Monday, 28 October 2013

XPRESSO TOUR **REVIEW**: "Darkness Watching" by Emma L Adams **REVIEW ADDED**

Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams
(Darkworld #1)
Publication date: September 30th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy


Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she’s losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere – little knowing that it isn’t coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world.

All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life – but demons still stalk Ash, and their interest in her has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area. Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she’s looking for. The demons want something from her,  and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is.

In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be..

Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing fantasy and paranormal for young adults. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also wrote various novels and short stories. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, she can usually be found in front of her writing desk, creating weird and wonderful alternative worlds. Her debut novel The Puppet Spell, published in 2013 by Rowanvale Books, is a fantasy tale for young adults and the young at heart, inspired by her lifelong love of the fantastical, mythology, and video games. Emma also writes supernatural fantasy novels for older teens and adults. Her next book, Darkness Watching, is the first in the upper-YA/New Adult Darkworld series, and will be published in September 2013 by Curiosity Quills Press.

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I didnt read the blurb to this so wasnt sure what to expect, but i liked it. The storyline started pretty much at the very beginning and progresses nicely through the book.

Ashlyn is in her final year of school and looking at Universities.  She was hoping Oxford, but somehow she fluffed it.  Blackstone she saw next, went to visit the campus and around, and decided this little university in the middle of nowhere would be perfect - after all she hasnt seen the eyes watching her she does everywhere else.

Yep you read right - Ash sees patches of black with eyes watching her.  She tried to tell people but they thought she was talking nonsense, and obviously realising this, Ash started to learn to keep quiet.

Life at Blackstone starts great - rather than the outcast she was at school, she has great flat mates that she gets along with really well - well, apart from one guy that keeps clear of everyone.

One night they hit the local bar "Satan's Pit" for a drink or two and a dance.  Ash sees the eyes again, and more than  that, she sees the actual shadow come at her......she goes outside the club where a girl she doesnt know comes to her rescue by releasing fire from her hands, like its the most natural thing in the world....

This is just the beginning.....
Why cant she see the eyes around the University?
Why did one flat mate suddenly stop speaking to her?
And what the heck is wrong with the guy that is totally antisocial???
More to the point.....
Why are some creatures now showing themselves in full view?
And why are they aiming at Ash?
Answers need to be found........
Lucky for Ash, she has found a small group of people who can see the darkness like her.  But something is different about Ash....she doesnt know if its good or bad....but shes gonna have to figure that out....and soon...


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