Friday, February 28, 2014

Review ~ Darkness Watching (Darkworld #1) by Emma L. Adams

Darkness Watching (Darkworld #1)
by Emma L. Adams

Blurb ~ Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she's losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere - little knowing that it isn't coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life - but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she's looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. 

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be...

My rating:  3 out of 5 stars

In Darkness Watching, Ashlyn, the main character, suddenly starts to see dark voids, shadow creatures/demons and believes she is going mad.  As we follow her journey into university, the demons continue to appear to her and then begin to communicate with her.  She meets up with a group of others like her and she begins to discover who she really is.

The author has created a different twist to the typical demon story.  The plot is whether intriguing and the descriptions of the demons are very detailed and imaginative.   There are several twists and turns with this story that definitely keep you guessing throughout.  Overall, I enjoyed this book, however at times, the pacing of the story was slower than I would have liked, and I thought the character development was lacking.