Book Review: Darkness Watching by Emma L. Adams

Darkness Watching
Darkworld #1
Emma L. Adams
Eighteen-year-old Ashlyn is one interview away from her future when she first sees the demons. She thinks she's losing her mind, but the truth is far more frightening: she can see into the Darkworld, the home of spirits– and the darkness is staring back.

Desperate to escape the demons, Ash accepts a place at a university in the small town of Blackstone, in the middle of nowhere - little knowing that it isn't coincidence that led her there but the pull of the Venantium, the sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping demons from crossing from the Darkworld into our own world. All-night parties, new friendships and a life without rules or limits are all part of the package of student life - but demons never give up, and their focus on Ash has attracted the attention of every sorcerer in the area.

Ash is soon caught between her new life and a group of other students with a connection to the Darkworld, who could offer the answers she's looking for. The demons want something from her, and someone is determined to kill her before she can find out what it is. In a world where darkness lurks beneath the surface, not everyone is what they appear to be... 
Review copy provided by YA Bound and the author.

It did not wow me but Darkness Watching is something to watch out for.

The story dedicated to following the heroine's first foray into independence as a university student and, coincidentally (or not), into the world that she was born into - only she didn't know it yet at the time. Although she had a pretty good inkling that despite not getting into Oxford, seeing demonic eyes hovering from empty dark places would be pretty exciting in itself.

Given that this is the first book in the series, it focuses more on letting us get a feel of demons, the Darkworld, its significance and just what Ash's role in all of these. It was slow and boring at times and we don't know much, aside from the GameSoc's explanation, until the end. But everything that happened to Ash in her first term at university was just the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure of it. Oh, don't count on any romance here if you're looking for that. Sure there was some hints that something was going to happen romance-wise but yeah, no.

Anyway, as I said before, this series has potential. It just needs a little more oopmh.
Ayanami Faerudo

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