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Top Customer Reviews
So the book was okay nothing that left me going OMG!!
Lexie as a character I just didn't really get her too much and her sayings that she would say. I was left going really? I live in the south and never heard that before.
There were some things that threw me for a loop as far as the way Lexie would act but nothing too bad. Sometimes she didn't seem like a young adult more like a teenager in some scenes.
So Lexi is a normal girl or so she thinks until her best friend is murdered. This changes her whole world because know she has learned that she is a vampire executioner. We see how she goes back and forth for a while between wanting to do it and then not so sure.
While learning that she is a vampire executioner she fights her feelings for Etienne because a vampire and an executioner can't be together right?
While learning the history of all this she is going to have to prepare to fight and evil vampire couple who has no problem turning and killing humans.
There is a bit of a twist within the story along with some backstabbing so it was interesting to see where it was all going to go and will love conquer the dark.
So somethings that bothered me. Lexie has been working out before she learned her background. Though she acts surprised when she finds out about hitting someone in the nose a certain way will kill them. Uhh you didn't learn this in your workout that you have been doing?
Etienne has been around for years and years so he is pretty strong. I would like to know then why if he drinks human blood one time he automatically goes to the dark side? I mean I liked how that came about but I wished there was more explanation.
If you like vampires stories with some action and a few sex scenes then I say hey pick it up.
When Darkness Falls was definitely an interesting, but short, read for me.
I liked the use of vampire iconography, like vervain and compulsion, elements of vampire tales first introduced to me through The CW’s The Vampire Diaries TV show, the adaptation of the books of the same name by L. J. Smith, which I’m really enjoying.
The frequent use of violence and bloodshed felt genuinely horrific and dark, making the “bad” vampires seem truly monstrous. However, I thought the logic behind the “good” vampires’ ability to resist human blood (by taking an anti-serum) didn’t seem wholly convincing.
I also thought the story was reminiscent of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, but despite the similarities between the two stories, I found nothing wrong with Chauvet’s narrative, and it was an enjoyable vampire storyline.
However, When Darkness Falls is not just a vampire story, it is an erotic vampire story, and that was my main issue.
Furthermore, I understood the link Chauvet created between the feelings of lust and vampire “bloodlust” – connotations of uncontrollable urges, which even traditional Gothic stories included – and I thought this was cleverly done. However, Chauvet takes these connotations and turns them into sex scenes, which just didn’t add anything to the plot, and the explicit sexual language genuinely shocked me.
Excluding the sex scenes, I thought When Darkness Falls was an enjoyable and interesting book (and still a better love story than Twilight!).
The plot idea is great - the fight between good and evil is always a popular theme, as we can see by the thousands of books that dominate this genre. Finding an original take on vampire fiction and paranormal romance is a tough task. For me, this book didn’t quite deliver.
What let the book down were things like monotone descriptions of the mundane, such as shopping for a purple jumper, a scene that went on for pages but didn’t drive the story forward in any way. I didn’t connect with the characters very well, they begged for deeper descriptions which could be used to create memorable pictures in my head.
The lead figure Lexie, is a vampire executioner, granted, she is new to the gig, but one minute she’s getting into her groove and the next she’s swooning or worrying about her random (and swiftly changeable) emotions towards every man in the vicinity rather than having an intense, sassy, brutal persona. It leaves the reader confused.
Many paranormal romance books have reasonably explicit sex scenes, I know the author was trying to make her mark in this genre, however, the sexual encounters in this book were clumsy and hugely untasteful. It almost felt like the author was attempting to fit as many sexually explicit words into a sentence as possible.
Sadly for me, the reading experience didn't live up to the expectations I felt when reading the book blurb. Paranormal romance is a saturated genre in the book market and this book needs a bit more TLC to get it ready to compete.
I received a copy of When Darkness Falls in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Another “must have” for me in a work of fiction are characters that grab my interest and that I grow to care about as the story unfolds. Again, Ellen Chauvet delivered in her first effort. I found all the characters well-defined, especially Lexie. I knew I was in trouble when I found myself getting jealous of Etienne!
In the end I found the story to be highly entertaining and a fun read. It goes without saying that I’m very much looking forward to reading the next installment.
PS - Being born and raised in California, the southern colloquialisms were an added bonus.
I struggled with this book. I really enjoyed this story and was curious how it would unfold, but at the same time I absolutely hated the main character Lexie. So let me talk about the things that I liked.
The story was really good and interesting. I liked the light versus dark vampires and their secret war being waged. I loved the backstory and discovering how the Society came to be. Etienne telling Lexie his backstory was my absolute favorite part of this book. It was very interesting, informative, and created an amazing visual that helped me to understand not only Etienne, but the Society and what it stood for. It also helped with learning about Marielle and Francois. Tom and Etienne were amazing characters and I loved them so much. They added so much to the story.
As I stated I hated the main character Lexie. From the very beginning of this book Lexie was terrible to her mother who was also a very horrible character. Lexie disrespected her mother something terrible and while her mother may have deserved it, I felt it was over the top and unnecessary. Lexie was also annoying in the fact that she was very impatient when trying to discover clues and had no regard for secrecy since there was a traitor. By the end of the book her character became unbearable and weak. It drove me crazy. I would have liked to see Lexie actually train for more than one day to be a Vampire Executioner and turn into a strong female character. But that just didn't happen. So while Lexie is supposed to be a vampire executioner, there was none going on.
I did expect more from this book and the end just ended up frustrating me. The story was good enough that I do really want to know what will happen next with Kendrick, Lexie, Etienne, Francois, and Marielle. I think it will definitely get better and I look forward to the next book.