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Super Dark by Tanith Morse
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3.5 stars

I wasn't expecting much from Super Dark. It was free, the cover somewhat cheesily featured a pentagram, it was advertised as for fans of Twilight... I'd be lying if I said I had high hopes. But you know what? I was wrong. Super Dark was well written, with rounded, believable characters with authentic voices - something depressingly rare in YA - and an interesting story line. Not to mention, no insta-love, no Mary Sues, no too-stupid-to-live characters, no teenagers who talk like they're forty-five, no slut-shaming...

There were only two flaws that I noticed. Firstly, the main plot twist was obvious to me just from reading the synopsis. You'd think this would be a major deal breaker but actually the story was interesting enough and enough questions were left unanswered that it was still a real page turner. The other issue is something small, and more puzzling than anything else. I noticed certain Americanisms within the text. Apartment, sidewalk and soda are the only words that come to mind, although there were a few others, including Sam's mother suggesting she get some pepper spray. (Pepper spray is illegal in the UK). This is hardly a major flaw, merely something I am confused by as Tanith Morse is apparently a Londoner. If anyone reads this and has any insight, do let me know as I am quite perplexed!

All things told, Super Dark is rather enjoyable, especially if you can snag it for free. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the next one.
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2014 – Started Reading
January 5, 2014 – Shelved
January 5, 2014 – Shelved as: childrens-and-young-adult
January 5, 2014 – Shelved as: glutton-for-punishment
January 5, 2014 – Shelved as: i-read-for-free
January 6, 2014 –
62.0% "Loving the analogies - "When he spoke, his dark eyes gleamed like those of an excited hamster.""
January 6, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Hayat (new) - added it

Hayat You've convinced me to give this one a try because it is free and it lacks all my pet-hates in YA books. Thanks!

Amelia Hope you like it =) Have you figured out the plot twist yet?

message 3: by Hayat (new) - added it

Hayat I haven't started reading it yet but I will soon after I've finished the other 4 book I'm reading at the moment. I'll let you know how it goes.

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