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Dark Promise

(Between Worlds #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,261 ratings  ·  216 reviews
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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
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
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Heather andrews
Apr 15, 2013 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
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Nov 18, 2013 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
Prami{reader and dreamer}
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
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
This was a nice and quick read. For once the main character and her friends were all actually likable. Sadly in YA books you don't get that a lot. Rylie's 16th birthday comes along and she finds out that she really isn't human but is a faery (this is how they spelled it). She is then taken to the faery world where she is told that she will marry the kings son. The good news is that his son was nothing like him and he helps her escape back to human world. I will definitely be reading the next boo ...more
Sherry Fundin
Rylie is special. Her mother gave her up when she was a baby to keep her safe, but now her birthday is approaching and there is nowhere to hide.

I was quickly intrigued…faeries…I haven’t read a lot of them. Once she met Kallan I became hooked. Even though there is a triangle, it doesn’t bother me, the guys are two separate beings and that just adds to my curiosity…which will she choose…and why.

My only problem, I was just getting hot and heavy into the book and it ended. I need more.

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2.5/5 stars
Well, that was a quick and uneventful read. I had braced myself for possibilities of surprises and action, but there was none.

Dark Promise is a paranormal romance. Rylie McCallister is a soon-to-be sixteen year old. Her parents are loving and supportive, so is her best friend. Her boyfriend Adam is the most caring and handsome guy. Basically her life is just perfect, until it's not.

The day before her sixteenth birthday, a strange woman named Azura visits her family and reveal
Yianna Yiannacou
Aug 15, 2013 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
Karen Barber
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Imagine, the day before your sixteenth birthday you find out your parents are not your birth parents...and you're actually a faery.
The opening was a bit slower than I'd like, and I honestly didn't feel particularly engaged by our main character. However, once she is kidnapped by the dark fairy king - who is determined that the oath made by her father will be fulfilled - things pick up a little.
This sets up the basic concept of the world and the characters within it, but everything felt rather s
Just before Rylie turns 16 she is told that she's not human but faery and then she is taken to live in the faery world. The story was a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed it and would probably read the sequel if I could get it for a decent price.

3.5 stars
May 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
sounds like a cheesy, cliche book which i'm currently in the mood for ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dark promise first caught my interest because of this beautiful cover..This story is mainly reeling around the normal(human)& paranormal(fairy) life of a teen girl,Rylie...
Rylie,a simple beautiful girl,had a perfect normal life who was satisfied with her dream boy Adam,best friend Sierra & supportive,loving family...On the eve of her sixteenth birthday,she &her family were totally shocked when a stranger,Azura,claiming to be her real mother appeared with a secret that Rylie didn’t belong to th
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Aug 15, 2012 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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I am going to admit something that may shock you, I don't always like books about fairies. In fact there are few books and series about them that I can say I really truly have enjoyed. I have no idea why really other than I have found, that there is only so much you can do with them.

So much that you can say about them to make them original and not start wandering off into the ridiculous.

So it is always with a little apprehension that I start one.

Why do I even bother you may ask? Why put myself
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
Sep 13, 2012 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 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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
Aug 26, 2012 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 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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2012 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
Feb 15, 2013 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
Victoria Rapaglia
Jul 14, 2013 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
Heather Adkins
Aug 28, 2012 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-nes
Apr 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Not the worst book I've read but not great either

From the very first prologue chapter I hated the writing style (over using names without reason, going into every detail a character is doing but going through more important scenes very quickly). I felt like I was reading a teenage writing assignment. That being said the plot itself was okay even though it seemed rushed. The ending was much better laid out than the beginning and I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. I had to force
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faeries-fae
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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.

Other books in the series

Between Worlds (5 books)
  • Broken Promise (Between Worlds #2)
  • Eternal Promise (Between Worlds #3)
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