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Darkness Falls #1

Into the Darkness

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It was supposed to be a way to end the devastation in the Middle East, but instead a darkness is unleashed unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

Ike Glass is well versed in chaos, but even he is unprepared for what the world will become after the outbreak. Ace Cullen has been loyal to his country ever since he was brought to the states as a young boy, but it’s difficult to stand by a country that can’t even take responsibility for their own actions. Phoenix Blue just wants a night of mindless sex… is that too much to ask? Always a black sheep, she shocks everyone as she finds the strength inside herself to protect the ones she cares about, and fight to see another day. They were strangers when the virus took over, but tragedy will bring them together in ways they never thought possible as they descend into the darkness.


First published November 13, 2014

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Kira Adams

23 books643 followers
Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer, from the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.


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4,689 reviews1,267 followers
March 22, 2015
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This was an okay zombie story, but I have to admit to losing interest.

Phoenix was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for what she went through with her family turning into zombies, but as the story went along I just lost interest.

The storyline did have some twists, and people seemed to keep coming back from the dead and switching sides etc. but I just got bored. By the end of the book I was just happy to have reached the end.
6 out of 10
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1,976 reviews584 followers
March 23, 2015
The characters in this were okay, and I did feel sorry for some of them as they had to go through some really tough things, but I didn't love any of them.

This started out okay, but I lost interest unfortunately. There was a few things that happened that was quite surprising, and bought my interest back a little bit, but I couldn't fully get interested in the story again.

Overall, Okay read, but couldn't hold my interest well unfortunately.
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3,749 reviews441 followers
May 27, 2015
In your face storytelling…

This was… unexpected. I’m not sure what I thought this was going to be - maybe a romance with a bit of apocalyptic mayhem or a virus epidemic that would be deadly but containable. What I got was a mind-blowing leap into an end-of-the-world pandemic, with a hint of love and romance. Oh – and it was terrific!

At the core of the story are a few key players. Phoenix Blue is a young woman caught up in the chaos like everyone else. The thing is, though, she is not like everyone else. Along with her ability to pick up a knife and gun, and use them well, she is unique in ways she never imagined.

Ike Glass and Ace Cullen are soldiers who witnessed the unleashing of the virus and know exactly what the consequences are of its release. Their new mission is to survive and to protect one of the possible saviors of the world. Civilization is disintegrating fast and they look to each other for security and, at the most basic, hope.

Fast-paced, this quick read had me on the edge of my seat. I loved the characters in this story especially Phoenix, a leading lady who knows how to kick butt and take names, literally. It’s not for the faint of heart, as survival is brought down to one-on-one skirmishes that require quick thinking as well as lightning reflexes.

I’m not going to wonder too much about how the non-soldiers in the group take so quickly to this new, violence-required existence. Trust and betrayal, amidst one life-threatening scene after another, drive the story to a doozy of a cliffhanger. ~ Diane, 4 stars


Into The Darkness starts out with a red-headed girl who is kind of brash and unlikable. I promise, you will soon fall in love with her. She is witty, courageous, strong and sassy as hell. She handles the obstacles from her past in stride and tackles the newly occurring ones with vengeance.

My only qualm with this book has nothing to do with the characters, but with how rushed it felt towards the end. Without giving anything away, this heroine is faced with a romantic obstacle. Who doesn't love some romantic tension? I sure do, which is why I wish the author would have extended the book a little (it's really short) and given some depth to the obstacle. Also, cliffhangers aren't my best friend and this book had a pretty decent one. ~ Kelly, 3.5 stars
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658 reviews24 followers
January 4, 2016

I really enjoy a good zombie story, and that is exactly what Adams gives you with Into the Darkness. It’s fast paced, action packed, and has you on the edge of your seat the entire time! It also has just enough subtly sweet moments to have you clamoring for more, that is until a biter comes in to wreck the day!

I liked the characters a lot in this story. It was a good mix of people with their own personalities and quirks. They each brought something special to the story and I want to see more of them, even the bad guys are intriguing! And word to the wise, you don’t always able to tell the good from the bad, until it’s to late!

You know how people say that they “love to hate” something/someone, well I had the reverse of that with Phoenix. She was someone that I hated to love. She’s such a strong, fearless person that you can’t help but to be in awe of her. But she also has some pretty poor people skills and is super mistrusting, and brash. So there were times when she could seem cold or calculating, but ultimately she did care about people, she just wasn’t the best at showing it. At certain points you did get to see someone make it briefly through her wall of defenses and you got the feeling that once your in her heart, you’re there for good and she’ll fight for you until the bloody end. I can’t wait to see more of that side of her!

