Book Review: Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus

August 6, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Welcome to the darkness

About The Book:

  • Welcome to the Darkness
  • by L.M. Justus
  • Series: Darkness Trilogy #1
  • Age Group: Young Adult
  • Category: Paranormal
  • Pages: 349
  • Expected Publication:  August 5, 2013
  • Publisher: Taurpio Publishing
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Received From: Xpresso Book Tours
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A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth.

Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.

Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this from the beginning. It starts off pretty horrific with the killing of Reed’s family and I was left wondering what in the world can happen next? L.M. Justus does a great job of keeping the plot engaging but not to the point of ridiculousness. Reed goes through his ups and downs, even as a vampire. And what was really extraordinary is that I kept wondering if Reed was really a vampire considering everything that kills a vamp easily, doesn’t kill Reed.

Nathaniel is a very interesting character and it was nice to see his demeanor melt a little as you go through the story. He’s still a bit uppity but Justus explains everything very neatly so I didn’t have any questions about him at the end.

And although this book was a really fun read, I was very excited about the ending. I don’t want to say too much but it was completely worth reading and now I can not wait to start reading book two. The questions in this book were answered but the ending left questions all on its own!

Great vampire read… Totally bloody and gory and to the point (hah!).


About The Author:

Lisa Justus’ path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger.  Her YA paranormal fantasy novel Welcome to the Darkness is the first book in the Darkness Trilogy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her fourth novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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