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Devotion by Brittany Fuller
Eva and Noah are just beginning the fight for true love. Eva has questions and needs to make Noah understand she is in it for the long haul. Noah’s past keeps rearing its ugly head, threatening to destroy the happiness he longs for. With Noah’s past and Eva’s stubbornness, the two couldn’t be kept down for long,
Devotion follows Indecision where it left off. I can’t say I am disappointed. After all, how can you not be dying to know if the two love birds work out their issues. The first chapters, however, leave you wanting to smack Noah across the face in hopes we can knock some sense into him. Out of all the drama, I had hoped they would work it out in the hospital. That just didn’t happen, which is a little disappointing, but then again, we did get a taste of Noah’s self-sabotaging in the first novel. It makes Noah a bit likeable. He is so real and shows that it doesn’t matter your gender, we all have issues that keeps us from reaching out and grabbing our happiness in belief that letting it go, would be better for the other person.
I think that is what annoys me the most though. Noah is so relatable, and having made similar mistakes, brings to light of how idiotic I was. Noah is cute though in the sense, he really believes this is what will make Eva happy and give her a chance at her dreams. However, it also proves how blind he is when it comes to his choices in trying to communicate. Instead of talking it out, he just makes dumb moves and is part of the problem. He isn’t the only one though. Eva makes some dumb moves herself and proves, in a relationship we need to have communication. They both make that point clear, as Noah’s past threatens to tear them apart on top of all the miscommunication that makes Noah move back home.
I love this story because it highlights how love is in the real world. It isn’t all fun and games and bam you are in love and married with forever. It shows in a relationship sacrifices one wouldn’t normally think about, is sometimes needed to make a relationship work. It proves keeps your past a secret isn’t always wise and how in order to make a relationship really work you need to communicate. After all, without communication how can we really help each other out. Devotion is definitely down to Earth and easy to get wrapped in.
I can’t honestly say you can read this as a standalone and recommend reading both Indecision and Devotion. They not only work on the same characters, but they complement each other so nicely. Indecision is needed to fully understand the story line in Devotion. It does make references to things that had happened in Indecision, while wrapping the story with a nice bow. Oh and you can’t’ forget the spicy scenes. Just to inform you, though there are a few adult scenes, it does nothing to take away from the story. Though, it might make you blush if reading in a public setting.
Due to the adult scenes, I do have to recommend this book to those who are of the age. I would say at least eighteen, but I know when I was sixteen, I was reading some spicy scenes. Devotion is just too good to skip the read. I do rate this novel five stars out of five stars. It is just to beautifully written and allows you to appreciate that love and relationships are sometimes hard work, while also reminding you it can be very rewarding. You should check out both books and let me know what you think.
Scarred by Emily Mcintire
Always being second best and tortured by his older brother, Tristian grows up hating Michael and yearning for what he has. After his father’s death, he has plans to take the crown, but is biding his time while he plots and plans his take over. That is if Michael’s future bride doesn’t wreck his plans. After all, she is hiding something herself and it is killing Tristian not knowing what it is she is hiding.
Scarred by Emily Mcintire is a dark contemporary novel with a lot of mystery and betrayal sprinkled in. Its version of the Lion King and from the perspective of Scar. However, there is a twist, the love interest. It makes for a rather compelling story. After all, what is more interesting than having a rival in your plans, planning the same thing, while also falling for you? The story had an enemy to lovers vibe between the two main characters. At first, they hated each other, for good reasons too. As the story goes on, you learn more and realize both have secrets that keep them going and being kept from them.
I really enjoyed playing detective while reading this novel. Trying to piece together everything was fun. Tristian’s parts were made pretty clear throughout the novel, but Sara’s secrets seemed to be constantly being changed when she would gather more information. She just wants revenge for her father’s death, but her uncle is keeping the information close to his chest in his plotting and planning. It seems betrayal and loyalty played a big part in this novel.
It seemed if people weren’t showing their loyalty or betraying someone, we were not in the know about the characters. There were cute, innocent moments with a child, but even in those moments, you could see the child was loyal to those who were loyal and trustworthy of their loyalty. Loyalty seemed to be earned through trust and fear in this novel. As the novel played out, it became a guessing game of who was on what side and who was going to betray who next. It was exciting to read.
Due to all of this, I found the book to be hard to put down. I binge read it every chance I got. Between work and family, I didn’t have a lot of time, but it was on my mind whenever I wasn’t able to have time to sit down and read. It is not very long with a total of 372 pages. So its easily read in one good sitting, depending on how quickly you devour books. I will say the adult scenes were extremely intense at times, but they were few and far between. It was mostly the tension leading up to the climax that made it worth it.