This did end on one hell of a cliffhanger, but luckily I have the next book to start IMMEDIATELY! I suggest you do the same, because I have a feeling that once you start this wild ride, you, like me, won’t be able to stop!

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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126 reviews22 followers
March 13, 2015
This was freaking amazing!!!

I read this book in one sitting and absolutely refused to put it down despite the fact that my iPad was on 1% and I still had a chapter to go. Luckily for me, I made it and I couldn't be more agitated. I am not agitated at how the book ended, I am agitated THAT the book ended. Seriously Kira, one of the biggest cliffhangers ever!

This book was like a 5th Wave meets The Maze Runner meets The Walking Dead. The characters were all so different but so detailed. I absolutely loved Phoenix and can't wait to read the next book to find out what actually happened at the end. The plot, whilst a little predictable at stages, was so fast paced and action packed I couldn't find it in me to put it down.

I have read a few apocalyptic books featuring zombies but this could quite possible be near the very top of my list. One of the things I was so thankful about is that the author didn't make the romantic side plot a feature point. I loved how it focused on surviving and finding her sister and not all about kissing a boy. This really made it a lot more enjoyable for me as I felt as if, if this situation were real, she definitely had her protease sorted out.

If this book was made into a movie I would most definitely line up for the midnight premier. Cant wait to read the next book when it comes out!!!
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175 reviews
August 15, 2015
I didn't have high hopes for this book- it's a post-apocalyptic zombie novel, and those novels have been done to death. How good could they be, really? The answer to that question is great! I loved this book- Phoenix was my favorite character by far, even if she was a little whiney, and the interactions between the characters together with the suspense of surviving a zombie apocalypse made this book an engaging read. I am looking forward to reading more of her books
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209 reviews1 follower
April 27, 2015
The author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my first zombie book and my first introduction to Kira Adams? I totally loved this book! I can't wait to read the next one. I love the characters and the plot twists and turns. Some were predictable, some were not. As I was reading, I could see it all playing out on the big screen. Very excited to see how it all plays out
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236 reviews6 followers
January 4, 2016
Into the darkness
So this is a zombie book and is the first book so there are more to follow although I am unsure of how many there are going to be. This is the first zombie book I’ve ever read and I have to say I was pretty impressed. This story has a real feel of the walking dead crossed with I am legend and it works a lot better that I thought it would. It has military background to it and let’s face it who doesn’t love a guy in uniform. The story flows with continued drama and is completely action packed from the very first page to the very last. There are a lot of side story lines within this book which is fantastic as it makes it impossible to guess where the story is going to go next and because of the reason you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen. I found myself looking for more pages at the end of the book hoping there would be more but there wasn’t. I cannot wait for book 2 and I will be reading it as soon as it hits my kindle.
The characters are fantastic Phoenix is a don’t mess with me kinda girl she doesn’t need anyone to help her and is a natural leader. It is great to see a woman taking lead in a situation like this group have found themselves in and it is a true girl power type of book. There are plenty of other characters to look out for but for me Phoenix was the one to watch.
I rate this story 5 stars
I really cannot wait for the next installment
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603 reviews8 followers
January 26, 2016
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Into the Darkness (Darkness Falls 1) Kira Adams 4.5 Stars

Whoa ! what the hell did I just read ! I started this book having absolutely no idea what I was about to read. Whilst I love a great dystopian novel, post-apocalyptic is a fairly new genre to me and this story was really really good, this is only my 2nd zombie book and much to my surprise it had me on the edge of my seat throughout. I was completely transported into the story and it captured my imagination fully.

Phoenix likes to be different, she likes tattoos, one night stands and to do her own thing. She doesn't realise how strong she is until the lethal virus is let loose and the people, including her family, become biters/zombies. Phoenix along with a few others end up on the run and trying desperately to survive and avoid the government conspiracies.

A really great read which I highly recommend one-clicking. Oh and just to let you know this one leaves you on a big cliffhanger and desperately needing book 2 !
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48 reviews
March 31, 2015
**I received a copy from the author for an honest review**

This was very different from all the books I have read by Kira and I still enjoyed reading it!,This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It was full of action, adventure, emotions, loss, and even some romance. I fell in love with Phoenix and Cullen and I am rooting for them! Learning about how these characters each deal with loss, the virus outbreak, and their relationships was so interesting and thrilling. I cannot believe the end of this book and want more! Kira never disappoints me, I applaud her once again for making me falling in love with her book and its characters.

