Series: Dark World #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: 27th May 2014
Synopsis. (Goodreads)Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.
Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars
Paige Kelly now has the ability to see ghosts, an after effect from a car accident three years prior; her best friend is a ghost named Dottie who died in the 50’s and whom she spends a lot of her time with in the school bathroom, she is a social outcast with no ‘real’ friends until Logan Bradley, the quiet, considerate pink pen borrowing boy who knows a lot more about Paige than he lets on introduces her to a strange and unbelievable new world after saving her.
Paige was a witty, kind girl who has wonderful, if not over-protective parents, she seems to accept her ability but doesn’t really embrace it because of the problems it causes for her but she did become a little too reliant on Logan who I thought was a real sweetheart, he has secrets of his own that I didn’t see coming, the slow to build romance between them I felt was refreshing but did get a little cheesy in parts.
In The Dark World, Shultz introduces us to a parallel universe and a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons. The world building was done well, we learn about the alternate universe, we have warlocks and a variety of demons each with different powers and there is political drama between the dark and the light – Warlocks and Demons, we also have also magic, slayers and where Paige comes into it, a Traveller.
The concept isn’t truly unique but I enjoyed the spin Shultz put on it, there are a number of YA clichés – mean girls, MC unaware of how special she is but I was able to overlook it and enjoy the overall story but I still have a number of unanswered questions which I’m hoping will be sorted in the sequel. There were also parts I felt were sluggish but I powered through and ended up liking it as a whole, the action sequences did keep things interesting.
There were certainly some fascinating secondary characters; Dottie was stuck in the 50’s and was absolutely adorable and bought some humour to the story, Ajax has me intrigued and I’m not sure whether I am fully able to trust Rego, Logan’s uncle or not, so I’m curious to see how it all pans out in the next installment.
Overall, Cara Lynn Shultz is a great story teller, I enjoyed the characters, the plot and the politics between the Warlocks and Demons, it was an entertaining read that has left me eager to read the next book in the series.
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