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The Dark World (Dark World #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  646 ratings  ·  184 reviews
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's p ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2014)
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While I enjoyed Spellbound by the same author, this was of the worst books I've read this year.

I’m a champion eye roller. I could go Olympic level with my talent.


Obviously, I had a problem with the main character. She sounded to me so arrogant and had, except for being a good friend, nothing I would enjoy in a main character or character at all. You may find her qualities and maybe I could too, if I overcome this annoyance I have…I mean had (let’s not keep a grudge here) toward he
With one of my favourite settings - New York City - The Dark World has a lot to offer. We've got a unique and terrifying alternate evil world concept, a protagonist who can see the dead, a love interest who's incredibly charming, and an exciting climax. But… I was also disappointed by how much of a tease it was on the aspect that I found the most interesting.

Let's start with the plot itself. It begins at school where we meet Paige talking to a ghost in the girl's bathroom, quickly getting us to
Erica Ravenclaw

No spoilers and colorful language abound! I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'mma just put on my rose colored glasses real quick…

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Ahhhh, much better.

I feel 17 again in the best way possible, and I'd like to hold onto that feeling just a little bit longer. Every now and again a book comes along that transports you back in time, to a place in your life where things were simpler, your first love was all consuming, and your parents just didn't understand. The Dark World is
My feelings towards this book are incredibly mixed. For the first sixty or so pages I was really enjoying everything about this book: the moxy of the main character, her sense of humour, her dead best friend...

For the next thirty or so pages I didn’t mind it. Some of the writing was quite simple, but it still held some things that intrigued me, her dad annoyed me.

When I got to page 138 I realised that I hadn’t been enjoying myself for quite a while, and that something about the language had ei
3.5 stars

Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

This was a weird one.
At times, I would really be into it, flipping the pages all excited-like...and then all of a sudden POOF!
All of my previous interest was just gone.
At first I couldn't really figure it out, but after a while, I noticed my zone-outs seemed to be correlating with the two main characters getting all sappy with each other.
Seperately, they're both very cool. Together, they're the perfect recipe for Boringsauce. I"ve been trying to put
Devon Ashley
Ever since Paige Kelly rescued a little boy and ended up dead herself before being brought back to life, she's been able to see things beyond her realm. Unfortunately, she can't always tell when the person in front of her is living or dead, so everywhere she goes, she's labeled as the weird girl and forced to shove endless pills down her throat to soothe the minds of her ever-worried parents. Now at a new school, she's slipped up a few times talking to the one person who doesn't see her as a fre ...more
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The Dark World is a very difficult book for me to review. There were times in the story where I could easily give it 4 stars, and other times I could easily give The Dark World one stars. It’s because of this that I would take this rating with a grain of salt. Of course all reading is subjective and I’d love to hear your own opinions of this one (:

One thing I loved in this story was Dottie! She’s a ghost from the 1950s and has such a fun and en
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship

(I feel like I've written this review a thousand times. All of zem amalgamate into one.)

There was a turmoil watering down amongst us the day I realized there were too many bees in this world. I danced for the first time in a long while when I found this, experienced it first hand. Einstein lied, or whoever the fuck did saying there were too few. Not lied, per se, but subjectified it. Oh yes, they did. For there are people, and plants, amongst us for whom the bees stroll in orchards and garde
Dave Ciancio
I loved this book. Cara's writing since her "Spellbound" series has really taken a leap forward. Her ability to develop characters and story arcs is so good that you don't even think of it in that way until you're done with the book. The characters are believable, lovable and with very distinct personalities that help to deliver the tale of a world that the opposite of the one we live in.

While I loved Paige and Logan and their interactions, it was really the ensemble gathered around them that he
The only thing I liked was Dottie. DNF at 23%

No full review/ DNF review but Larissa has already reviewed it very thoroughly on the blog here.
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
“Stuck in high school for the rest of my natural life. Talk about hell.”

4 stars.

That's what it seems to be in regards to nearly ever YA story, but anyways.

