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Darkness Watching

(Darkworld #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  511 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she's losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of now
Published October 10th 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press (first published September 30th 2013)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Darkness Watching
Darkworld Series, Book 1
By: Emma L. Adams
Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
This is a great young adult fantasy novel that hooked me right away. Our gal can see dark spirits of demons. There is one on the loose that is after her now! Exciting and a great read! Can't wait for the next book!
Narration was great too!
Emma Adams
Jun 12, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I don't rate my own books. Hey, I'm impartial. :)

Darkness Watching is the first in my upper-YA/New Adult supernatural/urban fantasy series. I'd recommend Darkness Watching to readers who like mysteries, things that go bump in the night, and a plot which develops over the course of a five-book series.

The Darkworld series follows eighteen-year old Ashlyn, who might be going through a life crisis but thinks she has a pretty firm grip on sanity - until the day she sees a sinister, violet-eyed demon
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Well, first of all the main thing that I felt while reading this story was that 'this story line is new to me, even if the concept is not new', I mean the way the author used up the concept and made it twist and turn in a very different fashion than the regular Urban Fantasy reads felt really good to
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This October I'm reading the Darkworld series. You can also find my review on the prequel novella Fear's Touch.

Just before starting college Ash starts seeing weird things, which turns out to be a link to the Darkworld, filled with demons. Also, there apparently is a whole shadow community of magicians going, especially surrounding her new college.

Despite being not that original, as in a girl finds out she's got some special powers, and
Eureca Laurice
Darkness Watching (Darkworld #1)

I'm still contemplating on this, one side of me wanted to be more lenient on the author, on the book, on the story. The story is interesting but it is plain boring. You might end up dnfed this if you're looking for actions or something incredible. And the other side is why would I do that? Life is not fair. Sounds bipolar. So here goes nothing.

I read this because
1.) I can't pick a book to read, I just finish Spooks Revenge and it was like going crazy on my brain.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

After participating in the cover reveal for this book I knew I wanted to read this. So when I got the invite for the blog tour I immediately signed up.

Darkness Watching has a different feel than what the blurb says. The story is about Ashlyn, a girl who can shadowy creatures and thinks she is going mad. Then she goes off to university and finds out more about it all. Darkness Watching takes the cliché plot of a girl who finds out she is different and
Kathy Horsman
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Darkness Watching is a tale of demons and magic, that force a girl named Ashlyn to take a hard look at everything she thought she knew and open her eyes to another world that shouldn't even exist! She thought she was a normal teenager just trying to get into a good university when she starts seeing brilliant violet eyes watching from dark spaces in what seems like the middle of nowhere. She doesn't know why she sees them or how, but all she knows is this can't be normal. When she arrives at Blac ...more
~ Rose ~ ☯Desert Rose❀
Be sure to check out my blog post for this review! See it here!!

My Review
4 Roses

Even then, I knew they watched me. That day, the fear began.” Darkness Watching, by Emma L. Adams

Demons, Sorcerers, evil, and secrets. Could you ask for a better supernatural suspense set-up? I couldn't, and picking this book to read for Halloween was perfect. It's full of suspense, danger, evil and dark humor. The plot is original, and completely gripping. From the first page, this book had me hooked, almost too afraid to finish
rachel ☾
3.5 stars

Darkness Watching was a pleasant, fun, and easy read but it wasn't anything that I could honestly rave about. In fact, I'm struggling to find the words to even describe what I felt about this book. When it comes down to it, I thought this book was fun, sure, but that's about all.

The characters weren't standouts. There's nothing wrong with Ash. I liked that she was a realistic character with doubts, quirks and a believable personality, but I never felt that we got to know her well enoug
Kathryn Brink
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from the Author and Lovers of Paranormal (LOP) at for an honest review.
I have to state that the weirdest thing for me reading this book is that my two nieces (sisters) are named Ash and Cara, just like the best friends in the story. So reading the story had a whole different vibe for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the realism of the story being set in North England, and having visited England I could relate to the bad weather. Ash is a very likable character, who doe
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Captivating and Enchanting

I received this book by the Author and the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Darkness Watching is a riveting book about college freshman Ashlyn. She starts to loose her mind when purple eye begin appearing in dark shadows everywhere she goes. Having her heart set on Oxford, she ends up attending Blackstone University in northern England. Feeling an instant belonging at Blackstone, will sh
Jed Saint
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darkness Watching is initially framed by its interesting (unique?) presentation of demons - intriguing, and given shape as the story progresses by the refusal to polarise 'good and evil' (rather presenting factions and individuals as they are; flawed, to various extents), which I found particularly engaging as so many fantasy stories are spoiled by the 'us vs them', 'pick one of two sides' dynamic. The characters are likeable enough - presenting the naivety and malleability of fresher-age studen ...more
Neil Cochrane
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much enjoyed this first installment of the Darkworld series. I like Ash as a protagonist; she's very relatable. The magic and mythology in the novel are also really original and interesting. Highly recommended.
Jul 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young adulty, demony adventure...
Steph, The Academic-Errant
Darkness Watching (Darkworld #1)
3 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

For Readers Who:
(1) Are willing commit to a series. This book leaves the reader with many unanswered questions.
(2) Don’t need for a plot to revolve around romance.
(3) Enjoy reading about fictional worlds populated by demons (in some ways, this book reminded me of Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series).

I’m torn about how to review this book. The series has a lot of potential and
Michelle Bryan
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading Darkness Watching. The first thing I noticed about this book was the beautiful prose. Emma Adams has a way with words that makes this novel flow effortlessly. The story was about demons and shadow creatures but still manages to make you believe you are in the average, everyday world of any 18 year old university student. Emma has created a very intriguing and imaginative world of magic and suspense that kept me interested until the very end.
I would have probably liked bette
Kristen Cansler
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found Darkness Watching to be a very refreshing read. The storyline was a welcome break from my usual reads, and I enjoyed it. Emma L. Adams has a pleasant writing style that makes it easy to get lost in her book.

Ashlyn was my favorite character, but I think that's in part to her receiving the most attention and detail. I hope the rest of the series will bring the other characters in this story into a more prominent light.

The beginning was a slow start for me, but that quickly dissipated as I
Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
While in the beginning I was a little bored, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. It was a unique take on demons.
Review to be added here soon, it's up on my blog, though.

My Book Blog:

Sorry I didn't post the review here a few months ago, I just forgot. I thought I already posted it here, but apparently I didn't.

To view the full post and other reviews, click here Darkworld: Book 1 Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Gore: No
Magic: Yes
Romance: Not much, just a potential love interest

Action: No
A terrifying yet electrifying ride through a dark, paranormal world!
Before I begin my review, what I LOVED about this book:
This is a young adult paranormal ADVENTURE, action packed and just a perfect dash of romance.
I also absolutely loved the heroine! She’s well-rounded, intelligent and tough-as-nails. I admire how she does not sway easily toward peer-pressure, and does what she feels needs to be done and how she wants to do it. Actually, all the characters were easy to become attached to as t
Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams is book one of her new series Darkworld and tells the story of Ashlyn, an eighteen year old off to college for the first time who also happens to see demons. Ash thinks she's crazy, seeing dark voids with purple eyes staring out at her everywhere she goes. She just wants a normal life and believes that living away at college will give that to her. Then she is accepted to some obscure college that she doesn't remember applying to. On a visit she realizes that on ...more
Tiffany Oharriz
I’m not sure what I expected when reading this book but I do know that I really enjoyed it. It was an interesting mix of demons, magic and college life (Uni for the English). It was slightly reminiscent of my first review on this blog, a book titled “Dark Souls” by author Ketley Allison.

