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Paige Kelly is used to weird—in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demonslayer—and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight...

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Overview


Paige Kelly is used to weird—in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demonslayer—and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons—and she might never make it home.


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Editorial Reviews

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"The Dark World has it all: a chilling tale of demons and their slayers, a smart and feisty heroine, and an irresistible love story. You won't be able to put it down!" -Aimee Agresti, author of Illuminate

"A sweet romance with a quick sense of humor and supernatural action." -Kirkus Reviews

"Shultz's series starter is a charming paranormal romance, cleverly written with witty dialogue and nonstop action. And the cliff-hanger ending perfectly positions the next installment." -Booklist

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Hannah Preisinger
This new young adult series is filled with exciting magic, snarky dialogue, and strikingly relatable characters. This is another “ordinary teen recruited by tortured love interest to fight demons” novel, but it is wildly enjoyable to read. It easily stands out as one of the better examples of the sub-genre. If readers have ever dreamed of a hidden supernatural destiny, they need look no further for the ideal escapist read. Reviewer: Hannah Preisinger, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Rebecca Moore
Last year, Paige Kelley saves a boy from an oncoming car that then hits and temporarily kills her. Afterwards, she finds she can see and talk to ghosts. Now, her best friend is ghost Dottie, and her new crush, Logan, seems not to mind the rumors about “Bellevue Kelley.” When he saves her from a demon, though, Paige realizes there is more to Logan, herself, and her world than she ever suspected. She learns that the Dark World—the demon realm parallel to our world—has seen war for generations between the demonic Regents and the humanlike Warlocks. The Regents want Paige and her new abilities at any cost, but Logan is determined to save her. Meanwhile, Paige must still deal with mean girls and helicopter parents, particularly a father intensely suspicious of boyfriends. A cliffhanger ending promises more to come. This predictable but enjoyable paranormal romance is half violent, bloody action and half swoony, melodramatic love story. Its most refreshing aspect is that Logan is the anti-Edward Cullen, being a genuinely nice guy who is neither brooding nor arrogant. Also refreshing is that the author eschews the stereotypical “opposites attract” denial/hatred/sniping between her protagonists, while still including plenty of romantic tension, self-sacrifice, secret-keeping, and passionate, but chaste, love scenes. Both Paige and Logan are sympathetic characters, and Paige’s endlessly irritating father also rings true (even if Paige’s eye-rolling grows tedious). Readers who like their paranormals heavy on the romance will eat this up and eagerly await sequels. Reviewer: Rebecca Moore; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Talking to ghosts is the least of Paige Kelly's worries when demons from another dimension show up at her high school, alongside charming demon slayer Logan Bradley. These demons want to rule the Dark World, and they need Paige, a Traveler, to open a portal back to their paranormal realm. At times the pacing lags, especially when readers are introduced to Paige's 1950s ghost friend Dottie, but eventually the slow sections give way to a page-turning romance. The writing is sometimes awkward: the protagonist's description of horrific events, such as the death of a classmate at the hands of a vicious demon, that should shock or surprise her, come off as removed and impersonal (e.g., "This wasn't the quiet, sometimes shy boy from the back of the class" is Paige's understated reaction to seemingly-normal Logan storming into a demon fight with his magical sword drawn). The occasionally forced, yet swoon-inducing love story takes center stage over the action, with the titular world not appearing until late in the novel. Paige's wry humor, sarcastic voice, and determination to defend herself make her a likable main character for fans of paranormal romances.—Hannah Farmer, Austin Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-09
A teenage girl is drawn into a secret supernatural war.After a terrible accident, Paige Kelly sees dead people. Watching her talk to invisible people has led everyone from schoolmates to family members to think she is mentally ill. The only people nice to "Bellevue Kelly" (as her tormenters call her) are a hot new boy who borrows pens from her and Dottie, who died in the 1950s in the school's third-floor bathroom. Paige's narration is delightfully funny—it's not snarky for the sake of snark but genuinely witty. When new transfer students show up and reveal demonic powers in attacking Paige, the hot pen-borrower—Logan—swoops in for the rescue and expository revelations. It appears that Paige's supernatural abilities have caught the attention of demons in the alternate version of New York—the titular Dark World—so their enemies, the warlocks, sent demonslayer Logan to protect her. He falls for her, of course, but the relationship between the two develops slowly; their combined romantic inexperience leads to natural, hilarious and awkward fumbling. The demonic storyline, which is moved to the back burner as the romance blooms, hints at double crosses and intrigues, to be explored (hopefully) in the next book. The cliffhanger ending is less a conclusion and more a temporary stopping point.A sweet romance with a quick sense of humor and supernatural action. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460326671
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: A Dark World Novel , #1
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 96,510
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 342 KB

