When Darkness Hungers (The Shadow Keepers, #5)
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When Darkness Hungers (The Shadow Keepers #5)

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From J. Kenner, the New York Times bestselling author of Release Me and Claim Me, writing as J. K. Beck

FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 26th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Paranormal Haven
2.5 stars


After learning about the death of her sister, FBI agent Alexis Martin's hunt to find the killer leads her into the dark and dangerous world of the shadowers. Becoming a hunter of rogue vampires, Alexis believes she is closing in on her sister's murderer. On her path for revenge, she meets a man that's as dangerous as he is sexy. Serge has spent centuries fighting back his daemon. Finding a way to keep his beast at bay and help rid the streets of L.A. of rogue vampires, Serge is immediat...more
Robin Priddy
When Alexis Martin was twelve her beloved older sister, Tori, went missing. Everybody told Alexis that she had ran away but she did not belive them. She knows in her heart her sister would not leave her by herself. Alexis vowed that she would find her sister. That is why she became an FBI agent. She has been out of Quantico for a year when she was picked for a newly formed task force, there have been several violent deaths that crisscross the country. When Alexis sees a picture of a Jane Doe she...more
AH
Nice cover. Interesting vampire lore.


Now this was a different kind of vampire book. Different in a good way. When Darkness Hungers combines vampire lore with magic, witchcraft, and voodoo for a compelling read. J.K. Beck builds an impressive world full of all sorts of paranormal creatures: vampires, weres, and daemons.

What set this book apart for me was the intriguing vampire lore. Having read many vampire books, I’m always on the lookout for any kind of fresh take on vampires. These vampires...more
Carlyn
Alexis is an FBI agent and when she get handed a file on a dead woman her world gets turned upside down. The woman is her missing sister and nothing human killed her. Alexis changes her life and begins to hunt rogue vampires in an attempt to get the one who killed her sister. What she doesn't know is that someone else is going after the roges too. His name is Serge and he is not human either.
This was my first read at the Shadow Keepers series and I was intrigued enough to buy the first two in th...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: There is something for everyone in this story — murder, revenge, romance, vampires, and much more. Alexis is trying to find her sister’s killer and Serge is trying to find a way to save his soul.

Opening Sentence: The two vampires moved with steady purpose, the low fog curling around their ankles as if the oily darkness of the moonless night were caressing them.

The Review:

Alexis Martin thought the only bad guys out there were human until she...more
May Mostly Romance
When Darkness Hungers ของเจเค เบ็ค

เรื่องนี้เป็นเล่มที่ห้าในชุด ซึ่งในที่สุดก็เล่าเรื่องของคาแร็คเตอร์ที่ถูกกระทำ (โดยคนแต่ง) มากที่สุด เรียกว่าเหตุการณ์อะไรที่เลวร้าย แย่ ๆ จะต้องมาลงที่คาแร็คเตอร์ตัวนี้ จนทำให้เปิดหนังสือเรื่องนี้ เซิร์จซึ่งดั้งเดิมเป็นแวมไพร์ได้กลายเป็นสิ่งมีชีวิตบางอย่างที่ไม่ได้อาศัยเลือดในการมีชีวิตอีกต่อไป เขาสูบวิญญาณออกจากร่างของเหล่าผู้มีชีวิตเหนือธรรมชาติ และทำให้ตัวเองมีพลังที่คล้ายคลึงกับสิ่งมีชีวิตที่เขาฆ่า (เช่นถ้าฆ่าแวมไพร์ก็มีจะลักษณะเหมือนแวมไพร์ แต่ถ้าฆ่าหมาป่า...more
Lillie
3.5 stars

When Alexis was a child, her teenage sister vanished. Everyone said she had ran away from home but Alexis believed she had been kidnapped. This began her journey to be an FBI agent and to find her sister. After the death of her parents, Alexis finds her sister’s diary and discovers the truth. Her sister had ran away from home because of sexual abuse by their father. Filled with guilt and anger, Alexis continues her career of stopping criminals and hopes to reconnect with her sister.

Whil...more
ReadingDiva
**Originally Posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5


REVIEW: When Darkness Hungers is the first book I read from J.K Beck and it will not be the last. I enjoy this book very much; I was fascinated by the characters and the story.