The unfortunate thing is, I had some thoughts as I read this but I had nothing to write them so by now I've forgotten those point and would have to reread again. But either way, I thought this story was definitely a good one. Although all the possible YA clichés could have happened, but they didn't. In fact if anything it was really well exe
4.5 stars

Here lies another author that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. Cara Lynn Shultz is known for her Spellbound series. It’s a well reviewed young adult paranormal series and one that I’ve wanted to read but, yeah… have never gotten around to (story of my life). So as soon as I saw that she had a new series coming out I jumped all over it. But it was that awesome synopsis that totally hooked me. A teenager that’s considered weird but the cute guy doesn’t think twice about it? Hmmm, tell
I'm not generally a YA reader, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark World because of Cara Lynn Shultz's witty and dynamic writing. She elevates the genre, avoiding the cliche trappings of boy meets girl, boy saves girl, girl falls in love with boy, etc.

Instead, Cara slowly builds a relationship between the book's central couple, Paige and Logan, that feels realistic, more a reaction to the pair's compatible personalities rather than Paige's gratitude for being rescued.

That being said, Logan is ever
A fast-paced, action-packed, and adorably romantic read, The Dark World was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I loved this book! The romance was sweet, the secrets were plenty, and the thrills were nonstop. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

Paige was a lovely heroine. She was strong and determined not to let others' opinions bring her down. When faced with a new world full of danger, rather than hide away, she decided to stay and fight. My only issue wasn't with her as a character,
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
This was one book that had a very extensive world and I couldn’t help but love the alternative world that was so different from reality. The world no one can see or even get to, until Paige finally realizes what she can do. I understood how lonely she was and that having a power like seeing dead spirits can label one as a “freak.” I felt so bad for her but she’s not one to pine around about her lackluster social life. She has her best friend Dottie and that’s all she needs.

World building questio
Richard Denney
Apr 25, 2014 Richard Denney marked it as to-read
the cover reminds me of the CITY OF BONES movie poster.
Shera (Book Whispers)
****This book was received through Netgalley for an honest review.****

The Dark World was such a rush while I was reading it. Then after about a week from frantically finishing it, reality sunk in. The Dark World doesn't really have anything new to offer. And when I first started reading it I had thought to myself, “Oh, kind of like a rip off of the Greywalker series.” Where the main character dies and comes back with the ability to see ghosts and a connection to the Grey world. Yet . . . The Dar
Jacob Proffitt
This book had a lot going for it. I really liked Paige. She is witty and kind (and that's not an easy combo to pull off) and courageous and just a lot of fun to spend time with. Logan isn't bad, either. He's a match for her wit and is protective and capable and supports the best that is in Paige (as she supports the best that is in him). But even better, they feel like teens first learning young love and I mean that in its sweetest (and most hopeful) way. Yeah, they both have teen-level weakness ...more
Kathy Horsman
When a paranormal story can mix not only human with other, but create a world where more than one race can coexist in a fascinating and creative way, you know you've hit the jackpot of books. The Dark World did that for me. Paige Kelly has been seeing ghosts since the day she saved a little boy from getting hit by a car and died herself for a short period of time. Of course everyone around her thinks she is nuts until a quiet but sexy boy comes to school named Logan Bradley. Now demons weren't t ...more
First off, I absolutely adore this cover...not only do I love orange and pink and purple together but the cover honestly depicts exactly what is going on inside of those pages. Next, you can no idea how stoked I was when I found out Cara Lynn Shultz had another book coming out. I absolutely adored Spellbound and Spellcaster and was so bummed when I heard that there were no plans for more books in the near future because I adored that series. So when I heard about The Dark World, I knew I had to ...more
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The plot line was fast paced, the characters were interesting and there were some really good swoons.

Paige is fun. She's smart and snarky and it was definitely entertaining to be inside of her head. I loved the way she dealt with things, whether it was her parents, BFF Dottie, or mean girl Pepper.

Enter Logan. And damn, what an entrance. He's funny, swoony, protective and a total champion for Paige. The scenes with the two of them were the best parts of the
This review and others are also available to read on my blog (with GIFs and proper HTML!):Diary of a Teen Writer.

