Review + #Giveaway: Embrace the Darkness by L.M. Justus

October 20, 2015 giveaway, Lindsay's reviews 3

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Review + #Giveaway: Embrace the Darkness by L.M. JustusEmbrace the Darkness Series: Darkness Trilogy #3
on October 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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A cure for vampirism is within Reed Hennessy’s grasp. According to legend, all he has to do is destroy the original vampire. If Reed is successful, every vampire on Earth will become human again, and he and his girlfriend, Sarah, can have the normal life they want.

If only it were that easy.

First, they have to find the original vampire, whose location is a centuries-old secret. Second, most vampires don’t want to give up their superior strength, speed, and longevity, so they’ll do anything to stop Reed.

With the help of their friend and mentor, Nathaniel, Sarah’s sister, and a trio of former vampire hunters, Reed and Sarah set off on their most dangerous journey yet. Reed faces a choice when he realizes the price he must pay for the cure: he can persevere with his quest or learn to embrace the darkness.

Let me just start off by saying that I’m so happy I continued with this series. I had considered not reading it… which is pretty much an awful thing to admit. I was concerned that too much time had passed and that I had forgotten a lot of the key details. I had been enjoying the series, but it apparently hadn’t stuck with me. In the end, I remembered more than I thought I did! Once I started reading, I was able to jump right back in where I left off. It was great to revisit the characters that I have gotten to know, and to see the story through to the conclusion.

The series as a whole is missing an arc. Each book has its own story, largely leaving behind all but traces of the previous plots, but can’t be read as stand alone novels either. While this certainly made remembering the previous plots not as important for my enjoyment, it also left me mourning the loss of what could have been. There were parts of the first book that I was so enamored with, and I was crushed when the second book didn’t deal with any of it. Now in the third book, I was still in mourning, but I found I had other things to love. Like the conclusion! It was exciting and fascinating, and now I’m sad there wasn’t more of this story arc in the previous books! The journey that the characters embark on was fantastic! (though I could have lived without the epilogue…)

There is no doubt in my mind that the series is over. The story is nicely wrapped up, no dangling threads… but I am still left wondering if that’s the end of the series. We were given just a tiny glimpse into Nathaniel’s past, and I couldn’t help but wish for a whole book dedicated to his human life and early vampire years. Pretty please, can this be a thing?

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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. Welcome to the Darkness and Darkness Reigns are the first two books of the Darkness Trilogy, a YA paranormal fantasy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her next 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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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
  • L. Justus

    Thanks so much for reading and reviewing the entire trilogy! I love that you’re interested in hearing more about Nathaniel – he has so much more story to tell. 🙂

    • Lindsay Galloway

      Fantastic! Looking forward to hearing more! 😀

  • Great review, Lindsay! This sounds like a great series overall and I like that it seems to have wrapped up very nicely! Glad you liked it! 🙂