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Darkride Paperback – January 9, 2012
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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?
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well worth the money. The story has it all love,loss,vampires,witches,werewolf ,good vs evil. the characters are all so easy to love. Read morePublished 22 months ago by brittany
Cicely has been in love with her friend Ander for years but everytime she brings it up he changes the subject, and whenever Cicely and he have plans a lot of the time he never... Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by sarah brown
I'm not really sure what to make of this. I liked the book and the way the author clearly delisted the lines between the vamps and how thy ended up bonding with their thrall. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by kathy harrington
What I like about this book:
- The writing itself was very good, I couldn't put it down!
- The characters. They were great. Read more
A thrilling ride of forbidden love twice over. Rede creates a heroine who inspires compassion in the reader, with competing heroes both worthy of her honor. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by K
I loved this book and all of the characters,all I can say is Vampires,Witches and Werewolves oh My.Please read this book it is a great ride.Published on March 10, 2013 by Vicky B
Can't wait for a sequel. Keeps you wondering which way it's going to go and then does a 180.
Very well written
I am very happy that I decided to buy and read this fantastic and well written book from you!! I enjoyed the way you delivered and how you wove everything together to create such a... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by JamieLynn Boothe
I got it because it was free and sounded intriguing. So glad I did. Loved it! Now I want to read what happens between Luke, Andre, and Cissa.Published on February 12, 2013 by K77F33@GMAIL