Friday, June 20, 2014

Review + Giveaway: Darkness Reigns by L.M. Justus (Darkness Trilogy #2)

Darkness Reigns 
by L.M. Justus 
(Darkness Trilogy #2) 
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
New York City is a wasteland. More than eight million people are dead or worse…infected.

After their failed attempt to stop the spread of a virus that turns people into zombie-like, human-vampire hybrids, Reed Hennessy and his ragtag crew are scrambling to stay alive. To make matters worse, the human authorities are close to proving the existence of vampires and blaming them for the disaster in New York.

Their storm of trouble is already spinning out of control when an old enemy reappears to issue a challenge–an ultimatum that will mean certain death for at least one member of Reed’s group. With their mountain of problems growing exponentially and a host of enemies closing in, they flee for their lives, desperate for a miracle. Will they survive and avoid the world’s scrutiny, or will darkness prevail?


You can check out my review of the book 1 Welcome to the Darkness here.

Darkness Reigns picks up exactly where the first one left off. The "zombies/vampire's" have over run New York and Reed, Sarah, and Nathaniel with a few more that have been added to their group are running from the zombie/vampire's and humans alike. And that awful Queen of San Jose is still looking for them. They high tailed it to Canada where they meet up with a vampire king. Somewhat trusting him they stay. The king invites Reed and Sarah to spend the night in one of his cabins, so that they can have a night and spend time with each other. Thinking that he is trying to be nice they go but unbeknownst to them the Queen was waiting and what happens throws everyone for a loop and changes Sarah forever.

I did enjoy this book. It's a little slow going at the beginning but then it picks up and is action packed the rest of the way. Justus gives you a front row seat into Reed and Sarah's rag tag group in an awesome adventure and survival story. Though I would love to find out more about the zombie/vampire's which I hope will be in the next one. I am totally hooked now and I will definitely be reading the next one.

Lisa Justus’ path to becoming an author took a circuitous route through the University of Waterloo where she earned a Bachelor of Mathematics, followed by jobs in quality assurance and technical writing at a high-tech company. With a keen interest in creative fiction, she wrote her first fantasy novel as part of NaNoWriMo as well as an early chapter book for her kids when they were younger. Welcome to the Darkness and Darkness Reigns are the first two books of the Darkness Trilogy, a YA paranormal fantasy.

These days Lisa is busy writing her next novel, reading, finishing her basement, doing volunteer work, and trying to stay in shape by running somewhat regularly. She, her husband, and their three children live in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Giselle said...

The zombie/vampire bit definitely has me intrigued. It also sounds like a pretty solid sequel which is always a good thing. Middle books are the hardest for me, bu it sounds like characters and the plot was further developed in this and not just a full 2nd book which can happen sometimes. Great review, Michelle!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for your review! I'm almost afraid to say... the zombies play very little to no role in book 3 (it's always been about the vamps for me!)... but I hope you'll still check out the next book when the time comes. :)

Michelle @ Mom With A Kindle said...

Oh that's ok...I love the vampires too. :)