Sunday, August 18, 2013

#Giveaway ~ Welcome to the Darkness by L. M. Justus ~ 5 Star #Review and First Chapter

Welcome to the Darkness
by L.M. Justus
Series: Darkness Trilogy, #1
Publication date: August 5th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal

A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth.

Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.

Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.

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Lisa Justus' path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger.  Her YA paranormal fantasy novel Welcome to the Darkness is the first book in the Darkness Trilogy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her fourth novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Welcome to the Darkness Review

Wow, I devoured this book in a day, it was so intense. I was hooked from that first chapter, and didn't want to stop reading. I loved this take on vampires, and how our main character Reed, is different. I also love the alternating points of view. Each chapter will be from one point of view, and has that persons name at the start. That was great how it was done. I really liked Sarah too, and how she was different as a human. I thought the “Queen” for the vampires was creepy, and the King seemed charming, but off, lol.

Nathaniel was a great character too, as an older vampire who mentors young Reed.  I do not want to give much away, but really liked this book. It has a whole different take on the world, and the crazy ideas the King has, and how we end up with some walking dead type creatures too, so things will change drastically and its very interesting.

I can’t wait to read the next book and see where this interesting idea goes. Its like vampires and the walking dead and the apocalypse thrown together. Very cool. There is some pretty gory areas in this book, just a warning, lol.

I give this great book 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend to the paranormal lovers out there, like me.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

This review is also at Amazon, here and Goodreads, here.

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  1. Thank you so much for your awesome review, Michelle! I'm so glad you enjoyed Welcome to the Darkness. :)

  2. Thanks, I am anxious for the 2nd book :) I hope book 2 is out soon!