The Dark World (Dark World #1)
By Cara Lynn Shultz
Expected publication May 27th, 2014
Young Adult | Fantasy | UF
Source: received from Harlequin Teen in exchange for an unbiased review
About the book:
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.
Here lies another author that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. Cara Lynn Shultz is known for her Spellbound series. It’s a well reviewed young adult paranormal series and one that I’ve wanted to read but, yeah… have never gotten around to (story of my life). So as soon as I saw that she had a new series coming out I jumped all over it. But it was that awesome synopsis that totally hooked me. A teenager that’s considered weird but the cute guy doesn’t think twice about it? Hmmm, tell me more…
Paige is one heck of a character. I absolutely love, love, love her!!! She is a well written teenager. First, in my opinion, I would have absolutely no qualms about letting my daughter read this book and think that Paige was a cool character. She’s intelligent, has a super sharp wit, but due to a selfless act on her part, Paige can see and talk to ghosts. Get caught talking to nothing but thin air and see if you can escape a reputation at school as a freak or trips to a psychiatrist. Ms. Shultz remembers to keep Paige written as a teenager so Paige fights with her parents, sneaks out of the house, and falls in love waaaay too fast. All signs of a typical teenager if you ask me.
Wait, did I say fall in love too fast? I’m probably getting way ahead of myself. Yes, there’s romance. But it really isn’t love at first sight, at least IMHO. Enduring the nasty kids in school gets a wee bit easier when she has the cute, quiet new boy, Logan, always asking to borrow pens and pencils from you. Turns out there is more to Logan than shyness and Cara learns this first hand throughout the book as she learns more about why she can see ghosts. I liked how his story ended up being complex and he ends up being almost more of a lead character than Paige herself. Makes me really want to know what happens next in Logan and Paige’s story – book two STAT!
Supporting characters in this story were okay. Most were just used to move the plot along or to introduce details about the Dark World. Two supporting characters stand out, though. Rego, Logan’s uncle, is a demanding military leader who drove me batty. My favorite supporting character, though, was Ajax! You just have to read about this junk food eating demon to understand the greatness of him. He is all sorts of fantastic and I need to see more of him in the next books.
Speaking of which, this series is appearing to be a trilogy so we will get closure soon – YAY!!
Being a first book in a trilogy, there is a lot of world building; basically a huge learning curve. So if you’re looking for a super tight storyline, you might be a wee bit disappointed with the loose setting up this book is doing for the other two books. Don’t get me wrong, there IS A plot, but you will have a cliffhanger at the end. Luckily, the cliffhanger didn’t bother me too much.
With plenty of action, a romance, and an ending that had so many unforeseen things happen, my head darn near exploded, I am on board for this series and will be recommending it for our library collection, as well 😉
About the author:
Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound and Spellcaster. She’s a proud graduate of Fordham University and her work has appeared in Teen People, PEOPLE.com, Alternative Press, The Guardian UK, and countless posts on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in her native New York City with her husband, cat, and eight million other people.