Series: Dark World #1
Published by: Harlequin Teen on May 27, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: Definitely better than I expected. The story kept me engaged and entertained.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
The Dark World is about a girl named Paige who, after a near death experience can now talk to ghosts. She also has the power to create a gate between the real world and the “dark world” where paranormal creatures are from. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, more so than I thought I would. Shultz did a good created introducing us to her world and her characters were interesting and engaging. I found myself invested in the story and flipping through the pages eagerly. The Dark World is definitely an evil place filled with creatures who are all vying for the chance to rule. There’s a sort of hierarchy that exists there and I liked learning about it all. Shultz definitely piqued my interest with this battle between warlocks and demons.
As far as the characters go, I really liked them all. The main character, Paige, was great. She took all of this paranormal stuff in strides and was quick to demand a chance to defend herself from danger. I also really liked her best friend, who just happens to be a ghost. Logan was a pretty decent male lead himself and I loved how their relationship blossomed from a growing friendship to a steady, burning, yet innocent love. There are a bunch of secondary characters, good and bad, that added to the story and helped to keep me glued to the pages.
The Dark World has a good combination of engaging characters and a fast-paced storyline. Add that to the fact that the world-building is well done and you’ve got yourself a winner in this book. I look forward to the next book and have high hopes for this series.