Book Review: The Descending Darkness by Michael Chulsky

October 24, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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About the Book:

  • The Descending DarknessThe Descending Darkness
  • by Michael Chulsky
  • Fantasy / Young Adult
  • Pages: 298
  • Publication: September 28th 2013
  • Publisher: by Rocking Horse Publishing
  • Received From: Michael Chulsky for an honest review
  • Rating: 4/5
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After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he’s slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can’t hope to defeat his new foe. But he’s never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He’s always been a loner. Hell, he’s tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died.

Shadow’s mission: save the world and ensure his entire team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn’t trying to rule the world, it’d be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa.


My Thoughts:

What an intriguing read! I loved the synopsis and found myself literally laughing out loud at some of the quips and references in the story. I’m not a huge fantasy lover but this was just FUN! I enjoyed the different characters and really thought that Michael Chulsky did a good job at having so many characters without it seeming bogged down. Everyone has their special abilities and characteristics that makes them sit apart from the teenagers in the story beside them.

What I did want was a little more from Shadow. I feel like he has so much to offer as a character and I wanted so much more. I think he may just need to be fleshed out a little more. For instance, it seemed at the beginning that he was given too much. He was given the answers to the whereabouts to the teenagers and to the danger they are about to face and it made it hard for me to get into his personality. Although, what I do know about him is that he is a great guy that wants to do good!

And, what book is great without an amazing and very quirky villain? I love, love, love, LOVE good villains! (oxymoron) I just really enjoy when a villain is really brought to life and I feel like our villain is. And what an awesome name she has, Maedara, and talk about quirky, every time she mentions shoes I want to be like, Girl I’m right there with you, I want those shoes too! She was just as much fun to read about as the story was and that takes some serious skill! I love it!

There are some twists and some things that just made me go hmmm and question everyone and everything so all in all, I think this was a fantastic and very fun to read book. Not totally my type with the dragons and whatnot but it is a ton of fun.


About the Author:

Michael Chulsky grew up in New Jersey and has been writing ever since his fourth grade teacher let him create a class newspaper to channel his creativity. He is the author of The Descending Darkness and currently lives with his fiancé. When not writing he enjoys browsing Tumblr, listening to music, and devouring every piece of cheesecake that falls into his line of sight.

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