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Darkness Devours by Keri Arthur
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I have to just jump right in on this one, not gonna recap...

Maaaaaaan. I WANT to like this series as much as I loved the Keri Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series. The Dark Angels series definitely has its own merits and I love components of it, particularly the heroine, Risa Jones. But all through this third Dark Angels novel, Darkness Devours, there are things that really drove me bananas, and totally distracted from otherwise enjoying the story. First off, I. cannot. stand. Lucian, Risa's Aedh lover. He is constantly manipulating her and, for the most part, with her permission. She is stubborn in placing trust in him, despite his shady behavior and the glaringly obvious inconvenient (for her) facts, everyone can see clear as day, except for her. Frustrating. Even though she knows he is lying and could be using her to get his revenge, she continues to tangle with him and it really bugs the crap out of me. In fact, the best parts of the book for me was when she was blowing him off. So, merits to her for blowing him off, but she still never kicked him to the curb, and that is long overdue.

The progression of her relationship with Azriel, her Reaper guard, as well, really irritated me. He is the man in this love triangle I am rooting for, and yet everything fell flat with them as well. They took a step forward together, which we've been waiting for through the 2 previous books already, and then took one giant pause that had me feeling unsatisfied. To top it all off, we've also got an old flame who did her wrong thrown in, named Jak. Risa's hormones are bouncing all over the pages through every chapter, and I just wanted to shake her and say "Enough!"

And then there is the vampire mega-bitch named Hunter, and her position not only with the Directorate but on the Vampire Council as well... She keeps doing all this awful sh!t to Risa, and Risa keeps taking it. Look, I know she wants to solve the mystery of who killed her Mom, and she believes that Hunter can help her, but Hunter needs to f* off and die. Risa can seriously do this without her. No matter how much it seems to want to be stressed that Risa needs the Directorate, and the Vampire Cazadors, to help solve the mystery, each book we learn they don't know sh!t. And enough with the kidnappings already! Every single book she is kidnapped, multiple times, and her life is threatened if she doesn't do the fraction's bidding. After so many times hearing "you have hours to do this for us or you'll die", it loses all effectiveness.

One of the things that I love most about reading Keri Arthur is her outstanding ability to write a very strong Urban Fantasy heroine who is immersed in this richly dark and paranormal version of Melbourne. Risa can kick ass and takes names, but is also a highly sensual and confident creature. There is fantastic gore, violence, and mythology with a little bit of erotica thrown in, and it's done seemingly effortlessly. No doubt Ms. Arthur creates characters that you feel for, because look at this passionate rant her book has evoked from me. Ahem. I saw another reviewer compare this series to *early* Laurel K Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and I definitely concur with that observation.

The plot is very complex, and the mystery is very well done, when we're spending time with it, but damn there was just too much of a lover-square (it's like a triangle, but with an extra guy) going on for me. There is no doubt that Ms. Arthur can write a wicked story and keep you entertained, but this installment left me with too many parts in which I was either frustrated or annoyed. All in all I can't say the book was bad, it wasn't. Darkness Devours kicked ass in some areas, but stalled miserably in a few critical areas that have me less enthusiastic over reading the next book. And that makes me sad. Come onnnn Darkness Hunts... don't lose me!
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
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Julie This book was...odd. lol


Pamela / SpazP Julie wrote: "This book was...odd. lol"

I was going to DM you and instead wrote up a ranty review for WLP instead LOL. Odd is a great word... ;)


Julie Pamela / SpazP wrote: "Julie wrote: "This book was...odd. lol"

I was going to DM you and instead wrote up a ranty review for WLP instead LOL. Odd is a great word... ;)"


LOL You should have DMd me too! lol It was a good story but so...why so much focus on the vampires?!?!


Pamela / SpazP Julie wrote: "Pamela / SpazP wrote: "Julie wrote: "This book was...odd. lol"

I was going to DM you and instead wrote up a ranty review for WLP instead LOL. Odd is a great word... ;)"

LOL You should have DMd me..."


Right!!! And let's add a third male to the equation, too. And OMG I CANNOT STAND LUCIEN. I need him, and Hunter, to jump off a bridge.


Julie I agree. At least he wasn't in the book as much. Do you think she's making it too obvious that he's behind things? And Jak...yeah, he came out of nowhere and didn't add a whole lot. I still gave it 4 stars because it was a good story but just not the one I would have expected. I hope the next book goes back on track...and if the end of this book is any indication, it should.


Pamela / SpazP Julie wrote: "I agree. At least he wasn't in the book as much. Do you think she's making it too obvious that he's behind things? And Jak...yeah, he came out of nowhere and didn't add a whole lot. I still gave..."

3.5 for me because I love her writing and I agree, it's a good story!!! but the Lucien irritation plus Jak plus Hunter and the death threats just irritated me so baddddddd (I don't get WHAT point Lucien serves)


Julie And how she's ALWAYS getting kidnapped, tortured then escapes...in EVERY book...sometimes more than once in a book...that's getting a bit odd. lol


Pamela / SpazP Julie wrote: "And how she's ALWAYS getting kidnapped, tortured then escapes...in EVERY book...sometimes more than once in a book...that's getting a bit odd. lol"

YES!! And the death threats are just .... they have lost their effectiveness. Yeah yeah yeah you'll kill her in 72 hours if she doesn't do your bidding, we get it. *eyeroll* LOL


Julie Yes! The more I think about it, the more I think I'm going to go with 3.5 too. lol


Pamela / SpazP Julie wrote: "Yes! The more I think about it, the more I think I'm going to go with 3.5 too. lol"

I'm sorry, I totally don't want to tear the book down, totally not my intention, I just (obviously) had some irritations that I really couldn't get over with this one. :P


Julie That's the thing though...I completely agree with you and all of the points you bring up were all things I thought of too while reading this! lol


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