Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday Reviews - The Darkest Light by Ashley Earley

Hello everyone!

I am back with another Monday Reviews! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I'm just finishing up school, I should be able to post more frequently for the summer season!

Anyways, lets get to this weeks review! I was contacted by the author to read and review her book!  I was super pumped because the author is only 18 years old! That's so insane! I am reviewing The Darkest Light by Ashley Earley.

As always, lets start with the synopsis!


After discovering a secret her parents have kept from her all her life, Alyssa’s life begins to unravel, and she’s thrown into a magical world she never knew existed—one that’s both frightening and intriguing to her.

While trying to discover who she really is, and who her father was, she begins to see the darkness this unknown land holds, and fears becoming part of that darkness.


Torn between this new world, and the human world, Alyssa must make the ultimate decision between the possibility of losing herself forever to become part of it, or stay behind and let the world of Föld perish.


As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, she’s falling for two guys—that live in totally different worlds. Wesley and Archer couldn’t be more different, but they both have her captivated.
A battle is coming. Will Alyssa be forced to fight against the people she loves?
 




When I first started this book, I had troubles getting into it. I was a little nit-picky and annoying, if you read my updates on Goodreads, you'll know. But it started to pick up and I began to enjoy it more.

I think the concept behind this story was very interesting, and the fact that it's a standalone was really amazing. You don't typically find a fantasy-esque standalone.

I liked Alyssa's character for the most part, but did I feel like the depression aspect was a little shallow, and not really shown, but then again, this is not a contemporary about mental illness, so it makes sense it took more of a backseat.

Wesley was just ahh! I'm a sucker for the name Wes and he was just so sweet and southernly. I liked Archer, but I didn't see the romance there. I was expecting a love triangle based on the synopsis but I don't think we saw enough of Archer to warrant a romantic relationship. At the end he was kind of just like "so yeah, umm I guess you like him not me..." I just felt like there wasn't the opportunity for a love triangle. I'm not complaining, I liked the romance how it was, but I feel like some people will shy away from this book because of the "love triangle" promise.

As far as the writing itself goes, it was good. A little average, but good. There were a few editing issues, and tense issues but I was usually able to get over them. 

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.