As I sit here and write this review, I found Scarred by Emily Mcintire was hard to rate. I believe the rating of four point five stares out of five is totally worth it. I would read this book again and so far, is my favorite out of the Never After series. With the spice and betrayal, the novel will keep you hooked until the every last page. I, not only high recommend this book, but I recommend this series as well. I have been enjoying Mcintire’s writing style and the way these stories are told from the villains’ perspective, while giving them their own happily ever after. It worth the read!
Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier
Title: Black Dog
Author: Rachel Neumeier
Page Count: 393 pages
Publisher: Anara Publishing
Publication date: July 28, 2016
A Quick Summary
Natividad and her two brother no longer have a home, as it was destroyed by their father’s enemy. However, with the war against vampires over, their enemy looks to finish off his enemy’s enemy’s blood. This causing the siblings to run to the very place their father was banished from. With Natividad being a Pure and her brother Alejandro, a Black dog, the Dimimilioc clan is their best shot especially since Miguel is full human, and these siblings refuse to split up. However, their destination and goal isn’t what it once was, No longer overly strong and easily over powering for any enemy. The siblings learn they each are gifted and each of them have something to bring, especially since coming so far brought an overwhelming army to the doors of strangers that they learn to bond with. Th only question for these three is, will their pursuers kill them, will their new allies, win against their enemies, and how much can the learn to to believe in themselves and trust their new hone to help them through some rough times.
Black Dog was an extremely exciting read.It not only kept the reader on their toes, but it also kept the reader interested in what was to come. From page one, you start developing opinions and feelings for the three main characters, a set of siblings. Each one ring very different than the other. It brought some humor and curiosity in the beginning, as they are attacked by black dogs, under their enemies control, or o you are led to believe, but never get a definitive answer on. I will explain what a black of in the middle book is much like a werewolf, however I didn’t really get the sense of werewolf in the beginning. It actually something as. The story went, that i was able to figure it out, though it is explained about a fe times through out the story.
Now, i can honestly say that although there weren’t a whole lot of realism in it, as it is a urban/rural fantasy, it was still able to have an underlying meaning i certain places. Those little lessons were fun to decipher and watch the characters move through and grow. And example is when Natividad realized, shoving memories that were unpleasant away was getting her into trouble. We all need to face things we may not like to be able to better ourselves and our future. I feel like maybe there was more to that than she realized, but hidden with the unpleasant memories we didn’t want, kept her from reaching her potential many of times. It was things like this that not only could be understood, we all have things we rather not remember, but also made her to slightly annoying at times, when you just want to strangle her to help out instead of being useless.
Through out the story we follow mostly Natividad and Alejandro’s point of views. Yes we get to see Miguel and others say and do things, but the focus was primarily on those two. I do wish we could’ve seen more from Miguels perspective as he is human with a ton of knowledge and nothing all that special. I feel a portion from him would have quite delightful, as he had some comedic events, but he always seemed to planning and figuring things out. He would’ve been a good character to follow, even if for a short moment here and there. Just to truly understand all of who he is. I feel maybe he was written just to guide the story through a little, rather than to play a bigger part, which is fine, but her did play a semi big part towards the end to help wrap things up. Especially since he seemed to know anything.
With that being said, it was still a really good book that deserves four out of five stars. I did find a small error in the writing, but it was late in the book and could easily have been missed. It developed nicely, but was not rushed, and the characters were entertain, to say the least. It takes a wonderful on what werewolves are and makes it something that is far from what we are used to and f you know me, i like my shifters of all kinds and vampires. I think the one thing i would have liked to see added, besides the above mentioned, is a little more development on Natividad and Ezekiel’s relationship. Only because it hints at it but i feel I need more. I just hope in the books that follow this one we can see that develop further. That’s just the girl in me though.
I definitely recommend to my shifter lover’s who don’t mind a little mystery and a whole lot of action. I feel this was a rather good read and loved sinking my teeth into it. So check it out and don’t forget, happy reading!
RWBY: After the Fall by E. C. Meyers
RWBY: After the Fall by E.C. Meyers is a novel based one an anime that was created by Roost Teeth. After the Fall takes place after the attack and fall of Beacon Academy. Before we really get into this review, I suppose I should go into a little back story for those who know nothing of the anime, but still are interested in reading the book, which is possible as it does touch base on previous events to explain the characters a bit.
