Title: The Dark Light
Author: Sara Walsh
Release Date: August 28th 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Simon PulsePages: 496
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Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.
That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.
Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.
Wow. Let me just say how much I very much enjoyed this book. I had such high expectations from it, and it didn't disappoint. This debut by Sara Walsh is such an exhilarating read from start to finish, and a must read for fantasy fans.
When I first came across this book (I think it was for its cover reveal), I thought it was paranormal. Guys, be aware this is fantasy. You guys know how very picky I am of fantasy but I really love the other world Sara Walsh created. It was actually something that I've never seen before, and the magic and action was just the perfect touch.
The MC, Mia, was such a likeable character. She was very relatable, kind and caring. I guess you can call her your typical YA heroine but something about her just really intrigue me from the very first page. How much she cares for her little brother and her family is just SO sweet. But the only thing that kinda annoyed me about her is how sometimes I don't agree with her decisions, and some of her stupid actions. Like getting out of a car at night to look at some weird lights. I WOULD NEVER DO THAT. EVER. Well, maybe it's just me but.
Anyway, let's talk about Sol and his tattoo. I could be here forever and say a lot about his sexy tattoo, but I won't. All you just need to know about Sol and his tattoo is that this guy surprised the hell out of me. There were some revelations and secrets uncovered throughout the book and I was just reading it with my mouth open like a frigging fish. Sol is just so unpredictable and mysterious - so if you like guys like that, read this book!
The romance was very slow, and developed at a right pace. Sure, I was screaming at them to hurry up and kiss already (don't mind me) but you gotta admit that their way is better.
This bit from the summary really confused the hell out of me after I read this book - "Mia is torn between two guys". From reading that you would think there would be a love triangle. BUT THERE ISN'T. Sure, there was this guy from her small town. But you seriously wouldn't consider him as a real love interest. The dude was on the page for only a second.
The secondary characters were the best! Sara has written some of my favourite ever: Vermillion. I loved her. And Delane's probably my favourite character from the whole book. The rest of the characters are really fully fleshed out and after you read the book it feels like you've known them for ages. Which is a good thing, peeps.
The ending was just perfect. This is currently a stand-alone and I love how she left us all satisfied yet leaving things open later. Such a fun and exciting read throughout.