Please note that the author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
I told someone recently that I wasn’t really into “dark” books, unless there was some kind of a happily ever after. After reading DARKNESS WATCHING, however, I realized I enjoy a good book, no matter the genre.
We meet Ash, the main character of the book, when she’s being stalked by demons–or is turning into a complete lunatic. Her visions lead her to blowing her interview for Oxford University, and she ends up going to “uni” (love the Britishisms) at Blackstone University.
She falls in with a group of student sorcerers who are in touch with the Underworld (I won’t spoil with too many details) and finally Ash is convinced she’s not imagining the demons around her, but she’s not sure if that answer is any better. The group wants to help Ash learn more about the mysterious origins of her connections to the Underworld, but this effort has some dangerous consequences.
Shenanigans ensue and Ash finds a love interest and some new friends, but all is almost lost in the end. Fortunately, it isn’t (there’s my happily for now!), and Ash will continue into a sequel, WALKING SHADOW, to be released later this year.
I found this to be an easy, quick read, and overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the storyline was intriguing, and I was glad this wasn’t the typical tale of angels and demons.
I was thrown off a bit by the cover. Before reading the actual blurb about the book, I thought it would have something to do with cats. (It has nothing to do with cats, which is good as far as I’m concerned.)
Unfortunately, I wasn’t in love with Ash. She spends a lot of time being anxious. On the one hand, I can’t blame her–I would be anxious, too, if I were seeing demons everywhere. On the other hand, I would have liked her and some of the other characters to be a little more compelling.
The book ends at a good place, leaving us with a lot of still-unanswered questions, and ready for illumination from the sequel. I can see the author has great potential, and I look forward to reading more!
I’m also very pleased by a few recent developments in my life. In fact, I’ll give you them in a numbered list so they’re pretty to look at.
In no particular order:
1. It’s supposed to warm up into the 30s and 40s this weekend, so a lot of this yucky, crusty old snow will melt.*
2. Last week I received my certification to teach history/social studies in Massachusetts!**
3. I am a newly-minted intern for the Reading With Me program at Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary, and I’ll be running the Tumblr account.*** Plus, I’ve started interning again with Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. I missed reading for her, and she needed me!
4. SavvyAuthors is going to feature me as their March Spotlight Author this Friday.+
5. I’m signed up to attend the New England SCBWI++ conference in May, and totally scored all of the coolest workshops. That’s what you get when you stalk the registration page, fellow writers!
*Yes, this is absolutely worthy of this list. I love nice, powdery white snow, but this gray, crystally garbage has gotta go.
**In addition to being a bookworm, I am a total history nerd. You just know I was super-popular in middle school!
**”Tumblr? What’s that?” you ask. Bear with me. I’m learning, too. That’s what internships are for.
+You like me! You really like me!
++Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. IT HURTS TO SAY ALL THAT AND THE ACRONYM IS HARDLY AN IMPROVEMENT. (You’d think writers could come up with something snappier. Anyway, tradition. And all that.)
+++And Tax Day will forever be my favorite day of the year. After my birthday, and, uh, my family’s birthdays, and I guess my anniversary, too, and perhaps Thanksgiving . . . ANYWAY, what a thrill!!