Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams 
(Darkworld #1) 
Publication date: September 30th 2013 
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..

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Darkness Watching is a tale of demons and magic, that force a girl named Ashlyn to take a hard look at everything she thought she knew and open her eyes to another world that shouldn't even exist! She thought she was a normal teenager just trying to get into a good university when she starts seeing brilliant violet eyes watching from dark spaces in what seems like the middle of nowhere. She doesn't know why she sees them or how, but all she knows is this can't be normal. When she arrives at Blackstone College in the middle of the countryside, she starts to unwind a whole group of people that can see these voids too and maybe she isn't going crazy after all.     needs to find out not only about these people but about herself and where she comes from as well as what she is going to do about these demons.

This is a wildly different story than any I have read about demons. It was refreshing to read about a character and situation that I haven't read before and     really did a nice job of feeling out that never-before-seen plot with the reader. It almost seemed like you were experiencing everything right in time with her and it really made it enjoyable to read. Despite her self depreciating attitude,   was a strong character. She was brave, even when she thought she wasn't, and she didn't freak even though all of this was so new and terrifying! Add to   the other characters that surrounded her and it really made a great coming of age college story mixed with a paranormal edge.

I think that was the reason I enjoyed it so much. There was this interesting plot of only child moving away to college and living with other people her own age sense of almost a contemporary piece, but then it had this huge over-arcing paranormal plot that tied together so well that you got a great growing up story. There was just enough normal to balance all the crazy magic and demon things going on that it flowed really well without getting broken up in huge sections that don't seem to meld. Plus, the plot twists I never saw coming so any time a book can entertain and surprise me, I have to say I loved it!-My Opinion- Buy it!

About the author: 

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 and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

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  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Great review, Kathy! This sounds like a great read and original which is very refreshing indeed! I also like how the story itself has a contemp feel to it. Glad you liked it! :)