Thursday, October 31, 2013

*Review Tour & Giveaway*
"Darkness Watching" by Emma L. Adams!

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Darkworld #1

~Published: October 9, 2013

~Pages: 207 Length

~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.

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.

~ 4/5 Roses ~

Even then, I knew they watched me. That day, the fear began.”  Darkness Watching, by Emma L. Adams

Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets.  Could you ask for a better supernatural suspense set-up?  I couldn't, and picking this book to read for Halloween was perfect.  It's full of suspense, danger, evil and dark humor.  The plot is original, and completely gripping.  From the first page, this book had me hooked, almost too afraid to finish, but knowing I'd regret it if I didn't keep reading.  

Ash is an awesome character, and I enjoy reading about her.  The situation she deals with is fantastic, and I love her reactions to things.  She's strong, but sill human.  Emma Adams did an wonderful job creating her, the rest of the characters, and especially the demons.  Purple eyes, suspended in black clouds, and dis-embodied voices- just perfect for a sinister demon.  Very much reminding me of the Cheshire Cat mixed with a horror-movie demon.  

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It's perfect for when you're in the mood to read a book that will keep you up for the next few nights, wondering about the shadows in your room.  Personally, I think this will be a book I read on Halloween every year, and I hope there's more to read from this author soon.  

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review. 

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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review! :D I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I did enjoy it, thank you so much for the opportunity to read and review it! I love the cover as well :)

  3. Great review, Rose! Ash sounds like a wonderful protagonist and a very realistic and easy to connect to character as well! Glad you liked it! :)

  4. She is, for sure! I was easily drawn in by Ash, and her personality. I'm glad I got a chance to read this book- it's perfect for Halloween! haha


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