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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Book Review: Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo

 Book Review: Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Publisher: Self

Seventeen-year-old Carly Lopez suffers from post-traumatic stress, though the “post” part technically doesn't apply…not when the killer is still out there. As the only survivor of the killing spree that left four dead girls in its wake, Carly fails to unearth her buried memories of that day and is consumed with guilt. After a year of silence, the killer is back, and Carly will stop at nothing to catch him. With each new death, Carly’s reality shatters, propelling her deeper into the darkness where the dead haunt her—but where the truth lies. Her only firm grasp of reality is Hunter Jackson, whose mysterious overprotectiveness of Carly forces her to doubt the reason behind her guilt. But Hunter has a secret. And when Carly discovers a horrible truth, she questions her involvement in the murders. Was she directly responsible? Did she help the killer? Carly soon learns that finding answers may mean risking more than just her sanity.

Darkness is another addictively, suspenseful book by Elizabeth Arroyo. I love books that keep you guessing, and that's what this one did. I pegged everyone as guilty at some time or another while reading, but I never predicted it completely. I enjoyed the friendship/romance that started to grow between Carly and Hunter. Some things were kind of obvious, but I still found it enjoyable. My main issue was Carly. I understand everyone deals with grief and trauma differently, but she lacked any sense of self preservation what so ever. As a reader, that wore on me quite a bit after a while. It wasn't overwhelmingly supernatural, but there was definitely some superatural aspects to it that start off subtle at first. The story reminded me of a Steven King novel in ways, only minus all the extra fluff pages which is bonus points in my opinion.
The ARC of Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of other books by Elizabeth Arroyo!
Elizabeth is the author of three young adult thrillers. During her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys learning about tactical fighting and zombie warfare with the gamers in her household. She also enjoys long walks and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a BA in Psychology and has worked in the community in hopes of changing the world...or at least the life of a child.

To learn more about Elizabeth Arroyo and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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