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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I77SNTW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy novels. When she's not immersed in her own fictional universes, Emma can be found with her head in a book or wandering around the world in search of adventure.
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The narrator was just great! She had good tone and pace, she had good tension for most of the narrative. She even gave some of the characters a different accent, which was wonderful! Really made listening much more fun. The only real complaint I had was that every time a male character said, “Oh, yeah” it sounded the exact same. Like, always, and it just didn’t seem it was supposed to be the same tone each time haha. But really, that’s not much of an issue, right?
I'd suggest this audible book for anyone who likes magic, demons, and fantasy in general.
Overall, Bob says: 4 Stars!
The plot would be acceptable for as young as 13. Harry Potter is scarier. There is no real romantic element. The female lead is new to college, and follows the basic well-used trope of "girl doesn't realize she is spacial, knows nothing, and basically floats from one situation to the next, always unaware she is being lied to or manipulated". I would honestly hope we would have stronger characters for young women to read about, but here we are.
All in all, it was an enjoyable book, and the writing was great. This series has potential.
She goes to university, and hopes to leave the demons and the voices behind, but of course, that doesn't happen. Things just get weirder, and more complicated. She has to deal with the supernatural and leaving home for the first time all at once.
The supernatural concepts in this book were very unique, and this is definitely a new adult paranormal to add to your list.
Darkness Watching is a good book..
I love the uniqueness of the concept and the flow of the story.
It's easy to understand and follow the events.
About the story, it's interesting and the concept is great.
At the first parts, it definitely builds my curiosity on what really is happening on Ash and
if what the demon's motive on Ash.
The story is different from other books, it's not predictable and you can easily get
carried away on the things that will happen.
The characters are easy to like and I love the uniqueness of each personalities.
The way the story ended, loved it and I know that the next adventure would be great.
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The heroine doesn't gradually put the pieces together and figure out what she is and where her powers come from; instead she reads it in a book as a complete solution towards the end of the book, and then just narratives it to us readers as a clumsy infodump. Meanwhile the characters are unbelievable - the main antagonist responsible for various attacks on the heroine is left off stage for the entire book, until he suddenly pops up in full mustache-twirling-deranged-baddie mode at the end. And the heroine keeps ignoring really obvious clues (or really dangerous situations that would make any person go: "I should check this out, or worry about this") for no reason that I can see, except the author didn't want to go down that route. It's just clumsy.
An example (trying to avoid spoilers): she's given something which demonstrates itself to have supernatural powers. But she never thinks; "hang on - what is this thing and why does it do this?" Instead she leaves it hanging around in a drawer, and never wonders about it or even considers it of any importance, DESPITE having seen it do supernatural things. It's just ridiculous, and she only acts this way because it makes it easier for a the author to bring about a later plot point. It's authorial intrusion and very clumsy plotting and characterisation.
There she meets a multitude of different characters, her flat mates Alex and Sarah become firm friends, the handsome David who she is never sure about. The totally weird Terrance. She also meets Claudia and her friends that tell her more about the blackness she sees and that it is linked to Darkness, the underworld and magic. Add the mysterious fortune teller Madam Persephone.
Ash is an easily likeable main character, with her lack if knowledge of what she is but with a hidden strength of character as more and more strange occurrences happen around her.I was gripped from very early on with this story, how Emma never quite told you the full story and left you wanting to find out more. I found myself totally absorbed and didn't expect it to take the turn that it did.Throughly enjoyable read especially if like me you love books with demons and strange things happening.I hope book 2 is out soon, can't wait to see which direction the next book takes.
Can't wait for the next one.
Now to wait for Darkworld #2 :)
First of all, I'd like to thank the author, Emma L. Adams, for giving me something I haven't had in a long time: spending an all-nighter reading because I couldn't put it down and had to finish it! I haven't found a book that made me ignore all my other responsibilities since the last Harry Potter book, about eight years ago - thank you!
All right, on with the review (this is my first time doing a book review):
Plot: I enjoyed all of it since every mystery made me want to know more, and though not all of my questions were answered, I knew there was a second novel and I'd be buying and finding out! Though I do understand now, when people say that a story should be able to stand on its own, but can have series potential: this story can certainly stand on its own, but if you want to dive deeper into this awesome world, more books are definitely a plus! I loved the twists: some, I saw coming (though I think it was always obvious who were the few people who had a mystery behind them), and some I was really surprised (and I found it pretty fun that some of the twists in here ended up being similar to the ones in my manuscript, and yet, so very different! I think I found a comparative title!)
Pacing: I loved the pacing from the beginning with all the strange events occurring, feeling as lost as Ash was, really living the nightmare with her! I'm not sure why, but at about chapter nine though, it felt a little...long. Not sure how else to explain it, but I just felt like it didn't pull me in as much with Claudine teaching Ash to sue magic. I'm so happy I continued though because it was from chapter ten that I just couldn't stop and ended up reading through the night.
Characters: I loved every single character. Even the ones I hated, I loved because the fact that I could feel such hatred for them, made them so real. I felt like I was Ash, some of the time, and so, when the whole thing happened with Claudine and David, I couldn't help but suddenly hate those two so much that it almost hurt - remembering that same stab of betrayal as the author made Ash describe it, very real indeed!
I'd also love to add that while this story does have demons and magic, I loved how it was also a time of self-discovery and finding out who Ash is herself - it really added to the character being real to me, while I read.
I'm definitely buying the other novel!