Meet the Author


Cara Lynn Shultz is the author of Spellbound and Spellcaster. She's a proud graduate of Fordham University and her work has appeared in Teen People, Alternative Press,The Guardian UK, and countless posts on Facebook (Facebook.com/CaraLShultz) and Twitter (@CaraLynnShultz). She lives in her native New York City with her husband, cat, and eight million other people. 


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I PEELED AWAY THE CHEAP, GREENISH-GRAY paint on the wall of the third-floor girls' bathroom. Underneath the dull paint, the wall was a bright robin's-egg-blue. I'd started picking at the chipping paint in September, in the beginning ofjunior year, with the intention of peeling it all away and returning the wall to its original cheery color. Instead, I'd just made a mess. Story of my life.

"Paige, are you sure you won't get in trouble for ditching class?" my best friend, Dottie, asked. She stood awkwardly in front of the muddy-brown-painted bathroom stalls—really, whoever picked the colors for this bathroom was in dire need of a hug or some therapy—and nervously pulled the sleeves of her baby-blue cardigan sweater over the heels of her hands.

"Don't stress it, Dots. It's fine," I reassured her as I peeled a satisfyingly large piece of paint off the wall. I tossed it in the wastepaper basket and brushed the chips off my hands. "It's just study hall on the last day of midterms. Tomorrow's Friday. I could flip off Vice Principal Miller and still avoid detention."

"Okay, then," Dottie said, smiling. I was pretty sure I wouldn't get into trouble, but I would happily have served my sentence in detention for some girl time with my best friend. I'd been busy studying for midterms, and I knew she had been lonely. I hopped up to sit on the radiator under the painted-shut window and leaned against the glass, shivering a bit as the cold January air seeped into the back of my uniform shirt.

"So, what are you doing to celebrate no more exams?" Dottie asked in a singsong voice, rocking back and forth on her heels and clasping her hands behind her back. "Thrill me with some exciting stories."

I snorted as I let my feet drum out a dull rhythm on the radiator's barely warm metal coils. "My dad got free tickets to some horrible play, and he's dragging me to it. He thinks it will make me 'cultured.'" I added finger quotes around the word. Saturday night would be spent at an interpretative dance version of Chicken Little called Poultry in Motion. Seriously. When I explained it to Dottie I thought she would never stop laughing.

"That sounds worse than when he got free tickets to see Cinderella as…what was it again?"

"A hippie," I reminded Dottie, chuckling as I unwrapped a Hershey's Kiss. "And instead of a glass slipper, the prince found a giant platform shoe and instead of the ball, she went to Woodstock."

"Why is that so funny, again?" she asked, her pale blond brows furrowed in confusion. I was halfway through an explanation when the bathroom door swung open.

"Having another one of your riveting conversations, Paige?" sneered Pepper Dennis. Oh, how I loved Pepper. The only thing I loved more than Pepper was sarcasm. Most of the students at Holy Assumption ignored me, writing me off as a weirdo and a freak. But much like her namesake, Pepper was irritating when she was in my face. Before I transferred in at the beginning of sophomore year, Pepper was at the top of the class, the student unanimously recognized as most likely to be valedictorian. But now she was number two, after yours truly. I thought number two suited her—the girl really was a little shit. And right now she was giving me a hard time. Again.

"It's better than talking to you, Paprika," I said, punctuating my words by popping the Hershey's Kiss into my mouth with a flourish. Dottie giggled.

