Author: Erin Eveland
Published: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Selladore Press
Review Copy: Yes, ARC
Why did I want this book?
I discovered this book on NetGalley and the synopsis sounded great! I couldn't resist to request it. And I was lucky!
One Girl. One Boy. And the Masters of Darkness. See the Shadow Creatures. They are everywhere. But you can't run from the shadows or the Masters who control them.
Catherine has been born with a supernatural power called Darkness. The Masters of Darkness have found her and it's just a matter of time before someone claims her.
An Interactive Novel A QR Code starts the beginning of each chapter connecting the reader to specific art or music that ties into the mood and setting of the novel. Using the quick response code in print and eBook formatting, Darkness incorporates visual and sound to heighten the reading experience.
The Cover looks amazing. Altogether, it gives you the impression of a gloomy, eerie atmosphere.
Darkness describes this story very good. Then it's gonna get dark for certain!
The writing style is one of the reasons, I fell in love with this book. I was already hooked on, while reading the prologue. Do you want a little sample?
"Searching the tomorrow of yesterdays, I have finally found you. Oh, my love, you have pulled me to you without even knowing. But as much as I long to take you, we have to wait, wait for the Darkness to enfold you, torment you and suffocate all of your being. Only then can you be mine"Did you get goosebumps too? I definitely got some! The prologue is written in old, lordly sounding English. You'll know instantly, that this man is dangerous and powerful.
The feeling of danger follows you through the whole book. Even though the normal chapters are written in casual language.
I should also mention, that the story is told by an omnipotent narrator who gives you the impression of being in a dark fairy tale.
We have three important characters. There is Catherine, who sees shadows since her childhood. She also hears the voice of Artros in her head. He tells her, he's the darkness and that he loves her. He also promises her, that they will unite as soon as she is ready. Catherine has no idea, what he means and later, when she's a teenager, she forgets about the shadows and voices around her. She lives with her alcoholic mother in a trailer park. Her only friend is Nathan, a boy from the neighborhood, she has a crush on. But Nathan is older than her and she is too shy to tell him. I liked Catherine. Her character has a lot of depth and she is a strong girl. After a while the shadows and voices are back and she has to run! Nathan on the other hand was a bit weaker than her but still a decent guy. He works at a local bar, where he meets a mysterious stranger who promises him to teach him to become independent and his own master. He wants to teach him to truly see the darkness and Nathan is fascinated by him. Too late he realizes, that his knowledge came at a huge price.
There are QR-codes in this book, leading you to songs fitting the story.
Stuck in my Head:
“She hated herself for being a coward and she blamed the greatest part of her hesitation on the confines of her life and the filth of Kathy soiled it with. Why would Nathan want her anyway? She was trash, just one big heap of it and it was no wonder he didn't stop by anymore. He just wanted to get rid of her. Toss her out like the garbage he once rescued from the alley.”What I didn't like:
Nothing to complain, I love this book!
Quick and dirty:
It is really something special! I would definitely read it again! It isn't a story with lots of twists and turns but it convinces by its beautiful writing style, great atmosphere and inspiring characters. Impossible to put it down!
... NetGalley, who gave me this review copy in exchange of a honest review!