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Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,562 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
Rylie has it all - great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published July 28th 2012 by Valknut Press, LLC
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It's really a 3.5 stars. Also I had a fabulous time Buddy Reading this with the lovely, fantastic Nellysa!

So Song Choice: "Multiply the Heartaches" by Cake, and "Bang On" by the Breeders - which its not everyone, its just two certain characters i am talking about...

So first thoughts: Both Nellysa and I agreed on this...its a hard book to rate. While the writing and story flowed amazingly well, and a book just 10 pages shy of 300 we couldn't put it down. We ended up adding more chapters to our d
Jan 03, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Heather andrews
Apr 15, 2013 Heather andrews rated it it was amazing
Some lines in the book were just pure OO-LA-LA's, "My heart raced, and I pressed my body to his as I slid my hands up his chest." See oo-la-la. Adam he is such a sweetheart (might be a little to sweet for me as ya'll know how I like my men) but he's just the sweetest, "You know I don't mind your mom's burnt cooking if it means I can spend more time with you." Adam and Rylie have a great relationship (to me it seems a little to picture perfect but as you get into my review you'll understand why I ...more
So much potential. The characters sucked. No one was strong enough for the story. And the story jumped from one way to another without any smooth flow. Disappointed :( 2 stars
Jodi Brooks
Aug 10, 2013 Jodi Brooks rated it it was amazing
You will not find any good spoilers here,sorry,if you want to know what happens,buy the book and read it and leave your own thoughts. I can only tell you what and how I feel I feel about the book.

Julia Crane is a talented writer and she is great at what she does....Write.

She puts her heart and soul into ever things she writes and with that she brings you into her world and into her books and in the life of her characters and their story.

Dark Promise is no exception to her rules and talent.

This b
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Nov 18, 2013 Kagama-the Literaturevixen rated it did not like it
Shelves: faeries, dnf
This is not a book I would recommend. It starts witht this whole expositional prologue from the main characters birth mother so from the instant we read this know the main character is like superspecial.I have read this kind of prologue Before and its hardly original and destroys the mystery and any potential buildup to finding out the truth about her past the character migth have once she discovers she is different.. Then we switch to the present with her putting on makeup and telling the reade ...more
Dark Promise first caught my interest because of the beautiful cover. I don't remember that I read any ya or adult paranormal/fantasy novel where main character was a fairy, so of course I was intrigued. This is book for all Tinkerbell fans out there and all who dreamed to have fairy wings when they were a child.

Rylie is perfectly ordinary teenage girl: bored at school and obsessed with her appearance. The only thing that I found interesting about her is that she suffers from OCD so she has all
Teneille Pryce
I have many mixed emotions about the MC. Sometimes she can be unnecessarily annoying and selfish. At other times she's humorous and a decent character. Overall the plot is okay and Kal is an interesting character. I feel like this book is just the set up to an awesome book 2. I have no idea I'm just hoping. This is not a must read, but it is enjoyable. There's nothing to lose like in other book where you throw tantrum and wonder why. Not great but good. I hope this review isn't as long as it loo ...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Rylie is just a normal teenage girl that’s about to celebrate her sixteenth birthday. She has a great boyfriend, Adam, who is also one of her best friends, and another best girl-friend, Sierra. As her birthday approaches she starts to feel strange and like someone is watching her. She starts to get backaches and headaches.

Before her birthday, she finds out that the person that has been watching her, is her birth mother, Azura, who claims that both of them are fairies. According to Azura, the blu
Victoria Rapaglia
Jul 14, 2013 Victoria Rapaglia rated it it was amazing
I will start this review by saying Julie Crane and Talia Jager have hit a gold mine with this magnificent series and I hope they continue it. Rylie is an amazing character who has it all friends,a boyfriend and amazing home life. A girl only turns 16 once, but things go from good to bad in a matter of minutes when she finds out a secret about herself that make her world crumple. All the characters in this book are amazing from her best friend to the new boy Kallan. As Rylie tries to sort out her ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Okay so can I say that I absolutely loved this book and I need book two right away. I have a slight confession to make I really do not read books about fairies. I am not sure why I don't like most books but when I try and read them I can't stay focused enough to continue to read them. But this world that Julia and Talia have created drew me in right from the start. I mean the descriptions are so freaking fantastic that I was drawn right from the beginning. Plus there is so much going on for the ...more
Yianna Yiannacou
Aug 23, 2013 Yianna Yiannacou rated it liked it
The one thing I learned about reading many, many books is that the author can make the book as short and as long as they want to. In this case, the author made it as short as possible! After finishing the book it felt like I had only finished one chapter. I kept turning the kindle pages to no avail. I was a little bit pissed that the author would make two books.

This book is about Rylie, who on her sixteenth birthday turns into a faery. Her real mother comes for her to teach her the ways of the
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Oct 13, 2012 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it it was amazing
I wanted to rip the wings out of my back and cut my ears off. Stupid faery world. My body filled with rage, and I lashed out at the mirror again

Dark Promise was a magnificent read! When it comes to paranormal, hands down fae is my favorite. Sadly though they are lacking in the literary world, I see tons of werewolf, vampire, and mermaid books out there…but fae seems like the paranormal that just isn’t written about as much. So when I heard about Dark Promise I was more than ecstatic, not only wa
Michelle Book Briefs
I loved the summary of Dark Promise but the cover was not my favorite, so I didn't really know what to expect from the book. I really like Julia Crane's writing so I wanted to give it a try. I am so glad that I did! Dark Promise is one of my favorite books of 2012, and my favorite fey book ever! I loved it all. I loved the characters, the plot and the world that Julia and Talia masterfully created.

