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Shadow, Shadow

(The Shadow Pines Trilogy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  67 reviews
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Book One of The Shadow Pines Trilogy~312 pages

"The four of you have been blessed with a great gift. Well, it's a gift for you, but a curse for someone else."

Harley receives a mysterious gift on her sixteenth birthday--a shadow box. The box gives her the power to trade someone to the shadows, meaning they will disap
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published February 15th 2015 by Amazon Digital Serices
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Irena BookDustMagic
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3,75 --> one very strict rating this time.

I feel like writing a review for this book is going to be a bit challenging for me because things I feel like are worth of discussion are spoilers.
So I will try to write a spoiler free review the best I can and touch those spoilers in the spoiler sections.

I'm not going to lie. It took me several chapters to get into this book.
Forgive me for my metaphorical explanation, but I feel like that's the best way I could put into words how it was: For the first 4
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recieved this for free from the publisher through netgalley.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the characters who were all unique in their own way. My favourite character was Harley. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding this story and it kept me wanting to read more. I was sad when it ended but I hope to continue with the series.

You should Read This. !! :)
Dont take my word for it, read it.
C.T. Phipps
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
SHADOW, SHADOW is a dark and foreboding book which combines the mythology of the Shadowmen with Death Note (or more properly, the Twilight Zone episode "Button, Button"). Harley Fox is a young woman who receives a magical box on her sixteenth birthday that has a single unique ability: it can banish a person from the universe at her will so they'll never trouble her again. It's more or less a murder machine and she's horrified by it more than intrigued but, bluntly, Harley's life sucks.

Harley has
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shadow, Shadow by V.B. Marlowe is a young adult novel that builds momentum as it moves along. When I started reading it I wasn't sure I was going to like it but as I went along I began to get caught up in the story and the characters and before I realized it, I had finished it in one sitting! This is book one of The Shadow Pines Trilogy and Shadow, Shadow leaves many loose ends to uncover yet!

Harley is a troubled teenager. Rebellious and angry, her view on life is wrapped around her own pain and
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
I enjoyed this book a lot, despite disliking both of the main characters. This book is told from two points of views, which both annoyed me a lot. Both girls are whiny, and feel like the world is out to get them. Which, with the conspiracies surounding their town, might actually be true, but not in the way they think. At least one of the main characters, Harley, grew up a bit throughout the book. In fact both of the main characters changed a lot, Harley for the better and Taeghan for the worse. ...more
Randy Harmelink
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Kept my interest, but not enough for me to continue on to the second book. A lot of questions left to be answered. :(
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

What would you do if you were told that the shadows needed to be fed and it was up to you to do so? What would you do if you were told you had to choose someone to disappear forever or lose someone close to you? Could you do it? That is what happens to four classmates in the small town of Shadow Pines. This book chronicles the first 9 months of their possession of the shadow boxes.An interesting and unique tale, the story line is quite unlike any that I've ever read before. Yes, we've all read
Casey Catherine
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. It really reminded me of Alice in Wonderland or something similar and that grabbed my attention instantly.

This book was really strange and kind of dark and ominous. The writing style is very simple and straight forward. This book could be read very quickly.

There are a couple of things I would like to say about this book, but I think that would give away too much and lead to not being spoiler-free and I don’t want to do that. This book was very slow
Harley lives in the small town of Shadow Pines, where the town lives up to its name; Harley sees detached shadows roaming around the town from time to time. After Harley’s mom disappears and her dad brings home Amy, her new step-mother, Harley begins slipping. Harley is getting in trouble at school and can’t seem to shake her abusive boyfriend, Nash. On her 16th birthday, Harley receives an invitation from the new Curiosity shop in town offering her a free gift. Three other students that Harley ...more
J.A. Ironside
ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This book managed to tip the scales into four stars because it was wonderfully atmospheric and showed some interesting dynamics between the teen protagonists and their new but terrifying power. The plot was engaging and the pacing was good - I would have read it in one sitting if I hadn't had to work. I also liked Harley and Teaghan - I felt they were fairly well developed without the author hanging specific labels like 'good' or 'ba
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was an interesting and fast paced that kept me hooked from the first page and all the way through. I was basically unable to put this book down so found it thoroughly enjoyable with a dark twist.

The main characters are Harley and Teaghan. Harley and Teaghan who share a birthday along with two other characters are invited to a local store opening where they receive 'Shadow Boxes' which give them the ability to send away anyone they don't like. While we're not sure where exactly the peo
Kay Ling
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I agree with reviews that said too many things were left unexplained, perhaps waiting for the sequel. I also felt that too much time was spent on the main characters at school. A certain amount is necessary to understand the characters and their motivations, but the book would be stronger with this section pared back. Not that it wasn't interesting, but once we reach the part where the characters are interacting with the mysterious box, the story really takes off. ...more
Kayla/Michaela (mindcrazed)
I liked it well enough. It was a bit odd at times but I liked the story. Will be reading the next one. Full review on the blog: ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure I would ever reach for this book if it wasn’t participating in this year’s SPFBO. Also it’s the first Booknest semi-finalist. Not reading this book would be a mistake as I practically devoured it in one day. It’s YA Urban Fantasy / Mystery / Horror done well.