In the world of RWBY, there are people who have special abilities called semblances. These semblances differ for each person and most people who have a semblance become a Huntsman or Huntress to help fight creatures called Grimm. Grimm are creatures that feed off negative emotions. They are actually attracted by the negative emotions and end up attacking areas with high negative emotions. Which has caused schools, like Beacon Academy to pop up. From the anime, RWBY, we were able to learn while in the academy, Huntsmen and Huntresses were assigned to teams of four, were the first initials of their names made their team name, to train and learn their skills to fight the Grimm. There is a lot more in the anime, however, what I have here is the information you need to be able to read the book, and following books. If this sounds interesting you can always check out the anime yourself as it is just called RWBY, but I will warn you now this book and the anime follow different characters at different points.
Where as the fore mentioned anime follows the team called RWBY and there close friends for a majority through the whole show of their beginning of their time at Beacon Academy, After the Fall follows Team CFVY (coffee) after the fall of Beacon Academy, as I had mention earlier. During the novel, there are flash backs from each team member of there times before Beacon Academy, while at Beacon Academy and with other students at Beacon Academy, that really help bring depth to each character. Team CFVY is made up of their leader Coco, Fox, Velvet, and Yatsuhashi, Each character has their own strength and weakness that they bring to the team, making them unlikely to be friends at first look, but they do have an unbreakable bond that took time to build.
Since the fall of their beloved school, they had to relocate to the desert of Vacuo, to attend Shade Academy, where they get stuck travel through the dangerous desert to respond to a distress signal they received. Upon reaching the location no one knows who sent in but they find themselves in a tribe that had to constantly move due to constant attack of Grimm. With new rising “mood bombs” causing Grimm to be attracted every time they move, the tribe causes trouble every where they go, making them absorb more tribes as the go. Taking two travelers from Vale with them and their bodyguards, a Huntsman and Huntress with them, as travelers don’t want to separate.
Team CFVY decides to stick with them to try and figure out what is causing the mood bombs and help the people and figure out who called in the distress signal. During the investigation they get hit with another “mood bomb” and even Team CVFY are affected by it. Which causes high tensions amongst the team members. The only question remains, what is causing it, can it be undone and will the team survive the Grimm and the desert?
RWBY: After the Fall was s hurt novel and a rather quick read at only 295 pages. Normally I wouldn’t even waste my time with such a small book, but i loved the anime. As an otaku, I couldn’t help but pick it up and be excited. I found it randomly at a Books-A-Million bookstore at my local mall and just had to get it and the 2 books that followed. Not to mention, it is a pretty book. It was an easy book to read, though i wouldn’t have thought it to be hard. I would definitely recommend it to my fellow otakus or anime lovers, as I would recommend the show. I would also recommend it as a gift for parents to get their teenagers who are in love with anime, even if it is just a phase. I know it can be hard to get them to want to read anything outside of mange, but this might be a way to curb that and show them a normal book is just as good. SO Go ahead and pick it up and give it a read, or pass it on as a gift to that person you know who just absolutely loves all things anime. And as always, happy reading.
Hooked by Emily Mcintire
A small child’s life is changed after a tragic incident, causing his laughter and smile to die and his heart to darken. In his life of darkness, he seeks out his vengeance, in hopes to heal the pains he darkness he suffers now. However, he finds the light in the darkness to cause a change in his dark heart in the form of a darling.
Hooked is a dark retelling of Peter Pan, but from Hook’s point of view. There are some very spicy scenes, or adult scenes. It does touch on how even villains have feelings and aren’t always just born to be bad. There are plenty of ideas in this novel that not only keep it interesting, but it also gives you a lot to think about.
Let me start with the characters. They could not be more opposite of each other. While Wendy is more innocent and sweeter, James is every bit of a bad boy you can be. While she can seem childlike, he is dangerous. This creates an interesting pairing as even though they both are in it for different reasons, it is not a pairing you see in real life all that often, though it is super amazing in the fictional works. I absolutely loved James and Wendy together. They had quite the interest dynamic not to mention their conversations were entertaining.
I enjoyed thoroughly learning about James’ past and seeing him plan and plot against those who would do harm to his and him. At first, I wanted to hate that he became a criminal, but he showed how cunning and witty he had grown to be to survive in the world he chose to become apart of at a young age. Even though he was a villain, it became easy to understand and sympathize with him and not hate him. It really put into perspective how not everything is as it seems on the surface. James is a very dark character.
