Book Review: The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz

The Dark World
The Dark World #1
Cara Lynn Shultz
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.
Logan Bradley is the best boyfriend you could ever have. He's sweet, funny, sensitive, a gentleman, kind, arrogant in that fondly exasperating way and he's a bad-ass demonslayer. Forget about him being half-demon and half-warlock, this guy is a rare specimen - an endangered species, almost extinct. If I could have him, I would latch to him like a leech and never let him go. 

He's too perfect.

The Dark World had tones of Mortal Instruments that I couldn't help but remember and compare both and its characters. I've read City of Bones years ago so it was rather a faint recollection thus I had no problems with some similarities particularly my lukewarm reception to it. It just didn't wow me except for that faint wish that somewhere in this world my own Logan Bradley exists somewhere in this world.

My only question is that if there are other people like Paige, other Travelers. I mean, it's not like she's the only one who had died and came back from being clinically dead after being resuscitated. So why her? Aren't the demons seeking other Travelers? There might be, other people I mean but the focus of this story is on Paige so *shrugs*.

Other than being somewhat similar to Mortal Instruments, I couldn't say anything more than it being slow-paced with nothing much happening if you don't count the four times that Paige's life was threatened and the lovey-dovey moments between her and Logan [instalove]. We were given a glimpse of this Dark World that exists in an alternative world only it's like it's superimposed on our own and what happens on either side affects the other side as well. It's a fascinating world, terrible but fascinating yet we were only teased with it. The sense of danger and otherworldliness were tepid at best and I hope that complete immersion in the Dark World will happen in the sequel.

There was a Q & A at the end of the book though and Shultz was asked about what will happen in the next book. I'm going to guess. I love guessing just like how I guessed that Malefient was Aurora's "true love's kiss" in the movie Maleficent...

They’re about to take a dangerous journey through the Dark City. Secrets will be revealed. Loyalties will be questioned. Things will get heated (in, ahem, a good way). And someone’s world will shatter.

First sentence: obvious.
Second, third & fourth sentences are connected: Rego is not as uncle-y as Logan thought he was. The fire that burned down Logan's family's house was Rego's doing along with Logan's father's death. Ajax's loyalty is questioned. And the Regent Queen is Logan's mother. 

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