Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1)

Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1)

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by Julia Crane, Talia Jager

Rylie has it all - great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a…  See more details below


Rylie has it all - great friends, dream boy, loving family. But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, her perfect little world shatters. A stranger claiming to be her real mother appears with a secret: Rylie is a faery whose powers will be unleashed on her birthday. Captured and forced into a new life, Rylie struggles to keep everything she loves and discovers a terrifying truth: some promises cannot be broken.

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Valknut Press
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Between Worlds , #1
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Dark Promise (Between Worlds #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
AmberSupernaturalandYARev More than 1 year ago
Dark Promise is a beautifully written story about faeries. I love Riley's determination in Dark Promise, no matter what she's not about to back down. The description was very in depth and I felt like I could picture every detail of the story. I really loved Dark Promise and can't wait for a sequel, I highly recommend this book. Riley's world has just been turned upside down. Her life isn't perfect but pretty close to it, she has the hot boyfriend, Adam and lives with her parents, her mom the school teacher and her dad, the detective. Then one day there's a knock on the door, it's her biological mother, Riley and her parents are shocked, come to find out Riley was switched at birth. And if that's not enough Riley's also a faery and is in the process of undergoing her transformation which will be complete on her sixteenth birthday. Riley's biological mother, Azura, brings even more bad news with her, the reason for the switch was because the Dark Fairies want Riley. You see Riley is no ordinary fairy, she's a Aurorian faery, which means she will be the most powerful faery, her ability will be like no others. Only Riley didn't want to believe any of this even with the proof staring her in the face, she didn't want to be a faery, she just wanted to be a normal teen with her boyfriend, Adam and her best friend Sierra. Soon the Dark Faeries catch up to Riley and hold her captive in their castle, where the Dark Faery King, Varwik, wants her on his side, he also wants her to marry his son, Kallan, who is not at all thrilled by this arrangement either. Kallan and Riley are forced to get to know one another and what they find out scares them both. The more they get to know one another, the more they fall for one another. However, the still doesn't change Riley's mind, she doesn't want to be married at the age of 16. All she wants is to be back home with her friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next one in this series. I thought the author gave each of the main characters a unique look. Lots of suspense and some good romance.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Faery stories hold a special appeal for me and, in particular, those that are in the dark faerie world. Better yet, Dark Promise offers a light faery who didn’t even know she was a faery until yesterday (and what teenager would fall for THAT line of claptrap?) and now she’s all alone up against the dark faeries who intend to see that a promise is kept. It’s bad enough to be told your entire existence has been a lie including your name (it turns out Oleander is her birth name) but Rylie doesn’t even have the comfort of those who have always loved her to buffer this news. What a way to ruin a perfectly good sweet sixteen birthday party! Rylie soon learns how to mask her new appearance to the humans around her but, she must admit, the wings are pretty cool and so is not having to wear make-up. What will happen, though, when best friend Sierra and boyfriend Adam begin to realize that something about Rylie is just a little bit different? And Oleander? What kind of name is that? Probably worst of all is the story behind this promise, who offered it and why, who traded for it, and what it means to Rylie. Must she accept her fate or is there a way to perhaps honor the promise on her own terms? Perhaps a certain dark faery named Kallan will save them both from the future that awaits them. Dark Promise is a fun read, perhaps a little on the fluffy side, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t say I ever felt any real sense of danger or fright and I could do without the YA-typical love triangle but, all in all, Julia Crane and Talia Jager have told a good story and have shown us that they can, indeed, write. That in itself is a pleasure and I’m looking forward to seeing what the authors have in store for Rylie/Oleander in the next book.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars  Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a fairly quick read that was fun and kept me interested even if it was a bit predictable. But that didn't bother me. I enjoyed this read and I will read the next book in this series. Rylie is your typical teenager in high school who is about to turn 16 years old. She loves her parents and her friends, especially her boyfriend, Adam. It was nice to see a teen actually like her parents and respect them in a YA novel. Rylie and her boyfriend have a chaste relationship...which is also a nice change of pace for a YA novel. They care about one another and have a great friendship on top of their romantic relationship.  On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, Rylie finds out she that not only is she not the biological child of the parents who raised her but she is a faery...a powerful faery that is wanted by the Dark Faeries for her power. The story became rather exciting when Rylie is kidnapped the day after her sixteenth birthday. I would have thought her faery mother would have done more to try and save her but I guess she just wasn't that powerful. As she is being held captive by the Dark Faeries, she worries about her parents and her friends at home. She wants to go home and be with them. However, she seems to go along with everything rather easily and without much concern. Maybe she thinks she can get out of the whole situation and the debt that is owed to the Dark Faeries. I think Rylie is also very interested in learning more about being a faery and that world. The chemistry between Rylie and Kallan, Varwick's son, was palpable. You could sense their attraction for one another despite both of their efforts to deny that attraction. They also acted like your typical teens - it is clear that they like each other but they don't want to admit it to others or themselves. I want to see how their relationship, if their really is one, plays out. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any YA fantasy/paranormal fan. Will I read it again: I will not read this book again but I will read the next book in the series. I want to see what happens next. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing! I loved Rylie's determination, and the way the book left readers on edge. I cannot wait for the next book!
