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, but she can't get Sol or the brilliant tattoo on...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
"There have been strange lights in Crownsville for as long as I’ve lived here. Lights on the Ridge; lights on the river; lights that seep from the ground and then float to the sky in clouds of colored mist. No one really talked about them. No one really cared.
The easiest thing to appreciate about The Dark Light is how remarkably unpredictable it is. Either I missed all of the signs or that author is just that talented. Either way, I did not expect to be caught off guard by the plot t...more
Yes, that's the heart of my review.
It's really not a bad book per se.
But I kind of wanted to set it on fire every time I picked it back up, because I was expecting so much more... and disappointment burns. And I wanted to burn it right back.
Let's start with the protagonist, shall we? Mia. Lovely, darling Mia.
Here's the thing: if you give me a heroine who simply dives headfirst into whatever she thinks is the right course of action without considering the possible consequences for her and th...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
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
The Dark Light is thoroughly captivating from the very start. It starts off very mysteriously and I was hooked. Crazy things were happening in the town of Crownsville and no one there could explain them. There were these ins...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
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
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
Wow. Let me just say how much I very much enjoyed this book. I had such high expectations from it, and it didn't disappoint. This debut by Sara Walsh is such an exhilarating read from start to finish, and a must read for fantasy fans.
When I first came across this book (I think it was for its cover reveal), I thought it was paranormal. Guys, be aware this is fantasy. You guys know how very picky I am of fantasy but I really love the...more
I have to agree with many of the reviews I have read about this book, there are quite a few things that you see upfront that are pretty misleading such as the cover and also some of the synopsis. I think what many people expected, myself included was for this to be another paranormal romance. Especially considering the opening line of the synopsis. But it's not really like that at all, I was actually pretty pleased by that fact. It starts as a pretty average story, then quickly things get pretty...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
Sara Walsh's world was fascinating. I was utterly captivated and loved finding out all the pieces of the puzzle alongside Mia. The Dark Light of a wonderful blend of fantasies and I loved it.
The plot was SO GOOD! I loved that there was romance, but it was more downplayed. It was an aspect of the story but it wasn't completely front and center....more
Sol and Mia are the main characters and they let me down, especially Mia. Sol was just alright. I was expecting him to be this badass character (view spoiler)[especially once I learned he was the king's son (hide spoiler)]but he was just your typical hero.
Mia, on the other hand, didn't cut it. I didn't connect with her at all and I found her annoying with the decisions she made. Sol and Mia's relationship was....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
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 thought it was. I mean who could blame me? The sample I downloaded to my...more
Crownsville is a town where strange lights dance across the sky, lights that are enchanting, but usual. In this small town, Mia lives with her little brother, Jay and her Uncle Pete, a guy who's not that reliable and comes home late at night. Everything's normal, but kids have been disappearing almost every week near Crownsville. Then, S...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.
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
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