Friday, September 25, 2015

ARC Review: The Dark Ones by Rachel Van Dyken

The Dark Ones 
by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: Sept 20, 2015

To touch a Dark One is death.
To talk to an immortal is suicide.
Yet, I've been marked by both.
A Vampire.
And the King of the immortals.
My life is no longer my own.
And now I know the truth, my life was never mine to begin with.
It was theirs.
It's always been theirs.

( 4 stars )

This is shaping up to be a great PNR series for me. Even though The world building is not that strong because I'm the kind of reader who prefer the author to paint the whole world clearly to me without feeling too much like info dumping. But once this story hit 30%, things really took off. I enjoyed the secret revelation and twist to the story.

Genesis is a human who was summoned by The Dark One, Cassius. All her life, she had been taught to be humble and ready to serve the immortals. But when she finally immerse into their world, she found out that what she had been wrong all along.

Ethan is a vampire and one of the Elder. Despite his reluctance to have another mate, he decided that in order to save Genesis from Cassius, he needs to mate with her. Ethan had a heartbreaking backstory with his previous mate, which make him not wanting to be with another human. He was quite a hothead and everyone tends to get on his nerve.


By the way, this is not a love triangle if you are reading into the blurb too much. However, there are some great supporting casts that I would like to read their books asap.

Alongside Ethan, we have Alex, a manwhore Siren who provide tons of comic relief, his sister, Stephanie and Mason, a vegetarian werewolf who had an obsession with feeding people. And of course, The Dark Ones, Cassius. He is part angel, part human, who is consider the King of Immortals. He is such a complex character that I was having a hard time understanding his motives and whether is he even good or bad.

As this is a PNR, with the power of mating, is bound to have some kind of insta-love, which in this case it doesn't bother me. The attraction and love between Genesis and Ethan is hard to me to determine whether is due to the mating or not and what do I care. I'm just happy for two of them. Seeing as we got some hint into Cassius's love story, I think his romance will have a better build up compare to Ethan.


However, everything is not just peachy and dandy with everyone. There is a problem with mates dying among the immortals and they are looking for a probably solution in Genesis. They think she might be the key to unlock the curse and restore the balance. We also have the archangel from the higher up trying to make things even more difficult for Ethan and Genesis. Can they be even more paranoid? What's up with all these test? 

Overall, I think this is a pretty kickass first book for a series and Rachel already have me liking all her secondary characters. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! 

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