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Living in the Dark (Darkness Through the Light #1)

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Experiences can make us or break us and it's no different for sixteen-year-old, Emily.

Living under the roof of her abusive Uncle, Emily is brutally attacked by a gang and wakes up from a coma with no recollection of the accident.

As the amnesia starts to clear, Emily realises that her memory is not the only thing coming back to her from the accident. There's also a wild, a
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 9th 2012 by Rebekah Campbell (first published November 1st 2012)
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Stephanie Judice
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys YA
Recommended to Stephanie by: Rebekah Campbell
This story is startlingly fresh and different than any other YA I have read. The writing is excellent and the story is highly original. The ending is quite disheartening (please don't expect a happily-ever-after), but in the same vein the conclusion of Emily's story is so "right." I'm just still trying to recover. :(

Campbell did an excellent job with character development as well. Through cruel, loving, and even witty dialogue, we see the characters for who they truly are. I love a story that ca
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David Estes
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow! A fantastic debut novel my Rebekah Campbell. It's a page turner that'll keep you wondering what's behind bullied Emily's strange and out-of-character bursts of violence. If you're looking for a strong female protagonist, a bit of paranormal, and some really nasty villains, then this is the book for you. It'll surprise you a couple of times near the end and keep you reading from start to finish. Well done Ms. Campbell, a great start to your writing career.
Jill
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, r2r
This was an interesting little tale with a few twists. I'd like to say that it was fabulous and rocked my world, but it was more of a 'meh, take it or leave it' tale. First, it's really short, only 140 pages on my Nook. I realize that doesn't necessarily translate to real world pages, but I read it in like an hour, so it had to be close to that length. I'd peg it more as a novella. That's fine, it wasn't that great of a story that I was sad when it ended,but there could have been acres of improv ...more
Lucinda
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A darkly sinister, paranormal phenomenon that is full of multi-layered meaning and breathtaking premise!

I am overwhelmed by this stunning debut novel that oozes such exquisite prose, profound depth and meaning as to send chills down your spine. Complete with a captivating cast of colorful characters amid a sumptuous setting, this remarkable tale is hypnotic, enchanting and utterly compelling. The exquisite blend of supernatural fantasy, spinechilling moments and vivid imagery is just simply sub
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Alyssia
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-and-review
My feelings about this book are decidedly mixed. I think it shows a lot of potential for a debut author, but there are a number of places where the story just didn't work for me. Verisimilitude was lacking.
The story was intense in places, and there was a mystery and interesting characters and plot ideas. When I finished I wasn't sure what to think about the great reveal, or that ending .. the resolution seemed to come too quick and was unsatisfying for the build up. A lot was left undone. Furth
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Ingrid Jonach
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 Stars!

I was completely enthralled by this book. It was such a compelling story from start to finish. The story follows teenage misfit Emily, who is relentlessly bullied both at school and at home. She also has a longstanding crush on her best friend Eric, who I thought was such a sweetie (and so worthy of her crush)!

I really enjoyed the writing style. It was beautiful without being overdone. And I thought that while Campbell took me where I wanted to go, the storyline was still very surpri
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Emma Adams
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
When Emily wakes up from a coma after a brutal assault from her classmates, something is different. The anger she’s bottled up – at her abusive uncle, her aggressive classmates, and teachers who don’t understand – starts to manifest, and she realises she has a darkness inside her that has the potential to be a destructive force. When shocking truths come out, it becomes a struggle to keep the darkness in check.

We get alternating POV’s, between Emily, her closest friend Eric, who wishes he unders
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Tiana Lemons
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story left me in complete silence. I can't believe that they would really treat people the way they did. Although her mother was the fault of this, they blamed it all on her. This got me looking at abusive people as a more serious problem than before. I kept having to turn each page with anticipation, not wanting to put my phone down. I found the main character a little annoying and moody at first, but she really did touch my heart with her story. I also feel a bit sorry for the boy (sorry ...more
Karley
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! I nearly cried at the end! you feel every emotion in this story and its so full on and action packed, you just don't know what will happen next! This story is heart breaking and I hope there will be more stories to come!!
Jonel Boyko
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Campbell’s book Living in the Dark is a thoroughly enjoyable read. It is packed full of descriptions that make you giggle while bringing you closer to the characters and the story. On top of all of the challenges faced by those present within the pages of the book, the characters in the story are dealing with the typical issues of coming of age without seeming overly childish, or veering too far into the realm of adulthood. That said, you also see the typical overreactions of a teenager who, as ...more
Caedy  Eries
Title: Living in the Dark
Author: Rebekah Campbell
Format: E-book (Kindle)
Read: December 26, 2012
Rating: 4/5
Recommend: Yes!

Summary: Experiences can make us or break us and it's no different for sixteen-year-old, Emily. 

Living under the roof of her abusive Uncle, Emily is brutally attacked by a gang and wakes up from a coma with no recollection of the accident.

