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This review is from: Darkseed: Awakening (The Darkseed Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This one grabbed me from the get go. Straight away you see that these pesky kids are dabbling in things they really ought not to. You get that feeling that you want to reach into the pages and shake them for being so daft! I like it when a book makes me feel like that!
Particular things I liked about this book. It's British. very British, in fact it is set in my local area on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. As such some of the speech of the characters is very... shall we say... localised? I'm interested to see what the authors international readers make of some of the distinctly local dialect - it certainly had me chortling! I also loved recognising certain landmarks that I know and love, some may have had their names slightly changed but they were easy to spot - that's not to say that people not from this area will miss out - everything is very richly described, this could be any small town, in any country with their share of dodgy teenagers dabbling in the occult. As they do.
Did I enjoy the book? I really did. I think this is kind of on the cusp of Young Adult and Adult reading. Both would enjoy it. There was probably only one bit that might make people of a delicate disposition wince, the rest comes in good old fashioned atmospheric "what's in the shadows" kind of scares. Definitely more creepy than gore fest! I loved the twist at the end - I wont say more than that but I thought I had it all figured out and there are some definite questions left to be answered in the next book although (just to be contradictory) I think this reads well as a stand alone too. It's kind of a "wait... what?" ending!
If you're a fan of gutsy teenagers running around gung-ho putting their lives at risk and dabbling in the occult and black arts... I think you'll enjoy this book. It's so richly researched too. I certainly learnt a thing or two (which I did google afterwards) about Ouija and spirit mythology. One more reason you'll never get me within a mile of one of those things! *shudder*