"It's Pepper, and you know it," she grumbled, stopping in front of the mirror to expertly apply her eyeliner. Pepper had been dating Matt, universally considered the hottest guy in our class, since the dawn of time, to hear her tell it. In reality, it was since October. You always knew when they were going out after class, because Pepper was in the bathroom, applying flavored lip gloss with the artistic precision of Michelangelo.

"Well, paprika gives me a rash, so you can understand why I'd confuse you with it," I said matter-of-factly, giving Dottie another giggle fit. But her laughter stopped when the door swung open again, and Pepper's best friend, Andie Ward, walked in.

When Andie saw me, a repulsed look crossed her face. The bathroom door slammed shut behind her, and Andie audibly gasped at the idea of being in a room with me. Oh, the horror.

"Pepper," Andie whined, her hands fumbling behind her for the doorknob. "What are you doing in here with…her?" She looked at me like I'd just kicked a kitten. I rolled my eyes.

I'm pretty sure I managed to roll them a full three-hundred-and-sixty degrees.

"She was talking to herself when I came in here, you know," Pepper said with a cackle, throwing her eyelash curler in her oversize, sparkly makeup bag. "She's such a freak."

"Psycho," Andie mouthed before stomping out of the bathroom, slamming the bathroom door behind her for emphasis.

I shrugged. This kind of reaction was to be expected when your best friend was a ghost.

I glanced over at Dottie, and she was slightly transparent, a sad look on her face as she started to shimmer away. Whenever she got upset, her ability to stay here faltered. It was annoying talking to a see-through Dottie; that's when I really felt crazy.

"Don't go," I whispered as quietly as I could to Dottie, but my hushed words echoed around the empty bathroom. Dottie gave me that tortured look again, nervously pulling on her sleeves to hide the ugly red scars on her wrists.

"What did you say to me?" Pepper sneered, taking out a tube of cherry lip gloss and pursing her lips.

"I didn't say anything," I snapped, and Dottie became a shade more transparent. I gave her an exasperated look as I toyed with my bracelet, spinning it on my wrist.

"You better not leave. I'm cutting class for you," I said through gritted teeth, pointing my finger at her for emphasis. I heard Pepper exhale loudly.

"I swear, Paige, I'm going to find out how you're cheating and getting straight A's, and then you're out of this school," Pepper vowed, and I rolled my eyes again. I'm a champion eye roller. I could go Olympic level with my talent.

Suddenly, Dottie was standing in front of me, in solid form, huffing indignantly. "She thinks she can threaten you? Well, why don't you ask Pepper about two weeks ago, when she made out with her ex-boyfriend? You know, the dreamboat senior?" Dottie asked, a devious smile playing on her baby-pink lips as she patted her blond hair.

A wicked, delighted smile spread across my face. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I have a best friend who's a ghost and sees all. So, nyah-nyah-nyah. Suck on that spicy little number, Pepper.

"Hey, Pepperoni," I called, trying—and failing—to keep the amusement out of my voice. "I'll tell you how I'm getting straight A's when you tell Matt that you hooked up with Diego."

Pepper blanched, and she dropped the wand into the sink, leaving a thick globby line of gloss on her chin.

"What are you talking about?" Pepper shot me her most menacing glare, but her shaking voice made her seem as threatening as a baby otter in a tutu.

"You know what I'm talking about," I replied, nearly howling with laughter as Dottie held her arms around an imaginary person, wiggling her tongue as she mimed, as she would say, a "hot 'n' heavy make-out session."

"There's no way you could know about that," Pepper swore, her eyes wide.

"So you admit there's something to know about?" I asked, and Pepper nervously ran her fingers through her short brown hair, making the carefully arranged layers fall askew.

"No one will believe you," Pepper vowed. "You're crazy, and everyone knows it."

Pepper grabbed her lip gloss out of the sink and angrily wiped her chin, smearing the bright red goop all over her skin.

"That's really not your color," I called, and she let a creative list of expletives flow before opening the bathroom door to storm out. But before she stomped away, Pepper stopped to glare at me.

