The Dark Light
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy...more
"He said there were lights in Crownsville - that nothing good happened when they came here."
THE REVIEW OF WRONG ASSUMPTIONS
3.5 stars. I want to go a full 4, but point number 6 is a big reason why I didn't have it in me to give up that extra half point.
1. The Cover made me think this was standard YAPNR fare. You know the type of book - one minute you're swooning over a dangerous young man, the next you're wanting to to beat the ever-loving crap out of a girl for being stupid enough to fall pr...more
The Dark Light is quirky in that nothing about this novel is typical. It's not your typical fantasy realm with a bunch of crazy...more
"Sol continued on, his back toward us. From shoulder to shoulder, from neck to hip, was a huge tattoo. It was a bird, a massive bird, with wings outstretched, talons down, its head proud and errect. Against Sol's tanned skin, it burst in vibrant reds, blues, greens, and golds. He must have known we'd see it as he passed, yet there was not a hint of self-consciousness in the way he walked. He simply ambled by, knowing we watched, not caring either way."
From just glancing a...more
Mysterious new world!
What I love most about paranormal stories is, when you have no clue what to expect and when you start a story without knowing anything! When we meet Mia – nothing tells that this is story will have some paranormal aspects until her brother disappears and Mia sees strange lights…
I was shocked when I realized the direction Sara Walsh is going with The Dark Light! It was definitely not what I expected, not at all – but it made the story...more
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Did you say fantasy? Oh my God! that's my favorite word and here we have a supernatural-fantasy tale (yes, both a the same time) that delivers the best of both genres plus a cast of authentic and charming characters that left me craving for more!
The first hundred pages of The Dark Light were a bit slow but considering that this book is almost 500 pages long, waiting for only a 100 pages until the first Wow-moment arrived was practically nothing. Once the...more
I can say that The Dark Light took me by surprise--and it indeed has, to some degree--but I wasn't surprised as much as to give this book more stars. Mainly it's because I read a lot of glowing reviews that my hopes and expectations were high, only to be dashed by a few disappointments.
It has its good points, and thankfully, those are abundant. Looking at the cover the first time would definitely seem as typical a YA Supernatural book as they come, but really, it's not. Mia, t...more
For as long as Mia Stone can remember she has seen lights in Crownsville, Nebraska. No one has ever talked about it and it’s just something everyone accepts. Until boys from neighboring towns go missing and Mia sees a cloaked figure in the light. One day, Sol arrives. Mia thinks nothing of it, but while she’s hanging out with her friends she sees a tattoo on his back. Her little brother has the same tattoo. Questions begin to run through Mia’s mind and then...more
It’s not often that I dive into a book with very, very little knowledge of what to expect. THE DARK LIGHT is an example of such a novel …Strange lights around town? Would it be about an alien encounter or some other type of other-worldly invasion? …A mysterious boy named Sol? Is he the alien? …And LOOK at that cover! Ooo, la la, is this book going to be super steamy? Seriously, prior to reading it, I though THE DARK LIGHT would be one hot alie...more
Let's talk about the word "assume".
According to Webster the definition of the word assume means to take to or upon oneself.
I assumed many things about this book in the beginning-
Let's start with the first assumption-
Based on the beautiful cover of The Dark Light I thought this book was going to be rated PG(something I would put in the hands of an older teen)-there's a big sexual tone to it. She has the "this man is mine-come near him and I will cut you" stare. If you doubt...more
This book was amazing. I don't know how to explain this book, there was so much going on that it made your spin. I loved the characters especially Mia she was a surprise.
Mia is by far the best, there have been plenty of amazing ones but for some reason she has stuck with me. She is fiercely protective of those she loves and her brother Jay is the top of the list. When boys start to go missing, she is even more alert. Add in the new guy Sol who comes along at the sam...more
The Dark Light is one of the few novels I can claim has truly taken me by surprise. I am usually one of those readers who look up a novel before I pick it up, reading over both the positive and negative reviews and finally deciding whether or not I want to read it. Thus, I am quite aware of where the story is headed during the first few chapters and am prepared for any unsuspecting let downs. The Dark Light, however, was an exception to this ritual. I had seen its gorgeous...more
I went in for 2 books actually, and happened acrossed this one. I kept looking at it, read the inside, t...more
The two love interests in this book was boring and difficult to like. It also felt inorganic, like the author was trying to make you like them by portraying them in a certain way. Yes, one of them with is supposedly hot with broad shoulders, but his personality and dialogue...more
Good story planning, the world building was clear, bit weird on the romance and it didn't end up driving the plot. >But: I'd thought if you have every girl lying at your feet your whole life you'd be more skeptical with girls, but apparently Sol likes it bland and in a heartbeat. Throughout the book while Mia was with Sol, all she could think about was him being very hot. Honestly if...more
The descriptions of Brakaland were great as well- the au...more
Additionally, the jacket summary reads as if the book takes place in our world and may or may not include aliens from outer space. Instead, only the first eighty pages or so take place...more
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much and that really blew my mind with the fact that not only is this a good book, it was actually a GREAT book. I figured it was just another love triangle involving a good boy and a bad boy and angels or some such over done nonsense. No, no, and no. It's none of the above. Ifs a true adventure fantasy and it was pretty damned awesome.
The Dark Light blew my friggin mind. Maybe if I had sought out a few more blurbs about the book I wouldn't have been so shocked to discover that it was Fantasy and not Science Fiction like I originally took it to be. I mean who could blame me? The sample I downloaded to my Kin...more
The book is about the adventure Mia's life is turning out to be. Although the book starts out with a typical day in a Junior in high school's life, things quickly unravel for Mia. There have been several kidnappings aroun...more
THE DARK LIGHT is an epic young adult fantasy filled with romance, adventure, and intrigue. It is filled with fun new mythology unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Mia Stone is a headstrong young girl with a strange past. She knows want she wants out of life and most of it involves answers that no one seems to want to give her. Her brother has been kidnapped by an unseen force and she enlists the help of the new guy in town. Together the...more
I love the fact that Sol kept his mystery until the very end of the book. It kept me guessing as to who or what Sol actually is. Come to think of it, his mystery and evasiveness is the main thing that kept me glued to this book.
I also loved Sol's character. He is such a mysterious guy. The broody and tormented works for him just fine. This is the kind of story where the reader would just have to figure out (along with the character) just who (or wha...more
Strange lights flicker over Mia's town and she's somehow convinced that they're related to the missing boys. Then Sol appears, he's the new guy in town with a strange tattoo on his back. The same tattoo that her brother has. When her brother goes missing, Mia's pretty sure Sol's got something to do with it, or at least has an inkling of the strange disappearances. She's now determined to do whatever it takes to bring her brother back home, l...more
This book deserves 3 1/2 stars up to 4 stars, honestly. I wish that GR would add half stars to the rating... So, I enjoyed this book a lot. It took some time to really get into it, but I kept going and I got to the point that I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Great characters, interesting plot, well paced. I know that this is a stand...more
During a road trip to Wyoming, a local news event became the inspiration for the The Dark Light: A boy mysteriously reappeared a decade after disappearing. Thinking of all the places the boy could have been, and surrounded by th...more