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Darkride Paperback – January 9, 2012

4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Darkride Chronicles Series

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Editorial Reviews


"Darkride had everything I need in a good fantasy/paranormal book. Action, romance, a heap of steamy and amazing supernatural creatures, and a main character that will affix herself to you. Everything about this book was fierce!" ~ Sizzling Reads

"Darkride is one of those books that you sit down to read, and find yourself physically incapable of stopping until it's done - and when it is, you still are burning to read more." ~ Ricochet Reviews

"The story was filled with action, tension, difficult decisions, and touching romance. I was swept away by the story..." ~ Ms. Martin Teaches Media

"Darkride keeps you guessing from the moment you read page one. Author Laura Bradley Rede does a great job of keeping you hooked till the very end.  There is a major love triangle... but this is no Twilight romance." ~ ParaNormal Romance Party

"I really loved this book with its fairy tale qualities mixed in with real life/fantasy. It was done beautifully and it still seemed fresh and new in this ever growing popular genre." ~ Once Upon a Twilight

About the Author

Laura Bradley Rede is a Writers of the Future award winner and author of The Darkride Chronicles (Darkride and its sequel, Crossfire) as well as the paranormal romance Kissing Midnight. She lives in Minneapolis with her partner and their three children, three cats and a small flock of city chickens. She often quotes Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula, who said “I have never met a vampire personally, but I don’t know what might happen tomorrow.” (A girl can hope, right?) www.darkridethenovel.com

Product Details

  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468187805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468187809
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,394,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Meegan VINE VOICE on December 14, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
**Full Disclosure Ahead** I edited a near-final manuscript of this book. After my read-through, I told Ms. Rede I'd like to write a review on Amazon once it was published. I typically don't do this for authors I've worked with/for (conflict of interest) but I enjoyed this story so much, I decided to throw caution to the winds.

So let's see...here we have yet another YA book about vampires, werewolves, and the girl who loves them....a girl who may be harboring some special powers of her own. And a love triangle. Ho-hum, right? Thankfully, no. Let's discuss.

Main characters. Cicely, Ander, and Luke are deep, complex, compelling individuals. This is a multi-point of view novel that alternates between the three leads. I usually avoid multi-POV books because I find the change in speaker/perspective distracting and rarely done well (as in all the characters sound like each other). But each had their own distinctive voices, quirks, and motivations which helped me dive into their respective chapters without a hitch. Cicely is strong without being over-the-top about it. How refreshing to come across a female lead who has a spine and a brain but doesn't suddenly turn into a martial arts expert or a pile of mush around the male leads. Ander and Luke seem to be headed for the "rival supernatural guys" category a la Twilight but the similarities are surface only, especially as we get detailed glimpses into their backstories. Luke slowly becomes more sympathetic without losing his hard edge, and Ander's boy-next-door vibe gets turned on its ear as his story unfolds.

Supporting characters. Generally speaking, this is where many books go from great to good.
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So we have Cicely who has been in love with Ander, her best friend for 4 years. Ander has made in clear to her he wants nothing more than friendship from her though. Then there is Luke, the sexy vampire who comes to town to make Cicely fall in love with him, then betray her like her ancestor did to him long ago. And Ander who is secretly in love with Cicely, but cannot do anything about it because he is a monster that could hurt her; he is a werewolf. Yep, that about sums it up. Or does it??

What happens when Ander has to separate himself from Cicely even more in order to protect her? What happens when the vampire who is out to kill Cicely starts falling in love with her, jeopardizing the curse that could make him Immortal again? And what happens when Cicely falls for both guys? *Sheesh* What is a girl to do?

When I first opened Darkride up I saw it was over 500 pages on my nook, I thought `good grief this is going to take forever to read'. But once I started the pages flew by. I was grabbed right from the start until the very last word. I loved the characters and the whole plot was positively appealing. Each chapter was a different POV of either Luke, Cicely or Ander; getting their take and feeling what they felt. And just when I thought I was rooting for one guy, I would have a change of heart for the other. I absolutely adored both guys in the story.

Rede brings a new take on Vampire/Werewolf/Loner Girl Love Triangles. It was kinda refreshing thinking `Huh there is no way out for any of them...they stand no chance'. *Insert evil cackle here* But is there a happy ending for any of them? Well guess you're just going to have to read it ain't ya?

Must read!

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Here's how I was introduced to this book: My friend posted a recommendation on FB and said, "I know what you're thinking. Vampires, werewolves, love triangle? Been there, done that, no thanks. But this one is like nothing you've read. Get it! You will devour it."

So I did, even though I was sure I had no interest in vampires, werewolves, and love triangles. But she was right. When I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I don't want to say too much, because there isn't much I can say that wouldn't be a spoiler on some level. I cried at one point. The end made me... angry. I didn't want it to end that way. I didn't want it to end at all! That's how immersed I was in the lives of these characters. It's scarier, sexier, more well-written, and far, far less vapid than that *other* vampire/werewolf/love triangle you've heard tell about.

The plot twists are intense. It's hard to pull off this much action without feeling forced or silly, but nothing in this book felt forced or silly to me. I loved it. This particular vamp world is a lot different from other stories I've read or seen on TV lately, and the background info is delivered beautifully. The world-building is great.

There are *some* elements that might have... flowed more smoothly (?) if this were a traditionally pubbed book instead of a self-pub. Some of the "edges" are just a tiny, tiny bit rough. For me, this was a bonus, not a detractor. I'm tired of overly predictable, cookie-cutter, safe YA. Again, I can't go into details without adding spoilers, but suffice it to say that some of the plot twists would probably not have survived an editor's red pen. Especially toward the end. But, as I said, these are bonuses for me. In the YA genre especially, the best I've read lately has been self-pubbed.
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