If you enjoy the show The Walking Dead and you enjoy reading, I think this book is right up your alley.
May 22, 2015
I'm a big zombie fan! So when I seen this book come across my recommended books on Amazon I was all there! After the first chapter I was hooked! Kira made me gag, cry, scream and begging for more!! I instantly fell in love with Ike and Cullen then later on Phoenix! The way Kira writes her characters they feel like you are a part of them. I could easily put myself in Phoenix's shoes and imagine I was her. That's how real they felt to me! There's gore, romance, sadness and betrayal! Kira Adams done it again! Great job! I can't wait for Emerging From Darkness!
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78 reviews15 followers
September 12, 2017
I was kindly given a copy of the audio book of Kira Adams Into The Darkness for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

This is the first part of the Darkness Falls series and was a good introduction to the world. I actually didn't realise this was YA to start with and from switching from a fairly lengthy tome of a Stephen King novel it did somewhat feel a little jarring but that said this quick read managed to pack a punch even at times I wanted parts of the characters fleshed put a little more but I'm guessing in later parts they will be.

The first person writing style and tone made it impossible not to compare this to some of Mira Grants books but for a younger audience. This isn't a criticism but I hope will give people clues about the atmospherics and to some extent the setup.

Some of the twists really took me by surprise whilst one of the major ones I had guessed early on. At times I felt like the book might be falling into certain tropes but was glad to see that it swerved these and helped keep things exciting.

With the book moving along at such speed it sometimes feels like the urgency of certain scenes possibly isn't conveyed as well as it needs to be and at times I wished we could have just had a little more dialogue or scene setting but overall this was an enjoyable read and a good introduction to the series which left on a solid cliffhanger.
665 reviews8 followers
September 13, 2017
The overall story is interesting and book 2 is going on my 'to read' list, but I thought more information could have been useful at times. There are lots of unanswered questions for me and while I'm sure more will be revealed in future books, I feel like this book could have been a five star book if there weren't so many holes.

The story is well planned, with interesting and likeable characters, I'm looking forward to reading book two.

Nice delivery and good character voices, I enjoyed listening to the narration.

I received this book free from the narrator/publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
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1,502 reviews163 followers
March 15, 2015
INTO THE DARKNESS - Darkness Falls - Book One

By: Kira Adams

Genre: Horror

Length: 185 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review:

Colonel Ike Glass is married and has a seven year old daughter. It is them that he is thinking of on the day the government calls him into a secret meeting in a Nevada bunker to inform him of their plan to end the war in the Gaza strip by releasing a engineered ebola-like virus known as E1M2. It is a mixture of ebola and rabies and is amazingly potent and effective.

The government foresees losing two thirds of the population of Israel, which they deem acceptable. But Ike isn't so sure. How would they contain the virus at the borders? How would they stop it from spreading into outlying countries? What if it travelled worldwide? What does this mean for his family?

When their test subject, who everyone had thought deceased escapes and begins attacking people, a lockdown of the facility is instituted. Ike's main concern is his family. With them in mind he escapes the lockdown.

Sergeant Ace Cullen is a loyal Army man. He lives and breathes by the strict rules of military life and he is a firm believer in chain-of-command and in following orders without question. He is also in attendance at the bunker when the virus is revealed and then accidentally released.

Somehow the virus escapes into the populace and Nevada residents are told that it was released by terrorists. They are told to remain calm, stay indoors and report anyone who exhibits symptoms to the CDC.

Phoenix Blue knows about the recommendation to stay indoors, but has a date and she just wants a night of mindless sex to take her mind off the string of terrible relationships she has had. "A terrorist unleashed virus does little to scare me." She figures that since transmission is through bodily fluids, so she only has to worry if her blind date happens to be infected. With Phoenix's tattoos and nose ring she has very little in common with either Ace or Ike.

Until the day he saved her life, Ike had never met Phoenix Blue, but despite that, she feels an instinctive trust in the older, bi-racial man.

With infected people dying and then somehow becoming reanimated, Ike, Cullen and Phoenix must find a way to survive. Strangers must learn to rely on each other or perish.

This story is full of action and I was pulled into the plot. Even though Phoenix should not be a likable character, her back story explains why she is the way she is, and I couldn't help rooting for both her and Ike to survive.

It ends on a cliffhanger that will have readers wanting to get their hands on the next book immediately. I know I definitely want to read Book Two.

