Emma L. Adams
Publication date: September 30th 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..
My Review 5 out of 5 Stars*****
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Emma is a relatively new author, but I liked the premise and am a sucker for a demon or two. Was I glad I got on this train? Yes I was.
I really enjoyed this story. Ashley, or Ash as she prefers to be called was an instant like-able character. The story starts with her and her best friend Cara stressing over the end of the world, zombies and a little old interview that would hopefully snag her a place into Oxford.
Only on that day the lights go out and Ash finds herself staring into the violet eyes of an unseen creature. Her life would change forever. What she didn’t know was she was staring into the eyes of a demon, and they were watching her, waiting for her and more importantly wanting something from her.
The story flowed, she didn’t get her place into Oxford but she did get get a place into Blackstone University, a university so remote in Northern England she felt she would escape the watchful violet eyes. She also got an early birthday gift from her Aunt Eve, a beautiful amethyst necklace and a cryptic note to ‘guard her heart’
At Blackstone she makes friends with Alex, Sarah and David and life falls into the normal student pattern until one night out at Satan’s Pit turns everything on it’s head. Enter the shadow creatures, they come from the darkness only Ash can see and they want to hurt her. Enter Claudia and her friends who know what Ash really is and they try to help her solve who is after her, and why.
What I loved about this story was the easy flow of writing Emma has, the way each chapter ended making the reader want, no need to read the next one. Ashley went on a ride, a ride for her life. I really liked Emma never shied away from making Ashley perfect. From the mysterious fortune teller to the very crazy Terrence. To the comical Pete to the horrible Berenice I liked the way their lives inter-twined.
I was a fan of the magic, the fire and ice elements, the harpies, the history and more than that I really like the fact there were no angels to counter the demons and the way it was explained. I will not view a demon in the same way I did before.
I have to say, I didn’t see the ending coming!! Another plus, the scene when they bus got stuck in the snow and she was pulled into the final showdown left me speechless (You will have to read it) I do have one complaint, can we please have some more love going on in the coming books. I was desperate for Ash and David to get together. I got why they didn’t (again no spoilers) but please, pretty please can David get past what he is and they get together.
I highly recommend this book, I will be looking out for more on this series for sure.
About the Author
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/urban 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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