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Black Fall

(The Black Year Series #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Jonas Black is a typical 16 year old, except for his lucid dreams, reclusive mother, and the two hulking bodyguards who walk him to school. When his father disappears, he's forced to enter a dangerous, supernatural world hidden in modern day Manhattan, all while trying to come to grips with his unique heritage and keeping his battered MP3 player working. In the process, he ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published (first published April 10th 2015)
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John Winston
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you’re saying “oh no, not another vampire story,” you would be right! This is not just another vampire story. Black Fall is the well-written epic journey of protagonist, Jonas Black who just happens to be a vampire. Part of the fun is discovering that fact with Jonas and his gradual turn into that world. D.J. Bodden is the master of point of view (POV) as we follow Jonas and his colorful recruits on a mission to get his people back and restore some semblance of order to his world. Bodden sets ...more
Tim McBain
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What about this teenage vampire book sets it apart from the rest? An intricate world, sharp writing, and a streak of genuine sincerity.

Black Fall starts out at a fairly leisurely pace and builds to some kind of rocket speed by the end. Our main character, Jonas, teases out the details of his world piece by piece, with the reader learning along with him. The tangle of characters and organizations grows more and more complex as the story unfolds, the world filling out with rich detail along the w
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fab, reviewed
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eden Hudson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I started listening to Dead Can Dance because of this book, and you should, too.

In Black Fall, sixteen-year-old Jonas is launched into a world of supernatural politics, old feuds, and deadly new alliances looking to turn the streets of Manhattan into a battleground and the human race into casualties of war.

This book is so awesome! Bodden makes it look easy juggling real-life teenage concerns like the awkwardness of relationships, trying not flunk out of school, and stepping up to become the man
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding book, and I am looking forward to reading more from this author. The story reminded me a little bit of Correia's "Monster Hunter International" series, mixed up with Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" series, and a dash of the latter Harry Potter books.

This is a very well written story about a teenager who has to accept the fact that he is not exactly human. The main character, Jonas Black, is very believable and well developed, and I enjoyed reading how he learns to cope with hi
Rida Imran
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
This was an enjoyable read.
D.J. Boden's urban fantasy book is definitely not just another vampire story.
Jonas is our normal ordinary teen he likes music, has a girlfriend etc. But after his dad dies things change, people break into his house and he learns he's a vampire.
The book was packed with different creatures each with their own attributions.

The Bad: There were moments when i thought i skipped a para or so but i didn't so i don't know it was kind of jumpy. There were events that should've h
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Jonas Black is a typical sixteen year-old, with a very driven girlfriend (who's pretty much mapped out the next few years of their lives), a decent home life, a couple of invested parents, and so on in NYC. Which makes him not that typical, I guess -- but he's the kind of kid people think of as "typical." When we meet him, however, he's reeling from the unexpected death of his father, and his mother doesn't seem to be
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When is a vampire not a vampire? When is a werewolf not a werewolf? Or a zombie not a zombie? D. J. Bodden’s Black Fall is a fast paced read where nothing is what it seems and sometimes that is really bad. Jonas Black is a 16 yr old whose life begins to unravel when his father dies. The funeral is at night. His mother breaks open the urn and claims it is not her husband because she can tell “human” ashes. Poor Jonas is about to spend the next few months constantly thinking, “Whiskey. Tango. Foxt ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally picked up Black Fall. I have to say first, I enjoyed it. It's a bit YA for me stylistically, but I'm definitely grabbing White Winter and diving in today. To my mind, it was an entertaining romp. I found myself really wanting it to be 600-700 pages so you could flesh out some things: Alice/Victor so it solidifies who/what Jonas really is... explore Jonas/Amelia's relationship so when Eve was introduced, and later Kieran, there is some real friction or emotion generated... explore the Hun ...more
Jacinta Carter
This book started out as a typical "young man discovers he has special powers and learns to use them" story. But, unlike most books in that genre, he isn't instantly amazing at everything. In fact, he's kind of terrible at using his new abilities until someone actually teaches him how to control them. While the idea behind this story is strong, the main character isn't really that interesting. I would much rather read a book about his mother's origin story (or almost any of the secondary charact ...more
Carol Keen
I do enjoy a good read, and this one was that for me. It's hard to have good stories in certain genres of late. This one filled the bill. This one covers all the teen-age stuff, as well as all the fun things too! I might even read the rest of this series. It was a very strong first book in a series.