The book is good, but it is in need of polishing. There are typos and some small grammatical and editorial errors that bothered me. However, most people would probably not have noticed them and because they are not major plot issues, they do not detract from the story itself. However, it is because of those errors that I cannot give this book a 5 star rating. Instead, I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Those readers who enjoy horror and/or zombie fiction and who love a good action/thriller will appreciate this book.

The storyline's believability makes this book a terrifying read. It does not take much of a stretch to the imagination to believe that the United States government is experimenting with biological weapons. This practice has been going on for decades. Accidental release of an engineered bio-weapon is not only likely, it is inevitable. In mankind's search to come up with more and more effective ways to kill each other, we just might doom our entire species.


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528 reviews51 followers
February 23, 2017
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I was kindly provided with an ARC by the author and I have given it 4 stars.

A story about zombies is an instant winner in my eyes!!

I thought it would a run of the mill Zombie book but I was wrong. Think The walking Dead meets Z Nation.

Into the Darkness has a good plot with a few interesting ideas, the opening to the book really hooks you in and draws you right into the action. It's less about the biters and more about six people's fight for survival in a world drastically changed when an unknown virus breaks out and brings the dead back to life. Phoenix and her fellow survivors face a tough fight if they want to fight not only against the biters but also against the "degenerates", people who were freed from prisons, in order to use the space to try and contain the virus.

There a few enjoyable characters and few less than enjoyable. The story itself is pretty good, with a few plot twists to keep things interesting. It's fast paced but therein lies the issue for me. I felt it wasn't very detailed, lacking any meat to the actual story itself. I would have preferred something a little more indepth and some parts felt a little rushed.

Overall though I really enjoyed it and I am always intrigued to see which direction these zombie stories take, so I will definitely be picking up the next book.

Be warned though, this book ends on a cliffhanger and I can not wait to see what happens.
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529 reviews3 followers
September 27, 2017
3.5 stars
Good start to series. I really enjoyed this story. It pulled me and held my complete attention from start to finish. I was so into the story before I knew it over 4 hours had flown by and it was over. My only complaint.... I wish it had been longer. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

It does end in a cliffhanger so be prepared.

While there is really nothing unusual or new about this story that's not a bad thing. It's a good solid story that is interesting, entertaining and has a really good cast of likable characters. There is enough going on to keep the story moving, building the suspense with plenty of surprises and twists. Being a zombie survival story of coarse there is plenty of action as well.

Note: the main character Phoenix was molested as a child. While it does not go into details if this is a trigger for some they may want to skip this story. Not quite sure we needed the extra about the Uncle. I understand it lent towards developing her trust issues but I could have done without it.

Lori Faiella did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Both male and female. Just a slight change in tone is enough to distinguish between male and female characters. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Hopefully she will narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.
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Author 5 books38 followers
December 21, 2015

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters: http://paranormalsisters.blogspot.com...

Oh boy, where should I start.....

This is an easy read and I was devouring it, however there was just too many issues in this for me. Starting with the pacing, it moves way too fast to even know how much time has gone by between scenes or chapters. The way it was written, one minute the virus breaks out and then the next paragraph one of the main characters escapes in a car and is already worrying that it might have spread to his family. Um, how? It just happened in this one building you were in and you escaped, how the heck could it reach your family already? Especially since it first broke out in Area 51 and you were there to see it.

The actions of characters and the scenes in the story just don't match, causing it to not flow right for me. Like when the outbreak finally reached the outside world and then the next chapter all of a sudden they're all badass and know how to survive in this zombie infested world. The transition just didn't feel right. Nothing in this book felt right.....

What definitely didn't feel right was the silly love triangle or the romance in general. It felt like Phoenix just met Cullen and didn't trust him and then the next paragraph they're having relationship drama.....Like, what?


You just met and now all of a sudden you have crazy feelings for each other. Phoenix was so hot and cold, one minute she's into him and the next she can't trust him and I'm like "But you just met each other two chapters ago! How the heck are you having relationship drama?".....it got to me as you can see....

Seriously, throughout I was trying to figure out how much time went by between chapters or even paragraphs. Transitioning between scenes was like whiplash, it never felt right and it annoyed me. I seriously feel like it needs to go through another round of edits just to fix the pacing problem.

