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Darkness Falls (Ravenwood Mysteries #2)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  647 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
April Dunne is having a rough time. There are vampires in her school. Not Goths, or Emos in fancy dress. Dangerous, blood-sucking semi-immortals. They run the school. They pretend to be students at it. And they're using their influence to recruit smart, rich students - aka 'bleeders' - to their own cause. What is that cause? April isn't sure. But she knows they killed a ro ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Indigo (first published September 1st 2011)
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Mizuki
I'm so disappointed by that book. The opening part looks promising enough and the writing is decent, but the story is ruined by the childish, immature, needy heroine and the poor way she and her friends carelessly handled the murder mysteries which haunted their neighborhood. And the ending is just bad, bad, bad, BAD.

April, I know your father was recently murdered and your mother was having an affair even before your dad's body was cold. Surely it sucks. But it doesn't mean everyone has to let y
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
I enjoyed the first book in this series and am always a bit hesitant when starting the second book in a series as often they don't quite meet the expectations I've built up in my head for how the story is going to go. I am pleased to say in this case I think I enjoyed book 2 even more and am once again left on tender hooks waiting to see what happens next.

I liked how this book did all of the things I liked in book 1 just as well. I loved the dynamic between April and her friends. I loved the fee
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Shellan
Das Cover ist rot. Irgendwie finde ich persönlich es jetzt nicht sooo ansprechend.

Die Charaktere fand ich irgendwie ein bisschen schwächer als beim Auftaktroman. April, die hübsche, tapfere, April, ist total überfordert mit ihren Aufgaben. Hinzu kommt noch, dass sie manchmal so naiv ist, dass man sie am liebsten schütteln würde. Eigentlich fand ich sie auch immer sympathisch, aber ihre ekelhafte Seite gegenüber ihren Freunden mindert diese gewaltig. Aber auch ihre nicht minder nervige Seite mac
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Lyndsey O'Halloran
Dec 01, 2011 Lyndsey O'Halloran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
To start with, I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book in this series 'By Midnight' but I did love the idea behind it so decided to give this one a shot with the hopes that it would get better.

Darkness Falls picks up right where By Midnight left off, following April and the bad things that have been happening around her. From here, I remembered how much April bugged me. Yes, she has had a hell of a lot to deal with so I could sympathise with her in that respect but overall, she's childish an
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ZeniaRA
This book was okay ... but just that . Okay.
It was a fast read and it didn't take me long to finish it, but still. It really wasn't that interesting.
I feel like they are going through the same stuff over and over and OVER again.
And well, April? YOU ANNOY ME!! She keeps talking about the adults behaving like children, but OMG! HAVE YOU LOOKED IN A MIRROR?? I know she has only just turned 17 in this book, but GOD, she behaves like a child! She is screaming all the time and keeps getting into fi
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rubywednesday
Earlier this year, when I read By Midnight I was really pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. I'd been really looking forward to the sequel and snapped it up as soon as it came out.
Sadly, it was really disappointing.

The atmospheric quality that made By Midnight intriguing seemed to be completely absent. April was no longer fun and independent. Rather, she was selfish and over-dramatic and kinda dumb. Sure, there's a certain amount of character behaviour that you can let go due to grief
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Throughout Darkness Falls I was kept constantly guessing over what was going to happen next.  Their was enough suspense and mystery to keep me guessing and wanting to find out what was going to happen, but not enough to told to give it all away.

Through most of the book I was still in two minds over Gabriel and couldn't decide whether I like him or not.  I didn't like how he acted towards April, ignoring her in public but being OK in private, but the minute someone showed interest in her her was
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Susan Mann
Sep 24, 2011 Susan Mann rated it really liked it
I am a HUGE fan of this series and loved the first book By Midnight as you can see from my review. So much so I went and visited Highgate Cemetery when I was in London, have a look at my pictures here.

Darkness Falls, starts were By Midnight ended on it's awesome cliffhanger. April feels guilty for infecting a deadly virus onto her boyfriend Gabriel, whom is a vampire. I really love April as a main character, she is a bit selfish in the typical teenage style, she can kick some ass but still lacks
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Inge
3.5 stars

This is a book I read in two days a couple weeks ago and so I can barely remember what happened, but Darkness Falls was a nice sequel to By Midnight. It still had all the intrigue, murder mystery and excitement as the first installment, as well as lots of historical details, which is definitely a plus compared to your average YA book. It's very interesting to read about the history of the vampires in Ravenwood and it was neatly done.