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
Mark Buxton
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My name is Jonas, and until last week, I thought I was human. My parents are vampires and were enforcers for the Agency; my mom is one of the most feared vampires in centuries, but she's been kidnapped. The Agency controls all of the supernaturals in the world, but there is unrest. My vampire abilities are slowly developing, so I've started training at the Agency. My new training partners consist of a young vampire and werewolf. The werewolf is learning to control his anger, but I can sense ther ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faves
If you're looking for another YA para-romance featuring vampires and werewolves.... this is not it.

Black Fall is an exceptionally well written and well-crafted storyline that I can only describe as the 'coming of age' journey of 16-year-old Jonas Black. As Jonas ventures deeper into the dark, mysterious and magical world he was born into but didn't discover until his sixteenth year, he realises that he must build unlikely alliances and fight for the survival of his world, or face losing the peo
The Breakneck Bookworm
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant from start to finish! This book packs a punch and keeps you wanting more. Move over Cullen there's a new vampire in town! I will be honest and say I am not really a supernatural fan but this book has made me want to go and read the next one as soon as I finish typing this review. Bodden writes his characters brilliantly introducing them in a way that makes you drawn to them. Jonas Black thinks he's just an ordinary kid who loses his dad, an incident at his own home brings out that trut ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5

Black Fall has just about everything you could want in a paranormal/urban fantasy novel—badass monsters, unique spins on classic fantasy tropes, action that will keep you on the edge of your seat, clever (and sometimes dark) humor, and a whole cast of distinct and intriguing characters. The story follows teenager Jonas Black following the death of his father, but we quickly learn that his father may not actually be dead after all, and that Jonas’ parents—and Jonas himself—are not exa
Kat Mandu
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kat Mandu says…

This is an exciting read that I put off for far too long. Jonas’s story begins with his father’s death, continues to lead him into a dangerous new world where he craves blood, people can read minds (and do so much more), and his mother is slowly going crazy.

What I loved: I really, really enjoyed the mental magic. The author is great at setting up these inner mind-worlds that are like fortresses. Jonas chooses a castle to barricade himself from enemies who want inside his head, and
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book! There is nothing old and stale about this vampire story. I didn't want it to end, and find myself wondering about the characters and what they might want to do next.

The writing is excellent, and it is obvious Mr. Bodden has a talent for detailed descriptions that do not bore, but add much more to the story. Something that stood out to me is the amazing writing of the fight scenes. They are so awesome that I could actually see the fights in my mind as I read. I am qu
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this story a lot better than Twilight. I didn't know it was a story about Vampires at first and that's what surprised me. I really love all the characters especially Jonas, but my favorite is Kieran. I imagine both of them to be really hot. And there were more than just vampires and werewolves. There was zombies and this thing called a Specter that was really cool and could be anywhere. If there's a part 2 I would definitely read it. I recommend the book to anyone who likes fantasy and Va ...more
Somer Canon
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The synopsis sort of sells it as something much more generic than it actually is. Jonas Black and his gang are a great group of characters and, in this book at least, the fact that they're teenagers doesn't cheapen the ride. Can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book. Engaging, likeable, well-rounded characters that illicit empathy and a great story that has me anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
Benjamin Espen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Teenaged vampire stories aren’t my thing. Fortunately, Black Fall isn’t really a teenaged vampire story. Oh sure, you have awkward high school romance and family drama, but you also have world-weary vigilantes, self-deprecating werewolves, and literal information gathering spooks.