"You think you're better than me, don't you? Well, I'm going to meet my boyfriend and go to my friend Andie's house to hang out with a bunch of friends," she said, stressing the words. "But you? Where are your friends, Paige? You're alone in the bathroom talking to yourself like a freak. Think about that when you're feeling so superior. You're a loser and the entire school knows it," she barked before stalking out, slamming the door behind her. I flinched at the loud smack of the wood reverberating around the bathroom, but recovered when I saw Dottie's mournful expression.

"Well, that was all kinds of dramatic," I scoffed, but Dot-tie just shook her head rapidly, almost making her hairdo move—almost. They used an impressive amount of hair spray in 1955, after all.

"I'm so sorry. It's because of me—" she began, and I cut her off.

"Don't, Dots. It's okay," I promised her. "I've got a thick skin. Rhino thick. Chain-mail thick."

"But doesn't it ever bother you that she called you a loser?"

"She called me several things. Whatever," I replied, shrugging nonchalantly and doing my best to alleviate Dottie's guilt. It didn't work: she gave me a regretful smile, reaching out her hand to grasp mine, and her fingers passed through my skin, giving me an eerie chill. We both jumped back.

"Sorry!" she apologized, her pink lips twisted in a frown. "I forget sometimes that, you know."

"That you're…um—"

"That I'm dead. Yeah. That," she interrupted me bluntly, looking down at her saddle shoes. "Eh, it happens."

"Does it ever freak you out that you talk to ghosts?" Dot-tie asked, her voice small. "You can tell me. I won't take it personally."

I smiled at her, shaking my head.

"I did the whole freak-out thing after the accident," I reminded her. "Been there, done that, have the souvenir T-shirt."

I'd told Dottie all about it: the accident sophomore year, when I'd pushed some little kid out of the way of a car and gotten hit instead. I'd told her about how I'd died. I only died a little—just under a minute—but it was enough. I had a tendency to imagine the scene as if it came straight out of one of those medical dramas, where ridiculously attractive doctors with perfect touch-me hair and tortured love lives screamed, "Clear!" before shocking my still heart back to life.

But once I came back, things were…different. Not just physically, although I was pretty banged up after getting slammed by a car. And there was the little matter of me talking to people in the hospital that no one else could see. I went for brain scan after brain scan, tried little white pills, big blue pills, yellow pills—I tasted the rainbow when it came to pills—but the doctors couldn't find anything medically wrong with me.

Since I'd lost so much time recovering from the accident—and, you know, was talking to invisible people—my parents and doctors thought it would be best if I transferred to another—easier—school and repeated sophomore year. Everyone seemed to think that I had some kind of stress-related mental illness—everyone, including me. So, I didn't put up much of a fight when Mom and Dad plucked me out of the competitive, college-prep Vincent Academy on Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, and sent me to Holy Assumption, across town on the Upper West. The schoolwork was less intense, but the blue plaid uniforms were uglier. And possibly made of low-grade steel wool.

I had been pretty quiet at first—merely another nondescript girl in the back of the classroom, terrified of talking to anyone unless I had tangible proof that they were, in fact, tangible. I fulfilled the ultimate new-girl stereotype. I mean, I could have taught a class in it: Quiet Newbie 101. And then I met Dottie. It was October, the second month of my second sophomore year. I was in the crowded third-floor bathroom and noticed Dottie gazing forlornly through the few scratches in the painted-over window that gave a glimpse outside. She looked so sad, so lost. I couldn't ignore her.

"Are you okay?" I asked her gently, and she turned to face me, her brown eyes wide.

"You're—you're talking to me?" she stammered, astonished. A timid smile spread across her face.

"Sure, why not?" I asked, glancing around the bathroom. One girl elbowed another and tilted her chin in my direction. Considering that everyone in the bathroom had ignored this girl, who stared dejectedly at whatever scraps of the outside world she could see from the bathroom window, I decided that Dottie must be the outcast—just like I had been at Vincent Academy after I talked to a figment of my imagination for twenty minutes on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That little display made me about as popular as an onion milkshake.

I wanted to reach out, be a friend—be the person no one at my old school had been to the girl who was a little messed up after a car accident. I mean, I did save a random child's life and all when he somehow got away from his mom and ended up in the middle of Tenth Avenue. Talk about a tough crowd.