As the amnesia starts to clear, Emily realises that her memory is not the only thing coming back to her from the accident. There's also a wi
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Zoe
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why oh why didn't I pick up this book sooner? It has everything from gripping action scenes to cute and heart-warming romantic moments. Campbell (it feels strange to refer to one of my blogging friends by their surname, but let's go with the flow...) sets a brilliant example for the self publishing industry and I can't wait to read the sequel.

Living in the Dark is told from multiple perspectives throughout the book. The main protagonist, Emily, begins the story by waking up from a coma. As her a
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Katherine Paschal
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
This book was very different from what I expected. It tells the story about Emily who has lived with her abusive uncle for the last four years since her parents died in a car crash. The book starts with her waking up from a coma after being beaten almost to death and dropped into a contaminated waste container. She ends up breaking. Her personality alters and she begins to influence the environment in ways that she has a hard time accepting. Her attacker goes to her school so lots of confrontati ...more
Teiamarie
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Wow, I am extremely conflicted on how I feel about this book. It's good and gripping as well as an incredibly easy read but the things that happened in it are so cold and callous that I feel more than a little disturbed.

On the subjects of child abuse and bullying, I simply find both detestable and in this book Rebekah Campbell does an excellent job of breeding and cultivating that hate. I had such dark angry feelings as I read about Carrie and the things she did to those whom she found weak and
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Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
Well, that was a fast one... But wow. Just wow. This book is really good! Rebekah, you're really talented. You have a gift, you really do!
Emily,... Gosh I know how she feels. The darkness and such... I've been there. Hell, everybody who has been bullied has been there. I know what it's like to have no one. If only I had an Eric when I was young. Wait, I did. My grandma. But then she died, so then I had no one. Of course I didn't have such an asshole of an uncle (I really hated uncle Norman. God
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Amber Garr
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I am a sucker for those kinds of books or movies that have a twisted plot, dark characters, and situations that stick with you for months. Emily and her life included every single one of those aspects. And just as you think you know what's going on in her world, we are introduced to a supernatural phenomenon that I find completely fascinating. Emily may have been tortured and abused, but now it's time for her to get revenge. Yeah! I liked Eric and the childhood sweet ...more
Claire Taylor
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rebekah Campbell
Living in the Dark
Darkness Through the Light #1

An interesting book that shows how much people can go through before finally breaking. Everything that could go wrong for Emily does, and after nearly being killed by the school bullies she’s finally had enough. Eric has always been at her side, and although doesn’t know the extent of what happens at home, he has a fair idea.

The book is pretty well written, and kept me gripped with intrigue throughout. The twists at the end were com
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Rasel
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Living in the Dark is one of my "sleepless-reads". I'm so wrong to read it when I'm waiting for sleep. It's a stimulant to the brain.

Rebekah Campbell introduced her characters well. The narration of every characters have its own individuality.And her way of using flashbacks was well used.

I like Carrie's character most. She's so heartless but still you can understand where she's coming. And Eric's dad is so funny!

Ok! I'm no professional in analyzing one's work. But so far I'm a well read person.
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Toni
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook-books-i-own, r2r
Living in the dark was a fast read! The title explains alot, Emily is but through HELL and is treated horrible!

Campell is a great writer and in this book does a great job of bringing to life each of the characters! It makes you wonder what you would do in the same situation! In some of the cases you wonder why someone isnt stepping in to help? But all in all it was a fast pace read! I would read the next book to find out what happens!
Adamski
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great read! I have to admit that the young adult genre is not one that I jump into with wild abandon but I have to say that this book really surprised me. The story was fast paced keeping my attention and, unlike most books within its genre, the author succesfully managed not to get too bogged down in teenage minefields of emotion. This was an exceptional first book from what is clearly an author with a bright future. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Terrie
Feb 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
A quick, easy read which held my attention from start to finish. Interesting characterisation, a strong plot and well crafted writing. I particularly liked the ending of the story which I didn't see coming.
Books
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-2013
There were one or two things I liked about this book, but let’s start with the issues that bugged me.

WARNING: this review contains spoilers.

OK, so we start off with our lovely protagonist, Emily, waking up from a six-week coma and as soon as the nurse tells her she’s been in a coma for six weeks, she promptly loses consciousness again, only to come around ten minutes later. (yes, she knows it’s been ten minutes…how she knows is never explained so if this little detail isn’t important to the aut
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Rita
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
You may view this review here:http://weavingpages.blogspot.co.uk/20...

This is one of those books, where you get the feeling you may have read it wrong...Since two other bloggers have rated this 5 or 4 stars, I'm starting to wonder....What happened?

Looking through my notes, I can see that most of them are about the characters. I think this is because this book is based a lot around characters and the things happening to them. This means that if you don't really like the characters, it might impac
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United Indie Book Blog
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Summary: Experiences can make us or break us and it's no different for sixteen-year-old, Emily.

Living under the roof of her abusive Uncle, Emily is brutally attacked by a gang and wakes up from a coma with no recollection of the accident.

As the amnesia starts to clear, Emily realises that her memory is not the only thing coming back to her from the accident. There's also a wild, angry power that she has to control before it destroys her and everyone else.

So the question remains: Will Experienc
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Aa'Ishah
A quick, enjoyable read. Full review to come. :)
Auraya
wow, speechless!
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