15 April 2015

Review: Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere

Reviewer: Kristen
Author: A.J. Scudiere
Pages: 390
Format: eARC
My Rating: 8 out of 10

Summary (thanks Goodreads): In NightShade nothing is as it seems . . . 

Eleri Eames didn’t think she’d ever be allowed to work for the FBI again, so the special FBI division of NightShade seems like an amazing opportunity. But all too soon, her chance to start over starts to disturb her. 

When the FBI offers Donovan a chance to leave his job as a medical examiner and try his hand at something new, he takes a chance on the NightShade division. Somehow, he has to try to escape from his shadows, but can he trust Eleri with the truth? 

Thrown together on their first case, Eleri and Donovan must deal with a charismatic cult leader and his true-believers. The cult is mixed up with several decade-old kidnapping cases and the missing daughter of a prominent FBI Agent. As Eleri and Donovan dig deeper, they discover that NightShade’s mysteries aren’t coincidence. 

Their secrets will save them . . . or destroy them.

My Thoughts: First and foremost, I think that my favourite thing about this novel was the writing. It was fan-freaking-tastic. It just drew you in, from the first line to the last, and it was just stunning. Seriously, it kept me awake through the night because I just couldn't put it down (the fact that it was a school night and Kelsey and Kayla had to deal with me the next day can attest to how much I loved it). The mystery of it was enough to keep me reading, but what really intrigued me was how the author interweaved the paranormal into it. It never felt... cheesy... (I don't know if that's the right word), which is quite a large task when you're talking about witches and werewolves and vampires. (Especially vampires, but that seems like such an obvious dig toward some books that should not be named and I didn't want to go there but I did anyway). And again, I credit that completely to A.J's writing. Another thing that I loved that it never felt like it was just going on and on and on and on (kinda like I am, right now). The pacing was perfect, which is key, especially when a lot of procedural things are going on. Overall, I definitely recommend this book. It's fantastic, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one! 


Final Thoughts: I don't know how to classify this novel because it had a bit of eeeeeverything, but I do know that you shouldn't let this one pass you by! 

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