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Dark Song

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,340 Ratings  ·  250 Reviews
Mark said he heard the dark song when he creeped houses. The song the predator's heart sings when it hears the heart of the prey. I heard it now. Mark said it had always been in me. Lurking. Waiting for me to hear.

Ames is not the person she was a few months ago. Her father lost his job, and her family is crumbling apart. Now, all she has is Marc. Marc, who loves her more
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published August 19th 2010)
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Aug 21, 2010 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ames life turns upside down when her hero, her dad, is caught stealing from his clients. Not only does he cost the family their livelihood, their house, their security and his marriage...he costs Ames her soul. Having everything robbed from her turns Ames dark. Wounded, she wants someone to take care of her, to defend her, to help her get revenge. Marc gives Ames everything she hungers for, but in trying to reclaim herself she learns giving into the musical lure of her Dark Song can drive things ...more
Mar 24, 2016 Kazy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was weird and twisted and sad and, and, and.... although Ames' complaining and naivety get severly annoying at times, you can totally see where she's coming from. It seems everyone in her life has betrayed her and then expects her to take it on the chin. Then along comes Marc. Oh Marc.... he is straight up crazy... not like 'oh i like em crazy', but like 'RUN GIRLLLLLLL. NOW!' crazy. He reeled Ames into his crazy world little by little and all the while I'm shaking my head wishing she ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Sonya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting something totally diferent from this book. I mean when the tagline on a teen novel is "She fell prey to the predator's heart" and with such a great cover (which had nothing whatsoever to do with the story) you think vampires, werewolves, danger, excitement, and if you're looking for that from this book then put it down, and read something else because this book has none of this.
It felt like the two stories were kind of forced together. The author should have either picked to wri
OK, so I read the ARC of this book in less than a day and I'm generally of fan of Giles' work. I more or less knew what to expect from one of her books: fast pace, suspense, tension and a hint of danger. This one fulfilled those expectations.
However, I had some serious issues with the balance of plot points. Or perhaps it's because the description on the back led me to believe that the latter third of the book was the primary focus. Either way, it was hard for me to reconcile. The first part of
Karina Halle
Jul 29, 2014 Karina Halle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 compelling and page-turning stars.

Short but engrossing. Well-written, though I could have used a lot more resolution at the end of this book. More length overall would have really helped with a sense of closure, especially with the relationship between the MC, Ames, and her mother. It felt rushed, hence the stars off. But anyway, I digress...

This is not a romance at all but a look into one affable teenager's life as it comes crumbling around her and the solace she finds in a very bad boy.

Peter D. Sieruta
Fifteen-year-old Ames Ford leads a charmed life: a mansion, an exclusive private school, and vacations to Alaska to soak in hot springs and view the aurora borealis. But her family’s lifestyle proves to be as ephemeral as those northern lights when Dad is caught mishandling money at work and loses his job. In this timely narrative, Ames watches in stunned disbelief as her family loses everything, Dad begins drinking, and Mom becomes cold and short-tempered. The family is forced to move from Boul ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This had the potential to be something good. Unfortunately in my opinion it was a huge let down. Character development was lacking and there was really no story other than this:

Good rich girl's family suddenly goes broke.
The perfect family turns on each other and immediately seem to hate each other.
Family moves into mean grandparents rental home and things get "worse".
Good girl, who is really hurt and angry with parents, meets abusive bad boy and becomes a rebellious teen.
Bad boy convinces g
Nikki (Tumblr.Books)
3 1/2 stars

I was pretty excited about this one. Good girl Ames who finds her life starting to spiral out of control. When she meets Marc, she finds herself going to the dark side with him. He falls for her. Hard. Ames beings to rebel and has to come to terms if she's really prepared to betray her family for him.

This is a hard book for me to review. It is set in two parts, and each part is completely different than the other. It almost felt as if I was reading two different books. The first part
Ilsa Bick
I love Gail Giles. Her dark, psychologically complex books are wonderful (Shattering Glass is one of my favs, and the audiobook is equally superb) and this book trends that way as well. Like Benoit's You, this is a story about choices—bad ones, as it turns out. The book follows Ames Ford: a kid with money and a storybook family who discovers that truth is malleable and things are not what they seem. (A hint: No, her dad's not a serial killer.) Once the truth comes out, Ames's world rapidly deter ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Madison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, ya
Dark Song was an interesting book. I read another one of Gail Giles's novels a couple of years ago, and while I don't remember much of the plot, I don't think I had much of a problem with it. This one seemed really good while I was reading it, but the ending was a let down. Looking back on the novel as a whole now, I've come to notice a lot of errors in it.

