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It was hard for me to get into this story. Although it begins with movement, not enough information about the world these people inhabit is given so I struggled, trying to understand who they are and what they're doing. The story moves slowly and there is a lot of narrative; I think young readers might find it difficult to enjoy.
This is a fish out of water tale. Caylen is a strong female lead, and it's through her eyes the story unfolds. There are heroes and villains and those in between, and there's also courage, loyalty, and even romance. The writing is competent and flows well. If you enjoy immersion in a brave new world, you will like Dark Houses.
The second-third of the book take place in the town of Yorkton, where Logan is from, and Caylen quickly becomes swept up in the political posturing and plotting going on in town due to her heritage. Finally we learn about the Dark House, a place where the government tortures and imprisons citizens, basically according to whim. In my opinion this is where the book becomes interesting. I think the first part is important to set up the relationship between Caylen and Logan, as well as the mother/daughter relationship between Nora and Caylen, but I think there should have been more focus on the action in town.
Dark Houses is billed as YA but I didn't get a particularly YA feel from it - it seems like the politics in play would appeal more to adults than teens. Caylen and Logan's relationship is complicated, and could possibly blossom into romance, but there's an element of mistrust that makes them an interesting pair. The "fish out of water" element with Caylen coming into the town, not dressing or speaking like the townspeople, makes her stand out and also helps to further establish that she is not a typical young woman.Read more ›
Disclaimer: The fact that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review had not affected my rating. This review reflects my honest opinions.
Have you ever read one of those books that have this addicting quality to it? That you start reading, thinking that you'll stop after this one chapter, but keep reading anyways, and soon, you're at the end, wanting more? For me, Dark Houses was that type of book.
Now that I think back on it, I'm not quite sure why Dark Houses was that type of book. Was it because of the action? Probably - there definitely was a lot of the action. Was it because of the characters? Maybe - the heroine was definitely strong, but probably the classic warrior type. Anyways, I'm exactly sure why Dark Houses ended up to be a favorite of mine, but eventually it did.
The best part of the book for me was definitely its plot. There was nonstop action, whether the nomads were roaming the forest, scouting, fighting, exploring the city... you get the point. Sure, there were moments where it might have been a tad romantic or teasing, but this book (thankfully) did not focus on romance, but on the action, and on the mission the characters were supposed to complete. I admit that especially at the end, the plot was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed the book nevertheless.
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The characters, although a bit typical for this type of novel, had personality and probably worth exploring. I actually found is surprising that when Darton died, I definitely felt a loss in the characters, and a little in myself. This is actually pretty unusual for me - I only remember a handful of times when I feel sad over such a thing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good, solid YA fantasy novel about a young woman who lives with a band of "nomads" -- people who live in the forests and are expert trackers and hunters -- being brought into one... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by James Fessenden
Well written and engaging, but rather predictable. I'll be looking for the next book in the series, as I would like to know what happens next.Published on August 12, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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