Thursday, November 21, 2013

Darkness Awakened by Katie Reus

Darkness Awakened
(Darkness, #1)
 by Katie Reus
Released |November 3rd 2013 by Katie Reus|
Edition |eBook|
Source |Netgalley|

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Years ago he ended things between them to protect her…
As leader of one of the fiercest werewolf packs in the south, Finn Stavros is in full battle mode 24/7. He has no choice—he’s one of the few beings strong enough to fight the Akkadian demons, whose mysterious escape from hell threatens the entire world. With the battle turning bloodier by the second, Finn is ready for anything…until his vampire long lost love shows up on his doorstep in desperate need of his help, sending his heart into a tailspin. He agrees to help her, unaware that she carries a shocking secret that will turn his life upside down.
This time, he’s not letting her go…
Vampire Lyra Marius curses the day she met Finn. The ruthless werewolf promised to love her forever, but he rejected her instead—before she could share her life altering news. Pregnant, kicked out of her coven, and cast aside by the love of her life, Lyra struggled to raise their rare shifter-vampire daughter Vega alone among humans. When the 16-year-old is kidnapped and used to fulfill a frightening prophecy, Lyra swallows her pride and turns to Finn for help. But how long can she fight her feelings for him and keep him from guessing the truth about who Vega really is? As they race against the clock to save their daughter, they must defeat the lethal threat imposed by demons infiltrating the human world and a hell gate that could not only reveal their existence to mankind, but destroy the world in the process.
Darkness was a very fast paced read that had some very exciting elements to it. It's been quite awhile since I've read a book that involved shifters and vamps, especially with the two together. It was nice to be back on that side of things since I am definitely a shifter fan. This was a fun read. The pacing was fast, but you get some pretty awesome characters to back it up. I would recommend this to those who like these kind of stories.

Finn and Lyra were both strong characters. They each had something to fight for. Lyra came looking for Finn. He was her past love and also the father of her 16 year old daughter that he has no idea about. Lyra had no one else to turn to when their daughter Vega was kidnapped. That little issue there alone made the book that much more exciting. Finn being so clueless that he was searching for his own daughter. In the beginning, I thought Lyra was an ass for not telling Finn that she was pregnant when she left, but after everything they both had going on, I can kind of understand her thought process in a sense. I really liked both of them in the end and I can't help but say that they definitely brought some heat to the story. The romance was pretty good and was exactly what I was looking for when starting this book :)

This was a fast paced and action packed read that was really easy to fly through. I finished the book in a day. I definitely would like to see what the next book will be like. I'm thinking it's going to be another set of characters that appeared in this book. Maybe the dragon shifter and the healer? This was, overall, a pretty good read.


  1. Ooooh four stars! Not too shabby then!

    I like that this is quite character-central (too many bland characters these days to make room for overcomplicated plots).

    Sounds like quite an exciting and emotional read (especially with Finn not knowing he was searching for his own daughter lol).

    Great review :)

    1. I felt so bad for Finn! It only took one glance to know that was his daughter.

  2. I had a hard time focusing on your review because I had to keep scrolling back to the cover lol! I love fast paced reads that hold your interest from start to finish.

  3. The fast pace and strong characters sounds great to me.

  4. Great review Janina! Great that you gave this 4 stars :)

    Happy Reading!
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves