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The Shadow

(The Darkness Trilogy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Rayna Stone is an eighteen year old girl from a small Alabama town that just wants to save a little money for college. In order to do that she has to find a summer job.

The problem with that, the only place that is willing to take her is the upscale golf resort of The Landing. This was not her idea of a summer job, being around snobby, rich folks, but when she meets eyes w
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published December 23rd 2012 by A.G. Porter
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
For some reason I just can't get into this no matter how hard I try. I think it just might not be for me. ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Actual rating - 2.5

The Shadow felt like a really, really long read.

I couldn't get to like Rayna. She had loads of annoying moments, she babbled, and she wasn't very bright.

I found the pacing in this to be slow, and i was quite bored throughout the book. There was a few times where the story picked up and got me a little bit more interested, but those moments didn't last very long, and unfortuntely, i went back to being bored.

Overall, wasn't an enjoyable read for me.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Had me hooked and I couldn't put it down.
There is a great story line with the mix of love, passion, physic senses and the paranormal. It's very different to what I've read in the past.
I loved the characters and the way they were introduced, and there was just enough back story for the secondary characters. I also loved the added chapters from other point of views. Made it interesting getting both sides.
Sarah Elizabeth
3.5 stars
(Downloaded for free from

This was a very long story, but I did enjoy it.

Rayna was certainly an interesting character. She told us maybe a little too much information at times, and she didn’t always come to conclusions very quickly. (view spoiler)
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved it! Seriously could not put it down. After reading a description of it, I knew I wanted to read it. The fact that the setting is near me made it more interesting. Can't wait for the next book! ...more
Kera Montgomery
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Shadows by A.G. Porter

When I started this book I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. I don’t Usually like stories where the Characters are 18-21 aged because the Characters are either too childish and juvenile which lets face it they should be for such a young a age, or they are way too mature for their age. That was not the case with The Shadow . Even though the main characters are 17-18 years of age I didn’t feel like I was reading a high school style story. The characters are the perf
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I was given a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Wow, this book was an amazing book, I loved it from start to finish and even after I finished I was still thinking about it! There were so many things going on at once, but it was not confusing or hard to follow. The characters grabbed your attention from the start of the book and they held it for the whole thing, I felt myself feeling bad for some of them as if they were friends of mine (poor Jayce). I
Cynthia Witherspoon
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A.G. Porter has woven a tale of suspense, romance, and the paranormal like no other. Although I was reading a story about a teenaged girl discovering herself, at no time did I feel as if the characters were weakened by their age or inexperience.

Told from Rayna Stone's perspective, The Shadow started out with the basics to build up the world she lived in. But once we are introduced to Rayna, the story took off. I found myself unable to put this book down. The more I read, the more I needed to kn
Whitney Atkinson
(actually it's just a couple of months but still, i've been procrastinating, then i forgot about it, then i just-- okay no more excuses)

SO hold on gotta go conjure up my notes for this. I'm at school as I type this up. I don't know why that matters okay i'm just rambling again.


So i'm going to exclude a synopsis from this since you can pretty much just scroll up like four times and click the "read more" thingy and AYYYYY a synopsi
Novel Grounds
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it


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Meg's Review:
I really enjoyed this book. It seemed super interesting form the start and the synopsis grabbed me so I was thrilled to get the chance to read it.

Rayna has always been a little different but what teenager isn't. the moment she starts her internship at The Landing life around her changes drastically. Part job, Part dreams. the thing is Rayna has some very unique dreams and the more they happen the more her life change
Ginny  Gallagher
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
*Original Review posted on Gin's Book Notes-*

I have thrown away close to ten different attempts at writing this review and in the end decided that the fairest thing I can do for the author and the reader is to share my notes and questions I asked myself while attempting to write this review.

If I had to use three words to describe The Shadow they would be:
Intriguing, Suspenseful, and Unresolved. The story is intriguing and captured my attention from the first page, the su
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ohhhh man, this book was GREAT! So intense and full of twists, it kept me turning pages. :)
My only problem with this book: SO MANY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS AND TYPOS! :( *cringe*
Other than that, i'd recommend it :)
Katja Wiley
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was very good and well written! I loved the entire book. I cant wait till the next one. I also cant wait till I get to meet the author!
W.M.  Martin
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. I loved how Rayna felt like a fully realized person and her struggles and victories were exciting to experience. I highly recommend this series!

—W. M. Martin
Janae Mitchell
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading "The Shadow", by AG Porter. Since it seems like I spend too much time writing & not enough time reading, this was a great story for me to be able to escape to. I won't go into detail about the story-line, since you can scroll up and read the synopsis. Instead, I'll get right into why I liked this book.
For me, this book had a mix of lusty angst, action, mystery, as well as that spooky factor, all of which made me want to hurry and finish this book once I started it. The m
Liz Barnsley
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
My latest YA read was The Shadow by A G Porter. The first part of the "Darkness" trilogy, and a very good read.

