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Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are ...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2015 by Switch Press
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Jessica Rodrigues According to the author, there is a sequel written, but whether or not we will get to read it is dependent on the popularity of Becoming Darkness and …moreAccording to the author, there is a sequel written, but whether or not we will get to read it is dependent on the popularity of Becoming Darkness and whether or not the second book gets picked up by a publisher. Anyone who enjoys this book should be sure to leave a positive review and contact the publisher and ask for more.(less)
Jessica Rodrigues There is a romance involving the main character, but the genre is more thriller than romance.

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Caitlin
Aug 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Marie
Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles

2.5 stars

Sophie Harkness is Immune. She’s in the small portion of the population who carry a genetic mutation that repels vampires from being able to feed off of her. Hitler won the war and won because he released a deadly virus that infected millions turning them into monsters. The Immunes were able to overthrow the quickly growing vampire population and were offered the opportunity to live on an island in solitude. Sophie’s life is becoming ripped u

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J.A. Ironside
This is just utterly bewitching. I've read good books and I've read a few excellent books in the last year. This just blew me away. Yes it does require a leap of faith. Vampire Nazis you ask? Is this a bad B movie? Fair questions but I invite you to lower your guard. This is a now set after history took a different branch. Hitler still lives and 40's mores and expectations still hold a strong influence despite it now being the '90s. Out of the ashes of WWII and the ready Gomorrah virus, rose the ...more
Rosa
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, monsters, first-reads
Got my signed copy in the mail today! Perfect Christmas read :)

The synopsis made me want to eat this book as quickly as possible. I'm glad I took my time. I loved it! Would recommend to any one who likes paranormal ya type stories.
*I won this copy in a goodreads giveaway*
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it

DNF

I thought this would be some gritty dark kickass dystopia but it turned out to be some kind of yucky Twilight
Priscila
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thank you Switch Press for providing me this ARC in exchange for my honest review.


Did you ever catch yourself thinking "What if?"?
This is the mother of all What ifs!

Haven is just what it sounds, a haven for the Immunes, the humans that remained human, after Hitler released a virus that either killed or transformed most of humanity during WWII.
We meet Sophie a seventeen year old Immune, with an interesting relationship with an unlikely person. After Sophie's best friend is murdered, she begins
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Shelley
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Although not indicated by any source (Goodreads, Amazon, or the author's web page which is filled with awesomeness!), Becoming Darkness IS the first installment in author Lindsay Brambles' alternate universe series where Hitler actually won World War II. Hitler's
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Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
The synopsis of Becoming Darkness ticked off all of the boxes when it comes to what I enjoy reading, I thoroughly adore the paranormal genre, with vampires being my favourite supernatural beings of choice, add to that the historical element and the horrifying yet intriguing notion of a world where Hitler was never defeated and instead rules the whole world, the twist is what sets this book apart from so many others, the virus Gomorrah was released and turned most of the worlds population that we ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Like everyone else living in Haven, seventeen-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune--a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. A virus that wiped out most of humanity and turned two-hundred million people into vamps. But after her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes
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Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
I really liked this book. But I can’t really say too much about it, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. So here are a few times things I really liked about this book. Sophie is a very strong female lead. She’s determined, sassy at times, very relatable and real. There are tons of vampires and Hitler is still alive and the Nazi’s rule the planet earth. Everyone has secrets and nothing at all is what it seems. There are so many twists and turns that you will never be bored. It pulle ...more
Kayla/Michaela (mindcrazed)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! Such a captivating story! Full review here: https://mindcrazed.wordpress.com/2015... ...more
Tyler
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like Twilight
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Jeanna
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
After Hitler unleashes a virus which leaves victims as vampires, the only survivors are the Immunes. Decades later, after the war has ended, Hitler still reigns with his Nazi Vampires. Sophie, an Immune, lives in the small town of Haven, content with her best friend and vamp boyfriend. Until her best friend is mysteriously murdered, that is. The murder unravels everything Sophie knew about her world, opening her to new truths that she wished she never saw. Val, her boyfriend, has always said, “S ...more
Amanda Marie
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded awesome. An alternate history had Hitler won the Second World War, basically an airborne vampire pathogen, and only a small portion of the world still human. It sounded too interesting to pass up.

Haven is the name of the small archipelago in the Pacific Ocean that is the last refuge of humanity. It is the only part of the planet not under the control of Hitler and his Nazis. At least officially Haven is a sovereign nation though the conten
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Jennifer
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Becoming Darkness is one of those books where you think, it's about time someone came up with this idea. Vampires have already been used in pretty much every aspect I can think of. But Nazi Vampires??? Uh, yes, please. All the "what if" moments people think of and this somehow hasn't been one. I think it was as great idea and an even greater book. The book is told in the 1990's, I believe, and Hitler is still alive. It is a very large book but it was a fairly quick read and definitely worth the ...more
Austin
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews, favorites
I know what you are thinking, because I too, was thinking the same thing. This is yet another vampire book. However, this is not your typical vampire book. It is part epic adventure and part murder mystery, with a splash of forbidden obsession and a romance that never should have happened in the first place.

Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Francis Brambles was not at all what I was expecting. I have read many vampire novels, and this one was perhaps the most unique and the most exhilarating one I ha
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Alysa H.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, abandoned
I tried, I really tried, but this book is one of the worst I've encountered in some time. The writing itself is not particularly bad, though there's a bit of a pseudo-noir style to it that feels forced by the 1940s-inspired story-world but doesn't make for very realistic characters or dialogue and is, I suspect, one of the reasons that the main character comes off at best as inconsistent and at worst even more pathologically erratic than your typical hormone-addled teenager.

The world-building is
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Dawnie
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
*I got a free copy in exchange for a honest review through NetGalley thanks to the publishers!*


This book completely surprised me!
I was not sure if this was something that i would like or not when i saw it on here, but i thought why not try and see if i can get a copy maybe i will really like this book, since honestly that i how i found most of my favorite books.
And this book fits into that as well.
I gone into this book not really knowing what to expect from a book that is set in a world where
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Kelly
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
During World War II a virus was unleashed upon the world. A virus that killed most of humanity and turned 200 million people into vampires, including Hitler himself. Some people are Immune to the virus, and they have found their haven (literally) in Haven. Sophie Harkness is one of the few Immunes. And as if living in a world ruled by Nazi vampires isn’t bad enough, a murderer is on the loose in Haven. Sophie’s best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life. She i ...more
Dan
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to read this when I first saw it as a goodreads giveaway. I didn't realize at the time that this was a YA book. Also, if the author had gone with the plot that was an introduction to the world this book takes place in then it would have been much more enjoyable. I would totally have gotten into this book if it were an alternate history where vampires existed and that was how the Nazis won the war....that would be a very interesting book. If you are looking for horror vampires yo ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
OMG this was so different then anything I've ever read before. what can I say then this,it has everything you would want in a this type of book: at first all I know going in to it was that it was a book that had to do with Hitler ,and vampires,him winning the war, and then founding out there was so much more,like murder,an unsolved cold case,family secrets and lies,and every time I thought I had something figured out there were more twists and turns, more dark secrets that kept popping up,and I ...more
Tori
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I came into this book with a couple of apprehensions- anything involving Hitler as a trope makes me nervous, and I'm more a werewolf fan than vampire. But I'm a sucker for anything paranormal, and my reservations were summarily dismissed by the end of chapter one. From there on out, I enjoyed the atmospheric piece immensely.

Lindsay Francis Brambles' writing is evocative, interesting, and her protagonist brings a lot to the table. But this pales in comparison to the excellent world-building, tig
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Gemma F
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. However, I was unable to finish reading it as my phone broke. Nearly a year later, I decided to purchase a hardcover of this book and boy when it arrived, I immediately started devouring it!

This story is unique although the plot was a little slow at times, it never failed to intrigue me. I feel that this story would've been slightly better if there was less romance and more action which picked up toward the end of the book.
Jana
3.5 stars

Review can be found at at Fantasy Literature.
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Miranda
did not finish, not as I expected.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Never have I ever read a book in which Hitler won World War II and succeeded in taking over the world.

Until now. I admit I'm a little fond of this one because of the whole alternative history thing going on right there, but I'm a little disturbed here, Lindsay Francis Brambles. You're as bad as Agatha Christie and came very close to killing ev
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Caitlin
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
* I received a review copy via Net galley and Switch press in return for a honest review.

The moment I heard the premise of this novel i knew it was going t be something special. Vampire Nazis!? What!? Yes Please! This was the book i never knew I wanted. I mean come on, it mixes my two favorite genres. In this novel, the allies never won the war, instead a virus was released that either killed someone or turned them into a vampire, or vamp as the book calls them. Not only did it turn Hitler into
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Rachel
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

First, I have to admit that this seemed rather daunting when I first started reading it because was so long but the story certainly held up the entire way.

Bravo to the author for a Philip K. Dick kind of sci fi story where the Nazis won World War II, but they won it by releasing a virus called Gommorah that either killed, turned people into vampires or for the last few, they are naturally immune. Now
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Macy Klingerman
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

I have a confession about this book.. I committed a sin, and totally thought I wouldn't like this one before I read it. I mean, Nazi vampires? Seriously? Needless to say, that came back to bite me in the ass, and I ended up loving it. Like, sobbing and flailing into the wee hours of the morning kind of love. My soul was entirely destroyed, and I REALLY need the next book in the series immediately.

Becoming Darkness is an alternate history novel tha
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Stephanie
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Becoming Darkness is the vampire novel we have all been waiting for! Lindsay Francis Brambles has created a masterful story that incorporates romance, adventure, and a whole lot of what ifs. Becoming Darkness takes a look at what the future would look like if the Nazi Regime was victorious during World Ward II, thanks in part to the release of a virus that turns non-immunes into blood sucking immortals. This story is filled with non-stop entertainment and thrilling adventures. The main protagoni ...more
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Lindsay Brambles was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1959. In ‘68 his father, an electrical engineer, signed on for a job overseas. This led to a decade of living and traveling in countries such as Pakistan, Iran, and Tanzania.

After grade three, Lindsay’s formal education was largely through the Ontario Ministry of Education correspondence course. He has spent most of his post-academic life in a variety
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