Dark Genesis

Dark Genesis

by Dave Ferraro


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Dark Genesis by Dave Ferraro

Alyssa opened her eyes to darkness. And in the first flash of light provided by a gathering storm, she could make out a ring of bodies surrounding her.

With no memory of who she is, Alyssa stumbles into a dark world populated by witches. The witches are powerful, and demonstrate frightening powers, but even more terrifying are the monsters who rule over the land. Vampires, werewolves and other awful creatures of the night have taken over, forcing the witches behind stone walls, afraid to venture outdoors. But Alyssa finds that as she kills certain monsters, memories return to her, memories of a life on Earth, and the boy she left behind.

The quest to collect her memories and piece together the puzzle of what has happened to her is a daunting one, with betrayals and sacrifices every step of the way. But Alyssa is determined to fight for a world that is not her own, destroying powerful monsters along the way, so that she can return home to the boy she is coming to love through the memories she recollects.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979693875
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2017
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,278,174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Dave Ferraro grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where he was warped by a steady diet of comic books, horror movies and young adult novels. He is the author of several young adult novels, including the paranormal fantasy series Hunters of the Dark, as well as Dark Genesis, The Young Adult Book Club and Twice Bitten. He won Library Journal's Self-Published E-book Award for Best Fantasy in 2015 for his novel Yokai. He graduated with a B.A. in English and creative writing from Saint Cloud State University, and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Dark Genesis 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Soophieh More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book was just absolutely amazing!!!! So Alyssa wakes up one day in a field, there are dead bodies surrounding her and she has no recollection of who she is, where she is, and why she's there. She soon discovers her badass fighting skills while battling with vampires- yes, vampires. When she finds and kills a vampire with a strange pentagram mark on him she receives one memory from her life before waking up in that field. This soon sets off a chain of events that define the new life she found in the new world filled with demons, witches, werewolves, vampires, and many extremely weird and deadly creatures in a quest to break the curse that put her there in the first place. After reading this I am beyond words. Ferraro really created an amazing world that I felt I was living in. Not to mention the characters and their development throughout. From the first sentence to the end there was non-stop action, plot twists, insane realizations, and once again the action that kept me hooked and gripping the book for the day that it took my to read it. Throughout the book you get to learn more and more about Alyssa and her past life as the kills the monsters with that pentagram brand- which will give her one memory. You really do get to see Alyssa go from lost, to confused, to determined, to sad, to angry, and sometimes all of that at once.  Overall, this has to be one of my favorite paranormal books I've read and its definitely a must read!
JaimeBuncie More than 1 year ago
This book made my Holy-Crap-That-Was-Good shelf...that should tell you something right off. I really enjoyed this book. I'm not going to give anything away, other reviewers do that. All I have to say is that this was VERY well written, well developed characters, great descriptions, and I will be reading this again. Thank you for allowing us to have a chance to read such a great story.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Dark Genesis by Dave Ferraro started out the gate like a day at Disney! You know the roller coaster that loops and twists and spins and only centrifugal force is holding you in at breakneck speeds? When the ride is over, you are all pumped up to go again because it was Just. That. Good.? That pretty much describes how I feel about Dark Genesis and the creative genius of Dave Ferraro. Alyssa wakes up inside a pentagram in a strange world filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, and even a town called Frankenstein, where scientific technology abounds! (Un-apologetically named for the man who created the gray, eight foot tall, heavily scarred "go to" guy in town.) Everyone has magic, except Alyssa, of course, who also happens to have no memory of her past, but she knows this isn't her world. Short version: Alyssa is put on a quest to regain her memory and it can only happen if she kills those who wear a pentagram like the one she woke up in. Along the way, she gains friends, allies, enemies, and a new piece of her past with each kill. But is it all an evil game that she is merely a convenient pawn in? Could each battle bring both