Alexis is a FBI agent who wants nothing more than revenge, she lives to find her sister’s killer. She is aware there are creatures that live to hurt others, to prey on humans to make them their victims. During her search for answers she meets Leena a witch who has a...more
Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded)
When I started When Darkness Hungers I could hardly put it down. J.K. Beck wrote her characters with such depth I couldn’t help but be captured by the story. However, about half way through the book the world building fell short and other problems arose. I felt that many of the rules created for this world were being broken, and I can be a real stickler for the rules. There was also the issue of Serge in general – his character was well written, but he was not well defined. What was Serge? I sti...more
Guilty Pleasures
Daniella's review posted on Guilty Pleasures

Witches and Vampires are not supposed to play nicely together. Humans and Vampires aren't either. What is stereotyped as evil isn't always so. Sometimes the mixing and blending of worlds works and J.K. Beck has written it so wonderfully.

Sergius is a vampire that has lived for centuries who now tries to keep his daemon under wraps and in control. Alexis is an FBI Agent searching for the reason behind her sister's murder, vampire hunter sworn to kill and...more
Sandy
WHEN DARKNESS HUNGERS (Shadowkeepers 5) by JK Beck

WHEN DARKNESS HUNGERS is the fifth storyline in JK Beck’s Shadowkeepers series.

Alexis is an ex-FBI agent who left the force to search full time for the vampire who killed her sister. Tormented by guilt, Alexis focuses the hunt for Tori’s killer with the help of a friend-a witch. Leena’s powers stem from a family history tormented by vampires and daemons and it is with those powers that Alexis hopes to track down the killer. But vengeance comes w...more
Melinda
Vampires do not exist or do they? This is something that FBI Agent Alexis Martin is trying to figure out. Ever since the disappearance of her sister she knows that in some weird way they do exist. Someone used her sister as a food bank and just discarded her like trash. Meeting Serge, a centuries old vampire is definitely something to look forward in a kill. He is a vampire but yet in her gut feels he's more than just a regular vampire. Serge is keeping a secret one that nobody knows including t...more
Jackie

Book Synopsis


FBI agent Alexis Martin knows that vampires exist—because one of them killed her sister. Assigned to investigate a series of bizarre homicides in Los Angeles, Alexis believes the murders are the work of rogue vampires—perhaps even the monster responsible for her sister’s death. Now she finally has a chance for retribution. Even better, Alexis receives unexpected help from a sexy stranger as hungry for rogue blood as she is.

Serge is a centuries-old bad boy who stays off the grid—k...more
Brittany
I'm giving When Darkness Hungers 4 stars.

When Darkness Hungers is about Serge and Alexis. We learn of Serge in When Blood Calls, he was the best friend of Luke's who's had a real struggle keeping his Daemon down. Well after hiding for a couple of years, he's back but he's different from when he left. He's comes back as a vampire who has different tastes than the others, he feeds off of other shadowers instead of humans. Alexis is a vampire hunter, trying to track down the vampire that killed h...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson – LITERAL ADDICTION’s Pack Alpha]:

This is one of the most creative series I have had the luck to stumble across & I have had a soft spot for Serge since the beginning. His book couldn't have been better. The roller coaster of emotion & the extreme sides to every puzzle piece were thoroughly enjoyable.

Serge is a tortured soul, haunted by his past as a degenerate, his curse that may be broken but is still a part of him, the guilt he feels over things he’s d...more
Arlena
Author: J.K. Beck
Published by: Bantam
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 4
Blog Review For: GMTA
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"When Darkness Hungers" by J.K. Beck was a real good paranormal romance. I really enjoyed this well written novel thinking that this author was very creative with many twist and turns...with this being great puzzle being put together piece by piece.


One of the main characters..Serge was definitely one tortured soul...trying now to do what is good...Alexis....an ex FBI agent...more
Nikki Brandyberry
The Shadow Keepers series is one I’ve been meaning to get to for some time now. If you know anything about me know that I dislike reading a series out of order. I’ve been known to go buy the rest of a series to read before I get to a review book. However since there are 4 in front of this one, it wasn’t feasible on my time table and so I decided to jump head first into this one and hope for the best.

First I can say honestly that reading these out of order would be okay. I never had trouble under...more
J.A. Belfield
I have HUGE mixed feelings about this title and I honestly am not sure whether I enjoyed it or not. It’s true, I did read on until the end. Though, I believe that was more curiosity over what would happen and where the story was headed. In all honesty? The story turned out to be pretty predictable.
And that left me somewhat disappointed.
It’s not that it was bad. Because it wasn’t. It’s more that pretty much everything that happened in the story was unoriginal to the point it almost mirrored almos...more
Kelly % Books-n-Kisses
Quick review:
I was so excited when I learned that JK was going to continue on with the series. Another 3 book of The Shadow Keepers... YAY!!
But sadly, When Darkness Hungers didn't keep my attention like the first three book.