"Yeah, sure, I'll talk to you," I said, hopping up on the radiator and holding out my hand.

"I'm Paige. Paige Kelly. I just transferred."

Dottie looked at my hand and hesitantly reached out to shake it, then pulled her hand back.

"Dottie Flanagan. I don't think I should try to shake your hand, sorry," she murmured, tugging at the sleeves of the blue cashmere cardigan she wore over her white uniform shirt. I caught a glimpse of angry red slashes on her wrists before she pulled the soft fabric over the heels of her hands.

"What is she doing?" one of the girls in the bathroom hissed to another. I realized that the once-noisy bathroom had gotten quiet—eerily quiet. You could hear every sharp intake of breath, every rustle of fabric as one student tugged on the arm of another. Ifjaws made noise when they dropped, we'd all have been struck deaf by the thundering sound.

"Why?" I asked, curious. "Are you sick? You don't look sick. I'll shake your hand."

"She's sick, all right—sick in the head," one of the girls snickered, and I whipped my head to stare coldly at her. It was obvious what had caused the scars on Dottie's wrists. I knew what it was like to be mocked, despairing, and so incredibly scared. I couldn't imagine what had brought Dottie to the point of attempting suicide, but whatever it was, the poor girl didn't need to be ridiculed for it.

"You should be embarrassed of yourself." I glared at the girl angrily.

"Me?" Her eyes fluttered in surprise. "You're the one who's embarrassing yourself."

"You should watch your mouth before I smack you in it." My voice was cold, threatening as I glared at the girl—whom I later learned was Pepper. She paled and shuffled back a few steps, intimidated by me. I exhaled in relief—I'd only ever been in one fight, and that was in fourth grade, but at least I talked a pretty good game.

When I turned to continue talking to my mystery friend, she was gone. The immediate area around me was empty—not a surprise, since I'd just threatened a student in defense of…thin air, apparently. My cheeks burned as if I'd lit them on fire. It'd happened again. Again! I'd made friends with some figment of my imagination. I grabbed my backpack and ran out of the bathroom, pushing my way through the girls—some stunned into silence, others taunting me—and raced to the library to hide.
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  • Posted June 20, 2014

      When I read this had a parallel world setting with demons and

     
    When I read this had a parallel world setting with demons and warlocks and the main character sees ghosts too, I knew this would be a fantastic paranormal read. When I finished I was so happy that it ended up being better than I hoped for.
     
    Because of a selfless act Paige now has an ability to see ghost, so there are the few that bully her about it, and the rest just thinks she is crazy. Her best friend Dottie happens to be a ghost from the 50′s, so that doesn’t exactly help her case at school. Her parents have made sure she has seen a professional and is medicated, because they don’t understand what is really going on with her. When she meets Logan things get even stranger and dangerous for her and she learns why she has been given this gift.
     
    Paige was snarky and strong, and I liked that about her. She has this ability, and even though people maker fun of her she wasn’t whiny about it, and seem to embrace it for the most part, she does have some struggles with it. Which I would definitely expect, she just wants to be a normal teenage girl, who wouldn’t at that age. She meets Logan, who is the new kid at school. Logan won me over from the start, no “bad boy” here, he is charming and sweet and he liked Paige. The secondary characters were pretty good, some I would have liked to slap., like the mean girl who was always giving Paige a hard time. Logan’s Uncle Rego was always so serious and agenda driven and kinda scary, not necessarily in a bad way if that makes sense, and Ajax is one demon that I hope we get to see more of in the next book.
     
    This setting of an alternate New York City, gives us something something different and fascinating. We get warlocks, magical spells, different types of demons, and with demons you have to have demon slayers. The of course a battle over control plays a part of the Dark World. Now these are teenagers, so you have high school drama and the “mean girl” cliche, but there are also the over protective parents. Yes, I said parents, I will take the over bearing, control type parents over no parent involvement any day. Romance did play a pretty big part, but it seem to develop so and I thought it was sweet and believable. It didn’t take long to figure out that there was a lot more to Paige’s ability to see ghost, which meant even more excitement with people wanting her, well just to use her meaning more demon fighting action. The Dark World was so intriguing, but there is so much more to learn, and with the shocking cliffhanger of an ending, I want the next book, like now… Didn’t see that ending happening the way it did, but it was so freaking good too!
     
