Review: Borrowing Abby Grace (The Shadow, #1) by Kelly Green
Published October 17th 2011 by Backlit
Review Copy: Gifted From Backlit
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.
Episode 1: The Shadow
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 to kidnap her. After escaping her masked captors, she hurries home, only to discover that she unknowingly left her younger brother behind in the van. Unable to answer the police’s questions with her memories gone, she retreats to the safety of her bedroom where she tries to reconstruct her life. Just as she is settling into the belief that things will one day return to normal, she looks in the mirror—and sees a stranger’s face.
As Abby learns next, she has become a Shadow, sent to inhabit the lives of strangers in trouble. With nothing to go on except the vague hints of her cute but maddening Guardian, a 19th century ghostly teenager named Will, Abby sets out to rescue the missing brother. But she will need all of her intelligence, fearlessness, and wit, because if she fails to find him in time, she will remain trapped in this unfamiliar body forever.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I started “Borrowing Abby Grace”. Given the description of the story and the short length, I couldn’t help but wonder if the author would be able to successfully tell the story [within 47 pages] without rushing it too much. I was happy to see that the story flowed quite smoothly, even at the fast pace in which the events take place.
The story begins with Brooke – well, Abby as Brooke – escaping from a van. She isn’t sure what happened or where she is. She can’t remember where she lives, or who she is. All she remembers is waking up in the back of a van.
When she finds herself at Brooke’s house, she meets Will, who explains that she’s a Shadow – someone who borrows other peoples bodies to complete a task. Her real name is Abby Grace. Her reflection is hers, but her outer appearance is Brooke’s. She was sent to fix something in Brooke’s life, which she assumes is locating her brother, Paul. She has less than two days to fix things for Brooke, or else she’ll be stuck in her body.
There were moments where I did wish certain scenes were more fleshed out, especially the ending with Paul, but overall I did enjoy the story. I think the idea, Abby borrowing Brooke’s body to help her fix something in her life, is interesting. It’s something I haven’t really read before.
If I had to sum up “Borrowing Abby Grace”, I’d say that it is a short and exciting story that leaves you wondering what comes next (enter: “Girl Steals Guy”).
I’d like to say thank you to Backlit for gifting this e-book to me, along with The Dig (review this weekend). I will be checking out the next two episodes to see where Abby’s story goes!
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