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- Print Length: 301 pages
- Publisher: Lee Ferrier; 1 edition (June 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0108GGLW6
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Peter Wharton is a wonderful character. I loved him as soon as he was introduced. He is a half-werewolf. "How can he be a half-werewolf?" I hear you cry. Well, for that answer you will just have to read the book to find out for yourself. He has a wicked sense of humour that just screams "practical joker", but he has a more serious side which I loved too. He is a bit of a rebel, but he has a strong sense of duty and loyalty to his family.
Lucy Beaumont is a wonderful character too. I liked this feisty young woman. She is a very powerful witch and is also Peter's only friend and confidant that knows who and what he is. She also happens to have a girlfriend. When several murders of supernaturals begin to threaten to expose their world to the humans, Peter and Lucy find themselves on a race against time to find and stop the murderer.
Jewel Hudson is a difficult character to describe. She is likable enough I suppose, but I felt there was many layers to this young woman that were not fully explored within the story. She does seem to have a sensible head on her shoulders, but I felt that she was way out of her depth within this storyline. She is an ordinary human teenager (or is she?) thrown into a dangerous world of murder and supernatural beings.
I had the great honour of being one of the first people to read this book in it's raw form whilst editing it. This review is my own honest opinion and I have not received remuneration for it.
I fell in love with most of the characters and laughed and cried as the story unfolded. I found myself on occasion reading it instead of editing, so had to go back over it at times. However, what struck me about this book was how well developed most of the characters were. They came alive on the page. The story is told through various characters' points of view, which made this book most intriguing as the reader gets to see their thoughts and feelings. I liked meeting Dante (a vampire policeman/investigator) and Scott (a wizard) too. They are like chalk and cheese, but when they team up with Peter, Lucy and Jewel they make a formidable team. However, I felt that Jewel's character (who is meant to be the lead character in the book) is over shadowed by Peter and Lucy. They are such strongly written characters that they (I felt), rather than Jewel, should have been the leads. I mean no disrespect to the author when I say this. I felt a little envious of Peter and Lucy's friendship. They are fun to be around and the love and respect they have for each other touched me deeply. They have been best friends for years and have a tight bond that has seen them through some rough times. I wish I had them as my friends!
This is a dark tale of murder and mayhem, not to mention horror, that had me completely riveted. There are a whole array of supernatural beings in this story, from vampires to werewolves, witches and even zombies and a ghost! The mystery, suspense and uncertainty of who the murderer was kept me hooked, as well as their motivation for the gruesome deaths. I must admit feeling completely surprised at finding out who the culprit/mastermind was. I certainly didn't see that twist coming! However, I couldn't make up my mind whether this person was evil, or completely insane! I did think that the rationalization the killer used for the murders fell a bit flat and not entirely believable. But, then again, if they are insane, it doesn't matter if their motives are believable to anyone but themselves. Right?
I loved the descriptions of certain scenes and giggled or laughed at quite a few, but there are some decidedly chilling and creepy ones that had the hairs standing up on my arms and a chill running down my back. The chase in the library was especially terrifying! I also found myself shedding more than a few tears during one shocking scene as my heart broke, and I cursed at the author for doing that to me. I had to put the book down long enough to mop up my tears whilst shouting "NO! WHY!!" up at the ceiling.
This story took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion from beginning to end. Speaking of which, this book does end in a cliffhanger, but this just made me want to read the next book as soon as possible.
Please note: This book is written in British English, so some terms and spellings may confuse American readers.
Lee Ferrier has written a fantastic debut YA horror story. I love his fast paced writing style and the flow was wonderful. This is an author who is not afraid to tread into dark places and kill off characters. In this respect he is similar George R.R. Martin (so I have heard, as I haven't read his books yet). This is one British author whose career I will follow with interest and would definitely read more books written by him in the future.
There is a lot of violence (fighting and/or bloodshed) and, on occasion, gore that may upset sensitive readers. There is also mention of sex (M/F and F/F), though implied and not explicitly shown). Therefore, I do not recommend this book to those who would be upset by this. However, I highly recommend this book to teens aged 15/16 upwards and those adults who love dark young adult supernatural/paranormal horror novels. - Lynn Worton
The characters in this story were absolutely amazing. They were spunky, mysterious, spontaneous, witty, and you could easily see the development in each character and their growth throughout the novel. This book mainly focuses on a half-werewolf, a witch, wizard, vampire and a human, contributing a diverse set of characters to the story. These very different characters team up to make the perfect supernatural motley crew which made me love this book even more. The variety of characters in this story was stunning, and seeing this group come together and bonds develop amongst them was even better. These characters face a numerous amount of challenges as they solve murder mysteries and often have to rely on one another. I loved seeing how each of these characters connected to help each other, and how their relationships developed throughout the novel. I particularly enjoyed Peter and Lucy's relationship, because you could see how much they cared for each other and were willing to sacrifice anything for the other. These two were rocks for each other and could always depend on the other. In a book, there is nothing better than a fictional character friendship, so it was good to see this present in the novel.
The plot of this story was incredibly unique and alluring, it captivated me from front cover to back! This book was action packed and suspenseful, and I found myself having a hard time ever putting it down! With plot twists and mystery, this book never had a dull moment in it. The storyline is arresting, and when reading this it seemed like there wasn't enough time to breath before another exciting moment! Ferrier's writing pulls you into the story, making you feel as if you are experiencing the events in the book with the characters. I was extremely impressed and amazed with Ferrier's ability to allow me to depict everything that was happening in the story with his descriptive and engrossing writing!
I give Darkest Nights -Awakening- a 5/5 star rating! Fans of The Mortal Instruments, and any other supernatural mystery is sure to enjoy this book. Another big thank you to Lee Ferrier for giving me the opportunity to read and review his book! I am so looking forward to more works by Lee, especially book two of this series. Everyone should get a chance to read this outstanding book so I hope that you, reader, will take the time to GET THIS BOOK, READ IT, and FANGIRL/FANBOY ABOUT IT! I can assure you that you will not regret it!