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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls, #1)
Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Jessica Sorensen
Release Date: March 16, 2012
Source: Mary @ Sweeping Me
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When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.
Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bitten.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply?
The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires.
No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.

So, I was recently given the chance to read this book and I loved it! It's not usually the kind of thing I review, but I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to anyway. It was fresh and fun, and definitely a unique take on vampires that stayed true to its dystopian roots. It was incredibly interesting and I loved every bit of it. It was wonderful.

Kayla is a wonderful heroine. Even though she can't remember a lot of her past, she doesn't just sit around whining about it. Instead, she takes action. She works hard to get her memory back, but she also doesn't let its loss slow her down. She is who she is, with or without it. Also, she's totally butt-kicking without being absurdly powerful.

Aiden is sweet, if overprotective. He wants desperately to keep Kayla safe, but he doesn't always know what's best for her, and often too goes against her wishes. I like him, but he's going to have to change at least a little to impress. He needs to give Kayla room to breathe without smothering her, but at the same time his fierce dedication is incredibly admirable.

I gobbled this book up. It was very fast-paced. It's not the kind of book that's easy to set down. It's the kind of book that once you pick up, atomic bombs could drop and you wouldn't bat an eyelid.

The whole twist on vampires is excellent. Vampires are so often overused in YA these days, but Jessica does it in a way that manages to feel fresh and unique, which is no small task.

Despite the action, the book also manages to deal with a lot of more serious things. It's a dystopian, so the society is, of course, totally messed up. There are Highers as well as vampires, which are a unique human0like paranormal, but they are the most powerful and they control everyone else. It's a very interesting aspect, and I like the whole memory-loss factor.

The Gathering is also very interesting. I wasn't sure what is was at first, but it turned out to be something that I really wanted to know more about. It is similar to other features in other dystopians, but not exactly the same. Why do some people get chosen for the Gathering and others don't? That's only one question Kayla wants the answer to.

Oh, and she's supposed to save the whole society with only a watch. Try that one on for size!

The romance is really nice actually, and refreshing because it isn't instalovey at all. It's mentioned that Aiden and Kayla had a romance in the past, but Kayla remembers nothing of it and so thankfully this isn't used as a crutch. There's definitely chemistry between them, but also lies and a lot of distrust and that's not easy to get over. I am looking forward to more development here.

Jessica has really, really awesome writing. Like, really. It's so impressive. Her world-building is absolutely awesome, and the dystopian world she's created is practically at my fingertips. The description is so lush that I can really see everything unfolding before my eyes, and the setting just blooms off the pages. I don't know how else to describe it. And then, the dialogue is excellent. I love the banter between the characters, and the often salacious undertones. 

Wow. Talk about a cliffhanger! It didn't leave me totally desperate, but it is pretty intense. It ends in such a way that I really wanted to know what happened next, but I didn't feel like it was contrived. The ending made sense, and I loved that it was clearly well-thought-out.

This book was extremely fun. It was definitely a quick read, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable. I spend through it and it left me breathless. I'll definitely be picking up the sequel, and since the main point of my writing this review is to convince you to pick up this book, I seriously suggest that you go do so right now! It's short enough to read in-between books, and fun.




  1. How exciting! I love me some heroines who can kick some serious ass!

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds like so much fun! I kind of enjoy the "heroine has lost her memory" stories. :) I'm glad you enjoyed.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  3. Kayla sounds like an awesome heroine!

  4. Thanks for the review! I love Jessica Sorensen's Fallen Star series, and I've seen this book but wasn't sure if I wanted to read it because I couldn't tell if there was any romance. There doesn't have to be a lot, but at least some to keep me interested. Sounds like I might really like this one!

  5. I have had this book since it first came out, I love the sound of it and from our review I think Ill have to pick it up when Im finished my current read.

  6. This sounds like a great books. I like vampire books but always love to see them used differntely. I think this book sounds like it does it. The Immortal Rukes by Julia Kawaga which I recently read sounds a little like this and I enjoyed it. Will have to add it to the ever growing TRL. Thanks for the review.
    Meagn McDade

  7. I loved this book. This is a good review on this book. I also love Jessica Sorensons writing style. She is a awesome author.

  8. I'm so glad you reviewed this book. I admit, I judged a book by its cover, so I would not have picked this one up. Your review has definitely changed my perspective and I found Darkness Falls for FREE on Amazon! I can't wait to get started!


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