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The Dark Light

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,304 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.

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
Hardcover, 483 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Simon Pulse
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
"He said there were lights in Crownsville - that nothing good happened when they came here."


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 t
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Apr 27, 2012 marked it as paranormal-to-read

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
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue) by: Stacia (the 2010 club)
After reading several reviews of this book, I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who was taken by surprise.  That cover screams standard PNR fare.  The summary had me believing we were dealing with a sci-fi filled with body-snatching aliens.  What I got was a quirky fantasy that doesn't feature a love triangle, despite what the first line of that synopsis might imply.

The Dark Light is quirky in that nothing about this novel is typical.  It's not your typical fantasy realm with a bunch of c
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Dude on the cover is big! He totally swallowed up that girl with his wide shoulders.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

"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
The BookWhisperer
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was the highlight to my Spring Break. The Dark Light takes place in a little town call Crownsville. This is the described as the most boring town known to man according to the characters. Or atleast until five kids go missing, and a new guy named Sol appears out of nowhere. Things continue to ramp up when her own younger brother goes missing, and Mia just might be the only person that can find him and the other missing kids. Everything is not what it seems in this book, and you will be engr ...more
Sarah Marie
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh

3.5 stars

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 J

Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
An intriguing paranormal story with a mesmerizing secret. I don't know which made more excited to read this book, the cover or the synopsis. Based on the synopsis alone I knew this was going to be paranormal read I was going to enjoy, and I did! Sara Walsh did not disappoint me. She created a story that wasn't at all what I was excepting. There is this enticing air of mystery surrounding the entire story that I loved. That one element alone is what kept me invested with the story. I wanted answe ...more
Jenna D.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review also found on Making the Grade: YA Lit Reviews

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
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
The cover for The Dark Light is very misleading. While it fits the book perfectly, it makes readers think the book is a paranormal romance. I went into the book thinking that is what I was going to get. Wrong! The Dark Light is fantasy and not only that; it’s awesome fantasy!

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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
In Crownsville, and the surrounding towns, boys around the age of ten are disappearing. When Mia's brother becomes one of them she'll do whatever she can to get him back. All she knows is that her brother disappeared in a strange flash of light and that the new student at school, Sol, knows more than he says. With the help of Sol, she'll try to find her brother and discover that everything is not as it seems...

This book took me completely by surprise.
Based on both t
Vanessa Booke
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh is a fantastic paranormal fantasy with a touch of romance and mystery intertwined into the story. When I first began reading this book I wasn’t sure where exactly it was going to take me. From the premise I guessed that the story had something to do with aliens, but as I began reading it I quickly realized it was something way cooler and stranger even. In the beginning we are introduced to Mia a small town waitress who spends her time going to school, working and tak ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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 m
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3,5 stars
This book was okay. I did not identify with the main character.At first she was ok...but later she start making a lot of dumb decisions..
Sasha Alsberg
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
just go read this book, you wont regret it.
Leah G
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewes
Eh. Just ehhhh. While reading this book I paused periodically to say aloud to anyone around me, "I can't believe this character is so dumb." Mia, you were not trained to fight demons or use swords. Stop thinking that running into harm's way to help someone who is more capable of defending themselves is heroic. It is not. It is stupid. You are distracting them. Also, just because you are involved in an issue does not mean you have the "right" to go on a mission. No. You can come if you actually h ...more
Nicole Wang
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
(You guys, I had reviewer's block so if I'm redundant, sorry! I'm afraid I may squeal too much if I unleashed my full thoughts. Redundancy is the best I can do!)

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
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Won a giveaway

(This review is a little late. I read this book back in September! The first review was originally posted HERE, on December 28, 2012)

For the year of 2012, I have not given many five-star ratings (most of my reviews are on Goodreads), but this book definitely deserved all five stars. I do not understand why the overall rating of th
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012

Read more of my reviews at Dazzling Reads

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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Also posted on my blog: http://jana-thebookgoddess.blogspot.c...

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
Aug 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
When you first get into the book you're assaulted by a barrage of many new names and places. The story moved at an incredibly slow place and the main character thus narrative had a very dull, monotonous tone. God, it dragged.

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
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of this but the characters were the downfall to this story.

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)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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Fantasy has always been a favorite genre of mine. There is just something that I love about being in a simpler time where men fight with honor (and a sword) rather than with guns and bombs. Guns and bombs are so inelegant.

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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Dark Light by Sara Walsh is one of those all around awesome type of books. I loved every page - it was enticing, lovely, and completely fresh and new.

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.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was not what I was expecting from the cover and the synopsis...

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.
Colleen Clayton
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucky me, I read the ARC! What a riveting story! Really great character development...Mia and Sol are characters that pull you in and make you care about what happens to them. World-building is amazzzzing and very different from anything I've read in this genre. Also, there's a really sexy romantic arc. Pick it up when it comes out!
Heather Anastasiu
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Action packed and compulsively readable, THE DARK LIGHT pulls you in with the mystery of the strange lights on the horizon and rash of sudden disappearances, and takes you on a fantastical journey full of magic, romance, and adventure.
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Sara Walsh is British, but happily lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She graduated college with a degree in psychology, but soon decided that telling stories was much more fun.

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