Although the story had a lot of dark content, it had its moments of enlightening moments. Moments that make you think about what was written/said and how it relates to life. At one point Wendy said everything was about perspective and perceptions. It really isn’t wrong. What I deem to be bad or obnoxious, another person may find heavenly or pleasant. It was really something to see such a character like Wendy say such a profound thing. She is so innocent and doesn’t seem to be so deep, but it shows, even she had some depth to her.
Overall, Hooked by Emily Mcintire was an amazing read. It was beautifully written to keep you intrigued and turning those pages, while laying some truths on you that you didn’t even really think about. It is wrapped up nicely with some smutty scenes that give you all the spice you need or didn’t know you needed. It will keep you wanting more to figure out all the mysteries and the romance.
The Shining by Stephen King
The Shining written by Stephen King, one of the best selling psychological stuff thrillers of its time, was a great read. I personally feel it’s way better than the movie but let us not get into that. The Shining has a little something for a wide range of readers. It has the paranormal, a good mystery, murder, and strong character development. It is definitely one you should read if you liked the movie or enjoy a good book that keeps you on your toes.
I will say, as with all good books, I felt there were a few times near the beginning I wasn’t all that interested. It was a tad dry, as some would say. A lot of explaining, but it did come in handy when things picked up. I mean I really didn’t care about this piece of information or that when I first read it, but found I was glad for it at the end as it made sense as to what was going on. I will go ahead now and say spoiler alert, though it’s not too much of a spoiler as I will leave details out of specifics to keep it minimal.
For example, we get a glimpse of Jacks childhood of when his dad beat his mother with a cane. Later, Jack has a mallet used to play roque, and is using it like a cane and a weapon. It really makes the ready feel like Jack was reliving that moment. However I did get ahead of myself there. To get back on track, let’s discuss the story plot and characters.
The Shining is mostly set in a wonderful old hotel call The Overlook Hotel. As with most old hotels, it is full of histories and it’s ghosts. After all have you ever heard of a hotel without having a ghost story, whether the story was true or not? Though, the Overlook Hotel takes its ghost stories to a whole new level. Within the Overlook Hotel, you will get to know Jack, Wendy, and Danny very well, as they are our main characters. Jack who has been fired from his previous teaching job is looking to get rid of his writers block to finish his play and move on to better stories and maybe a fresh start, took the job as the Overlook’s caretaker during its off season. Wendy, Jack’s wife, is there to be supportive of her husband and keep him company while also helping care for their son Danny, who Jack plans to teach to read during this job. Danny, who is daddy’s little boy, is Jacks son with the gift of future premonitions or something similar and who has just days before has been having nightmares and needs some peace in his life.
The family hopes this trip will not only help bring income into the household again but fix some issues that they have been experiencing at home. The biggest being Jack still not being over his drinking problem. I will admit, I was hoping by him taking this job it would help him get over his desire to drink, but it seems to worsen it.
As we go through the story, we learn more about the history of the family, as well as the hotel. Which both can be intriguing and terrifying. Especially since both those aspects come into play as the characters grow. Wendy becomes a little stronger in my opinion as she gets to be more forceful about Danny’s well being. Danny becomes even more insightful but also begins to understand more about the hotel and the people around him in ways a child should never have the experience of doing. As for Jack, he just becomes insane. You can tell he is fighting whatever is going on in his head to a degree, and if I am to be honest, it is quite interesting. As there are times when you cannot tell whether or not it’s really him or something else we are watching as it’s fo fluid in how it’s written. Sometimes you get the feeling he is in the back seat watching it happen, while other times you can’t help but wonder if her is behind the wheel controlling the outcome of his actions.
Overall, the book gave me plenty to think about, as I am sure it will do for many readers. It is not something I can see happening all the time but it is how I feel some serial killers could be. Though not in that exact way. You will understand if you read it.
I, originally, picked this book up in preparations of seeing Doctor sleep as well as reading Doctor Sleep as the shining is one of my favorite movies. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I would definitely recommend the book if you haven’t read it. Even with the few dry moments in the beginning, you won’t regret it. Everything leaves you wanting more. It kept me turning pages and had I not had a job that kept me busy and a child who needs me I would have finished it in a single night instead of the 6 days it took. I could not put it down.
Hush by James Patterson
Having been put in jail after taking things into her own hands after her brother’s murder, Detective Blue is hesitant to take a job for Woods. His daughter and granddaughter are missing. However, after a murder happens in her prison, Detective Blue takes the job so she can work a murder case outside the prison. With so many crimes going on and too many people hiding information Blue and her team work hard to find the missing girls while Blue tries to figure out what happened and why in the prison. With time running out on them, will they find their missing people or will they find their bodies? Will the prison murder go unsolved?