Overall I was hoping for an awesome zombie read but instead I got.....well, it definitely wasn't awesome. I don't know what I was expecting, that summary tells nothing of the book but just how the characters feel and what they were like before the outbreak and the outbreak happens very early in the book, so yeah. Also, this became really repetitive once the virus happened and I couldn't help but roll my eyes. I also knew who the traitor was in the group so it bugged me that Phoenix didn't realize sooner, it was so obvious.
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383 reviews11 followers
November 17, 2014
**I received an e-book ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I was a bit … apprehensive, shall we say, when I signed up to read and review Kira’s newest book. It’s the first book of this kind that I’ve read, and even though I love zombie shows (coughcoughTHEWALKINGDEADcoughcough), I didn’t know how I’d like reading about them. As it turns out, I got sucked right into the story. I literally didn’t want to stop reading, and I’d count down the hours until I’d have enough time to delve right back into the thick of it.

The book opens with Ike and Ace witnessing the event that eventually triggers the end of the world as everyone once knew it. Within days an uncontrolled outbreak of sorts has taken the United States by storm, turning perfectly normal people into crazy, flesh-craving, dark souls. Phoenix Blue isn’t too worried about all the chaos going on around her, until it arrives right in her back yard, forcing her to make some incredibly difficult decisions and eventually uniting her with Ike.

Into the Darkness follows Phoenix as she fights to stay alive and embarks on a cross-country journey in search of her younger sister. The book is filled with action, which was one of my favorite things about it. There are times when Kira takes readers off in a super serious, deep direction, and then BAM! — she gives readers a totally ass kicking action sequence.

The sexual tension between Phoenix and Cullen was palpable, though I still haven’t quite decided whether or not I want to see these two end up together. I saw Cullen make multiple sacrifices for Phoenix, while she really only made one that I can think of for him, and that disappointed me. I look forward to seeing what Kira does with their relationship in the future, because it has the potential to go in a few different directions.

One thing I would have liked to see more of in this book was Phoenix’s back story. She’s a pretty angsty, angry chick, but it was never quite explained why she was that way. Kira gives us some hints about Phoenix’s past, but doesn’t elaborate on them, so I’m hoping that we’ll get more details about where she came from and why she is the way she is in the next book.

Overall, I loved this read! I for one can’t wait for the next installment to come out. I’m already craving more of Cullen, and I need to know the fate of the amazing cast of characters that Adams gave us.

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185 reviews48 followers
February 23, 2016
I really enjoyed Into The Darkness. Right from the very first page you are thrust into the action. It's a fairly fast paced book with a lot happening in the 185 pages and even a few twists along the way. It wasn't bored at all whilst reading. The story is told mainly through Phoenix, however there are also chapters where the narration shifts to Ike or Cullen. This means that you really get a better insight into each of the characters. They are also all fairly likeable.

Phoenix (I keep wanting to type Phoebe for some reason) goes through a lot in the first few chapters alone. First her family turn into zombies and try to eat her (leading to her killing her dad and brother). Then she finds out she was adopted. She is a very kick-ass character and travels through various US states (I'm not good at US geography - hell, I'm not very good at UK geography to be honest) fighting zombies and degenerates (released prisoners) to find her sister. She is very protective of her sister, probably because there is such a big age gap between them. I also like how Adams doesn't rely to much on Phoenix's love life and the subsequent love triangle that begins to form. However, she can be quite heartless - she leaves her uncle to the mercy of her zombie mum. She is also quite cruel to Harlan. Harlan is one of the characters I felt sorry for. He clearly likes Phoenix yet she barely gives him the time of day because he isn't her usual type. However, she did start to thaw towards him. I just wanted a happy ending for Harlan!

However, Ike's the character I feel the most sorry for. He witnesses not only the beginning of the zombie apocalypse but also his wife and little girl becoming zombies too. That must have totally destroyed him inside to see his little girl turn into something so horrifying. I feel that Ike just wants to survive and see the world put to rights again. Although of course he can also be quite sneaky.

I feel that Cullen is the character we know least about. Mainly because there aren't many chapters from his viewpoint. I hope we learn more about him in the sequel.

Oh! and the cliffhanger! God I couldn't believe it! I just wanted to keep on reading! I can't wait to read the sequel now.

One downside (which is literally teeny-tiny) is that in a couple of places there was missing punctuation. However, that can be fixed and it didn't detract from the story at all.
192 reviews
January 10, 2018
Book 1