    The Dark World has so many things going for it. A interesting parallel world, a sweet romance and engrossing story of a centuries old war between warlocks and demon and I could not get enough. The sequel will not be out fast enough!




     




     

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

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    The Dark World is hardcore paranormal, creatures, slaying of cre

    The Dark World is hardcore paranormal, creatures, slaying of creatures, war between creatures, and the key to everything, our main protagonist. I generally don't read these type of paranormal books but the synopsis captured my attention and I decided to request it. My one line review would be that The Dark World was a great novel but I found myself skipping paragraphs that bored me and wanting to get down to the main plot. You know I dislike the over use of descriptive paragraphs and we have a ton of those in this book. Also, I sometimes felt the fighting of the demons to be a bit unrealistic? Still, the characters were great. That is something I really enjoyed about the novel. The main protagonist, her ghost friend, and the love interest. Other characters that are supposed to be good have me suspicious of what they'll be up to in the sequel. In terms of the plot, it is nothin unique, this is a typical paranormal plot but I hoped I'll find something unique about it that'll get revealed later in the novel but I didn't. Also, the romance initially was way too quick but they did win me over later on, something that doesn't happen often, still I cringe at some of the cliche words that were being swapped between each other. As you can see, i can barely make up my mind on whether I enjoyed the book more or disliked it more. I believe this is mainly subjective because I just don't usually read these type of paranormal novels. Lastly, the ending.. I know I'm supposed to be shocked at it or something but I'm not.. What I am is pissed off at the main protagonist for not thinking about her family. That is all I can say. Basically if you love reading paranormal creature novels then I do suggest you pick it up but if you don't read them then I wouldn't recommend it. I obviously fall in the latter group. Schultz does have another paranormal series she's written and I wouldn't mind checking it out since I did like her writing, for the most part.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    Paige is the school outcast. She doesn't have any friends and ev

    Paige is the school outcast. She doesn't have any friends and everyone talks about her. They think she is strange because she talks to herself. The truth is she isn't talking to herself but the ghost of Dottie. She can see ghost and talk to them. If that wasn't strange enough when she is in detention she is attacked by a demon. Logan a new boy helps her and reveals he is a demon slayer. She is soon right n the middle of learning to fight demons and about what is out there in this world and The Dark World. The Dark World s the alternate world similar tour that is home of demons and all things that go bum in the night. She as to watch what she does or she could be sucked into the Dark World forever.




    I really enjoyed reading this as the author does a great job creating and introducing you to the Dark World and the characters. Right away you see Paige is different but she doesn't let that get to her. She has the ability to talk to ghost and while she could hide it. She doesn't People call her crazy and she just blows it off. She does have to hide Dottie from her family as they worry about her all the time. She could walk away from the danger that shows up but she doesn't she faces it and learns to fight for good. Logan is a mystery for a while. He can be sweet, protective and he tries his best to help Paige. He does have a secret that was a little bit of a surprise to me but it makes his character so much better for it. There is the young romance in this book but it isn't instant love and Paige and Logan are great together. if you like action in your books than this would be perfect for you. It moves at a good pace and even when there isn't fighting going on there is still something being revealed about the story. No filling in as some author do. This book is a great YA paranormal book.

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    A book about a hunky, demon-slaying boy belongs on my bookshelf.

    A book about a hunky, demon-slaying boy belongs on my bookshelf. Especially when that boy’s name is Logan. The Dark World definitely delivers with its mix of smexy boy and sarcastic humor.

    The Dark World immediately gets into the thick of things. There’s no long introduction to Paige’s world. And right off the bat you learn that she can talk to ghosts, but that information isn’t just handed over. It’s revealed in a unique, and somewhat shocking, way. There were a lot of other loopholes and plot developments that weren’t predictable and that, when revealed, were mind-boggling.