I’m not sure where to begin with this one — this is a novel I think you’ll either like or you won’t. Honestly, I only picked this novel up because me and the author have a similar name . . . I mean really, who could resist that?? Otherwise, the plot wasn’t something I would usually go for these days, especially with the YA market in particular being saturated with paranormal. I consid
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
There’s an important lesson to be learned here about the opening chapters of a book. It took me ten days to fight my way through the first two or three chapters of The Dark World, only to end up glued to the pages once things started picking up. It’s a good thing I’m stubborn; in the end, this was a surprisingly entertaining (albeit not particularly memorable) story.

It starts out as your typical YA paranormal romance. Paige Kelly is the weird girl at school, a social outcast considered crazy by
Step Into Fiction
So I have this habit, you can be the judge if it’s a good or bad one, where I don’t read the description of some books when they’re recommended to me by friends. I just take their word on the fact that it was amazing and just read it. It’s kind of awesome because you have no idea what you’re about to get in to and you’re surprised to find out what this book entails. This is one of those books; I was told it was amazing by a friend and automatically added it to my list. The reason I do this so bl ...more
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Holy wow, you guys! This book = pure awesomeness! The concept was great and I just absolutely loved it!

So our main character Paige has the ability to talk to the dead. Now, this is a somewhat new ability she acquired after she was in an accident. And then, because her life wasn't weird enough, things get weirder. When Paige is attacked by a fire-wielding demon , she is saved by the new guy Logan... the mysterious, gorgeous Logan... *swoon* Ahem, where was I? Right.
I love Cara Lynn Shultz, but not in a creepy stalker way. Promise. I really enjoyed her Spellbound series, and Cara’s Facebook posts always make me laugh. So I was looking forward to The Dark World and knew Cara’s sense of humor would make it a fun read. And it did. There were a couple of issues, but I’ll explain them later. Those aside, this was pretty good book.

The Dark World is set in a high school with teenagers, and I think it’s very realistic in the way they behave and talk. I have a s
Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
Everyone thinks Paige Kelly is crazy, but the truth is that she can speak to ghosts, and when she’s attacked by a demon she finds out that’s not the weirdest part of her life. The boy who saves her, Logan, is a demon slayer, and he reveals Paige’s rare ability to open portals between the real world and the demonic Dark World, a gift that could get her killed unless he teaches her to protect herself from the demons coming after her.

The Dark World was a good novel, the type that I believe any para
Danielle (Love at First Page)
This was such a pleasant surprise! I was not at all a fan of Cara Lynn Shultz’s first book, Spellbound, with its boring insta-love and even more boring plot. But The Dark World is on a whole different level. I still felt like the plot loses its focus toward the middle, with not much actually happening, yet the romance is so swoony and entertaining that I found I didn’t mind. Paige is funny and sarcastic, a social outcast since she’s constantly talking to a ghost that no one else can see, but she ...more
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I went through so many emotions with this book sad because Pagie was a loner or crazy as all the school seen her because she talks to Dottie who was a ghost. Happy because she had Logan who was her what could you call him boyfriend/bodyguard. Worried because of all the demons that were after her just because she can open portals but at the time of the first encounter she know nothing about it and thought that she was really crazy.

The only person to see the real Pagie was Logan but he was keepi

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Release Date: May, 27 th

An interesting beginning for a new series.

A well written story, with well developed characters, prone to make younger readers swoon.

This turned out to be a little different from what I was expecting, considering the book's summary. And its cover.

Truth is, this reads mostly as a YA romance novel.

Yes, it has paranormal elements that define the plot and the characters, but about eighty percent of this story is about Paige an
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Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound, Spellcaster and The Dark World. She has written for Billboard, People, Logo TV, The Dodo, Alternative Press, Teen People, Stuff and The Guardian UK.

Hey guys! I rarely check my Goodreads messages, so if you are trying to contact me, the best bet is Facebook
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“In the story of my life, that's where you cracked the spine of the book. The mark is there, forever tattooed on my narrative and I couldn't be happier.” 12 likes
“Jeez, what did he think I was, a lust demon? I wanted Logan to show me how to use his sword, not show me how to use his man sword.” 5 likes
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