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Surrender the Dark (The Dark #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  468 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Pocket Books
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: UF fans looking for diversity, angel fiction lovers
Shelves: new-agey
This is a weak four stars for me, because there were some things I think detracted away from the book, but also things I really like. This has to be a short review, so I can't get into all of that in great detail (if you really want to know, check Bitten by Books for the full review). On the whole, enjoyable. I loved the angel parts, but some of the theology was a bit muddled with bit too much of everything thrown in. Probably won't bother some readers, but it didn't sit well with me. I definite ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, uf, demons, angels
This book was so very slow, I could only read 50 pages before switching off to a different book for awhile. I also felt like I was getting preached at while reading this book. When books are about Angels I expect that to some extent, but in this case I also felt preached about eating vegan and organic (I love meat, not going to give it up), drinking (there is nothing like a good glass of wine sometimes), drugs (ok, this one I agree with), and swearing (I don't swear a lot, but sometimes you are ...more
Mar 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Oh man, I'm not gonna lie, I'm so very glad I'm done with this book. I mean, wow. I'd never read L.A. Banks before, and quite unlike my last introductory experience with a well-established author, I don't think I ever will again. I mean that book, that book was damn near unreadable.

It's a damn shame too, because the concept was pretty solid, and the heroine completely different from any other I've read. I mean seriously, I've never seen a recovering addict and victim of physical abuse as the pro
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve had L.A. Banks on my radar for a while but haven’t had the chance to read any of her work until now. Surrender the Dark really captivated me; it was a moving tale of Good vs. Evil and the Light battling the Dark for human kind.

Celeste lives with an abusive boyfriend, sees demons and has been diagnosed as mentally insane. Though her bible-toting Aunt raised her she is on the brink, contemplating the great sin of suicide just to make it all end. When Celeste is at her lowest a tall, dark and
The angel Azrael has been sent to earth in a human body, with a very important mission. He must find Celeste Jackson, a woman who is one of the Remnant, the last remaining descendants of angel/human couplings in ages past. The Remnant must be gathered so they can lead the human race when all hell breaks loose in 2012.

When we first meet Celeste, she’s an unlikely leader. Labeled “crazy” all her life because she sees demons, she has fallen into an abusive relationship and heavy drinking. One night
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the end of times. Azrael is an archangel who elected to come to earth to search out a remnant/nephilim who is part angel and part human. Celeste has been affected by the dark in such a way she is almost broken in spirit and body. However, because of the unfailing love of her aunt, she finds her way to Azrael and they begin to heal each other. Her due to the abuse she had endured and him due to the loss and effect the world has on a new to earth angel. As Celeste learns to tr ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm addicted to the good-versus-evil books where the main character is a bad girl with a big heart. With an in-depth plot, likable characters and a unique writing style, reading SURRENDER THE DARK was a great way to spend a day. Paranormal and Urban Fantasy fans get ready for this great new series!
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is my first book L.A. Banks book. I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. I took my time in reading it instead of rushing through it. I love the complex of AZ and the strength of Celeste.

I could do without the slang but still a nice read. Looking forward to Conquer the Dark - October 2011.
LaTonya Reed
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved books on the struggle between good and evil! The detail in the characters of the Angels and demons is amazing!! The story line pulls you in and on so many levels I could relate to the main character. AMAZING and well written book!! Makes me miss Ms. Banks all the more!
M.J. Friday
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this is a wonderful new series from ms banks. i am a huge fan of the vampire huntress books and it seems this new series may be right up there.i love the good vs evil and spiritual aspect of this just drew me right in from page 1.kudos to ms banks another hit
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, read-2011
Review provided by Black Lagoon Reviews:

Best selling author L.A. Banks' newest novel Surrender the Dark is the enthralling beginning to an angelic series with great themes focusing on good vs. evil and light versus dark. With characters that must rally themselves through blind faith, hope and selflessness this novel was both heart warming and thought evoking with never ending action and a smoldering romance that had me captivated late into the night.

The characters of this story are unique and am
Mishel Forte
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I’m a big fan of L.A. Banks. I loved her Vampire Huntress Legend series and I did start her Crimson Moon series which is pretty good so far. I was excited when I found out she was starting another project – this time featuring angels. Her books are full of spirituality; light vs. dark, evil vs. good kind of thing. It’s not exactly something I look for (or even want) in a book but I’ve grown quite accustomed to her writing and really enjoy it. Banks creates really down-to-ea
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Mishel at

I’m a big fan of L.A. Banks. I loved her Vampire Huntress Legend series and I did start her Crimson Moon series which is pretty good so far. I was excited when I found out she was starting another project – this time featuring angels. Her books are full of spirituality; light vs. dark, evil vs. good kind of thing. It’s not exactly something I look for (or even want) in a book but I’ve grown quite accustomed to her writing and really enjoy it. Banks create
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Surrender the Dark by L.A. Banks
Paranormal Romance- March 29th 2011
4 stars

Surrender the Dark is a surprisingly spiritual fantasy involving angels from heaven who come to earth. They are torn from their heavenly bodies and transformed into humans. And with humanity they also inherit human frailties such as lust and greed to tempt them from their path. Their mission, to find one of the few Remnants left. These Remnants are important people because they can galvanize the masses and are humanity’s l
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

Rating: 4.5 Stars!


I am a huge fan of L.A. Banks’ Crimson Moon series and I was really sad when i found out that the series was canceled. However, I was super excited about Banks’ newest Urban Fantasy venture, starting with Surrender The Dark and was extremely happy when I had a chance of getting the ARC for this new novel.I am happy to say that I was NOT disappointed.

