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I was kindly given a copy of the audio book of Kira Adams Into The Darkness for an honest review.
This is the first part of the Darkness Falls series and was a good introduction to the world. I actually didn't realise this was YA to start with and from switching from a fairly lengthy tome of a Stephen King novel it did somewhat feel a little jarring but that said this quick read managed to pack a punch even at times I wanted parts of the characters fleshed put a little more but I'm guessing in later parts they will be.
The first person writing style and tone made it impossible not to compare this to some of Mira Grants books but for a younger audience. This isn't a criticism but I hope will give people clues about the atmospherics and to some extent the setup.
Some of the twists really took me by surprise whilst one of the major ones I had guessed early on. At times I felt like the book might be falling into certain tropes but was glad to see that it swerved these and helped keep things exciting.
With the book moving along at such speed it sometimes feels like the urgency of certain scenes possibly isn't conveyed as well as it needs to be and at times I wished we could have just had a little more dialogue or scene setting but overall this was an enjoyable read and a good introduction to the series which left on a solid cliffhanger.
The overall story is interesting and book 2 is going on my 'to read' list, but I thought more information could have been useful at times. There are lots of unanswered questions for me and while I'm sure more will be revealed in future books, I feel like this book could have been a five star book if there weren't so many holes.
The story is well planned, with interesting and likeable characters, I'm looking forward to reading book two.
Nice delivery and good character voices, I enjoyed listening to the narration.
I received this book free from the narrator/publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.
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Good start to series. I really enjoyed this story. It pulled me and held my complete attention from start to finish. I was so into the story before I knew it over 4 hours had flown by and it was over. My only complaint.... I wish it had been longer. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
It does end in a cliffhanger so be prepared.
While there is really nothing unusual or new about this story that's not a bad thing. It's a good solid story that is interesting, entertaining and has a really good cast of likable characters. There is enough going on to keep the story moving, building the suspense with plenty of surprises and twists. Being a zombie survival story of coarse there is plenty of action as well.
Note: the main character Phoenix was molested as a child. While it does not go into details if this is a trigger for some they may want to skip this story. Not quite sure we needed the extra about the Uncle. I understand it lent towards developing her trust issues but I could have done without it.
Lori Faiella did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Both male and female. Just a slight change in tone is enough to distinguish between male and female characters. She was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Hopefully she will narrating the rest of the series. Very enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.
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