Kira is a new to me author. This story centers around a zombie apocalypse. I love that. I'm a huge The Walking Dead fan, so I totally enjoyed it. I hope book 2 brings the romance. Looking forward to it! If TWD is your jam then give this book a go!
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403 reviews11 followers
April 7, 2015
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Here is one of the times that I really wish we could give half stars. I rated it 4 starts but it was really a 3.5. It was a pretty fast paced, decent read, but I've read quite a few books on the zombie apocalypse. With all the zombie movies, shows & books out I'm looking for more of the how it happened, & the character growth. Kira did a pretty good job on the how it happened & the breakdown of the American society. I just had a hard time with a few things. First being Ike & how he handled getting to his family as soon as the outbreak occurred & not talking to his wife about it. There are a few things that didn't settle with me since he was was supposed to be a Colonel in the army how did he allow what happened to his family to occur? Just didn't seem believable. Once you've read it you'll see what I mean, I don't want to give away spoilers. As for Phoenix the heroine of the book, we got to know her much better than everyone else. But I still was a little not sure about her. Somehow in everything from the beginning she just right away was a badass & ready to go. I know that she needed to get focused to survive but geez a freak out or breakdown would've been believable. I also was starting to get frustrated that they couldn't seem to catch a break that they were being targeted at every turn first by the Degenerates & than by the military itself. I was trying to figure out how the Degenerates knew about her almost right off the bat & what the set up was with them. It was pretty predictable how they were getting their information & from whom. I am interested to see how this series goes & if there's growth in the characters & if I'll feel more connected to them. All in all its not a bad book it's just fairly predictable. I want to see some twists happen & for Ike & Cullen to pull out some serious military badass skills because that was lacking in this book. I will of course read the next book in the series but that's cuz I'm a total sucker for the zombie apocalypse & seeing what everyone's twist in it is.
March 23, 2015
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. The version I received is an updated version which will be available on Amazon on March 26th, 2015.

The story line and the characters held a lot of potential for me. I would have liked to see more from / more development of Ike and especially Cullen - I found them both very interesting characters. The main character of Phoenix was developed quite well and I'm anxious to see how she continues to grow. The pace of this book was good; I didn't find it dragging nor did I notice any spots where I was bored or wanting to skip/scan ahead. The ending was a bit of a cliff-hanger. I personally don't care for those types of cliff-hangers in a series - I prefer to see something of a resolution to one book's story line and the next book in the series beginning on a different story line, instead of sort of bringing a book to an end during a somewhat dramatic moment, to be continued in the next installment. So, if you don't like those types of cliff-hangers, just prepare yourself! It's not by any means a reason to avoid the book, but I would just suggest you make yourself aware / prepare for the fact that it might not quite have the resolution you were looking for. I am invested enough in the characters and what's happening that I am looking forward to reading the next book. Also, the version I read is in need of an edit, but I expected that going in, as I was told when I was sent the book that is was an updated, but unedited, copy. The updated version I read is slated to be available on 3/26, and I suspect it will have gone through more edits by then that take care of the few problems I did notice. Just in case, prepare yourself for the fact that there may be a few mistakes. Unedited or poorly edited books are typically a huge turnoff for me, so having that warning / chance to prepare myself helped. I didn't find myself too distracted by the few small mistakes that I did notice - and again, those may be gone in the newly updated version when it goes live. All in all I enjoyed this book and would definitely read more from this author.
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2,356 reviews25 followers
December 29, 2015
What would you do if you found yourself in a top secret government facility, looking at a group of people that make the assembled folks look like they are in the N? What would you do if the person that is talking to you starts talking about an invisible, top secret weapon of mass destruction? What do those words mean to you? The weapon of mass destruction that the General talks about was not at all what I expected to read about. What happens when that WMD starts biting back? What happens when a whole state has to go on lockdown because of a terroristic act, according to the media? I had to laugh at the irony of it. What happens to Ike when he is forced to kill his daughter, because her mother has already in effect killed her with the infection? When he turns the gun on himself, what happens? What happens when you are finally told you were bitten days ago but are not exhibiting any signs of the infection? When you leave, with Ike, and pick up Harlan and Jerrica, going in search of your only living relative Rian, your sister who is in boarding school in Florida, what happens? What happens when you lose Ike and the Degenerates are following you, wherever you go? How do they keep finding you? What happens when Cullen enters the picture? What happens when you lose Harlan to the infection, then Cullen disappears in the middle of the night, you find two more people and then suddenly they're gone, with your supplies, and your sister and friend? What do you and Ike do? This makes me think of a zombie apocalypse type book, but at the same time it isn't. This was an interesting read. I won't say anything else about the book, other than that I am looking forward to reading book 2 of this series.

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323 reviews3 followers
January 2, 2015
Nooooo.... need more....

In the past I've had a bad experience with zombie books so I tend to stay clear of them, but... I'm really glad I gave Into The Darkness a chance. Why? Because it is a really good book and I have loved each and every page.

So it's fair to say that even though I received this as an e-ARC I was still a little skeptical as to what it would be like. I was sucked in and hooked all the way through. I seriously had trouble putting my kindle/phone down and walking away from it.