While in general I try to avoid anything labeled urban fantasy, and vampires in particular, this marks the second time I’ve been pleasantly surprised by such a book. I just might have to update my priors.

One of the reas
Vijay Anand
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s something about getting review copies from publishers that sings to the inner nerd in me. Thanks to Netgalley, I’ve had the opportunity to review plenty of such books. Some of them were good, others were better.

‘Black Fall’ is a book I received from Netgalley.

Written by DJ Bodden, ‘Black Fall’ has restive vampires, honourable werewolves and a murderous lich.

I know. When I first realise this was a story about vampires, I blanched. But, I owed it to the publisher to finish the book, and bo
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jonas Black, teenager. Ordinary teenager. Except, he's not.

He's actually a rarity of all rarities: A _Born_ vampire to two vampire parents under the influence of a Daywalker serum.

Jonas never knew vampires were real. Crazy talk! And now, he finds out the vampires are reading his mind, including his mom and this visitor, and ... Wait a minute. He's a vampire. His parents are vampires. Are you kidding?

If that's not enough of a shock, his father might not be dead after all. And his mom is acting
An original premise, interesting characters, a different look at an old story... I had such high hopes for this book. Its a good book, I think I just got my hopes up too high. I still plan on reading the rest of the four book series (three books released so far).

One small, should-be-meaningless-but-bothers-me-anyway thing, just get it out of the way so I can move on emotionally: the publisher's summary mentions one of the main character's problems is "keeping his battered MP3 player working"...
Jill Elizabeth
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this one! I enjoy supernatural tales and have read a lot of them. It's getting tough to for me to find original plots and characterizations of different creature types as a result. I don't usually mind - there's a comfort level in reading things that feel familiar - but it's always a delight when I find something that feels fresh and engages me from the get-go. Black Fall did just that.

From the opening pages, I was drawn into this world. It's a YA, but primarily due to character-age rath
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Every once in a while, a book I loaned from the library would have some of its pages ripped off. Usually, I wouldn't notice it until I was so engrossed in the story and the most interesting part/explanation/important subplot happened to be on the page that was missing.
This is how I felt reading this series.
The world is so interesting, unconventional and the writing is solid. It's basically a coming of age story, but meant for adults. I particularly loved the unique take the
Bookwyrm Jim
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-star
Urban fantasy world with a 17 year old chosen one who's somehow different than everyone before him who comes of age in a world much bigger and more magical than he ever imagined it could be. We've all read that story. If you love that story, you'll enjoy this book. But about 3/4 of the way through, I realized the story had changed. Not a dramatic change, but things weren't happening that I've grown to expect in stories like these.

Jonas isn't a nice guy who wants everyone to like him. He isn't th
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I liked Black Fall. I didn't expect to, although it's mostly because I'd gotten bored with vampire books, but this has so many different characters that were so well fleshed out that it didn't matter that it was vampires.

The story is the coming of age of a young vampire and the trials he goes through to reach maturity. He battles a demon, he befriends werewolves, and there's even a zombie or two in the mix. Very entertaining and flowed seamlessly in i
Hayley Long
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and D.J Bodden for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

I loved this book!!

I loved the fact that the main character was male, there are far too many YA females at the moment, who all struggle with the same predictable love triangle, in this book there was no love triangle and that made me immensely happy :)

I loved the fact that this was not yet another vampire novel, there was werewolves, zombies and whole host of other paranormal entities.

The book is
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable. Jonas is a very likeable guy, and I liked watching him awaken to his new world and come to grips with his potential power as the son of one the oldest vampires in the Agency. While also having a go at saving the world - no pressure!

I appreciate this fresh angle on the vampire/werewolf/hunter trope. It's as if too much in the vampire/supernatural genre is written for hormone-drenched teenage girls and the adventure and action has taken a back seat (pun intended) to romantic
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