Main protagonist – Harley Fox and three other teenagers based in Shadow Pines receive a mysterious gift on their sixteenth birthday - a shadow box. The box gives the power to trade someone to the shadows, meaning they will disa
Gypsy Madden
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being that it’s a teen drama, it has the stereotypical bullying and teen angst (I seem to run into it in each V.B. Marlowe book.) The four teens are practically drawn from The Breakfast Club. We have the stereotypical troubled rebel, the stereotypical jock, the stereotypical outcast, and the stereotypical popular/smart girl rolled into one. The fun part about The Breakfast Club was that they all broke their stereotypes showed themselves as being equal parts of the other stereotypes. Here, they a ...more
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this book thanks to the SPFBO contest. It seemed very interesting so I decided to give it a go.

While reading It kind of reminded me of death note with the whole power of live and death theme. But having read it, Shadow, Shadow takes a different approach to the theme. The characters all handle the responsibility different. Some struggle more than others which makes them all unique in my eyes.

It is an easy read and even tough it is difficult to review the plot without spoiling everything. It
Dannica Zulestin
I gave this one a day to stew because my initial reaction was that it was very bad, but I feel like that was partly because of an unsatisfying ending. So, with some time to stew, I would say this one is on par with most of the other books on my free ebook spree but still not terribly good.


Well, it kept my attention for sure. Generally when a book can keep me up late reading, that's a good sign. It doesn't take much (addicted as I am) but it does take a good level of tension, and Shadow, Shad
Jennifer Holzapfel
Great young adult book, which I highly recommend for adults. Horrible things happen in Shadow Pines. People disappear constantly and they are never found. No bodies have ever been found, the shadows have taken them. Four teenagers, Harley, Gianna, Teaghan, and Brock all share the same birthday and are gifted with boxes that can make people disappear forever. This is the first of a trilogy and very enjoyable.
Nada Sobhi
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Note: I free copy via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow, Shadow by V. B. Marlowe is the first instalment in The Shadow Pines trilogy and an amazing multi-faceted becoming-of-age novel about four school students given four Shadow Boxes on their sixteenth birthday. They, Harley, Teaghan, Gianna and Brock, are told that they have the power to remove one person from their lives by giving them to the shadows, which need to feed. However, they are later told that they must us
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Brilliant and original paranormal story. Absolutely loved it!
Markita Staples
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book accidentally and loved it! I love the mystery of the shadow boxes, characters, and really good writing in general. Ican’t wait to read the next one in the series.
Beth Wilson

This is a great first book in a series. The premise is interesting, and the characters are well drawn. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Amie's Book Reviews
SHADOW, SHADOW : Book One of the Shadow Pines Trilogy

Author: V.B. Marlowe

Type of Book: eBook

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Length: 203 pages

Release Date: February 16, 2015

Publisher: All Night Reads

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I feel that I must start my review of this book with a comment about the cover. It is absolutely stunningly gorgeous. In fact, it was the cover that first drew my attention to this
Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)
"Shadow, shadow, void of light,
Accept this offering tonight."

The premise of this book was really intriguing but in the end I felt like the author didn't really use the full potential of it. The ability to decide who lives and who does not could've made a good moral debate, but it was merely brushed upon. I also thought that the overall concept wasn't explained well, in fact we barely learned anything about it - why did they get the boxes, how does it work and why it all happens. I know that
Digital copy offered by Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review

This was such an amazing read! Really can't wait for the second one.
I liked everything: the way it was written, the story, the characters, the dark and mysterious settings.
If you are into mistery sci-fi without aliens nor gory things, this is totally the book for you.
Very entertaining and fast read :)

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Mar 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a disappointment. I was really looking forward to this especially because the synopsis sounded so intriguing:

There are mysterious things happening in Shadow Pines. Four kids receive a card for their birthday promising a gift from the new novelty shop in town. But what they get is not what they expected. Each of them recieves a Shadow Box, a device that lets them trade people to the shadows for them to be bani
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!


My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune

‘Some people say the cult came back from the grave to exact their revenge on the town, but others believe that they were so evil, even Hell didn’t want them.’ Loc 1590

Four teenagers are given gifts that will change their lives forever. It is up to them whether that change is a good or a bad thing.

Shadow, Shadow is a gripping fantasy
Kristin Ravelle
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Four Shadow Pines high school students turn 16 on the very same day and each is given a free gift (a shadow box) from the newly opened “Mr. Enigma’s Novelty Shop”.

One of them, Harley Fox, is about as strange as the town of Shadow Pines that she lives in. Harley has been seeing “creepy things” since she was 12. It doesn’t help that she wants to make scary movies one day in Hollywood, or that she dreams constantly that she will be shot dead one day, sometime before she makes it into her late 30s.
A Book Addict's YA Palace
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Strange and creepy things are happening in the small town of Shadow Pines and four teens are about to find themselves thrown into a situation that would break most people.

There are many things I can say about SHADOW, SHADOW by V.B. Marlowe. Unfortunately not many of them are great.
The concept of this book grabbed me because of the whole dilemma of trying to be a good person, to not do a horrible thing, yet still s
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