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Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith

25255717Title: Darkhaven
Author: A.F.E. Smith
Published: July 2, 2015
Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Darkhaven has always been ruled by the Nightshades, a long line of Changers.  But Ayla Nightshade, second-born and half-blood, never expected to be one of those rulers.  Her brother’s gift has not yet manifested, leaving their father to declare Ayla as his heir, despite her objection and outright refusal to take the throne.  And when a Changer is implicated in a series of attacks, suspicion falls squarely on Ayla as the only person capable of committing them.  But Ayla swears her innocence and sets out to find out who is responsible.  Her brother, Myrren, is convinced Ayla cannot be behind the attacks and sets out on his own quest for the truth.  But sometimes the truth is more fantastical than one might expect, and even when it’s unexpected, can the truth still set you free?

This is a very well-written fantasy adventure and whodunnit that reads incredibly smoothly.  It honestly did not feel at all like it was 400 pages–I was enthralled and entertained.  The world that the author has created is rich and the characters are both endearing and frustrating at the same time.

The revelation of the Changer responsible for the attacks didn’t thrill me, but mostly because I’ve never been a fan of stories that resolve like that (trying very hard to avoid spoilers).  That said, I did enjoy this one and recommend it to fans of fantasy and paranormal…with a hint of mystery and adventure rolled in.

Tour: Book Review & Giveaway: Ignite the Shadows by Ingrid Seymour


Title: Ignite the Shadows
Author: Ingrid Seymour
Published: April 23, 2015
Pages: 400
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Websites: Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble


Sixteen-year-old Marci Guerrero is one of the best teen hackers in Seattle. However, she’d give up all her talents to know she isn’t crazy.

Marci feels possessed by what she perceives as shadowy spectres that take control of her body and make her do crazy things. While spying on the clandestine group known as IgNiTe, she’s confronted by the leader, James McCray. His presence stirs the spectres inside her brain into a maddening frenzy. Her symptoms and ability to control them don’t go unnoticed by James, who soon recruits her and shows her the awful truth.

Half of the world’s population is infected by sentient parasites. They bind themselves to the human brain and replace the pathways for all thoughts and actions. The creatures then morph their hosts into grotesque monsters with extraordinary strengths. Winged, clawed, fanged half-humans become living nightmares. Now Marci wishes she was crazy, because the truth is worse.

She’s infected.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

What an intriguing world that the author has created. There’s a unique richness to the characters, the setting, and the story that I really appreciated as a reader. Furthermore, there’s some refreshing originality in the way the plot rolls out that I felt was a bit different than other YA sci-fi. (Yes, there is still the whole cliche of the female protagonist having romantic angst, but at least it didn’t end up becoming the sole focus of Marci’s motivation here as has been the larger trend of late.)

Overall, I found this to be a very interesting read. It was quick for its length and easy to understand. It wasn’t difficult to get immersed in this world, either. Recommended for YA sci-fi fans, for sure.


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