Full review:
I am not sure where to start on this review. I loved the first three books of JK Beck’s Shadow Keeper’s series. But When Darkness Hungers didn't suck me into the world again the way that I would have like it to. Now don’t get me wrong. It is still a good book,...more
Stephanie Collins
Let me just start by...

*SIGH* Sergius... How sexy was he? Let's just say broody, troubled, alpha, sexy hotness in one ancient vampire body...


Alexis - Great match for the broody Serge... She sees beyond the vampire to the man beneath and falls for him even though she should hate him. She has left the FBI to become a vampire hunter after the death of her sister. You see her sister disappeared when she was younger and she just never had closure. When she discovers what happened to her it drives he...more
Lisa M
3.5*s I like to read paranormal romances for, well, the romance. But the first half of this book was taken up with lots of backstory and flashbacks and very little interaction between the hero and heroine. And then, as soon as they did get together, there wasn't much to the development of their relationship. This was almost a DNF for me, until I realized how close I was to the end and figured I should just go ahead and finish it. After hanging in there until the end, the climax seemed a bit rush...more
Book Chatter-Cath
When Darkness Hungers is a reasonably safe, familiar story involving Vampires, hunters, and secret FBI divisions.
Alexis was an alright character, as was Serge; but I just didn't really care for them at all.
Yes, I got Serge's motivation for wanting Derrick dead, I understood his fear of his 'beast'; but I didn't connect with him, I felt he was very one dimensional.
In fact I thought Serge and Alexis both, were very shallow characters, the entire book was rather flat I thought.

The only thing I did...more
Dana Alma
When Darkness Hungers by J.K. Beck reunites enemies of old. Beck brings us Serge's story in this new story of the Shadow Keepers. I enjoyed the first three books in the series, but unfortunately When Darkness Hungers felt bland to me. The first two chapters captured me, but then the story seemed to drag on, and become predictable. Serge, for all his power, felt lifeless compared to Lucius and Vincent from previous books in the series. Alexis' character was wonderful, but I felt as if she was rec...more
Sonia Cristina
It took me so much time to start reading this book and I'm sorry know that I have. It's a wonderful book, Serge and Alexis romance was so sweet. I loved how their relationship started, slowly. I think the author did a terrific job describing their feelings, their anguish, the difficulty with Alexis feelings after making an important and difficult discovery.

However, the end didn't respond to an important aspect: (view spoiler)...more
Rosie
When Darkness Hungers, book 5 of The Shadow Keeper series, is a fast paced fun read, perfect for those times when you need a dash of witches and vampires in your life.
With both Serge and Alexis we get snappy conversation between two damaged souls who really should NOT trust each other, and yet who manage to work together to hunt down rogue vampires and bring them to justice (oh and of course deal with curses, kidnapping and all round danger).
This isn’t the best in the series, but just enjoy it f...more
Cferjani
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Nadine
I'm between It Was Ok and I Liked It on this one. The action and storyline were really good. It's like a grown up version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. The romance aspect though...was hot, but rushed. The main characters finally meet well into the book then two meetings later they're in bed and falling in love. C'mon really? Lust I can believe, but not love.

Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Look for my review of "When Darkness Hungers" on Romance Reviews Today in July 2012!

I liked this one well enough, but it is another shining example of slow going.. then a rush at the end and you're left going "Oh!... Well huh, it's over." Still, enjoyable story, and it was nice to see a talked about character finally getting his own chance to shine.
Kate Murray


The first several chapters she introduced a lot of new characters in to the series do she had to give us lots of backstory. I was bored with learning about new people when I wanted to read about Serge, but then all her work paid off and all the pieces fit together perfectly to make an excellent story. So happy for Serge!!
Loretta Barton
It was an ok read. For some reason I really couldn't 'feel' for the main characters. I found myself more interested in the side characters. Maybe it is because this is the middle book in the series and the first one I read but I don't think I'll go out of my way to read the other books in the set.
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Julia A. Beck was born in Mountainview, California, USA on 1965. Her father was an aeronautical engineer, and her mother worked as a secretary. She grew up in Austin, Texas, where she attended Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, graduating as valedictorian of her class. She went on to the University of Texas, where she received a bachelor's degree in communications (radio-television-film). Afterwar...more
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