Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Schultz

Arc provided by Harlequin Teen through Netgalley

Release Date: May, 27 th

An interesting beginning for a new series.
A well written story, with well developed characters, prone to make younger readers swoon.

This turned out to be a little different from what I was expecting, considering the book's summary. And its cover.
Truth is, this reads mostly as a YA romance novel.
Yes, it has paranormal elements that define the plot and the characters, but about eighty percent of this story is about Paige and Logan's relationship.

I had a phase in which I would read almost anything... as long as it had romance in it, lol.
I guess most amongst us has had that phase. Or is still living it! Nothing wrong with that.
If so, this is the right book for you!

However, it is also the right book for everyone who would like to read a well developed YA romance story, and for people who don't mind if the same doesn't deliver all it seemed to promise.

Basically, I can't help feeling that most jaded fantasy readers will feel that the paranormal aspect is a little too vague and not juicy enough for their tastes.
Yes, that's what I felt... as a jaded fantasy reader ;)
However the romance, and Paige's relationship with her parents, is so intelligently done that deserves stars on its own merit.

Truth is, in our days, _rule has it? _ most YA characters are portrayed as these obnoxious, stereotyped people, preferably with parents who are MIA.

Thankfully not in this story.

I keep saying this a lot. But, for me, it doesn't matter if I'm reading fantasy, things have to feel real enough!
Yes, Paige's best friend is a ghost, but her parents are around in her life, and they worry about her.
Paige starts to fall in love with a boy... her father wants to kill him, lol.

It tries to be a balanced story between a contemporary YA and paranormal adventures.
Does it succeed?
Partially. It could be better.

Yes. The world building foundations for this "Dark World" are here. But they feel somewhat incipient.
We get to see some of the Dark World players, and their hierarchy, so we are not completely in the dark on what is happening.
We are also given some history on the Dark World background that will help us follow the next volume.
Paige's friend, the ghost, could have been given a bigger role!
In the beginning when the story seems to be losing momentum, it was Dottie that made me keep reading it.

Bottom Line:
A story that I think would have benefited from a little more action and a somewhat faster pace. It has, however, the promise to be a beloved story to the right audience.
That means that despite my advanced age (lol), I'm curious to see what is going to happen in the next volume.
Cleverly done, Mrs Schultz. I was caught without even noticing it.

Pre-order "The Dark World" (Hardback edition as seen here)
or (paperback edition)

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