Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book Review: Ensuing Darkness

Title Ensuing Darkness

Series The Dark Chronicles, book 1

Author Alexis Cain

Release Date December 17, 2012

The small town of Maxville, Colorado is harboring more secrets than Kota Riley ever imagined.

Hunting, partying, and hanging with the guys has made up the most of her simple life, but as she nears the end of her time in Maxville High, she finds herself in want of something more. Something new. Unfortunately for her, she gets her wish the beginning of senior year when a whole slew of new faces come Waltzing into her life. Literally.

The Peters are a family of professional ballroom dancers, deciding to descend upon Maxville and take their most talented to a series of competitions from California and then hopefully to Italy. Unbeknownst to Kota, however, is that this is just their cover. The family’s dark secrets are the real reason behind their arrival, and their mission:

Stay under enemy radar

Gather the information

Make the switch

Get out undetected

It would have been a success, but when their two youngest get mixed up in a taboo romance with Kota and her best friend Sue, things get nasty for everyone.

Driven by boredom and the disturbing effect the mysterious Peters have on her, Kota starts pushing her way into their secrets without hesitation. She soon finds herself surrounded by everything she never knew existed and the blame is all on her when she risks the safety of her friends and family to discover a truth she was never supposed to see.

You know, when Alexis contacted me about reading her book, I wasn't sure if I was interested. This was mainly because of the book description. It was a bit confusing for me. I like a book description that doesn't give anything away, but provides a clear picture of what the book is about. I wasn't really sure about Ensuing Darkness from the description, though. Is the Peters family a group of criminals or supernatural beings? While it wasn't clear, I had an idea and agreed to read it.

In general, I enjoyed Ensuing Darkness. In fact, I liked it more than I thought I would. I think Alexis did a really good job with the characters in the story. While there are a lot of them, and I did occasionally get confused, they all had unique and well defined personalities. There were some really strong scenes that stood out to me. I won't give anything away, but once you read the book, I'm sure you'll agree that some scenes are stronger than others.

There were some things that I didn't enjoy, though. In the beginning (and much less towards the end), the similarities between Ensuing Darkness and Twilight were more than I was comfortable with. Thankfully, the similarities did end and the differences were nice and brought life into the story that I didn't expect. The only other thing I didn't enjoy were the scenes that didn't seem to bring anything into the story. There were a few too many scenes that go into detail, but don't do anything to further advance the story.

Overall, Ensuing Darkness was a good read. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in the series.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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