Saturday, November 2, 2013

Xpresso Book Tour Review - Darkness Watching, by Emma L. Adams 

Yipppeeee! I have been pretty excited about reading this one. Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to take part in the review tour. There is an awesome tour wide giveaway and you can enter at the end of the post.  There are also awesome bloggers taking part, and you can follow the tour by clicking HERE
Title: Darkness Watching
Series: Darkworld #1
Author: Emma L. Adams
Release Date: September 30
, 2013 
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
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..

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I read a lot of horror that features plenty of demons that can give me tons of nightmares.  But I haven't really gotten into a  NA novel that features a girl that sees demons and can see into their realm. So I was quite curious and excited to read this book.

It took me a little while to get into this story. I admit that I felt a lack of connection to our main female, Ashlyn.  The writer is eloquent and talented enough, but I think something about Ashlyn's personality didn't mesh with me.  What was happening to her was fascinating, but she herself... wasn't.

She is a timid girl that isn't very social. When she arrives at Blackstone University and finds herself living in close proximity with other young adults, she has to learn to adapt.  And she seems to, except that once in a while, her attempts at being a normal student out in the world on her own and developing friendships are hindered by the knowledge that she is either going crazy, or she sees things that other people can't.  

Or so she thinks.

There are others like her, and conveniently they are also at Blackstone.  There is an organized group of sorcerers, called the Venantium, that is spoken about, but not enough about them to satisfy my curiosity about who they are and what they do. But I do know that the group that is special, like Ashlyn, are rebels of sorts... breaking or on the verge of breaking rules, doing things that may not be sanctioned by the Venantium, sometimes getting caught and punished, sometimes not...

There are a lot of questions surrounding Ashlyn's abilities which go beyond what any of them have ever seen or read about.  Though some of it was answered at the end of the book, I still felt like there were some plot holes that, had they been fleshed out, could have satisfied me more.

This novel was a great adventure that had a Harry Potter feel which I enjoyed.  There was good suspense building, and outside of a few plot gaps for me, it was a really interesting story. Though I didn't connect with any particular character, they were well fleshed out with distinct personalities that kept the story entertaining.  Though this is the first in a series, there was a feeling of resolution to the story, with a great ending, that though somewhat predictable, was exciting nonetheless. BIO
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 for taking the time to review my book! :)

  2. Ooh a Harry Potter feel! Now I'm even more intrigued! :) Glad you liked it it sounds like an entertaining story!


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