April and her friends are slowly but surely unravellin
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Joanne
Dec 19, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its good book
Sadia Mughees
why Mia james? why??! i was so excited for this book and waited ages to get my hands on the 2nd in ravenwood/by midnight trilogy, I will start with the bad points, darkness falls starts off immediately where the first book by midnight left off april recovering after a psycopath tried to kill her in a similar fashion to the other killings in Highgate area, she is well aware that she is going to a school of deadly vampires and decides to take risks further by mixing with them, knowing full well th ...more
Emma
Sep 18, 2011 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Please bear in mind that this is Book 2 in the series and may therefore contain spoilers from the previous book, By Midnight review here.

The prologue of this book brings to mind images of Jack the Ripper, the scene is set immediately just by the chapter heading, however I had trouble reconcile the image of Jack the Ripper as a vampire. This notion could just be my over active imagination adding 2 and 2 together to make 5.

The story picks up a few weeks after the stunning ending of By Midnight. Th
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Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally posted on Fluttering Butterflies

I was very excited to hear of Darkness Falls by Mia James, the sequel to By Midnight. By Midnight was the first book I finished this year, and I loved the combination of mystery, romance and creep factor involved in the story about an infestation of vampires in this fancy school near Highgate Cemetery. It was thrilling and exciting and I thought it would be a hard book to follow. I'm thrilled to say that if anything, I enjoyed Darkness F
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Ruby-Celtic
Jun 19, 2015 Ruby-Celtic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das Cover:

Ein super passendes Cover, welches durchaus einen kleinen Teil des Inhalts wiedergibt. Denn der Friedhof bietet Schutz und Gefahr zu gleich für April.

Mein Fazit:

Die Geschichte über eine Schule, in welcher neue Vampire angeworben werden, eine Liebe zwischen einem Vampir und einer Furie und eine Mordserie die ungewöhnlicher und grausamer nicht sein kann findet auch in diesem zweiten Band wieder eine tolle Umsetzung.

Es wird weiterhin aus der Sichtweise von April geschrieben, sodass man ih
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
'Darkness Falls' is the second book in the Ravenwood Mysteries series by Mia James (the pseudonym for husband and wife writing duo Tasmina and John Perry). The story picks up from where 'By Midnight' left off. April is learning to cope after her father's death and after the shocking discovery that she is a Fury - the one thing that vampires truly fear. Having introduced all the characters and established the storyline, it was nice to see a bit more action in this installment as April faces the t ...more
Serendipity Reviews
CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Holy moly! After reading a couple of reviews I was worried that this book might be suffering from 'Middle Book Syndrome' so I began reading it with trepidation. However I was quickly involved in the story and I couldn't put the book down. I actually felt more attachment to this book than the first. The characters had grown, the situation had become more intense and I was sharpening my nails ready to defend April at any given moment.

Gabriel, April's vampire boyfriend, whom she
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Lielan
Jan 06, 2014 Lielan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mia James "Gefangene der Dämmerung" ist der zweite Band der "Ravenwood" Trilogie. Nachdem sehr durchwachsenen ersten Band und eher schlechtem Start, habe ich Mia James noch eine zweite Chance gegeben, mich von ihrer Protagonistin April Dunne zu überzeugen. Und tatsächlich bin ich als Leserin in die Handlung des zweiten Bandes viel leichter einsteigen können, Mia James hat mich gleich von der ersten Seite abgeholt. Ihr Scheibstil hat sich auch drastisch gesteigert, denn es gibt nur noch wenige S ...more
Tjala
Apr 16, 2012 Tjala rated it it was ok
The story is of April, who has recently escaped a murder and is trying to find a cure for her vampire boyfriend so that he won’t die

I didn’t enjoy this book, whether it was the fact that it was another paranormal romance, which all appear to be exactly the same since ‘Twilight’, or that I didn’t like the idea behind it, I don’t know, but it didn’t go down well with me at all.