The zombie outbreak is the result of a research experiment gone wrong! What was supposed to be a controlled outbreak has in a matter of days gotten seriously out of hand and changed things as we know them.

Ike and Ace are there at the start and they witness the start of the outbreak. Ike escapes the facility and comes across Phoenix. Phoenix by this time has encountered zombies and has made some very difficult and life changing decisions, which unfortunately are just the tip of the iceberg.

Ike and Phoenix head off in search of Phoenix's younger sister. On their cross country journey they come across many different challenges, they meet new people; some who can be trusted and some who can't.

Into the Darkness has plenty of action scenes, there's also tonnes of emotion, and romance too, with a whole heap of sexual tension!

Kira's writing is once more fantastic. She certainly has the knack of taking control of my thoughts and feelings. I felt like I could have reached out and touched the characters. Their emotions are conveyed well.

I did feel as though Phoenix and Ike could have been a little better developed, I felt that Phoenix was missing a back story. Ike I'm not sure how he could have been made better but I felt as though he was missing a little something and I'm a little uncertain about him. Maybe book #2 will see them grow and develop into their full potential.

Overall I have loved this book from the start and I'm intrigued as to what will happen next.
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1,699 reviews62 followers
January 9, 2015
3.5 stars

I got this free on Amazon for a limited time and I would like to thank the author for making that possible. So here's my honest review...

It was fast paced and a page turner. Even though this is another zombie/apocalyptic story, we have characters from different walks of life who banded together to survive.

Initially there's Ike from the US government, then Phonix, a random rebellious girl who later finds out she's adopted, Rian, Phoenix's sister, and other characters we meet along the way. There's a sudden outbreak and the story stems from there. It's the government's actions that came to bite them in the ass.

I admire the concept and zombies, or their term, "biters" aren't the only enemy. There were also the Denegerates (yes, spelled with a capital D), whom are former prisoners trying to take over the world (the US).

Said prisoners were released in the hopes that they could be infected and eventually perish; unfortunately they're smart and could survive so Phoenix and the gang needed to stay away from them as well.

So I was wondering why Ike and Phoenix didn't arm in any way at least one or two of the Degenerates. I mean come on! Didn't they have weapons?! I just felt that it's stupid to just let them loot and get away cause its a dog eat dog world in those trying times.

Due to certain events, Phoenix has become reckless and stupid. Specially when she really wasn't in the proper condition to drive and she insisted. She made out to be a super girl in this novel after surviving the outbreak, being a natural at swords and other weapons, and most importantly being immune to the bite. I gotta warn you folks that this one has a cliffhanger.

The writing style was simple and concise, so it was easy to finish. The action scenes weren't quite polished, there's a potential romance between Phoenix and another guy which felt forced, just to give some romance at a time of war, something to that effect.

For those looking for a more exciting read similar to this genre, I highly recommend Jonathan Maberry.
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318 reviews3 followers
March 12, 2015
Now, I'm not one for Zombies. I enjoy The Walking Dead, and that's about it for me. The occasional zombie movie, and I'm set. When I first started reading Into the Darkness by Krista Adams, I could not set this book down. This is seriously one of the best books (and honestly the only book) in this genre that I have read. Krista set the bar high for the zombie genre.

We start off with Glass and Cullen in a hard position as being part of the US Military, and understanding what is about to happen to their world. It is a horrific sight, and they both know what needs to be done in order to save their country, and those that they love. It isn't long before the entire state of Nevada has a curfew set, and zombies are taking over. I felt this part was a little fast paced, but it was all in good taste, and did not leave any unanswered questions.

Enter Phoenix Blue. All she wants is a damn good lay. Can't a girl get what she wants?! Not in the zombie apocalypse. She seems to get anything BUT a good lay, and for some reason I find this rather comical. Phoenix quickly undergoes some tragic, and undeniably horrid problems that nobody should ever have to go through. I enjoyed Phoenix's character, and feel like she is very misunderstood throughout the entire book.

Glass, and Cullen are two very strong characters throughout the entire book, and they really seem to hold their own throughout the entire zombie ordeal. Glass really seems to suffer a lot like Phoenix did, and his tragedy - to me - is more tragic than Phoenix's was. Glass had the advantage of knowing what would happen to infected persons, and he didn't take the plunge to save those he loved because he hoped for the best.

