Abby can fix for them. The biggest problem is that she doesn't know anything about the person she's supposed to be---not to mention the person she is.

We also meet Will. At this point, Will is a blank page, but t
Douglas Larson
A short book and probably written with a teen or preteen audience in mind.
The story makes rather large leaps in the progression of the story and also assumptions.
Varsha Dinesh
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
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Kristan (Lost Amongst the Shelves)
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Could you imaging waking up, in the back of a moving van, with no recollection of who you are or how you got there? Terrifying, right? This is the case for Abby, a teenage girl with a very interesting secret. Abby is a Shadow, a being capable of entering another's body and literally taking over in order to solve that person's disasterous dilemmas. In this first story of the Abby Grace eseries, Abby finds herself in the process of being kidnapped and must struggle not only to save herself, but fi ...more
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
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.

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
Kelley Smith
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Title: The Shadow: Borrowing Abby Grace (Episode 1) and Girl Steals Guy (Episode 2)
Author: Kelly Green
Publisher: Back Lit Fiction
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Author/Publisher (Received copy of books in exchange for honest review)

Cover: I completely dig them. They catch your attention and make you go “hmm?” And isn’t that just what every cover is supposed to do? I approve.

Genre: YA Episodic Mystery. You get a complete little mystery in every episode, from when Abby drops into the story to when t
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
A girl wakes up in the back of a van. She doesn't know who she is or how she got there. After getting herself out of the situation however, people start filling in the blanks...sort of. Will, Abby's guardian, informs her that she is currently in Brooke's body. Brooke is borrowing Abby, who is a Shadow, because she needs help with something. No one can tell Abby what she must fix in Brooke's life, only that if she doesn't fix it the consequences are major. So Abby has to figure out what she's sup ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow is the first episode of Borrowing Abby Grace series. The story starts with a girl, who wakes up in the back of a van. She doesn't know why she is there or who she is. Now she will need to find out, with the help of an estrange but good looking guy, Will, the reason of why she is there and what she needs to do. The answer will surprise more than one. Abby Grace has a mission, and she needs to complete it in order to move forward. Where? She even doesn't know it yet.

I don't want to tal
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
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In just two words: fun and refreshing. Borrowing Abby Grace is the first episode of what will be a fast-paced and exciting series. After returning to consciousness in the back of a van without any memories, Abby discovers she's a Shadow. Waking up in a new body every few days, she must fix a large aspect of that person's life, otherwise she'll be trapped in the body forever. Gripping storyline, am I right? I've never read an episodic series before
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
I think that, immediately, the first thing that jumped out at me about this first little "episode" was the writing. Now, I've read tons of authors, tons of styles of writing, and I have to say that I enjoyed Kelly Green's writing. It isn't clueless--you know what I mean. The authors who write just to write, and have no sustenance? No, none of that here (well, yes, there is sustenance. God, I'm confusing myself!). The writing flowed easily and felt real--it wasn't faked, nor did it have a bunch ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When we meet Abby she is waking up in a van, with her hands duct taped and two hooded people in the front. She doesn't know how she got there and can't remember anything past this moment. She escapes by the skin of her teeth and eventually is returned home, or to a place she is told is her home. Her father is happy to see her and she finds out she has a brother who was also kidnapped and the police are still looking for him. She tells the police what she remembers and eventually heads upstairs s ...more
Julianna Helms
Nov 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-arc, e-stuff
Quick reaction: Huh. It was... good.. but... not great. A bit melodramatic. Some things didn't make sense. Overall, though, a refreshing and humorous read.

Long reaction: Original is here: (Due to copy-and-paste, formatting has been lost. Abby Grace refers to the book, not the protagonist.)

Borrowing Abby Grace is a humorous and refreshing read that handles paranormal with grace (pun intended).

I enjoyed Abby Grace. These quick "episodes" have fulfilling,
Sarah Gonzalez
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
In Borrowing Abbey Grace, Green creates an incredibly intriguing setup that will keep readers interested and coming back for more. You see, Abbey is a Shadow. When someone ‘borrows’ Abbey Grace, she takes over their body and solves whatever problem they have. This time, Abbey get’s placed in the body of Brooke, a girl who was recently kidnapped. Abbey has to face the challenge discovering who kidnapped her and finding Brooke’s little brother.

Isn’t that great? What this tells me is that Green wil
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review copy provided by the publisher.

