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The Dark Light Hardcover – August 28, 2012
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Crownsville is a town where strange lights dance across the sky, lights that are enchanting, but usual. In this small town, Mia lives with her little brother, Jay and her Uncle Pete, a guy who's not that reliable and comes home late at night. Everything's normal, but kids have been disappearing almost every week near Crownsville. Then, Sol enters the scene. Mysterious and older than he says with a giant tattoo on his back, Mia's more than suspicious. Then Jay gets kidnapped and Sol is there. But no matter what Sol says, Mia knows that she saw a hooded figure and that the lights are part of it. And that Sol knows more about the kidnappings than he's letting on. But...exactly what?
ZOMG you guys have absolutely no idea how much I've been dying for this book! When I got it in the mail, my mouth literally dropped open and I started squealing. So. Much. I forever love S&S. but honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into. Me? I was thinking "Vamps? Weres? Nah, too cliché. Maybe...another paranormal species that Sara created?" but you guys, you guys, it was way better than all that! I was in another world. (Literally)
The world-building? Absolutely amazing. Creating a new world is never easy, especially when it's like a parallel universe except with demons, magic, a tyrant, and that "destroy-the-known-world" plan. It seemed creepy, dangerous, and enchanting all at once and I found myself drawn into the world, waiting to see what else was in it, what else I would discover about it.Read more ›
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Won a giveaway
(This review is a little late. I read this book back in September! The first review was originally posted HERE, on December 28, 2012)
For the year of 2012, I have not given many five-star ratings (most of my reviews are on Goodreads), but this book definitely deserved all five stars. I do not understand why the overall rating of this book is so low. This book is incredible.
Summary (from Goodreads):
Mia is torn between two guys--and two worlds--in this epic, romantic fantasy.
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she's concerned, that's about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia's not one to fall for just any guy, but she can't get Sol--or the brilliant tattoo on his back--out of her mind.
Then Mia's brother goes missing, and Mia's convinced that Sol knows more than he's sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol's not who Mia thought he was--and neither is she.
What I Liked:
I am going to be honest - I had very high expectations for this book. I am a sucker for fantasy, paranormal, and a little science fiction. This book met all of my expectations and then some. I expected to see a weak-ish protagonist in the beginning of the book, with tunnel vision (to find her brother), and at the end of the book, she is defiant and brave, but still wary and concerned about herself and others. I definitely saw the character development in Mia.Read more ›
THE DARK LIGHT begins in a small town with a tenacious but down to earth girl struggling to maintain as normal a life as possible for her little brother in the wake of their parents' abandonment. Mia works hard, doesn't complain, and embraces happiness where she finds it. Enter a bunch of missing boys, a smoking hot and secretive new guy, strange phenomenon, and Mia's brother vanishing. Without giving away the second half of the book, the setting shifts from Nebraska to someplace entirely other with new and frightening threats both creature and environmental. Mia takes this new situation in stride by focusing on the important life and death questions, and never once wavering from her main objective of finding her brother.
Based on the cover, I was expecting THE DARK LIGHT to be on the steamy side for YA, but it's actually pretty tame. Just a few kisses. The romance is still a large part of the story, but the focus is on the build up, the attraction, rather than physical interaction. Considering the situation Mia is in and the urgency to rescue her brother, anything more than a few kisses would have been wildly inappropriate. However, I could see the romance heating up in possible sequels (which I sincerely hope there will be, though nothing is contracted just yet).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the highlight to my Spring Break. The Dark Light takes place in a little town call Crownsville. Read morePublished 16 months ago by The BookWhisperer
I really enjoyed this book! I do have to say it wasn't what I thought it would be, it ended up better. Read morePublished 17 months ago by victoria
best book EVER I have to say I just couldn't put it down wow sara walsh can write some great books I hope one day they can make a movie out of this book wow thank you sara... Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by christa newman
The second I saw this cover I knew I had to have it! And let me tell you, I found this book to be entirely enjoyable, though the premise failed to give me a glimpse of the... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Lili's Reflections
This had a really interesting premise, but I didn't love it the way I wanted to. The book spends a lot of time in our world, before the main character travels to a different... Read morePublished on June 23, 2013 by Stephanie O'Neil
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
For as long as Mia Stone can remember she has seen lights in Crownsville, Nebraska. Read more
Great characters and vivid fantasy world. Couldn't put it down until finished. Hope to see more in the future.
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh is one of those all around awesome type of books. I loved every page - it was enticing, lovely, and completely fresh and new. Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by Erica
I didn't know anything about The Dark Light by Sara Walsh when I started reading it, but the blurb on the back of the book intrigued me. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Jennifer