Borrowing Abby Graceby Kelly Green
This fast-paced and exciting episode is the first installment in an ongoing mystery
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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 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.
Episode 2: Girl Steals Guy
Dropped into the life of a gorgeous senior with a heartbroken best friend, Abby Grace must navigate high school parties, football games and power couples as she discovers that love and revenge are sometimes the same thing.
Episode 3: Top of the Class
Abby finds herself in a boy’s body for the first time, where she has to fumble her way through a secret love affair, while getting to the bottom of a grade-tampering scandal that could send her to jail.
Meet the Author
Kelly Green spent her childhood loving ghost stories and s’mores. The ghost stories stuck. The Shadow is the first book in her ongoing serial story, Borrowing Abby Grace.
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This book was fast pace and kept you on the edge of your seat. I was like what going to happen?! WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN?! It all seems over wayyy too fast and will make you go running to buy the second book, so consider yourself warned. It's interesting to see how everything plays out and how she does it. This book didn't quite explain everything, like who Abby is or what a shadow is, but I'm hoping it will in the next book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was very well done. Just from reading this book I'm already a fan of this author. She has a real nice writing style. One that flows and make for easy reading. I give this book a 5/5. Still wish it would have explain more, but it was still good. No content warning.
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¿).
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 will always have somewhere new and exciting to take the book. We will always have Abbey, but everything around her will change. Green packs a great sense of suspense into the plot. There is a lot of build up, but I was a bit let down by the ending. It was certainly a surprise ending, but for me, it wasn't very satisfying. I wanted more from the book. The storyline presents a number of great questions about Abbey and her past, but it doesn't answer any of them. Abbey is a great character. She is strong, likable and has no problem carrying the storyline along. She's got spunk and sass and is quite the little spitfire. This was a quick, short read, but it certainly packs a lot of potential. I wasn't a huge fan of the storyline this time around, but I loved Abbey. She has the whole Veronica Mars vibe going on, which is always a hit with me. I look forward to reading the next installments of the series and seeing what trouble Abbey finds herself in next time. I just hope that her storyline is touched on a bit more. I have so many questions about her that were completely left open.
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, she learns from Wilhelm aka Will, who is her Guardian, about Shadows and that she is supposed to solve a problem. He doesn't know much about what her current mission is, but is there to guide her along the way. Brooke has a brother Paul, who is also missing. She learns about this when she is brought home by the police. To Abby, her mission is clear - to find Paul and reunite him with the family. Since Abby is new at being a Shadow, she doesn't always know what she is supposed to do and soon learns that there is a time limit to her missions. If she doesn't complete them, she will be trapped in Brooke's life forever. I really liked this story. It was a short one and I read it very quickly. I found myself being mesmerized by this book. I couldn't put it down until I was finished with it. When it was done, I quickly downloaded Episode 2 because I just had to find out what would happen with Abby next. I Like: ? How this story is different than books I normally read. Don't get me wrong, I like books about paranormal beings as much as the next person, but I love it when a books challenges my imagination further than what the mainstream ideas do. ? The aspect of figuring out what the real problems are and how Abby is going to fix them in the allotted time. I've always liked crime shows like Law and Order, CSI and NCIS. This series brings out the investigator in me. ? Will. Even though in the first Episode, Abby seems to be annoyed by him, he still seems like an asset to the books and her operation of being a Shadow. I imagine we will see more of how he is helping Abby in future episodes of this series. ? The cover of the book. I must credit Backlit Fiction when they came up with the cover. I love how you see both Abby and Brooke in the cover and it reminds you that even though she inhabits Brooke's body, she is still Abby. She has all the traits that come with her. ? Abby is not always right. This makes this more realistic. (As realistic as being a Shadow can be.) I Did Not Like: ? Waiting for more episodes of this series. Other than that, I couldn't find anything I didn't like. As rare as that is, it's true. There really isn't a "bad guy" or love triangle in this book, so there isn't many characters that you don't like.