An Absence of Light

An Absence of Light

by Meradeth Houston


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Leah's always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil-until now.

She's walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn't commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah's life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she's the only one that can see them. At least that's what she thought.

When Leah stumbles across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn't: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They're tracking down the hunters like there's no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won't be, and it's up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she'll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life-and the life of the one she loves-to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772330922
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication date: 11/07/2014
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,204,127
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

I've never been a big fan of talking about myself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about me:

~I'm a California girl. This generally means I talk too fast and use "like" a lot.

~I have my doctorate in molecular anthropology. Translation: I sequence dead people's DNA and spend a whole lot of time in a lab, which I love.

~I've been writing since I was 11 years old. It's my hobby, my passion, and I'm so happy to get to share my work!

~My other passion is teaching. There's nothing more fun than getting a classroom of college kids fired up about anthropology!

~If I could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because I'm terrified of heights.

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An Absence of Light 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
A strong YA novel dealing with the paranormal.  "Shadows" taking control of people and doing absolutely horrific things with them to and to them.  The book starts off right after Leah's family had been killed and the police were on their way.  Leah knew she couldn't stay because everything pointed at her.  If only her family had listened to her. A well written and intriguing book, I was captured right away with the story and found myself thinking about aspects of it and the Shadows, even when I wasn't reading.  I wanted to get back to the story and see where it would go.  The actual dialogue wasn't as fluid as the story itself, but that's not what gears the reader into the story anyway.  It's almost like white noise, but not in a negative way, because of the paranormal aspect throughout the book, I just wanted to know more about the Shadows. Leah is a strong lead and as a reader, I found her admirable.  She has her faults, like every person does, but she is also loyal, brave and quite the fighter.  For someone who's lost their family to something that others can't seem to understand, she keeps on pushing through.  Her inner guilt is always just at bay. This is a great read and one that will linger with me for days.  If you enjoy a good paranormal book, without all the romance involved, this is the book for you.  I look forward to reading more from this author.
JeepinJaime More than 1 year ago
  An Absence of Light does not start off lightly, easing you into the story and Lee's world. HECK no! It starts off with a heartbreaking BANG, and Lee having to run away from everything that she has ever known. Running from the Shadows. She doesn't know what they are exactly, but she knows what they can do. She has since she was a little girl. Now, they have done the unthinkable, and Lee blames herself for it. She vows that she will have revenge, and prevent the Shadows from doing to someone else what they have done to her.  After running from her home, with no clothes or money or anything, Lee ends up stealing a car and driving as far and as fast as she can. She ends up running out of gas at a mechanics shop. Here, she meets Manuel and Adam, and she thinks she may finally have found the means to exact her revenge. She might end up finding more than she bargained for though. The Shadows are changing, their behavior becoming more aggressive. What does it mean? And what could Lee possibly have to do with it?   I truly enjoyed this story. It was very fast-paced, and I enjoyed learning more about the shadows. Lee was  a great character. She has lost everything, but she doesn't give up. She fights. She has a wry, sarcastic voice, and I found it endearing! Manuel was a ray of sunshine in the story, as was Nana. I enjoyed their roles in the story, and what they meant to Lee. Adam at first was not so easy to love. He was closed off, and distant. But as the story progressed, I started to like him more and more. The Shadows were awful, creepy things!  The Shadows, the darkness was the main focus of the story, which I appreciated. Romance was a part of the story, but it never overshadowed (ha) what the story was meant to be. As I said, this one is quick paced, and definitely interesting. While at times, it was a bit predictable, I just didn't care. I was enjoying it too much. And there was a nice twist to look forward to!  Great story, easily recommended. So recommend it I will! Go ahead and give this one a shot. I think it might just surprise you!
Skaiste More than 1 year ago
I was curious to read one more book by Meradeth Houston. Books I've read earlier made a great impression on me, they created very strong emotions. I wondered if this one would too.  Well, it again captured me with the first sentence. It was powerful. And other sentences followed. The beginning of the story was quite shattering. It created mystery. This made me eager to know more. The idea of the Shadows was new to me. As long as I can remember I haven't read about them. Further in the story bits of new information were given, new characters were introduced, and some truth about them was revealed. I grew to like Leah and others. There was hint of humor here and there. Tension lingered and time after time builded up. Near the end there was a lot of it. And there were surprises in this story too. I wasn't as overwhelmed with emotions reading this book as I was while reading Colors Like Memories and The Chemistry of Fate, but it was an interesting read, and I enjoyed it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal)
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
This story pulled me in from the very first scene. Leah's entire family has been murdered and only she knows who is responsible. No one else can see the shadows—or so Leah thinks. She flees, not wanting to be blamed for the deaths of her family members, and winds up finding a group of people who can see the shadows like she can. Only they seem to be more prepared to fight the shadows. There is a love story here, but it never overshadows (ugh, really bad pun) the story. There's plenty of action to keep you glued to the pages. And I loved the twist with one shadow in particular. No spoilers but I didn't see that coming and thought it was a nice touch. It definitely pulled Leah out of her comfort zone. I also give Houston kudos for being able to surprise me. I tend to figure plots out very quickly, but she kept me guessing. This is a great book for sci-fi fans. It's dark, action-packed, emotional, and fast-paced. I had a hard time putting it down.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
~~RECEIVED FOR AN HONEST REVIEW~~ First time ever reading anything written by Meradeth Houston and all I can say is WOW!!! Fast paced seat gripping on the edge type of read! Once you start it's very hard to put down once you start! Each page takes you on a ride of fast heartbeats and what the hells...If you have not picked this book up yet, you will want to make sure you do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Shakespeare had written paranormal YA (well, he almost did – what about the ghost in Macbeth?), he might have written ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Meradeth Houston. Why Shakespeare? Because he had the gift of drawing characters that were multifaceted – there were no villains in his plays who were evil, through and through, with no redeeming characteristics. Houston is up to her usual artistry here, creating characters that you empathize with in one moment, and then, in the next moment, you question your earlier assessment. The hinge of the plot depends on the evil (or so we think), black, oily Shadows, who have killed the feisty protagonist Leah's family. But, (no spoilers, here) there is more to the Shadows that we see at first glance. Be prepared to be surprised – and to enjoy Houston's trademark sassy/savvy protagonist's voice and her command of vivid place and action descriptors. If you like paranormal with smarts, snap this one up!