Being a USA Today Bestselling Author, I had to read book 1. Upon reading the synopsis, it sounded like something I’d really like. Sasha is the main protagonist. A young girl who, for most of her life, has seen strange paranormal shadows at the edge of her peripheral vision. To her it’s normal, but she’s realised & learnt how it looks to others. So she keeps it all pretty quiet.
I found the whole idea really intriguing. Sasha’s a well rounded character and not as flaky as some female leads tend to be. Some of the writing was absolutely beautiful, as were similes and metaphors.
However, the novelty disappeared quickly & I got tired of listening to Sasha’s thoughts. The book is written from a first person perspective. It was okay initially, nevertheless, I did rapidly get tired of it and wanted the pace to pick up.
What I disliked the most was that it reads as a teenage ‘young adult’ fantasy/paranormal novel in a type of ‘Twilight style’ but then, adult graphic sex is thrown in like a brick through a glass window. It’s so inappropriate I was staggered! Was I reading the same book? The sex jarred against the overall tone and spirit of the book. It felt really forced, as if the author was told to go back and but sex scenes in it to make it more adult. It doesn’t work and felt hugely wrong, you didn’t have to do this. You remove the sex and the narrative is solid without it.
‘The Boss’ (the hunk to tempt Sasha) was forgettable. I wish he’d been given more depth and development. He’s the contrast, conflict & love interest for Sasha, but this didn’t come over to the reader. It’s no good describing how hot a guy is & how he jumps in rescuing girls & acting moody, show it in other ways!
It’s okay creating an alternate world like Harry Potter’s alternate magic world that ‘Muggles’ can’t see, but you need to establish the real world first. Into the Darkness doesn’t do this and that really throws the reader.
The story just dragged on, far too long. It got to the stage, when I kept checking how much of the book I had left to read. The narrative got messy and confusing. It was slightly difficult to see what the author was trying to show. So, you end up continuing to read hoping it’ll eventually make sense. By the time some sense appears you have already given up.
Will I read the follow up? No. I would however, try other work by this author.