Book Tour – Giveaway + Review: Welcome to the Darkness

August 15, 2013 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 1

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Tour – Giveaway + Review: Welcome to the DarknessWelcome to the Darkness by L. M. Justus
Series: Darkness Trilogy #1
on August 5th 2013 by Taurpio Publishing
Source: the author
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A typical teenager, seventeen-year-old Reed Hennessy doesn’t realize how lucky he is to lead a normal life until he loses everything, including his humanity. The attacker who slaughters his family and destroys their home turns out to be a vampire, a creature Reed had considered a myth.

Now a vampire himself, but with the unique ability to walk in sunlight, Reed struggles in the dark underworld he didn’t even know existed. His only two allies in his fight to stay alive are his reluctant mentor, Nathaniel, a vampire with over two hundred years’ worth of emotional baggage, and Sarah, a rookie cop with a secret ability of her own.

Together, Reed and his companions face a harrowing, cross-country journey before stumbling into a plot which could mean the end of everything for humans and vampires alike.

2% into this book and I almost gave up. It’s a little early to be making judgments, but I found myself doing exactly that. The opening scene is the slaughter of Reed’s family. It should be fraught with emotion, and probably more than a little gore, but instead it was factual and over in a matter of pages. I didn’t feel attached to Reed, even though it was told in first person, nor was I sad for the family he just lost. I made the choice to give the book another chapter or two before making the final decision: give up or keep going.
I am SOOOO glad that I kept going! This book made a complete turn around, but it was slow transition. The second chapter brought in a new POV, Nathaniel. Where Reed is first person, Nathaniel is third. We are soon introduced to a THIRD, also third person, POV, Sarah, the rookie cop who blindly accepts the world into which she has been thrust. As the story progressed with the new characters, I found myself slowly buying into the world Justus has created. It wasn’t overly unique, but it was quirky and kinda fun.
By the time I had reached the end of the book, I was thoroughly enjoying the direction the plot had taken, and was actually kind of attached to the rag-tag crew this group of people/vampires had become. The story had become darker and more intense, so gradually that it had crept up on me. Suddenly I was very intrigued about where the series is headed. I’m curious to see if the next book succumbs to the growing darkness, and I desperately hope it does.





Lisa Justus’ path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger.  Her YA paranormal fantasy novel Welcome to the Darkness is the first book in the Darkness Trilogy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her fourth novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.

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