In this book you’re introduced to your main character Ashlyn ‘Ash’. I think I liked her originally solely based of her name. I grew to love her because of her spunk and ability to keep going even when she thought
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Psychocat Reads Review of DARKNESS WATCHING by Emma L. Adams

(I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

Continuing on with my creepy Halloween book reviews, we've got another one of our SSBP authors up against the Psychocat's claws today. Hands down, the cover of Darkness Watching is what caught my attention. Holy hopping hell-bunnies - those creepy purple eyes.

The Characters: Ashlyn is a lively character to get to know throughout the book. She's a bit awkward, intell
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It certainly took me some time to adapt to the story and at first I didn´t really feel like I would love this book. But I´m more than glad that I was wrong! I really ended up enjoying this book so much and I´m already looking forward to the next installment in this series.

Ash is that ordinary girl in school that doesn´t really stand out and doesn´t have much friends except one. She has a huge fear of failing tests and university interviews and recently she´s been able to see demons.
As she moves
Ken Rahmoeller
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighteen-year-old Ash doesn’t know it yet, but she’s special. After all, not every university student has to spend their nights fending off shadow creatures and solving magical mysteries.

At first glance, Darkness Watching will seem familiar to readers of this genre. First off, Ash begins seeing scary, purpled-eyed creatures no one else can see. Then she receives an invite to attend Blackstone, a school she doesn’t remember applying to. And once she arrives at the school, it doesn’t take long for
*I was provided with an advanced electronic copy of this book from the author and Xpresso Book Tours in return of an honest review. No monetary compensation was provided in this exchange.*

Review origininally posted as part of DARKNESS WATCHING BLOG TOUR on Moonlight Gleam Reviews


It’s the day before her Oxford interview when Ashlyn first sees them: purple eyes and a terrifying face in the middle of her vision which should definitely not be there. After that, the demons are everyw
Krystle ~A Booknatic~
The world that the author created for her characters was very unique, I loved how...dark and mysterious everything was. Not that I'm saying that this was a doom-and-gloom type of book, not at all! It's just different than what I've been reading lately, and I am very thankful that this author asked me to read it. It's full of adventure, MAGIC, sorcerers, mystery, and it flirts with the idea of having a little romance. Maybe as the series progresses, we'll see more to that side.

The story is told
I received Darkness Watching in return for an honest review as part of the tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Ash is sitting in a career assembly when the power goes out basking the room in the dark aside from the light coming through the window blinds. While the room is bask in darkness Ash sees a pair of violet eyes staring right at her from above with a voice saying her name. She starts questioning that she saw from hallucinations to ghost at last ending on demons before heading to bed. It’s ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-my-habitat
THIS IS AN ADVANCE REVIEW. Date to be posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts: October 10, 2014

Note: Formatting and pictures are lost due to copy and paste.

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by Curiosity Quills Press via Netgalley for review – Thanks!

Okay, wow. I'm so behind with writing reviews, I kind of slacked off a little... along with other factors (the not so controllable factors).

On the bright side, I actually did catch up with my reading schedule during Thanksgiving Break. Like I said, best thin
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost let me begin by stating that I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review (LOP R2R). Thank you

Darkness Watching is about a young lady who is learning how to cope with her newly found quirk and college life. In many ways it’s a story about growing up and becoming comfortable with who you are, admittedly Ash has a bit more to deal with. I enjoy the story. It was a simply written story which you interested throughout, they were some points I
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
My StarReview is:
4 stars
-I received a Ebook copy at change for a honest review.-

"I'm going mad. It's not real. Cara's superstitions have made me start seeing things".

Darkworld is a place to be explored more, both for readers and for Ashlyn, our protagonist.

In this first installment of the Darkworld, Watching Darkness, is the base for you to meet your main character: Ashlyn, who like every girl protagonist has a normal life. everyday problems and more, until he discovers she has a feature tha
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I'm Emma, a NYT & USA Today bestselling author, book-hoarder, gamer, and restless dreamer. I write dark fantasy novels, including the Changeling Chronicles, the Legacy of Flames series and the Thief's Talisman trilogy.

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