Monday, 1 November 2010

The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter Review


His powers -- Inhuman

His passion -- Beyond immortal . . .

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love . . .

The whole concept and history behind this book was amazing. I mean, cursed warriors being possessed by demons released from Pandora's box because they rebelled against the Greek Gods? Wow, just...brilliant.

Maddox - one of the protagonists of the story and a warrior inhabited by the demon violence - was brilliant. I loved his relationship with the rest of the warriors and how he never complained that he was worse off than anyone else.

Ashlyn - another protagonist who hears past conversations in her head - was perfect for Maddox. They fit so well together as a couple and as sort of wonder walls for each other and someone to lean on.

This was a read that got better and better as it went on. As new characters were introduced and their demons with them, the story became a bit more light-hearted than before and had me giggling at times. But then, right towards the end of the book I was shedding tears by the bucket load ( a slight exaggeration, of course) it was written so well.

Normally, I'm not that into the whole 'love at first sight' aspect in some romances such as 'soul mates' and the like. This one felt a little different to me though. Maybe because Ashlyn was not just attracted to Maddox's looks, sexy beast as he is, she was attracted to the silence he brought with him - Maddox silenced the voices or conversations Ashlyn hears, past and present. Ashlyn, in turn, tames the demon within Maddox, so everybody's happy right? I don't just worked.

That said, I thought the warriors weren't as 'dangerous' and 'dark' as they were made out to be, mainly because they weren't given much of a chance to show it in my opinion.

About the author:

Gena Showalter sold her first book at the age of 27 and now, four years later, is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, with eleven more on the way in a thrilling blend of genres: breathtaking paranormal and contemporary romances, cutting edge young adult novels, and stunning urban fantasy.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated in French, Italian and Korean. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”. 

My Rating: 8/10

Publisher: Harlequin Books

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