Dark Migration by Sandra R Campbell
Publication date: August 2013
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Horror, New Adult
Blurb:Samuel spent countless lifetimes trying to forge a companion like himself, but his previous attempts were considered failures. Until Seanna. She is his first true success… and his ultimate undoing. Now, without Samuel to guide her, Seanna is lost. To survive, she needs to find out what her transformation means: super strength, the ability to smell human emotions, and an ever-increasing need to devour human souls. Seanna travels to Samuel’s earthly homeland, along the coast of South Africa, in search of answers. Here, she encounters several of his failed experiments, who claim to know the truth. These abominations lead her into a sinister world of chaos and destruction, where the birthplace of evil is revealed.
Seanna clings to the last piece of her humanity while struggling to accept her feelings for Samuel and what she has done to him. Just as Seanna embraces her fate, she is forced to choose between life as an immortal with the one she loves or sacrifice it all to save a world that does not deserve saving.
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Admittedly I am not the biggest reader of horror or thriller titles, but in this case I am glad I decide to take a leap and try something new. Dark Migration is the second in a series that revolves around Seanna Raines. This is important because when I started reading this book, I was lost so I did a little digging. I had no idea there was a first book and had to restart my adventure into this world. After being caught up everything was back on track and I was truly grateful for this second book. I thought we had a lot of questions unanswered leaving Butterfly Harvest and this one picked up nicely.
Seanna herself is an interesting character. She is this mix of strong and vulnerable that really makes her an approachable character. She has survived through so much already both paranormal and just plain human and in this one she seems to get some answers that start to lead her down a path instead of just throwing her this way and that. Add her internal struggle to understand what she is and if she is something that goes bump in the night or not and you have this great story that really revolves about losing humanity and finding out secrets. Personally, that's a great story to me and what a paranormal-ridden story should have.
On the flip side to that is the fact that this book had so many twists and turns you never knew what was going to happen next. NOT A BAD THING!! This is by definition a genre that should surprise you, you should never know what is going to happen next. Dark Migration has characters like Bianca and Kendrick that you aren't sure if they are coming or going and why they are really there to begin with, and others like Samuel and Val who you have so many questions about you can't tell if they are good or bad for Seanna. If all these questions and mystery aren't a mark of a great book, I clearly don't know what makes one. I'd also be amiss if I didn't mention that the growth from the first book to this one is recognizable. This one is much clearer about what is going on and you can see the development from one to the other as well. This was really a great read and I encourage you to pick it up- My Opinion- Buy it!
About the author:
Seanna Raines is on a journey of self-discovery. Only her search does not include college applications or finding a cool summer job. After killing Samuel Bolvayne, the ‘man’ she fears and loves, Seanna is not looking for who she is, but rather what she will become.
Sandra R. Campbell lives along the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with her new husband and weight challenged cat. She can trace her passion for the macabre back to reading Edgar Allen Poe as a child, with her pet crow, Big Fellow, by her side. She has since submerged herself in a wide range of dark literature. An avid thrill seeker, Sandra is always looking for her next big adrenaline rush, and when spelunking, climbing, diving and monster hunting fails to deliver, she turns to the creation of through-the-rabbit-hole worlds and sends her characters on their own adventures. Her first NA paranormal thriller, Butterfly Harvest, was published in September 2010. Sandra also writes children’s stories, is an active member of the Maryland Writers’ Association and the head of a MWA critique group.
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