Sunday, October 6, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Darkness Rises" by Dianne Duvall

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple--she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it.

Etienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years--long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher. . .

If you are an Immortal Guardians fan, this is a must read.  It advances the storyline about Amy and gives us insight into Seth, David and the mysterious Zach. Unfortunately, the story of Etienne and Krysta is a real miss.  This one should have been a slam dunk.  She is a strong personality and already engaging in battle with vampires, but the story falls flat.  Maybe it is because all the pieces were in place that the magic did not happen.  The story was too formulaic and predictable.  There is little to the relationship between Krysta and Etienne.  He sees her.  He admires her butt-kicking skills.  He likes her.  He pursues her.  He gets protective of her.  She helps save his life. The final battle is so low key and familiar - because it is the same battle from the last book!  Truly, the best parts are deal with storylines that have nothing to do with the main characters.  The developments in the Amy story and learning more about Zach, and the foreshadowing of his relationship with Lisette is what makes the book reading.  

It is unfortunately the weakest book in the series but one in which I still recommend reading if you plan on reading future Immortal Guardians books.  Otherwise, I would not rush out to the store to purchase. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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