Hush by James Patterson and Candace Fox is technically the fourth book in the Harriet Blue series. It is filled with a bunch of mystery and twists throughout the book. I loved it. It not only kept me on my toes, but it made me really think about what was going on. The characters weee well developed. Even though I had not read the first three, I can say it didn’t impact the story too much. As it gave the necessary information to allow the reader to understand the back story behind the characters. I will say it also wrapped up nicely.
I really enjoyed the book and didn’t want to put it down. I was so wrapped up in the mystery of who did what and what the motives were that I had to take notes and try to solve myself. Every time I thought I had an idea it would blow up because of new facts or information appearing. It had some moments that make me giggle and helped release the tension building at times. It was a truly amazing mystery.
I was a little saddened at the end. Not because it was over but because I felt I was missing some clues. I had to reread a few things to put it all together. Just minor details that I missed in the heat of the moment. Though it did show me I couldn’t do that kind of work. I enjoyed how Blue often went with her gut feeling because we all know to trust our guts. In this case it only proved to be a major thing that we needed to make sure we do because it could save someone or even help solve a mystery. Harriet is a good example of what determination can do sometimes.
Overall, Hush is one of the best mystery books I ever read and I love murder mysteries. It was definitely my gateway into. James Patterson. The writing was beautiful and story full of surprises and information to make it a well rounded tale. I would have to rate this book five out of five stars. It was a good book and could easily be a standalone. I didn’t feel the need to go out and purchase the first three and it felt complete. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to try out James Patterson’s work for the first time.
Hunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton
As if having a dangerous stalker wasn’t enough, now Adeline has to deal with an even more dangerous situation. Having been kidnapped, Adeline is forced into the very thing her stalker fights against: A human trafficking ring. With no way to escape. Adeline prays someone will find her before she is sold to the highest bidder or is broken.
After realizing his girl is gone, Zade is unable to keep himself from losing it. The one thing that he loves and keeps him from losing it completely is missing without a trace and nothing will keep him from finding her. His only problem is those who might have information are out of reach and he has no clue where to find his little mouse.
Hunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is the second book of the Cat and Mouse duet. Like in the first book, there are triggers you should be mindful of. Rape and abuse plays a heavy part in the story. If you can’t stomach this kind of stuff, please do not pick it up. I have a trigger against rape and it was rough to go through for me. However, even though there were parts that were tough to read for me, I enjoyed the book because of the realistic aftermath of what had happened to our main character. She struggled after everything she went through. And the fact she questioned herself and even had to fight herself to get back to her life showed the author really thought how the actions put against Adeline and how it would affect the character and how they interacted with others, especially how she would interact with men.
That wasn’t the only amazing thing that was in this book. The characters facing their own conflicts and growing was also amazing. Though it was mainly Adeline changing, you also get to see Zade deal with situations in his own way. Adeline is going through a rough time and seeing Zade crumble around her trying to replace the memories she has after dealing with such an ordeal, was pleasant. Many of times I thought he would. Leave her. However, their love is deeper than I originally thought. It was definitely a dark romance as to how they deal with each other. I believe Adeline becoming stronger and even learning how to fight to take out her own enemies was also an amazing fear. It took awhile, but her determination to stop those things from happening even more did wise her morals a bit, but gives her a new up purpose to help her find a way to move on. Even though it broke my heart to see her innocence die, it was still nice to see her become a stronger person after struggling with everything.
Due to the realistic situations, I can’t help but rate Hunting Adeline five out of five stars. It brings up dark topics and even describes how people view them. With how the book is written I can almost believe this was something that was heavily researched and makes me think could the circumstances be true? Even if it is fiction, I find myself wanting to find out if it is. The book was beautifully written and can pull on your emotions while reading it. You must read Haunting Adeline to get some information, but I think this book would be a good. Stand-alone too. Due to it being diet though, I will stand by my statement that you must read the first. Both books were amazing.
Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton
Having a stalker is terrifying, but Adeline is a junkie for being scared. Having recently moved into her grandmother’s house that she inherited, Adeline, attracts a stalker. He is not your average stalker though. He can enter her house without being detected and slip past her security system. As if the stalked wasn’t the only thing on her plate, she finds her great-grandmother’s journals, which shows she had a stalker, one she fell in love with. It would seem history has a way of repeating itself, only since her great-grand mother was murdered, Adeline wants to prove the stalker did it, so that she too can convince herself that all stalkers are psychopaths.