For starters I disliked the main characters. April was horrible to all of her friends, and her boyfriend yet they appeared
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Zoe
Jul 20, 2015 Zoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so I actually kind of like this book. The concept behind it is really strong. The idea that Vampires are recruiting for something bigger is kind of exciting, though the murders are a litle predictable (Maybe it's supposed to be, not really sure) The idea that the vampire thing is a disease is also super clever.
This book is very Teenage-esque though. I have too say April is probaply the most annoying female Heroin ever written about. In the first book she's kind of nomral I suppose, bar mis
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Ann
Where to start? The reason I liked the first book is the fact it takes place in England/started in Scotland, kind of. And I loved the cover. Conteporary. Vampires. Let`s give it a chance. So when I was on my vacation to England this summer I knew it wouldn`t kill me to read the second book.
I didn`t love By Midnight but it didn`t irritate me as much as Darkness Falls.
The plot. So killing the Regent didn`t help and we need another book. Big surprise. Vampires are still after April. Duh.
April is
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Clare
Sep 30, 2013 Clare rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: I wouldn't recommend it
April is such an annoying character that I couldn't even focus on anything else. The plot line was slightly dull and there were plenty of inconsistencies (such as Davina and Ben being natural vampires-i.e. born of other vampires, when neither of their parents were vampires). The rules the vampires lived by changed a lot as well. They had reflections but couldn't have their photo taken, which didn't make much sense to me. So the whole book was disappointing (the first book did at least make sense ...more
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
I really liked this book.
I kinda got annoyed with April, she didnt seem to know what she wanted. One minute she would really love Gabe, then another she would be staring at Ben. Wanting to bring down the Regent and help the students at Ravenwood, then another not caring about them and only wants to find her fathers killer.

She, for one should know things are not what they seem. But she always seems to jump to conclusions and be very hot-headed about things.

I love Gabe, I admit he could do with a
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Lila Wayne
I personally was awestruck by the book - and its prequel. It is actually quite good - except for the fact that the author is the bitch of plagiarism.

She has used ideas and terms from literally every single teenage YA paranormal novel - Twilight, vampire diaries, vampire academy, mortal instruments, bloodlines, caster chronicles, and just so many more. it ruins the uniqueness and the beauty of the story once you discovered that some of the stuff in the books were copied from previously released
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AmareCallisti_Tallyn
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Jennie Wallace
What a complete let down! I want to give this book a better rating, but how can I? April, the teenage Heroine is a complete idiotic, insufferable, spoiled twit. I don't know what's worse. Her words or her thoughts. What I mean by this is, someone will tell her something vital and yet she still acts like she doesn't have a clue. It's so distracting.

Plus, I think my biggest problem right now is she's not really making any progress with who she is. Okay, so she discovered something about herself t
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Carrie *take my hand & lead me into the madness*
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Mary Kruger
Mar 26, 2012 Mary Kruger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not at all what I expexted. I really though Ben was sweet and really just being interested, maybe a bit jellous, but never did I expect this! And my word the regent...some friend. I just really wish April would speak to her mother, she knows something that April needs to know, I can just feel it! Poor Gabe, always getting ti wrong, hopefully he gets something right very soon. Cannot wait to see what happens next. Who else knows about April and who are they actually looking for? Such a thrilling ...more
Tasneem
Mmm... I like the plot and I'm desperate to discover the mystery surrounding Ravenwood School. Some questions were answered but some were left hanging which means onto the 3rd! I especially loved reading the eeriness re: Highgate Cemetery, it's creepy, dark and mysterious! I really wish Caro, DI Reece & Fiona were more prominent throughout the book - I find their characters quite interesting and I wish they had more of a part to play. So I hope they feature a lot in Sleeping Angel. And lastl ...more
Leah Bosward
Dec 06, 2016 Leah Bosward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good second instalment in the series. Resolves a lot of things from the first book and we finally find out who the regent is causing more issues... April has grown as a character she still occasionally has her outbreaks which are definitely needed at points. The twists and turns in this book i did not see coming and Mia's writing kept the book flowing and made it hard to put the book down. As soon as i finished this book i have started reading the third and I can not wait to see what happens t ...more
Annmarie Ager
Feb 17, 2012 Annmarie Ager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More action..More secrets and lots of drama. I have to say i really liked this a lot more then book one i think it come down to the fact that there was always something going on and i had no chance to get bored. They was lot's of information to take in and the ending was brilliant i did not see that coming at all. It left we wondering what is going to happen in the next book and i'm pleased to say i can't wait to read it. While book one was not as good for me book two really picked up and exceed ...more
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