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Ame always knew she was different. The voices in her head reminded her all the time. Anti-psychotics couldn't stop them. Her abduction from her home to the underworld was foretold.
What seemed at first a nightmare, however, turns around. Her kidnapper, Freddy, actually has the heart to protect and care for her. And her new best friend, Bless, a tall and sarcastic American
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Paperback, first, 76 pages
Published February 19th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 12th 2015)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 21th-century, fiction
Grand Theft Life (Daughter of Darkness #1), Katya Mills
Katya Mills
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of literary fiction and urban low fantasy
I am the author of this book. Of course I rated it 5 stars! So don't pay attention to my rating, because I am biased. I just wanted to mention in this review that this book is serial fiction, and this is the first book in the series. This novella also stands alone.

This book is literary fiction. Character-driven. If it fell into a genre, the genre would probably be 'low fantasy'. If you check out wikipedia, you will see that low fantasy means the world is mostly not a made up world. That would b
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JD Estrada
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the more polarizing reads I've read in a long time, meaning that as I read it, I could easily see why some people wouldn't like it and why other people would love it. Before anything else, I need to say I've never read anything like this write by Katya Mills. That's very good news for people who have an open mind.

If you want a one line description for this book, consider it neo-noir poetic prose.

That said, this book for me puts more emphasis on craft than story, which might put
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Lacey Reah
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Katya Mills has a riveting, urban writing style that is all her own. I was seduced by her prose and the way her sentences flow. Her voice and her character was unlike any other I have read and this intrigued me. "Daughter of Darkness" is about a woman who is coming to her own, realizing that she is part of another race of humans with extra sensory perception. They also feed off of fear and are all too aware of how humans are trapped by this fear. However, having super powers does not stop them f ...more
Jen Winters
Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most difficult books for me to review. I honestly took much longer than I expected to contemplate how to review this book. I had to talk about this book for days before I could coherently organize my thoughts for this post. I could say this book was stunning, amazing, wonderful--all the adjectives I might use for a 5-star review, but I wouldn't be doing this one justice.

Writers of all ages often wonder about writing the next Great Amercian Novel. Katya Mills has done it.

A hun
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Robin Chambers
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting read: gripping in the power of the telling, disturbing in the mindset of the teller. It is short enough to be read at one sitting, and fascinating enough to make it difficult to do otherwise. I suspect that the author – as she says about one of her characters – has “read a lot of culturally-sanctioned literature; from Charles Dickens to Jane Austen to Hemingway.” The style is assured and ambitious: crisp, focused and strong.

“The voices. They were incessant. They reminded me I
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Meredith
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I wasn't sure how I felt about this book for the first ten pages or so. After the eleventh page though, I was hooked. The main character is a girl who was raised by an adopted family. She never fit in at school. She was faster than the boys and acted different than other girls her age. The other kids sensed that Ame wasn't like them. Ame also hears voices in her head telling her that she is special and unique and that one day she will understand
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Jo Sorrell
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is incredible. The writing style is like nothing I have ever read. It is extremely intellectual and creative.

Her name is Ame; she's fast, adopted, weird, loved by her parents and a delinquent. Ame knows she's unusual. Afterall, she has voices in her head that talk to her. Not like a conscience; her head voices are real. One day Ame is suddenly abducted from her home to the underworld. Through this, she enters present day Oakland, California. She joins a diverse group of folks with extr
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Paul Kater
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daughter of Darkness is a different kind of fantasy book. It's tense. Paced. Fast. And it introduces you to a world of people who are different from us. Different in a way you can't see. Ame, the main character, is one of those different people. She grows up being 'strange' and it takes a drastic move and lots of strange encounters and experiences before she realises who she is and what she can do.
I was very entertained by the opposite of the title of the book and how these people, who are so di
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Kristy Rulebreaker
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book. When I started to read, I couldn't drop it from my hands. I could literary feel that I live in the head of the main character. It was always something happening, in her surroundings, or in her head. I look forward to the next part.
E.Y.E.-D
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
This book was a tough read for me. The concept seems decent but the story was all over the place. There wasn't any character or story development. Everything seemed to happen very suddenly even relationships between characters. They met then in the next sentence the relationship had evolved. It was a very strange slow read for me. 75 pages should have taken me a little over an hour not a day and a half because I had to keep putting it down.

I only picked up this book because I got the second one
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Melissa
Apr 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
~Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway~

I can't even be nice. This book was a misery for me to read. It jumps all over the place, the dialog is dull to say the least, its hard to tell what is going on, and the relationships between characters developed out of no where. There was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing in this book. The author tells you what the character is rather than showing you what the character is.

The only think I can really give the author credit for is
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Cassi Harvey
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
won this book in a goodreads giveaway
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Katya Mills
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Katya W. Mills is an Independent Author from California. She writes literary fiction with a free and lyrical style. In 2013 she self-published her first novel, Girl Without Borders, about a love triangle gone bad in Chicago. She is currently hard at work on an urban fantasy series, Daughter Of Darkness, about a girl with psychic powers. In 2015, she released both Grand Theft Life (Book#1) and Maze ...more
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“Now I happened to be there, in the chewy maelstrom of his life, by his side. He taught me how to live in this fucked up environment. East Oakland. How to deal with the people. Which ones to avoid. The new currency was trading out what you have for what you need. And then maybe trading up for what you want. The new time was not told by the sun. Light or no light, we lived as things happened. I would soon realize there was no other way.” 4 likes
“poisoning the environment by the littering of consequence.” 3 likes
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