Darkness by Erin Eveland
Published by Selladore Press
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
For fans of: Horror and paranormal novels
My rating: 3 stars out of 5.

“One Girl. One Boy. And the Masters of Darkness. See the Shadow Creatures. They are everywhere. But you can’t run from the shadows or the Masters who control them.

Catherine has been born with a supernatural power called Darkness. The Masters of Darkness have found her and it’s just a matter of time before someone claims her.”

An Interactive Novel.
A QR Code starts the beginning of each chapter connecting the reader to specific art or music that ties into the mood and setting of the novel. Using the quick response code in print and eBook formatting, Darkness incorporates visual and sound to heighten the reading experience

NOTE: I received a copy this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

So I’m still not a hundred percent sure how I feel about this one.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the idea behind it. I thought the concept was fresh and original. I loved how different from one another the characters were, how easy it was to read a line of dialogue and just know who was talking. The characters were well fleshed out and multi-dimensional (always a plus) and the entire book, I thought, was beautifully written, if a little graphic. (I did not need to know what was in that diaper, or what Kathy’s puke looked like, thank you very much.)

I liked the book. I genuinely did. I just wasn’t invested enough in these characters, and that disappointed me slightly.

We follow the heroine, Catherine, from childhood to her late teens and watch her try to cope with all the sadness and unfairness that the world can throw at her. We meet her as a little girl, living under the loving care of her grandmother, trying to understand the dark things around her. The shadows are alive; there’s a man in the darkness that visits her in her dreams…

Fast forward eleven years or so and we continue the story with an older Catherine – now seventeen years old and trying to get through her last year of  high school. And she’s dealing with all sorts of new problems now – an alcoholic mother, first love, the yearning desire to be somewhere else and make a better life for herself… and to top it all off, the shadows that plagued her childhood start to make a reappearance.

When I realized what kind of situations these characters were going to face, I expected to be biting my nails and yelling at them when they made bad choices (you know, the usual things I do when I’m emotionally invested in fictional characters), but none of that happened this time. The most I could manage was a disappointed, “aw, man,” when something went awry. And if you know me and are accustomed with how easily I get attached to fictional characters, then you would definitely find this odd.

This wasn’t a quick read for me. Mostly due to the the fact that I’ve just been busy with other stuff, but also because I noticed that the pace tended to drop slightly every now and again, mostly after the halfway point. And I found certain bits a tad confusing. The ending wasn’t stellar; it didn’t leave me begging for more and rushing to find out when the sequel is set for publication. I found the climax a little rushed and a little unsatisfying. That being said, I AM genuinely curious as to what’s in store in the sequel and will definitely be giving it a read when it comes out.

If you pick this up and find that you have the same problems with it as I did, don’t let it deter you. Push through the slow points, push through the bits where you have to stop and scratch your head out of confusion. I can guarantee you that Eveland’s writing will have you picking this up until you’re done. It’s a good read. Give it a try and stick with it till the end. Trust me on this.


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