    Paige as a character is pretty cool. She’s actually a person, unlike some other YA books main characters out there nowadays. She has an obsession with pink and frilly pens (I loved this!), her parents aren’t just in the book to be there, they actually have roles to play, and she reacts to situations in a fairly normal manner. I can’t for sure know that her reactions would be realistic, simply because I’ve never been attacked by demons and saved by a hawt boy before, but I’ll sign up for that life any day if it means having me someone like Logan to keep me safe. Logan is basically a cuddle-able (totally not a word, but Logan deserves to have many words made up about his awesomeness) razor blade. He’s all soft and gooey and sweet, but sometimes, he can just be plain ol’ deadly. I’ve added another fictional boyfriend to my extremely long list after finishing this book. *sigh*

    The relationship between Paige and Logan is so cute. They aren’t your average book couple. They’re awkward. Logan gets extremely flustered around Paige’s overprotective dad, and writes with her pretty pink pens just so he can talk to her. Paige talks in her sleep and awkwardly cries in front of Logan. Plus, they’ve known each other before all of this goes down. Meaning it isn’t a love/lust-at first-sight storyline. AND Paige asks a question that I wanted to jump up and down and clap at! She asks Logan about their relationship, and she even mentions that they’re young and still in high school. Hallelujah! This girl’s got her head firmly planted on her shoulders!

    As mentioned earlier, the plotline of this book wasn’t as predictable as I thought it was going to be. Sure, the ending has something that I was hoping would happen, happen, but the way it was spun was different from what I had imagined. I really enjoyed how hard it was to guess what the heck was going on, without getting completely confused.

    The bad guys in this book weren’t as bad as I was hoping they’d be. I wasn’t feeling them as much as the main characters. Hopefully they’ll be expanded on in the next book because I would love to explore the Dark World through some of the freaky things that bump their way around over there.

    All in all, this was a great read. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to picking up the sequel, whenever it comes out… I need a date Harlequin Teen! Please?!

    4/5 stars

    *Note: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. This in no way altered my opinion/review.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    When a paranormal story can mix not only human with other, but c

    When a paranormal story can mix not only human with other, but create a world where more than one race can coexist in a fascinating and creative way, you know you've hit the jackpot of books. The Dark World did that for me. Paige Kelly has been seeing ghosts since the day she saved a little boy from getting hit by a car and died herself for a short period of time. Of course everyone around her thinks she is nuts until a quiet but sexy boy comes to school named Logan Bradley. Now demons weren't trying to steal her to another realm and injuries weren't being racked up by the dozens before he came either but we can ignore that because of how awesome he turned out to be all around.

    Paige was someone I could not only relate too but you wanted to root for throughout the story. I think everyone has had that moment in High School where you feel alone or isolated from your peers, even if you aren't really seeing ghosts, so she tugs at your heart strings multiple times. At the same time she's this girl who challenges that aura of weird by not being waylaid by taunts or snickers, she actually seems quite strong both inside and out which is rare to see in someone so tormented. Logan sees that in Paige and as a reader, I saw it too. It's one of the reasons their romance really made me a fan. These two had a level of respect towards each other that made me believe it was more than just teen puppy-dog love and that it could actually last. Their spark was also developed over the course of story and wasn't instant love. I always appreciate a romance that takes the time to ignite an interest and then nurture it into a full blown fire.

    That time the author took to make the romantic relationship work between these two characters did sacrifice something on the action part of this book. There were several lulls in plot that were spent working out issues within Paige's head and also with the two of them together. For example after the first major fight between Aiden, the main protagonists, and the next real plot moving event seemed like a very long time. I know that it takes a lot of pages to create a believable love story and I can appreciate that but it just seemed to stop the world around them from growing and being moved along. That being said it didn't hinder me from loving the story. The world was fascinating and really stole from the normal New York City we know and built a crazy supernatural wonderland that created a unique story for these characters to run around fighting battles. A refreshing story about two young adults that are a great team is always a joy reading about and I am yearning for more from The Dark World!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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     A fast-paced, action-packed, and adorably romantic read, The Da

     A fast-paced, action-packed, and adorably romantic read, The Dark World was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I loved this book! The romance was sweet, the secrets were plenty, and the thrills were nonstop. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful book.

