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DNF Review: Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus - RANT ALERT

Welcome to the Darkness by L.M. Justus

Darkness #1
L.M. Justus
Publication Date: August 5, 2013
Publisher: Taurpio Publishing

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.
Review copy provided by the author for review (originally for blog tour)

This was like a complete, and utmost rip off of the Blood of Eden trilogy. Take a look at the synopsis for book 2: a virus.

Want to know what I was hoping? A completely unique concept. I mean, a virus in which there are human/vampire hybrids running around looking zombies. Blood of Eden apparently doesn't have that concept.

What I got? A rip off. Dominic sounds like Jackal, who apparently thinks that humans are "blood bags". Reed is like Allison, in which both actually gets attacked by psycho vampire – Reed's case: vampire going into insanity after many years. Allison's case: attacked by rogue vampires, which technically IS like insane vampires if you ask me – and Reed isn't even funny with his witty remarks. -_- The "Queen" is like a vampire master basically, ruling over a section in California, and if she really is permanently 12 or 13 as Reed says she looks, why is she a queen? O_o

Welcome to the Darkness certainly started with action, of course, but apparently from page one I was sort of losing hope... and losing hope quickly as I continued. The writing didn't click with me – AT ALL. I say didn't click because I feel dead and robotic and with fatigue. Which is basically me sometimes and I'm all no nonsense with books (it's the day where I feel totally crappy, want to do nothing and books will quickly catch my interest or go down the drain). I felt like I was Mia Hall, got into an accident in which I'm the lone survivor – sorry mom. I'm probably cruel for saying this. – and is basically trying to decide "if I stay" or go.
Where was that damn hair elastic? The good white one: the only one that managed to keep her hair in a ponytail all day. Sarah scrabbled through all the junk in the top drawer of her bedroom dresser to find the darn thing so she could finish getting ready for work. Being late on her tenth day of work, not that she was counting, would be really lousy.
'scuse moi, but is she thinking those thoughts, or is it just telling? I'm very confuzzled and there is no italics to distinguish those thoughts. I mean, it's probably obvious, but still. It might not be a thought from the character.

Then there's the romance. I haven't gone there yet, but it was obvious from meeting numero uno. OOO, SHE'S GORGEOUS. *internal giddy dance and starts checking out said girl's butt inconspicuously* Or maybe the other way around: LOOK AT THOSE SEXY EYES. *faints* (She didn't faint. But the thought about those eyes were there.)

But I was completely done by this:
She was gorgeous, no joke. Young and beautiful, those greenish hazel eyes you could drown in . . . man; she was like a fantasy come to life. Too bad she probably thought I was a big time loser creep. Too bad I had to freaking kidnap her! Man, this was going to be a long night.
The writing feels really casual. Like kidnapping a female cop is just a typical day at the office or something. >_< The last couple of sentences didn't help matters either.
And so, my journey into the world of darkness and vampires had come to an end.
Or you could say . . . it was just the beginning.
And I had such high hopes. But a donkey came by and took those away. And that's probably putting it nicely (I could say it another way... vulgar language involved). -_-

1.5 Owls

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