When Abby wakes up in the back of a van with no memory of how she got there, she reacts without thinking and escapes from her masked captors She finds herself in a home she's never seen with a father she doesn't know being asked about a brother she can't recall. As if that's not freaky enough, when she looks in the mirror, she doesn't look like the girl in the pictures who she is supposed to be. What is going on? A guy named Will appears who tells her she's
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I received a pdf copy from the author for review.

Abby Grace wakes up in a van with no recollection of who she is. She remembers small tidbits about herself but not much. She escapes from the van and is taken “home”, yet she has no clue who her “dad” is and apparently her little brother, Paul, was kidnapped, too. After being alone in her room for awhile, she gets a visitor, Wilhelm. He tells her that she’s Abby Grace and a Shadow, someone who helps other people that ‘borrow’ her. Right now, she’s
Tiffany Dominguez
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Abby wakes up in the back of a van with no memory of who she is or how she got there. After concluding that she has been kidnapped, Abby rolls out of the moving van, landing in a park. The police are called and Abby finds out that she is part of a family, a mom, dad and a little brother (who was also kidnapped). She also meets Will, a handsome ghost who explains that Abby has been placed in this body to help recover the little brother. But she only has a day.

Will is an intriguing character who w
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a few things to say about this book. (There is a voice inside my head that says, good, that's what this review is for. Shut up, voice.)

I think the plot of The Shadow is completely original, and if you're like me and you're getting a bit tired of typical paranormal books, you may want to pick this one up. Reading this book requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. You know how they randomly break out into song on Glee or in High School Musical? That disbelief is like, multiplied exponenti
Paula  Phillips
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I was approached by Kelly Green to read and review her new series, I wasn't too sure what to expect and when I started reading with "The Shadow" , I was hooked - I love these type of stories , in a way it reminded me of a softer and more realistic version of Breanna Yovanoff's "The Replacement" or Carol Snow's novel "Switch".

In "The Shadow" , we discover as Abby Grace wakes up in the back of a van - it seems that she has been abducted and is suffering amnesia - how did she get here ? , wha
Christine Jensen
his was a fun, yet quick read. The action starts off right away, when we meet the main character as she wakes up in a van being driven by people in ski masks. She has absolutely no memory of who she is or what has happened to her, yet she can tell that she shouldn't be in this van and begins making escape plans. Her adventure continues when she meets a father she doesn't recognize and then the mysterious Will who explains that she is a Shadow. While she is Abby Grace, everyone around her sees he ...more
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it
When Kelly Green contacted me to review this book, I gladly accepted. As a kid, I loved Nancy Drew books. I devoured every single one of them, the originals, plus all the ones where Nancy is grown up and in college. Needless to say, I was pretty damn excited. Ms. Green did a wonderful job of integrating mystery and paranormal into this short story. Abby was a likeable character, and although we didn't get a whole lot of characterization with her, I expect we'll see more of a character developmen ...more
Brittani (Hope, Faith & Books)
My review of The Shadow (Borrowing Abby Grace) can also be found here: Review of Borrowing Abby Grace by Kelly Green

3 1/2 Stars!

I really enjoyed this. Its only 47 pages so its a quick read, but it was a very fun and thrilling read. The action started right on the first page and that drew me in very quickly. The writing was very easy to follow so that definitely helped in the story being good. I enjoyed how we got right to the point of the story with Abby getting her mission. I did however want t
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

When I first read the summary, I immediately thought of Quantum Leap, which was my favorite show growing up. I was excited to start reading this book, however I had a hard time getting into it. It is a short story, and I felt like by the time it really started to take off it was over. I would love to know more about the characters involved as well as have more details about what was going on. This is the first book in the series, so I'm sure you learn more as
Ella Preuss
BAG is a book with a lot of potential, and I felt it really could have given us more. It was all there, but not completely there.

We meet Abby, a ghost (we're not sure about this yet) to give it a term, who's inside a girl's body: Brooke needs her help with something and Abby's here to do the job for her.

When I was asked to review this, I said "Why not? Sounds good!". And it was, but I wish we'd gotten more info about Abby and her handler (?) Will, and also, about her Borrowing businness. I kno
Sarah (Catching Books)
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a fun, quick supernatural read look no further! Borrowing Abby Grace was the perfect book for you!
At first, I was a little bit skeptical about this book because of the length. How could an author get the story across in 47 pages? Kelly, however, is able to tell the story in a flowing manner without it being too rushed!
What are really liked about this story was the mystery surrounding it! It was really interesting to try and figure out what was going on while Abby was also
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