    Paige was a lovely heroine. She was strong and determined not to let others' opinions bring her down. When faced with a new world full of danger, rather than hide away, she decided to stay and fight. My only issue wasn't with her as a character, but with how she became a Traveler. I assume it was because she died and was resuscitated, but would that mean that everyone who was ever brought back to life became a Traveler? Why was it only her? However, despite my skepticism, I thought she was a wonderful character. She was tough, clever, and very likable.

    Logan was such a sweetie! I adored his character. He was just wonderful. He was very sweet, determined to do what he thought was right, and very protective of who he cared about. He also had a lot of secrets hidden in his past that were very surprising when they were revealed. They certainly added a greater depth to his character. I thought he was amazing and I totally adored him.

    The romance was very sweet. Paige and Logan were adorable together. Despite hesitance and miscommunication, it was always obvious that they had feelings for each other and, when they finally admitted it, they were a lovely couple. I loved how devoted Logan was to Paige and how determined he was to keep her safe. But, it also went the other way around, with Paige intent on keeping Logan from harm and I thought that reciprocation was great. I thought they were perfect together.

    The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and secrets that kept me on the edge of my seat. There was never a dull moment with all the demons around. Quick mention about the world-building. It was well done and created a very interesting world of demons and warlocks. It wasn't fully explained or explored, but I'm guessing we'll see more of it in the next book, especially with how this one ended. I really enjoyed the story and the ending has me excited for book 2. Can't wait to read it!

    The Dark World was a brilliant YA paranormal romance. I absolutely loved this book! From the secrets, to the romance, to the endless thrills, this book was fantastic. YA lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to read.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    Since an accident she had Paige has been seeing ghosts. She didn

    Since an accident she had Paige has been seeing ghosts. She didn't know they were ghosts at first until people started calling her crazy for talking to herself. At a new school while in the toilet, Paige starts talking to a girl who looks lonely and everyone ignores. Its not till her class mates start looking at her funny that see realises Dottie is a ghost. It doesn't matter what they think because Paige and Dottie soon become best friends. 

    The new boy in school, Logan, talks to her but Paige knows it wont be long till he hears the stories of her and leaves her alone. Little does Paige know that Logan is soon to become a major factor in her life considering he was sent to protect her from Demons. She is thrust into a world she never knew existed and has to learn to protect herself or end up in The Dark World. 

    Well all I can say is this was wonderful. 

    Paige was a fantastic heroine. She holds her head high no matter what people think of her.  She knows what everyone thinks but instead of letting it get to her, she doesn't care. She is strong, snarky, capable and an all round nice girl. When her life is threatened she steps up and learns how to defend herself. She is terrified but that doesn't stop her. Her only friend is Dottie, whom I loved!!!, until Logan comes. 

    *Sigh* Logan!! He was strong, gorgeous, kind and adorable. He is the type of guy most girls dream about. He is there to protect the Traveler and when he learns that its Paige he tries his hardest to keep his distance and keep it professional but its hard. He has secrets but is afraid to reveal them in case they hurt Paige. 

    The romance was so sweet and lovely. I loved seeing it develop between them. Despite their differences they are a wonderful couple. It never once came across as forced and their relationship progressed at a decent level, none of the insta love!! 

    I loved the idea of the Dark World. Its an alternative version of the world we live in. Everything is dark and dangerous and its ruled by Demons. It wasnt always ruled by them, Warlocks ruled there once and are trying to gain control again which is why the Traveler is so important. Paige can open portals anywhere in the Dark World and the Warlocks want her to open one where the Demon Queen is so they can assassinate her. It was unique and fascinating. I loved the different type of demons and their different talents. 

    So Overall, I loved The Dark World. Its a fast paced, unique and different book. I loved the characters, even some of the demons and found myself engrossed in the world. With all the suspense and secrets revealed its a very hard book to put down. With it being the first in the series we are left with a lot of things unanswered and a lot of suspicions but I reckon they will all come to light in the next books. Cara Lynn Shultz has created a book that will keep you hooked from the very first page. You even have a lot of laugh out loud moments. I highly recommend and cant wait for more.
     

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