Author: Sara Walsh
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Supernatural / Fantasy
Release: August 28th 2012
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Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.
Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.
Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.
Did you say fantasy? Oh my God! that's my favorite word and here we have a supernatural-fantasy tale (yes, both a the same time) that delivers the best of both genres plus a cast of authentic and charming characters that left me craving for more!
The first hundred pages of The Dark Light were a bit slow but considering that this book is almost 500 pages long, waiting for only a 100 pages until the first Wow-moment arrived was practically nothing. Once the story takes off, I was blown away with an unexpected fantasy twist. Yes, unexpected. First of all, the cover represents very well our two main characters, their relationship, and part of the mystery of tattoos that we encounter on this novel. But the cover doesn't give anything else away, which is good since I was greatly surprised to discover the marvelous fantasy twist that definitely glued me to the book until I reached the last page. In addition, the concept of The Dark Light kept me highly intrigued. The two parallel worlds, the mysterious lights, the Solenetta, the different kind of people/creatures/razes, etc. There is certainly a lot going on on The Dark Light! Oh, and did I mention that it has tones of jaw-dropping and fist-pumping action? Totally badass!
In what concerns the characters I have to say that I love Mia as our protagonist. She is intelligent, strong, lovable and realistic at the same time. Then we have Sol, our mysterious hot hero. He is definitely something worth swooning for, and even though at the beginning he was very mean to Mia, later in the story I was able to fall for him as much as Mia did. And then, there is Delane. Delane is Sol's friend (also a love interest) and he is such a compelling character. Delane's unique personality pop-outs from the pages giving readers the perfect fix of charming-ness! There are also many other characters such as Pete, Mia's father, Jay, etc, that complete and enrich the cast of The Dark Light.
The love story between Mia and Sol is very subtle, even delicate and its slow building feels much more closer to reality and easy to relate to than the typical starcrossed love story. However, at times I was desperately wishing for Mia and Sol to just kiss and confess each other's feeling. Still, I loved how Miss Walsh developed this part of the plot but I still wish I had more.
With kick-ass action, intriguing mystery, a breath-taking hero, a dangerous world, and a nail-biting plot, The Dark Light by Sara Walsh is a great debut novel that will leave readers dying for more!
Visit the author's website at http://sarawalshbooks.blogspot.ca