{Blog Tour} Review & Giveaway: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Posted October 31, 2013 by Bee in Blog Tour, Reviews / 2 Comments

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{Blog Tour} Review & Giveaway: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Darkness Watching


by Emma L. Adams
Series: Darkworld #1
Published on September 30th 2013
by Curiosity Quills Press
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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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..

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3 Stars
Review

I enjoyed this book, although maybe not as much as I had hoped. While the blurb makes it sound spooky and mysterious, that is not the mood I got from the book itself. Darkness Watching mixes some clichés and a few original ideas, which makes it a bit predictable at times.

Ashlyn is the main character in this story. She can into the Darkworld, the home of spirits and the darkness is staring back. In order to escape the demons with the purple eyes, she accepts a spot at a university in the middle of nowhere. It is there that she learns more and more about the Darkworld. In a world where darkness lures in the shadows, not everyone is what they seem.

The plot starts out a bit cliché. You know how it goes. A normal, plain girl finds out she isn’t that normal as she thought and others want to kill her for that. But there are a few original things in this book. Like the Darkworld, which I really liked. I liked tat some things were kept vague, which made me continue reading the book and even though it was a little bit predictable at times, the story did surprise me at a few points. The writing was pretty good too, but I did wanted a tiny bit more world-building. I hope I get that in the next book. I think my main problem with this book is the characters.

I would have liked to get to know all of the characters better. Ashlyn was okay, we got to know her better than the others, but I didn’t really like her in the beginning. There are a lot (too much I think) of side characters. It was hard to keep up with them and distinguish them from each other. I do hope that also gets better as the series continues. Maybe focus more on the world-building and character-development instead of the story. But I do love the cover!

Overall this is an enjoyable read and I liked it for the most part, despite it being a bit predictable. I do want to read the sequel. I recommend this book of the Paranormal genre. I do hope you give it a try. After all, this is just my opinion.

Giveaway

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About Emma L. Adams

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.

Bee

About Emma L. Adams

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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