Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Review : Darkness Watching

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams
(Darkworld #1)
Publication date: September 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be.

My Thoughts:
"I'm entitled to go out and have fun with my friends. I won't let the fear fle my life. Not at home and not here either." 

Ashlyn is trying to live a normal life at college, maybe hang out with a couple of her flatmates, have the college experience. Only one thing is making her life complicated, he keeps shadows and demons. When she managed to come across others like her they take her into their group and try to figure out about her roots and try to teach her magic. Someone keeps breaking into Ashley's room and I seems like someone is after her and she doesn't understand why. 

"Strange, how quickly my life had gone out of my own control. Magic was read; the old laws that governed the universe no longer applied. Now it was perfectly rational to take a nighttime stroll and through a tunnel hidden beneath an old graveyard to find answers."

This book is unique, fun and interesting. I kept wondering what was going to happen next. I liked that this book was unpredictable but then again kind of not. What I like to do while reading is make assumptions of how things are going to play out, who the characters are and what's going to happen. I actually made pretty good guesses of who's who. I like the characters and I thought the overall story was great. I felt that this book was well written and It was hard to put this book down once I've started. I liked that it wasn't full of romance like that books that I usually read, it was different. This book can be enjoyed by anyone at any age.  Overall I really enjoyed this book and think you will too. 4.5 Stars.

"I'd faced death so many times lately, it seemed absurd that it might be the elements that killed me after all."
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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.
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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. :)

  2. Great review it sounds like the anticipation was awesome and kept you wondering and guessing throughout - I love those kinds of reads they're so addictive!


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