Friday, December 6, 2013

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Eighteen-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 never give up, and their focus on Ash 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..."

Hmm...Creepy sounding, right? Well, it isn't as creepy as you think. If the color of the cat's eyes are midnight black, then the book will be damn scary. But it's not.

Just clearing up that point.

Anyway, Darkness Watching is a really, really, really short book. How short? Eh...It's in a small font, but it's short. (So is this review if you are reading from my blog and not the Goodreads page). It's about two hundred pages. Mas o menos. Something like that.

The plot of Darkness Watching is kind of confusing. The first chapter was an entire blur. I barely understood a single word of the book. That's how bad the first chapter is. It covers about a month (or so, maybe more) of Ash's poor life (And demons aren't that scary. Because they have purple eyes and follow you around to do nothing).

The writing. The author's writing is pretty good, but I think it could go under a few changes. Wait, I got this mixed up. Redo: The plot can go under some really good plastic surgery. The writing can be a little more descriptive. There we go.

Ash, Ash, Ash. It's a pretty name for a girl. Anyway, I wish the author spend some more time expanding on Ash's characteristics. She is not exactly memorable. I mean there's a few traits about her that stands out, but...really? Ash, the heroine after all this time...Come on, she's not exactly the best for the job. Even though her job is passed through blood, not choice and choosing and Sorting Hats.

But there is a character worth watching. Yes, yes, yes. The guy. Uh-huh, he is definitely worth watching, looking...I mean examining. He's not a bad character, but he's definitely hot and swanky. I wish the author made Ash spend more time with him.

But overall, I'm not looking too forward to the sequel.

Rating: Three out of Five

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