Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Schultz [Review]

The Dark World (Dark World, #1)4 out of 5 Robots!

The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz
Series: Dark World #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: May 27, 2014
Hardcover:  384 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Cara Lynn Schultz's first series, Spellcaster, so I was excited to see another book series by her.  The same witty and snappy dialog is back (which was my favorite part of Spellcaster).  Logan and Paige are at their best when they are bantering back and forth.  Schultz's narrators are always a lot of fun with self-deprecating humor and amusing observations.

I also thought it was better written.  Gone were the endless descriptions of things like "emerald eyes".  The pacing was better and the plot more straightforward.  However, the paranormal aspect was...meh...for me. I'm not sure it really brought anything new to the paranormal canon.  But if I'm being honest, the plot isn't the reason I read Schultz's books.

Overall, I thought this was a fun start to a new series.  It didn't blow me away, but I was entertained so I consider that a win.  I will definitely be back for the next installment.

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