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Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning
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Feb 28, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: reviewed, did-not-finish, e-book
Recommended to Emily by: Young Adult Reads (Read to Review)
Read from February 25 to 28, 2012

This is my first 1 star review. I pride myself on always finding the good in a book but with Dark Seeker it was almost impossible. Just be forewarned this review is going to be riddled with spoilers because I’m sitting here dumbfounded that I even made it through this book.

To start off I did not like the main character at all. Janie is supposedly the seeker and she is meant to kill Daychildren and vampires. Ok we were off to a good start but within the first 10 pages she meets Kai, a daychild, and suddenly can not be bothered to do her job or even take it seriously. Apparently Janie has been training her whole life for this job but CAN NOT EVEN FIGHT! Kai literally has to rescue her from every fight she gets into it is rather pathetic. It is 2012 can’t a girl be strong, independent, and get her job done? No apparently according to Taryn Browning her main character must be the perpetual damsel in distress.

This could have even been ok with me if Kai, Janie and all the other characters weren’t so one dimensional. Matt was a jock, Kai was the vampire looking for redemption; and Janie was a nock off Buffy who read Twilight. And apparently Janie had friends that we never really heard from except when it was convenient for Janie to go to school.

Oh I also forgot to mention remember Kai who Janie meets for the first time within the first 10 pages of the book and suddenly feels drawn to him well halfway through the book when it seems there hot-no-cold-no-hot again relationship may be getting somewhere (Oh I wish it had gone somewhere, a fire pit maybe?). We find out that Kai is actually the person who killed Janie’s father years ago. AND THEN SHE STILL LOVES HIM! I can’t get over how flipping unrealistic this is. I don’t know about you, but if someone killed my Dad I would sure as hell have a hard time getting over that! I would probably kill them, which is Janie’s job! But alas Janie has no backbone and declares her love for Kai even after she finds out what he has done.

The plotline was also terribly jumpy (maybe like this review?). One minute we are at Kai’s house, the next minute school, home, school, party, seeking, and vampires! You get the picture. I found myself getting whiplash with how much everything jumped around and the writing was seriously choppy. This book would definitely have benefited from an outline.

Needless to say I really did not like this book and apparently someone told this woman to write a sequel, which I will never be reading.
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