Rylie has such a perfect little life, with her super sweet boyfriend Adam, and great parents. Then
Feb 15, 2013 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Rylie is a lucky girl. She has wonderful, loving parents. Great friends and the most wonderful boyfriend that any girl could ask for. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Rylie starts feeling strange, as if she is somehow changing. The night before her birthday, a strange lady comes to visit them and tells an incredible tale of how she is Rylie's birth mother. Rylie is going to turn into a faery on her sixteenth birthday and obtain incredible powers. Azure must keep Rylie safe because some faer ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, review
Dark Promise is a beautifully written story about faeries. I love Riley's determination in Dark Promise, no matter what she's not about to back down. The description was very in depth and I felt like I could picture every detail of the story. I really loved Dark Promise and can't wait for a sequel, I highly recommend this book.

Riley's world has just been turned upside down. Her life isn't perfect but pretty close to it, she has the hot boyfriend, Adam and lives with her parents, her mom the scho
Lori Palle
Jul 18, 2013 Lori Palle rated it really liked it
(Originally posted on my blog and shortened here for brevity; minor spoilers)

Dark Promise is told through the viewpoint of Rylie McCallister and flows in a relaxing way; you're basically reading about the details about Rylie's life, from putting on make-up to failing a pop quiz. It's very character-driven; aside from a few skirmishes, there aren't battle scenes or crazy displays of faery powers. We watch as Rylie goes from a very normal teen to one trying to make the best of the situation in a b
Sep 09, 2012 Naiche rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Excuse me while I attempt to recover from the epic ending of this novel and pine for the next book in the series. I had no idea that this storyline was going to end up being this exciting! It started off a tad bit slow, and I was unsure how I felt about another faery story. But by the end, I literally kept pressing the "next page" button on my Kindle, desperate for more. Dark Promise is full of excitement, suspense, and romance - everything a YA Fantasy should be. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Rylie is just about to turn sweet sixteen. She has great friends, an awesome boyfriend, and even likes and gets along with her parents. The night before her birthday a strange woman arrives and tells Rylie that her real name is Oleander and that she is really her baby, and a fairy. She also warns that dark fairies well come after her because of a deal her father tried to make when she was a baby. Rylie's world is rocked by the news and she tries to hold it together as she sprouts rings and point ...more
Aug 30, 2014 Jilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faeries-fae
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Heather Adkins
Aug 28, 2012 Heather Adkins rated it it was amazing
Dark Promise is the second collaboration between Crane & Jager, and it's my favorite of the two. It is the story of Rylie, a faery raised by humans who has no idea what she is. But on her sixteenth birthday, something big happens -- and she's thrust into a world she never knew existed.

I am firmly in the Team Kallan ballpark, as I believe faeries belong with faeries hehehe. He's dark and brooding, a lot like a younger "Angel" from BtVS, and I find that SO much hotter than Adam's boy-next-door
Jul 22, 2014 Michelé rated it it was amazing
Was going to give it 4 stars because of the beginning and writing but I fell in love with the story!!! Don't find many fairy books that I like. Very quick read.
Jan 04, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebooks-i-own
3.5 stars to be exact. I couldn't justify a 4 star, since the book started out so slow. It really didn't get going until past the half way point. But then it did move quickly and I was sucked right in.

And boy, do I ever LOVE that cover!!

Too bad the cover was better than the book!
Devz Milady
Apr 19, 2016 Devz Milady rated it liked it
I am stumped by books like these.

Cos the plot is not bad, the writing skills are not too bad and the way story progresses is also not too bad.
But its all just sooooooo messed up by the weird characters that flood the book.

Meet our heroine Rylie. She is okay, normal for about 50 pages and bam - she is a faerie and she is gone crazy.
I am not sure what I would expect a heroine to do with such a realization, but hell, it would be something better than chucking out the person who is explaini
Andy Walser
Jul 16, 2014 Andy Walser rated it really liked it

Dark Promise was a nice, quick read. I finished it in about two hours. Prior to reading it, I had never heard of Julia Crane or Talia Jager, However, after reading this book, I intend to find their other works. This was a great book which I would recommend to any fan of urban fantasy, or just fantasy in general. Dark Promise was fun and exciting, with a great plot. However, I found one of the characters to be slightly off.

This character was Rylie, the main character. She was fun to read about; I
Feb 16, 2015 Moxi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dark Promise is a book that is an easy, relaxing read but keeps hold of your attention because it is so imaginative. It is the story of a young girl who was switched at birth with a dying human child by her light faery mother to protect her from the dark fae who would like to use her for her power. However the dark fae find her and kidnap her just days after her 16th birthday. She is then taken to their stronghold and given an ultimatum: marry the dark prince or die. Rylie fights a growing attra ...more
Nov 13, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
The night before her 16th birthday Rylie finds out she is a Faery changeling. She was hidden by her birth mother because she is super special and her father technically sold her to the dark faeries. Rylie does not take the news well and neither her nor her parents take the warnings of danger very seriously. Which, if the had not seen faery wings I could understand maybe not believing...but I feel like I may have been just a teeny bit cautious just in case. She is kidnapped by the dark elves and ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Fallon rated it it was amazing
Rylie has always felt like someone is watching her. Little hairs would rise and when she looked no one was there. She starts to get a headache that will not go away and then a back ache. Then she starts to notice changes in the mirror. Rylie thinks she is being paranoid. Until a woman claiming to be her real mother knocks on her door. She informs Rylie the changes she is having is her transformation into Fairy.

Rylie finds out the birth mark she has always hated on her face marks her as a unique
3.5 stars

In the beginning I thought this will be a young adult story as ever: highschool, friends, parties, love stories and all that together with a difficult female protagonist that was not likeable at all. But with the enter of the fairy world the story got better and better. Rylie reflected more herself, the world was fantastic and the relations between the other fairies were not so superficial as before. Thus, I really like to keep reading this sequel.
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Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.
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