Arrat More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book, it was too predictable, and too unrealistic. I do however think teenagers will enjoy it. The story is about Riley, who has the perfect life, the perfect boyfriend, the perfect parents but then she finds out she isn't human but a fairy. *****spoiler It became really unpredictable when her dad a cop, runs the "fairy mom's finger prints that night, yeah, not gonna happen, and he also sends off his daughter's blood for DNA ? Her dad is a cop, who know knows that he daughter is a fairy, doesn't believe his daughter is in danger? He thinks he can protect her? Both her parents seem to handle all this really well, in fact after Riley's change on Saturday, her parents go back to work and she goes back to school on Monday ? The we have Riley get kidnaped by the "dark" fairies, but as we read they really don't seem all that bad at all. Maybe instead of making them "evil" leave it with one set draws power from the sun and the other the moon. For being evil, Riley is treated pretty darn good. The it got annoying how Riley would rather "die" then marry the dark prince? I mean really? Not realistic at all. I think if anyone was kidnaped by evil faeries and given the choice between death and marriage, I think marriage would be in order. I think teenagers will enjoy the book as it is about teenagers.
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Jane59 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series. It tells the story of Rylie, Sierra, and Adam. She is so in love with Adam and Sierra is her  best friend. Rylie is turning sixteen. She has no idea of the changes that will occur in her life. She was having terrible headaches and back pain. She began to notice changes in her body including her unusual birthmark She is visited by her birth mother Azura.  She had to explain begin the birth mother of Rylie. She explained the happens that were going on with Rylie and at sixteen she would turn into a faere, This was hard for all to accept. Rylie discovered her name was Orealander and that she was promised to  Kallan , a dark  faere.Azurz started to help her with being a faere. She ended up breaking up with Adam and accepted tat Kallan was the right person or faere for her. She visited the faere world and was getting feelings that were whers she belonged. Preteen and up would truly enjoy this book as I have. 
Dellani_Oakes More than 1 year ago
Rylie seems like any other 15 year old girl. She has great parents, a best friend for life and her boyfriend, Adam. Rylie has a secret that even she doesn't know. She's a fairy -- that's right -- pointy ears and fluttering wings. She finds out this secret the night before her sixteenth birthday. Not only is she a fairy, but she has special powers that someone else wants. That's a lot for a teenage girl to comprehend. Suddenly, the fairy world becomes all too real when Rylie is kidnapped by the king of the dark fairies. She is taken to his castle and told she must marry his son, Kallan, or die. Dark Promise shows us an entirely new world, hidden away in our midst. Fairies live among us, cloaked in glamour. Their realm exists in an around our own, and we are completely unaware. Authors Julia Crane and Talia Jager create a completely believable world, separate and yet part of, our own. Rylie (Oleander - her fairy name) is a strong willed, intelligent girl. She has no knowledge of the fairy world, but leans all she can of it when held in the dark king's castle. I enjoyed this book very much. It's not just for teens, adults will enjoy the story too. The main characters are well fleshed out. The dialogue is varied and fun, bringing readers into the conversation. The authors create a fantasy world that is mysterious, but believable. 5 Golden Acorns! © Dellani Oakes
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haley18 More than 1 year ago
Dark Promise was a magnificent read! When it comes to paranormal, hands down fae is my favorite. Sadly though they are lacking in the literary world, I see tons of werewolf, vampire, and mermaid books out there…but fae seems like the paranormal that just isn’t written about as much. So when I heard about Dark Promise I was more than ecstatic, not only was Dark Promise a fae novel, but one of the authors of Dark Promise was Julia Crane! I am a huge fan of Julia Crane, so seeing a fae novel, that was written by her…yeah, I freaked out. The best part about all of this? Dark Promise was AMAZING!!! I expected it to be good…but it was WAY better than good! This book may be my new favorite Julia Crane novel, the romance was amazing, the characters were very likable, and the scenery was breathtaking. Those were easily my three favorite things about Dark Promise. My only complaint about Dark Promise is how it ended with an amazing cliff hanger…I LOVE me a good cliff hanger…and this one has left me seriously dying for book two! The romance was perfect; to warn you though ahead of time there is a love triangle, so if you’re someone that dis-likes love triangles then this may be a novel you’ll want to pass up. But in my opinion the love triangle was very tasteful and done very well. While I do really enjoy this love triangle..I am deff on a side(team?), and that would be Kallan’s side! Kallan is insanely swoon worthy, and while Adam seems like a nice guy…Kallan is the mysterious, caring, arrogant, protective one and is just…so much better than Adam! I can easily say that if this series doesn’t end with Rylie and Kallan…I may freak out and throw a fit. Kallan has easily become one of my new book boyfriends and I CANNOT wait to read more of him in book two and hopefully see him and Rylie’s relationship blossom! Characters are something that is important in every book I read, without good characters the whole book is ruined. Dark Promise I am glad to say had an amazing group of characters, Rylie is stubborn and stands up for herself no matter who is trying to tell her what to do, Rylie’s parents are both very accepting and kind, Kallan *swoon* do I even need to talk about him? Ha He was perfect! Altogether though I really enjoyed every character. There wasn’t one that I really hated, or was annoyed with. Dark Promise consists of a great group of characters! Scenery isn’t something that I normally care too much about, but every once and awhile I will come across a book that has such amazing scenery that is so vivid I just have to bring it up! Dark Promise had numerous times where the characters would be somewhere that was just completely magical to imagine. The land of the dark fae is somewhere I would love to see, haunting with its darkness, but beautiful none of the less. The way the forest and everything was described was perfect, imagining everything was very easy when it came to Julia and Talia’s writing in Dark Promise. Overall I just really loved this book, the romance, characters, and beautiful writing make this book nothing less of amazing. If you’re looking for a new fae read, or a good romance, or maybe just an awesome quick read, then I suggest you pick up Dark Promise!
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TiffanyS01 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! Cant wait for the next book in the series!!
Quintana-Hart More than 1 year ago
Loved this Book and can not wait to read the next one!! :) <3 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this, can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book i am so ready for the next one