The first half of Dark Song is all about a rich family's fall, after the father makes a mistake and gets fired from his job. I don't think ma
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

"It felt dangerous. I found something dark in me that sang. I wanted to listen. Maybe I wanted to sing, too."

Fifteen-year-old Ames has been betrayed. Her whole life she has been one of the rich kids, until her father runs her family's life down the drain with his stupidity. Now, her life is spiraling downwards. Her mother is freaking out and taking her worries out on everyone else, and all her father seems to be able to do is drink. The only levelheaded
Kricket's a creepy one.

ames ford is living a charmed life with her parents and little sister, chrissy. they're rich and reasonably happy until mr. ford loses his job under mysterious circumstances. as the money dwindles, ames' former friends start whispering and she discovers that neither of her parents are being honest with her. she responds by sneaking out to smoke weed & shoplift.

after complete financial collapse, the ford family relocates to texas in an effort to start over. there am
Jan 06, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Song by Gail Giles is an enriching book about how you could have all of the wealth in the world, but it all means nothing in the end if you do not have a good set of morals. Greed, lying, cheating, arrogance, etc. all are contributes that can lead to disaster for even the most prestigious or, seemingly, put together person. This book tells the story of Ames, a sixteen year old, spoiled, upper-class citizen from a perfect family who takes her ravish life for advantage, at least until her wo ...more
Sarah Mapes
Mar 24, 2015 Sarah Mapes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts on the book, 'Dark Song" were confusing at first. In the beginning when I started reading this book, I was really bored and confused with it. As I started reading more and more of the book, and eventually finishing it, I found that the plot was actually very relatable to my own life. That made this book a lot easier to read. Because this book is so relatable to some people lives at home, I think I would recommend this book to anyone with parents who fight a lot. To be more specific, ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 of 5

Spoiled rich girl, fifteen-year-old Ames has a family she adores. A father she worships. A mother she trusts and enjoys. An amazing little sister. Her friends even tease her for spending so much time with her family--and enjoying it. But, sometimes what lies beneath the surface is enough to shatter one's sense of trust and reality. When her workaholic father starts spending time at home, during the day, and her mother becomes moody and tense, and her parents perfect marriage is
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Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
3.5 Stars

This was a dark and edgy book, and took you on highs and lows with Ames. It was an adventure, and I would recommend reading it. The set-up and relationship are very realistic, and shows how easy it can be to just fall into a predator's grasp-- when you are searching for love and they make themselves so readily available. However, I think that this aspect was rushed. I have been in a socially taboo, borderline abusive relationship before, and it takes much longer to develop and unfold. T
Madeleine Rex
Sep 18, 2010 Madeleine Rex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own, arc, little-brown

Review Sent to Little Brown*:

Though slightly riveting and bordering on the side of tragic, Dark Song failed to capture my heart or nourish my mind. Doubtless, many readers will enjoy it for its intriguing surface qualities and surplus of drama, but I can’t honestly say the book will leave any sort of mark. This story is dark and made me feel dark. So, while I found the premise interesting and the prose pleasant, I was rather disappointed.

Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
After I finished Dark Song, I had mixed feelings. It was dark and edgy, but not as much as I'd liked. Gail introduced a delightful, rich, and happy family in the first couple of chapters. A bond between parents and children that was respected and envied. Despite that, there is always a crack of imperfection behind closed doors, which proved correct in Ames's household. In a blink of an eye, they went from riches to rags. There super dad sold out his family and caused them to move to Texas. Every ...more
May 22, 2012 Annette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Dark Song has an interesting premise, I had trouble buying into some of the strange reactions and behaviors of the characters.

Ames' life is falling apart. She's always been the rich, private school kid who has never wanted for anything. Now, her father has lost his job because of illegal activities, which means he can't find another one. As things get worse and worse for Ames and her family, they end up packing up and moving across country.

