Book Review: Embrace the Darkness (The Darkness Trilogy) by L. M. Justus

Posted October 31, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Embrace the Darkness (The Darkness Trilogy) by L. M. JustusEmbrace the Darkness (Darkness Trilogy, #3) by L.M. Justus
Series: The Darkness,
Published by Taurpio Publishing on January 1st 1970
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: eBook, Paperback
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
ISBN: 9780991936854
ASIN: B015HN8TUM
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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two-half-stars

A cure for vampirism is within Reed Hennessy’s grasp. According to legend, all he has to do is destroy the original vampire. If Reed is successful, every vampire on Earth will become human again, and he and his girlfriend, Sarah, can have the normal life they want.

If only it were that easy.

First, they have to find the original vampire, whose location is a centuries-old secret. Second, most vampires don’t want to give up their superior strength, speed, and longevity, so they’ll do anything to stop Reed.

With the help of their friend and mentor, Nathaniel, Sarah’s sister, and a trio of former vampire hunters, Reed and Sarah set off on their most dangerous journey yet. Reed faces a choice when he realizes the price he must pay for the cure: he can persevere with his quest or learn to embrace the darkness.

Review

Embrace the Darkness is the third book in author L. M. Justus’ The Darkness Trilogy. I haven’t read the other two books in the series, so I’m not sure if the writing style is similar. The copy I have of this book is an uncorrected ARC, so some of my comments may end up being moot for readers of the final version.

This book picks up where I assume the previous book ended, with Reed Hennessy and his friends searching for a way to cure vampirism. Embrace the Darkness is the groups journey to do so, and everything that happens to them along the way. The book was filled with lots of action, and some very exciting moments. While I hadn’t read the other books in the series, I felt that Justus wrote the book in a way that newbies to her series could jump right in without feeling lost. The characters were laid out in a way that it was easy to tell them apart, and understand the various powers the vampires possessed. As for the plot, it was pretty straight forward. However, while I liked the concept of the story, I think it could have been executed better.

The book is told from the multiple perspectives of Reed, his girlfriend Sarah, and another vampire friend named Nathaniel. Multiple point of view is quickly becoming the norm in the young adult genre, so I’m an old pro at reading books told from multiple perspectives. Usually. This time that wasn’t the case. As stated, my version was an uncorrected proof, but in the version I had the POV shifted not just between characters, but from 1st person perspective (Reed) to 3rd person (everyone else). This change between 1st and 3rd person took me out of the story, and made reading it difficult. To tell the truth, I think I preferred reading the chapters told from 3rd person more, as there were more chapters written that way, and the action seemed to flow better because of it.

As for the story, there were several plot points I found jarring. I never got the impression that the rules of the world were concrete, and they seemed to change. I also never felt as if the story was moving towards any set conclusion, and that the author never charted out the major plot points of her story. The characters would do something, and then back-peddle, only to go through with their actions in the end. It’s like taking a road trip with a friend who has no clue where they’re going, and didn’t pack a map.

Do I Recommend?

I do not recommend this book. I rarely say that, but it seems like lately I’m saying it a lot. The story wasn’t well written, and the world in which the characters live seem to fluid to ever get into the story. There are just too many great paranormal, young adult books on the market to choose from to read something that’s not very well-developed. Hard pass!

Rating Report
Plot
one-half-stars
Characters
three-stars
Writing
one-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 2.5

About L.M. Justus

Lisa Justus’ path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger. Welcome to the Darkness and Darkness Reigns are the first two books of the Darkness Trilogy, a YA paranormal fantasy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her next novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.

@Angelized_1st

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