this world and Alyssa's closer to destruction? As Alyssa and her band of merry men (and women) battle against insurmountable odds, uncovering deceit and evil, slaying monsters and chopping off heads, I had gut-clenching reactions, I swear I wanted to duck with her, I felt her pain when someone was lost, I was totally invested in each moment of the book! For those who like a little romantic tension and conflict, it's there, as snippets of a man named Cory come back, Alyssa still finds she is drawn to bad boy Parker, a dashing rogue-with-the-ladies kind of guy! Oh! Eric, too...all heroic, Nordic and full of himself in a completely endearing way! In the final battle, the stakes are high, what will Alyssa do? Where does she belong? Can she reconcile her past with her future? I highly recommend this book for its characters, its world-building, and its pace! If you like larger than life fantasy that plucks tidbits from other genre, you'll want to read this, for sure!
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
Alyssa has just woken up to a place she doesn’t recognize. What’s even weirder is that there are vampires, werewolves, witches, and other unimaginable creatures that live there. She has no memory of who she is and how she got there, and is looking for answers. She rescues a group a woman along the way and kills their master, who mistakenly has the same pentagram she woke up in, branded on his skin. And when she kills him she gets part of her memory back. This sets up a chain of events that will change her life forever. She is on a journey to get her memory back and help the friends and the world that she has come to love, but no one said it would be easy. She will have to face many monsters along the way and will question that maybe she is the real monster after all. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but it wasn’t what I thought it would be. It was full of adventure, awesome battle and death scenes and the story line was very original. It felt like I was actually there with them. The world that Mr. Ferraro created is magnificent. His imagination is incredible and he adds new monsters to the mix as well as putting his on twist on things. I loved the adventure in this book and the not knowing. Why is Alyssa there and what is she supposed to be doing there? I know that this book took a long time to write and took a lot of effort and it shows in the story. I knew I was going to love this book, the moment Alyssa killed her first vampire. I was skeptical at first, but once that happened, I was hooked. I couldn’t seem to be able to put this book down. It’s one of those books that you read and you say you are only going to read a few more chapters and end up reading half the book. The only reason I stopped reading it was b/c I needed sleep. All that being said, I wouldn’t change a thing about this book. All the characters were highly enjoyable and I loved how each of them had a role to play. It just wasn’t Alyssa doing all the work. If it had been, it wouldn’t have been as great. I wish I could tell you about all the characters in the book, but there were quite a few so, I’m just going to narrow it down to just three. I think this book is going to be a hit for a lot of people and I think everyone should know about it. It has a little bit of something for everyone. Alyssa- She has no recollection who she is. She is a lost soul in a strange world. She has to come to terms with all the things that she learns there, most of them unbelievable. She adapts to the world extremely well and she is one bad a** character. She tires not to make any attachments to anyone. She knows that she is going to have to leave one day, but it’s kinda hard not to form attachments, when they are all risking their lives for her. Vessa- She is a witch with a very unusual power (one I’m not going to tell you) :D She is a lot like Alyssa with not trying to get close to anyone. In the beginning she is a real hard a**, but as the story progresses you can tell it was all an act. Parker- The ladies man. The first time Alyssa meets him he is getting caught in the act. Alyssa tells herself that she is going to avoid him at all cost, but its hard to when he is always there for her. He is a loner like her as well, never really staying in one place for very long. So, when he hears about Alyssa’s journey, it’s the perfect escape for him. And it is interesting how much he changes through the course of the book. 5 Blood Moons
Dalene_65 More than 1 year ago