I am usually not a fan of the Angels as supernatura
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Smh... where to begin? I hate making long reviews I like to get to the point, but this book.... sheesh. Okay first off, the concept of good and evil and the whole angels and demons thing was interesting. However, I felt overwhelm with the overload of information/history lesson. It was too much at once and I felt like at times it got repetitive. I liked the characters but I felt like the story itself dragged out... a lot. I got bored with some parts and skipped through, and I even felt guilty whe ...more
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2011, horror
This is the first book in a brand new series by L. A. Banks. I am woefully late to the wonderful urban, supernatural books by this author. But I'm all in now!

This new series will focus on fallen angels and there quest to help humans save themselves and Earth. Celeste Jackson has had a hard life made more complicated by the hallucinations and bad dreams that have plagued her. The drugs and alcohol that she uses as self-medication seem to stop the visions that others have diagnosed as schizophreni
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf, own, demons-angels
I enjoyed this book, just want to get that out there first. This is a book about the end of days ... coming to us on Dec 21, 2012, just like the Mayan calendar says.

The reason for my disclaimer at the top is that this book is full of scripture quotes and goodliness. It isn't preaching any one religion as all are mentioned and it is assumed by the author that we, the reader, will take it to mean all religions even though most of the stuff quoted is christian.

So Angels are real and a few have been
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
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I'm going to hide now before you start reading this to dodge the rotten tomatoes you are going to throw at my head for going against the grain. I just could not get into this book as a whole. I have said many times before I dont enjoy books that are heavy on the religious/spiritual side and I have to say SURRENDER THE DARK has been the heaviest with religion I have picked up. If there was a category labeled Paranormal religion this would be at
Mia Searles (The Muses Circle)
I was motivated to read Surrender the Dark in quite a different way. While playing around on, I came across the book almost a month ago. I found the cover and the premise of the novel very appealing. At that time, there were only about two reviews and both were very negative. I think one was a 2 star rating while the other was only a 1 star rating. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so I am not trying to be disrespectful but after reading the book, I am having a hard time findi ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I'm able to plow through a book, no matter how bad. I just "have to" know how it ends. Usually. But this is the 2nd book I'm giving up on.

The author is too wordy, explaining too much of the things that I don't care about, and much too preachy. If I wanted a theology lesson, I'd pick up an appropriate book. I have my own view on religion, and I refuse to have someone else's shoved down my throat.

I like paranormal angel books. Something that's a bit different than your "normal" paranormal
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-and-sagas
I picked this up as a last attempt to like this author after quitting the Vampire Huntress series. I was disappointed once again. I really want to like L. A. Banks. I like most of her ideas and the concepts she writes about BUT the writing just isn't that great. It seems like she's trying too hard and it becomes a bit absurd at some points. The dialogue gets cheesy, the slang is dated and random, and I found myself thinking "who talks like this?". I wish she would just bring it back a notch. I'm ...more
Suzan Harden
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One thing I learned a long time ago was to read between the lines of a book. You can usually tell what's going on in an author's life by the subtle hints: pacing, word choice, themes, etc.

Ms. Banks either found out about her cancer or was given the hard prognosis while undergoing treatment while writing this story. This is the last of her books published before she passed from this plane.

The beginning is hard, raw and very street, typical of her paranormal. The ending was a bit rushed and had so
Brandi Salazar
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I was first introduced to L.A. Banks via the Vampire Huntress series and became a huge fan. I followed her into the Crimson Moon novels as a result and loved those too. She has a unique perspective on the spiritual world that is thoroughly enjoyable, if not a little wordy at times. However, this book I regrettably have to say is pretty so so. The plot is solid and the characters well developed, but the story is so slow moving that halfway through I found myself struggling to keep reading, wonder ...more
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author, L.A. Banks, blew me away with her Vampire Huntress Series. Her insane knowledge of historical and religious facts totally sucked me in to her world of heaven & hell, vampires & demons, and the war being waged between good & evil. Well, she absolutely did it again! This time focusing on angels and their part in ensuring that good prevails in the coming "end of days." Ms. Banks has such a beautiful way with words and of bringing her characters to life. I can't wait for the next ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! Given the cover I thought this was going to be a light bit of angel/human smut! Not at all!!!!! In fact, the angel (although hot, hey angels are perfect) was quite chaste. He was a fish out of water being guided by his flawed human. Funny scene is him sitting on the floor of Whole Foods eating So Delicious Coconut Ice cream as it dribbles down his perfect chin. Too cute! If you want smut, don't read this. If you are amused by the awkwardness of angel vesseling humans, it's a fun little read ...more
Sonya Sherow
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a cool spin on the 2012 end of the world explanation. The fight between Angels and demons will change the world forever. With the help of special humans of course. I have to admit I was growing tired of the healthy eating lesson early on in the book. (I got it L.A. Banks I got it. Will try to do better.) Once we got past that it was fun and it ain’t over. This book is Sexy, Scary and Spiritual. Send me an Angel….PLEASE! Enjoy!
Michelle Leah Olson
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm an L.A Banks fan after reading the Vampire Huntress Legends & Crimson Moon series, so I sort of knew what to expect going in here...
What I didn't expect was the depth! It's a very philosophical novel and really gets you thinking about Good vs. Bad, Right vs. Wrong, valid & incorrect interpretations of Creation, Faith, Hope, Love, etc, etc.
I enjoyed it! I don't think it's for everyone, but I personally can't wait for Conquer the Dark
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really really liked this book. This is the first one that I have read by Banks. I loved the fact that the main characters were black. I really enjoyed her descriptions of the characters. The only problem was that it was too short. Before I knew it, the book was over. I really wanted to spend more time with Celeste and Azreal
Curtis Thomas
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just love the way she uses her knowledge of the supernatural and metaphysical worlds and brings them together.
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