I will end my review here - I could go on, and on honestly - and say that this is a definite pick-up, and read for anyone who wants a new genre to read. This was, again, a fast paced read that didn't leave the reader guessing for hours on end once they finished Into the Darkness. Congratulations Krista, on a phenomenal take on this genre!
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31 reviews1 follower
April 23, 2015
Characters: Phoenix was a kick-butt heroine. She wasn't weak, and she was willing to fight for the people she had taken in with her. She goes through a lot that could bring someone down and want them to give up, but she never reacted that way. I loved Cullen, he's got some issues and all (thank goodness he's not perfect), but there's just something about him that makes it hard not to like him. My heart breaks for him at certain times because it's not hard to see that a part of him is already broken. It's not hard to feel for Ike because of what he has gone through from the very beginning of the story. The other characters were pretty well-written, and everyone had their own personality which separated them all from each other.

Plot/Content: Zombie books are like my ultimate favorite book to pick up, so I was thrilled to get a chance to read Into the Darkness by Kira Adams. This has your average zombie themes (group of people thrown together that didn't know each other much before the apocalypse, trying to find a cure to save humankind, etc.), and it has it's own unique ideas (like how the apocalypse came to be, degenerates, etc.).

Romance: The book had some focus on romance. Although, there was that focus on love, Phoenix at moments knew that survival was more important than love. So I liked the light romance in this book, although I would like to see it explored more in the next book.

Other: This book was easy to be drawn into because it was all action from the prologue. Kira didn't waste any time in trying to explain the effects of how it occurred, she just jumped right into the story. It was a quick read, and the ending is great and leaves me wanting that second book right now. I loved the nickname that Phoenix has for Rian, because that is the exact same nickname I call my little sister. I wasn't a fan of the language, but this book was so good that I didn't take off a star because of it like I normally would.

*Note: I received this book free from Kira Adams in exchange for an honest review.
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45 reviews3 followers
November 16, 2014
I wouldn't say that this was too "new" of a zombie book because there have been other zombie stories stories some what similar, but I do think it could definitely hold its own. :). I loved the fact that Adams did take the time to give some backstory on the "how" for the zombie apocalypse. I think I would've liked a little more backstory on Phoenix personally, but to me that wasn't a make-or-break for the whole story line. Maybe some people are just born badasses! ;) I also was a little bit put off by Ike's interaction with his family and what the end result was, only because of his background. If it would've been any other Joe Schmoe on the street, I wouldn't have really thought too much into it (it could have been a lot of the denial factor). But it was a little hard for me to swallow, after what he just witnessed and went through AND his military background. Again, this being a first-time-to-the-zombie-genre author and novel, I tried not to get too hung up on it. I also feel that after-the-fact Adams did a fantastic job of really putting us in each characters' head throughout the rest of the story. I felt like the fact that they couldn't "catch a break" was definitely suspicious from the get-go but very in-line with typical zombie related books and movies, so not upsetting or shocking. I also felt that the "bad guy/traitor" was predictable (but I think that's just because I'm familiar with the general outcome of most of these stories).

Overall I thought it was a really easy and enjoyable read (even for myself that reads VERY slow). This was the first book that I've read from this author and was excited to just give it a try, not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised though! It's a little bit rough around the edges (mostly in the beginning) but I think it's a fantastic interpretation for a Adams' first zombie book. I'm excited to see what happens next!!!
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229 reviews
July 13, 2015
* An ARC of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review *

This review has been cross-posted on Amazon and GoodReads.

I was excited about reading this book. Yes, it is yet another zombie apocalypse book, but authors have been taking different tangents on how zombies act so there is a variety of different kinds of stories. What intrigued me the most was that Ms. Adams wanted to give a good backstory for the creation of the zombies, something few authors try.

The story wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. The backstory was definitely a major plus for the book. But I didn't care for the characterization of Phoenix. She was supposed to be some badass chick with a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. But where her characterization failed was in the details. Why does she have the chip? I found it hard to like Phoenix because the details were lacking and she just seemed to be in a perpetually bad mood for no apparent reason.

Overall, my disappointment stemmed from the unrealistic nature of many of the scenes and interactions. For example, when Ike gets to his family he does some stuff that I just find beyond belief. He was supposed to be extremely concerned about his family and their safety. Yet when he finds them safe and sound, he does nothing to ensure their safety. And I was flabbergasted when he went back to sleep next to his wife after he knows she is infected but without securing his daughter. This was only the first of many scenes where I was left feeling a sense of “That would never happen!”

This book, for me, is sadly a 2.5 star book. I did like the book and I am looking forward to the next book. I am hoping that scenes are more realistic in forthcoming books though.
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