Alyssa, woke up surrounded by dead bodies, not knowing where she is, missing memories.  This book kept me hooked from the get go.  Alyssa saves women and makes many friends on her quest to find out who she is and why she is in this world of magic so unlike hers world.  In the end she has to make a very tough decision and it was quite a surprise.  She makes very good friends along the way, I like each  character, a couple keep you wondering whose side they are really on along the way.  There were some editing problems along the way, but it can be fixed and the one that stands out the most is in chapter 40:  “ There is life in them yet,” Mia said, rubbing her arms as if to ward off gooseflesh. “Their souls are trapped here.”  This is a major need of fixing because Lady blood had already killed this character unfortunately.  I strongly like this book and I would like to read more books by this author.  I would also like to thank Dave Ferraro the author for giving me this book for an honest review through my goodreads group - Shut Up & Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quite a bit. I think it was fresh, it was action packed, and the underlying love story was fantastic. Here's the things I didn't like: There were some spaces of the book where it seemed like the author just wanted a change of scenery, so the scene changed very abruptly and without warning. These parts (particularly the first time from Fire King to Ice Queen, and the Climax) ended up somewhat confusing, and had about a couple of pages of what I call the "skeleton effect", where the description was down a little so the author could transition the action, and the reader was left scratching their head like, "Huh? What just happened?" Now, the Fire King to Ice Queen wasn't quite that bad, but the Climax could use some work. I was completely confuzzled over the fact that Lilith was masquerading as the queen. And Alyssa could have been a bit more suspicious, at least in the beginning. Her fatal character flaw is her suspicion, right? Maybe I was wrong, but it kind of felt like it. Especially since she was a spy and she did show instincts. I would also like to point out that some character lines seemed detached. None from Alyssa or Parker, but I think I saw a couple from Vessa, Lace, and Flax. And not all of them, just a few scattered around. However, don't go thinking I didn't like the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! First of all, I loved how the author distinguished exactly how Alyssa ended up in that world, and what distinguished the two. Some people who have "alternate universe time" don't tend to do that. They just go, "Hey, it happened, let it go." I also like how the relationship between all the characters on the quest evolved. There are some things you just can't go through without being friends, and this book really showcased that. The ending, also, was a little quick but something I loved. And I love all the myth from our world that was put into it, as well as a lot of original thinking on the author's part. My favorite portion, personally, was their time spent in Frankenstein as well. All in all, it was well done and I enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was provided a copy of DARK GENESIS by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.  I thank the author for this opportunity. *SPOILERS* I am a bit at a loss to know where to begin with DARK GENESIS. I found some aspects highly creative while others made the reading a bit difficult. There were some editing errors, which for the most part, I was able to overlook. There also were numerous grammatical errors, which unfortunately, I found it more difficult to see beyond. I fully understand that dialogue is intended to portray how people speak in real life and so grammar may easily be--and indeed often ought to be--brushed aside in that regard. However, the prose itself flows so much more smoothly when things are in order and I found that that was, all too often, not the case. Thus, some portion of my review is attributable to the same. DARK GENESIS tells the story of Alyssa, who awakens in a world unknown to her and with no recollection of her past. The world is an alternate reality where a wide variety of creatures are found: witches, vampires, werewolves, and more. In this regard, it is rather like TOY STORY in that in TOY STORY all of the possible different kinds of toys come together. In DARK GENESIS, all the different kinds of creatures are found. Just when I would think we’d been introduced to all the various types, another would pop up—this time a teleporter—now a Frankenstein—now a herbalist/healer—and so on.   Alyssa discovers when she destroys certain “marked” people/creatures, that some portion of her memories come back to her. This storyline concept was quite creative. However, I found that after about the first 30% of the story, there was a bit too much more of the same: find the “bad guy,” escape from the “bad guy,” “return to the bad guy,” and ultimately, destroy the “bad guy.” Thus, for me the story could have been fairly sufficiently trimmed down. My primary issue with DARK GENESIS, was that I was never certain if it was supposed to be a dark story or a comedy and I was never convinced that Alyssa was who or what she was said to be. Of course, this was a fantasy story and so, all things are open and possible. However, the “real life” portions of the story—those things that show the vast differences between the worlds at play—were unconvincing. Specifically, a 17 year old CIA agent. (Hmmmm.) Further, while the dialogue was at times funny and cryptic, it also left me with an image of Alyssa as something more like a 12 year old than a 17 year old. Thus, I found it difficult when Alyssa engaged in more adult behavior. All in all, DARK GENESIS was interesting.