Rayna, still mourning the death of her father, goes to work as an Intern at "The Landing" an upper class resort, whilst waiting to decide which college to attend and basically what to do with her life. Leaving her home friends behind she soon forms new friendships and attracts the attention of three different boys. Meanwhile, girls are going missing in another part of the country...and
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Rayna is an eighteen-year-old seemingly normal girl who lives with her mom. Her dad had passed away several years ago, something they were both still dealing with. Rayna has no idea what she wants to do with her life, unlike her best friends, but she does know that she wants a job to save money for college. Unfortunately there isn’t a company in her small town that will hire her, except for The Landing – a swanky golf resort that she has no interest in pursuing, but her mom forces her to apply f ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In book 1 of A. G. Porter's The Darkness Trilogy, Rayna is looking for a summer job to help her to pay towards college but ends up getting and internship at a golf resort called ‘The Landing’. She is enjoying the job and meets a few new friends. She soon starts to have terrifying dreams about girls who have been kidnapped by somebody she calls the shadow that are so realistic they make her physically sick and start affecting her sleep. Even with all this going on Rayna manages to capture the hea ...more
R.A. White
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Rayna gets a scholarship to go to be an intern at a fancy resort, and while she's there she starts having nightmares and premonitions, as well as romantic feelings for, of course, the cutest intern there. She eventually realizes that her traumatizing nightmares mean something, and aren't just a result of earlier heartaches. The writing is good, with few typos, and the story is more interesting than my summary makes it sound. I just don't want to give anything away. I really like that Rayna is ha ...more
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it
(2.5 Stars)
"The Shadow" is one of those books that has so much potential but fails because of a plot filled with superfulous information that makes the reading tedious at times. Additionally, the main character is a whiny teen who is so fickled and self absorbed you find yourself questioning whether or not you like her or not.

Rayna just completed her junior year at New Hope High. She wants to get a summer job to earn some money for college since her father died two years ago and her mother has b
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow by A.G. Porter (The Darkness Trilogy Book 1)
I received this book for an honest review. I found the story to be very exciting read and enjoyable. Rayna is a teenager who is like most, does not know what she wants in life. Her friends know what they want and have everything mapped out, Rayna is struggling. She has been struggling with many issues, which have been brought upon her and have detoured what she really wants out of her life. Her mother wants her to try for an internship that
Brian Weimer
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow by A.G. Porter is a paranormal thriller that is told from the perspective of Rayna Stone, an offbeat eighteen year old girl who takes a summer internship at a resort. She begins having vivid dreams revolving around a series of girls who have been kidnapped, and begins to encounter a dark faceless being that haunts her. Rayna soon makes several new friends, not the least of which is Liam, the Board of Directors attractive son. Things become more intense when Rayna’s nightmares become m ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'll say one thing for this author: she knows how to keep you reading. She writes so vividly, it's like watching a movie unfold in your head. Her writing choices, particularly in the second half, are brilliant, and the ending leaves you screaming, "What?! Where's the sequel!?" which is the mark of a good series.

But it was also a bit wordy for my particular taste (it won't be, for others). I felt like the story could have been told in a shorter amount of time, and that some of the back history of
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of a trilogy and the author wastes no time in getting on with the story. Rayna sees things. Nasty, pull the covers over your head until its gone away, type things She has powers and these seem to be drawing the Shadow to her.

Overall, this is a well written story. The characterisation is good; the action and locations are well described, and the chiling, evil nature of The Shadow seeps through the pages. You fairly leap through the pages to race to the end.

The tale is told
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Laura Duval
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Dark and Mysterious

This was a dark and mysterious romance. The author was able to keep my attention and interest throughout the book. The mystery of who The Shadow is was well kept thru the whole book. He is still a mystery in the end. The main characters are easy to like, the love triangle, and heartbreak is just an added bonus to this novel.
Ginette R Jonas
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent storytelling

Thriller meets paranormal romance. Good combination. Good visual writing( you can see the picture the author is painting) I really admire this. Spellchecker and editing need a little work only because this breaks concentration, dropping the storyline. Otherwise I enjoyed it enough to head for book two. Ginny
Kerry Fielding
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I tend to read purely for escapism so this review will not really give you an insight into the characters or plot. I found this book to be okay, the storyline and characters were fairly believable if not a bit predictable. Anyway, it must have something about it, because I now want to read the second one. :-) I want to know how this all plays out in the three books if nothing else :-)
Mel Griffiths
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
At times I found this book quite tedious and the plot very slow. Who was in love with who, etc etc! However, there was something about it which made me stick with it till the end which was far more unexpected than I thought it'd be. ...more
Cecily Bonney
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book.

I am so stressed I think I have an ulcer. I am start in book 2 asap!
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A.G. Porter is the author of The Darkness Trilogy, a YA Paranormal Thriller. She is an Independent Author (Indie Author) who enjoys writing scary stories as much as she loves reading them. When she isn’t writing, she’s either taking pictures, reading, making nerdy jewelry, watching movies or spending much needed time with her family. A.G. lives in New Hope, Alabama with her husband, Billy, stepson ...more

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