The book's premise, according to the blurb, is tha
Dec 08, 2010 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very dark and very sad novel mostly because it is so disturbingly realistic. When 15 year old Ames' father is fired from his job after being caught swindling money, the entire family begins to fall apart, and Ames is left feeling alone, lied to, and angry. The family is uprooted from their expensive home in Colorado and move to Texas where they live in a more impoverished situation. Jaded against life and especially against her parents, Ames turns to a much older young man, Marc, who ...more
Becka dittmann
I thought it was a good book. It starts off in Boulder with Ames and her family living the lavish life. They had very nice things and a lot of money. Then their world gets turned upside down when Ames's dad gets fired from his job for stealing. They have to move to a little beat up town in Texas and had to start over. They get help from a couple of guys who were sent from Ames's best friend Em. One of those guys caught Ames's eye and she started to fall for him. She thought he was everything she ...more
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Jan 30, 2011 Alba BookPics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK...this is OFFICIALLY the one that will mark me this whole 2011
Ames...I started identifying with her character A LOT...not that my life came tumbling down like in a second like hers...but she feels...all along the book...took me by surprise and left me breathless since the beginning of the book.
Ames is the typical girls who has it all...and maybe more than ALL...but didn't know that until she looses all! then comes the big bomb. Her "perfect" family wasn't that perfect after al
Aug 16, 2010 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Well, it's close to fantastic. On one hand, the description of a family coming apart at the seams, and a teenage girl being lured into an emotionally and potentially physically abusive relationship with a predator are, for the most part, gripping and realistically written. The main character, Ames, has reactions that feel mostly authentic to me, even as I find her a bit of a whiney brat to start. But I get that she would react that way (how dare her mother shut down her iTunes account!) just lik ...more
Riveting book! I thought this might just be a quick read pretty much without consequence...just a good story. It's not. It's a book that sits one back in the chair with a serious, cautionary tale. I think it's a "must read" for parents of teen agers who use social media.

Gail Giles immediately enlists our sympathies for a father who has just been fired, a mother trying her best to cope, and teen aged, Ames, who's basically a "good kid" just trying to cope with private school. Ames is kind to her
Liza Gilbert
I'm not sure what the point of this book was.

Giles wrote the story of a 15 year old girl whose life undergoes some radical changes. However, there seems to be no moral to the story. Not that every story needs one, but this seemed to just be an odd moment in someone's life.

I would categorize this as domestic horror. The home life of Ames, the protagonist, is definitely awful. But what was the point? In what direction was Giles going? I feel like someone put me in a station wagon, drove me around
Brittany Durrant
“The Dark Song” is about a girl whose name is Ames. She starts off with this wonderful life. Her dad had a great job, she had a beautiful house, and she even went to a great private school. One day, her parents started acting different. Her dad hadn't been going to work, and her parents fought a lot. She found out that her dad had lost his job and now they had to give up their life and move to a different state and live in a small grubby house which they had to do a lot of repair on. She started ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Cristina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only give this book one star because zero is not an option on here. The book went from pointless, to weird, and then terrible. So terrible, in fact, that I could not finish the last twenty pages. The book is separated by two parts. Part one consists of a girl whose life went from perfect to unfair when her father is fired from his job. Part one kept me wondering what the point of the story was and where it was headed. I stuck it out for part two because it was an easy read and I hoped somethin ...more
Mar 18, 2011 Briana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ...not really sure.
Recommended to Briana by: Eden Muller
Warning: Some drug use, Mild Language, Violence/Abuse, and 4 occurrences of sexual encounters involving a minor.

This book left me with a lot of mixed emotions. I like it and I don't like it at the same time...and I'm too tired to explain why that is =P When I first started reading it I thought the characters were shallow and the writing poor.{I have read another book by this same author and really liked I was quite shocked.} The characters never really develop all that well, but the stor
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Gail Giles is the author of six young adult novels. Her debut novel, Shattering Glass, was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection, and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. The novel is about an high school boy named Simon Glass that is helped to become one of the most popular dogs in school by other students. Her second novel, Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters, was an ALA T ...more
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