Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Review: Darkness Falls

Title - Darkness Falls
Author - Jessica Sorensen
Series - Darkness Falls
Genre - YA Paranormal Vampires
Format - Kindle Freebie
Published - March 14th 2012


When the disease spread through the world, people had no choice but to go into hiding. The Colony is hidden deep underground, far away from the vampires—humans that were transformed by the disease. The vampires are hideous, starving, and they will kill any human they come across.

Seventeen-year-old Kayla is a Bellator, a warrior that protects The Colony. In order to survive, there are three rules she must follow:
Rule #1—Never go out after dark.
Rule #2—Always carry a weapon.
Rule #3—No matter what, never EVER get bitten.
But what happens when the rules Kayla has always lived by can no longer apply? 
The Highers run The Colony and accept nothing less than perfection. One slip up can mean death. Kayla has always worked hard to follow the rules and strive for perfection. But during a moment of weakness, she lets her imperfections show. Her punishment is worse than death. She is chosen for The Gathering and is thrown out into a world full of starving vampires. 
No one has ever survived The Gathering, at least that’s what Kayla’s been told. But when she runs into a group who insist they were once part of The Gathering, Kayla discovers the Highers have been keeping secrets. Secrets that could lead to a cure.


A disease has caused people to go into hiding avoiding the people who have been transformed by the disease into blood crazy vampires. Kayla is a warrior in the colony so she risks her life every time she ventures outside the colony to look for supplies. It’s on when she’s out getting the medicine to save Maci that Monarch asked for that she encounters hungry vampires but they don’t attack her. Kayla keeps this little bit of information to herself not wanting the Highers who run the colony to know she’s different.

  Kayla has always followed the rules attempting to be perfect to avoid drawing attention to herself except no one can be perfect all the time. When the Highers punish Kayla choosing her for the Gathering she’s left outside with two other people both from the colony both have no heart beats. While the trio thinks they are the only ones alive on the outside they soon learn that is not the case. As the secrets start to unfold around Kayla she learns that truth that maybe the Highers aren’t the good guys they claim. Will she be able to save her friends as well as find a cure? Is she the cure?

I liked Kayla’s character she’s my favorite type of Kick-ass-character plus she’s a vampire slayer and these aren’t the nice sparkly kind either. Kayla is on the innocent side but learns the dark truth which I think makes her a better character however I was able to connect with her right from the start there is something about having a vampire sniff your neck and not bite that just makes me want to learn more about her. I’m not sure about the guys yet so they will have to wait till the next book.

I’ve had Darkness Falls on my TBR list before the book came out. I love the original cover not so much the new one but I think it’s because I’m partial to the artwork. I like the idea that the vampires are created by an outbreak disease which reminds me of Resident Evil except its blood crazy vampires which I love. I’ve always been a fan of vampire hunters and Kayla with her super strength makes for the ideal slayer. I think the author took an existing idea but put her own unique spin creating a captivating story that keeps you sucked right from the start. I had a hard time putting Darkness Falls down it’s just one of those books you lose all track of time reading. I think the author did a fantastic job creating a world for our characters and giving them an interesting story. The author has a smooth writing style so the story flows, making for a quick read that teens as well as adults will enjoy. I honestly enjoyed everything about the book and even picked up the rest of the series to start.  
4 out of 5 stars

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