Awaken the Darkness
I also, unfortunately, knew I was going to have to wait a while to tell his story. But that just made it all the more fun to write when the time arrived. ;-)(less) (hide spoiler)]
Awaken The Darkness is the 8th book in the Immortal Guardians series, and though it was a nice read it didn't really move along the series plot. It was mainly just about Stanislav being found alive and him and Susan (the gifted one that found him} falling in love. The others don't join in until the end for the sweet family reunion.
Slower paced than the others it still had some action in it. It was nice to see Stan brought home to his family. Stanislav reminded m ...more
This was my first audio and such a wonderful experience! I always wanted to listen to an audiobook, I even tried two or three times but the narrations were really slow! So I switched to the books! But this one was really good! Kirsten Potter did a good job on this one, it had a good speed on it and she did a fantastic job on the Russian accent! Loved it! I like this world Dianne Duvall created! I enjoyed all the books in this series and love all its characters. I would enjoy it more if ...more
Duvall brings her characters completely to life. She fleshes them out and gives these characters history, baggage, emotions, and family ties. She allows the reader to become emotional connected. The story begins with a prologue. The Immortals are attacking compound . We feel our hero's pain as one of his own is torn from this world. Then the world goes dark before he awakens in pain and finds himself trapped beneath di ...more
Number 8 in Duvall’s Immortal Guardian series quickly became one of those books that I couldn’t put down. Silly me decided that 4 a.m. was a wonderful time to start this book and two and a half hours later I finally had to stop to sleep-only to finish it later on that same afternoon. ...more
I'm not going to spoil where he has bee ...more
I love the Immortal Guardians series, but this lacked the energy and excitement of the previous books. I really missed the interactions with all the IG characters. The story dragged, and I honestly felt like it could've been a novella.
If you read the IG series, you are among those of us who have been fretting and stressing out for some time now about what fate befell Stanislov during the battle with the mercenaries. We lost one Immortal Guardian and that loss was already devastating. The thought of losing Sta ...more
While Stanislav remains in the dark...
Susan is a good heroine. While the heroines of this series are tending to blend together in my mind, I still enjoyed her character. She has spent most of her life separated from society because of her telepathy. I would have liked to have seen this played up a bit more. Mostly the author just tells us how hard it has been for her. But one thing I like about ...more
Finding an excellent multi level home that meets all her needs, Susan resigns herself to pass as the purchase price is way beyond her means. Yet. It se ...more
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This story starts out recapping a huge, action-packed, suspenseful event from over two years ago, but from a POV we didn’t see at the time. If you haven’t been spoiled yet by who the main character is I won’t mention his name. But if you’ve read all the books up to this point, trust me when I tell you, it won’t take you long to figure it out. While most of this series will tug at your heartstrings at some point or ...more
Book #8 in the Immortal Guardians series brings a change in pace from the earlier books as we shift away from the action for a bit and in its place we get a slower-moving, heartfelt romance that is gorgeously sweet and swoony. Of course there is still some action and supernatural goings, it’s more about the love story in this one, and I loved it!
Before that this book, and this review, contains spoilers for earlier books in the series so make sure you’ve read the previous books before div ...more
May Dracula, Maui, Seth, or whatever, whoever, immortal out there find me when this is out, thanks. This slayed me and I don't know how to deal. May Dianne Duvall the Kind, have pity on the rest of us and give us another blurb soon. Like...Seth's blurb 😂. Anyway, see you all in July.
It's August and I'd finished the book a while ago. I would have been here ASAP updating my review but damnit, it wouldn't let me. Anyway, I'm here and it's working! YAAA ...more
This was a great story and addition to the series. I will say that I've been wondering what happened to Stanislav so it's nice to find out and see him get together with Susan. Stanislav's story is somewhat of a standalone as the rest of the series characters don't come into it until much later in the story. And since he lost his memory, there are more explanations than there normally might be.
Susan is a woman with powers, the ability to hear the thoughts of others. This has often been ...more
This book basically consisted of an amnesiac Stanislav being rescued by a gifted woman named Susan. My main issue was that she seemed to lack apprehension and fear that I felt should be evident in a mortal coming into contact with an immortal. N ...more
Overall, I enjoyed this book but it felt it should have been a novella not a full length novel. Nothing really happened in this book to progress the overall story arc. The focus of this story was on the couple and their relationship. As much as I liked the love story, it also lacked that little extra something that would have made it swoon-worthy.
All in all, Awaken the Darkness was a good read. It’s more of a filler book and should have been a novella instead of full length novel. Nothin ...more
I use my "heroine-ruins-it" shelf quite a lot, but I should make a "heroine-makes-it" shelf for this book. Susan fucking rocked.
I thought Susan was more likable than some of the other human women in the books and selfless at times. I didn't like the woman in the previous book so that was a relief. It was really great to learn more about Stanislav. I felt for him with all that he'd gone through for such a long time. Susan was a wonderful savior and it was interesting to see one of the immortal guardians in such a vulnerable state.
I wish there'd been more romance in this book in the form of sex but I liked this cou ...more
-We were able to quietly get to know this couple. It was a refreshing and smart change.
-I was also pleased to see the relationship and depth of commitment between the Immortals and their Seconds.
There isn’t another installment ready.
I have to wait for the next book.
Is it done?
Is it ready now?
-Ha! We have our ...more
This book is no exception. It can be read as a stand alone due to relevant past events being explained or even shown and done so in a way that feels refreshing ...more
In this book we go a bit back in time to an incident that hurt the guardians. This is Stanislav's story and what happened to him during the incident and 2 years later. Stan is a man of honor and it ...more
Gravely wounded, buried, abandoned, and believed dead Stanislav has to rely on his gifts to free himself from his dirt tomb. There is just one problem once he gets fr ...more
The end was cute, hopeful but this barely moved along the series.
I loved Stanislav's story. It's filled with love, danger and adventure. Susan is the perfect heroine for him. Their interactions are numerous and thrilling.
I look forward to future installments.
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choic...more
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