He has a new obsession. One that causes him to feel things he never knew he could. While he tracks down all these trafficking rings, he find it hard to keep his mind from wandering back to the girl who is his obsession. After all she will love him, if he has any say in the matter.
Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton is a very dark romance. I want to start this review out with, there are some triggers to be warned out. It takes a very dark turn between the main characters and lines are blurred between consensual and not. Not to mention the murder. It is a little graphic and there is human trafficking in the plot. If these are things you can’t stomach, please do not read. Other than these triggers, this book was thrilling.
I devoured this book in two short days. I was reading every chance I got. It had a creepy setting, which is the house that Adeline had gotten when her grandmother passed. It was creepy, but like the main character, I really enjoy being scared. However, I will say, having not really known what the book was about, I felt it was creepy, with the stalker and unsolved murder mystery. The book has a lot of aspects to keep you entertained. There were so many points in the book where I was unsure what the main line is. I still can’t say the main point of the book. There was so much going on, but it was seamless. It was easy to be drawn into this dark romance and not be let out. I can’t wait to read the second book. Haunting Adeline is a duet, so it should be just as good as the first book. Hoping we get more answers.
I don’t think I could find one bad thing about the book. Adeline is a character you ca relate to. She is risky, in the sense she is the type of person we all yell at in horror movies to not do things. But it shows sometimes our curiosity gets the best of us. I know if I was in the same situation, I would do what she did. However, she also care deeply about putting others in risk. She wants to keep those around her safe, even if she is a little careless with her own life. I think that is one of the things I most admire about this duet, thus far. It has some things touch of moral codes and blur lines. It makes you think and ponder the world around you.
I found her stalker to be a character who is questionable and that was delightful. At one point he states he makes his own morals. I had to really thing about that when I had read it. It makes sense. He isn’t a horrible person, just one that murders those who wish to hurt others. He doesn’t have a back story to make him a psychopath, but at the same time when you think too much on it, it will make you wonder, is he a bad guy or a good guy? This review will not be going to deeply into him, as I do not wish to spoil anything to those who wish to read this book.
With everything said, I must rate this book five out of five stars. There weren’t any dry points in the book and it was beautifully written. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this book any one who likes dark romances with hints of mystery. Keep triggers in mind when you go to pick up this book. Some of it is very questionable where lines sit. It is still very good, and the adult content does not take away from the story. In fact, it adds to it in this case. After all, Adeline is a horror junkie. I hope you enjoyed this review, and please consider this book to be added to your TBR.
The Dark One by Nikki St Crowe
Peter Pan’s shadow is loose on Neverland, taking up residence in Hook’s territory. While he plans to get it back, Winnie plans to claim Vane. After all she wants to claim all four of her lost boys. With shadows on the loose and problems piling up, one thing is clear, Pan will get his shadow back and do everything in his power to keep their Darling safe.
The Dark One by Nikki St Crowe is the second in the series. It continues the story where The Never King left off. It has all our favorite staring in their own chapters. All but Tilly, Tinkerbell’s daughter and current fae queen. We even get to see things from hooks perspective. I have to say the Crocodile is my favorite. Though we don’t meet him in this book, we do get some back story of who he is. I loved the crocodile in the movie as a kid. But to see this rendition is amazing. I hope we get to meet him in the next novel.
I also adored how the shadows ran from Pan, adding another problem to his list. After all, Neverland is tied closely with Pan and his shadow. The shadow seems to be playful, which is how we are used to seeing Peter Pan. This Peter Pan seems vicious and I can’t wait to see what he is like with his shadow as this novel is about the journey of obtaining his shadow again after having found it. Throughout this addition to the series, we have more adult content than the last and it adds to the story. It helps characters get closer and shows the growing love between them. However, I feel it does have some triggers, which the author does mention in the beginning of the book and was kind enough to give us a link to said triggers. Though it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
All in all, The Dark One was pretty good. It had some intense moments, and it is full of adult content but also rivalry and action. Though I will say the action wasn’t a whole lot. Even though it is short, it was still a delightful read, making it four out of five stars. It doesn’t get five stars because I would have loved a little more action and a lot less planning, but it was still good enough for four stars. I do recommend reading The Never King first as it fills in some gapes that otherwise wouldn’t have driven me crazy. The series is extremely delightful and one I will recommend.