Dark Seeker (Seeker, #1)

Dark Seeker (Seeker, #1)

by Taryn Browning

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She's the Seeker. He's the hunted. What's at stake could kill them both...

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

“Get ready for a new breed of vampire slayers! Browning has created an intriguing world that promises many interesting surprises to come. A terrific start to a new urban fantasy.” —Artist Arthur, author of The Mystyx Novels

"YA fans of fresh, edgy urban fantasy are going to love Dark Seeker. Taryn Browning is a rising star. This is one author you'll want to keep your eye on as she shoots straight to the top of the charts!" —Kari Lee Townsend, National Best Selling Author of The Samantha Granger Experiment & The Fortune Teller Mysteries

"Taryn Browning is a master writer. DARK SEEKER is thrilling and beautiful, and follows only one trend: good story-telling." —Brent Taylor, The Naughty Book Kitties

"Dark Seeker is an original and action-packed adventure that will leave you kicking and screaming for the next installment! With endearing characters, a breathtaking romance, fabulous world-building and a spectacular storyline, Dark Seeker will surely impress readers!" --Shirley, Shiirleyy's Bookshelf

"Taryn Browning’s debut novel is a stunning addition to any paranormal romance lover’s library." --Tiffany, For Those About to Read

"This is a wicked tale! It's original and flows really well. There is great action, mystery, and Romance*yes I ment to capitalize that*. Everything works so well together. Well thought out and you don't have to make yourself believe any of it as your reading ... you just do. Get this AMAZING story NOW!" --Heather, SupaGurl Books

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013362499
Publisher: Taryn Browning
Publication date: 09/30/2011
Series: Seeker , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 166 KB

About the Author

Taryn Browning graduated with a BS in Education from Towson University and went on to earn a MS in Reading from Hood College. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two young sons and their dog. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, dancing, music, movies, and the beach. Visit her at www.tarynbrowning.com, on twitter and facebook.

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Dark Seeker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Andreat78 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
n One Word ~ ImaginativeIn Dark Seeker, and the short story prequel Dark Beauty, author Taryn Browning has create a world truly her own. This landscape is full of Seekers, those who are trained to go after the undead; vampires, not the nice kind, the really evil vampires; and a strange demon-vampire hybrid called Daychild, unlike any vampire I've read before.In Dark Seeker, the action comes swift and savagely. Janie, a Seeker whose mission is to keep her city safe from evil, is thrown from one dangerous situation to the next. She is always on guard. She is never safe. Janie is bold and fearless and because of her dangerous lifestyle, is resigned to a life without love.Now, all of this was well and good. I was reading at a decent pace and enjoying the book. But when the character of Kai was introduced, as my aunt would say, "Oh, Lawdy". Talk about one sizzling hot bad-boy. After Kai came along, well, my interest was definitely piqued. Kai is everything Janie was been warned about and trained to kill. But when she starts uncovering secrets from Kai's past, she discovers that everything is not what it seems. Kai and Janie can't seem to stay away or keep their hands and eyes off of each other. The chemistry between this forbidden pair was the selling point for Dark Seeker, in my eyes.But...here's the rub. I had an issue with one part of Dark Seeker. When Kai's past starts being revealed, I knew it wasn't going to be exactly pretty. He is a demon/vampire hybrid, after all. But the big shocker wasn't just big, it was HUGE. It's something that impacts pretty much the entire story. It has a tremendous effect on Janie. And, without telling you what happens, because I want you to be shocked while reading like I was, I felt that the whole big, nasty ordeal may have been resolved/forgiven way too easily.Nevertheless, I did find Dark Seeker, and Dark Beauty, to be quite enjoyable reads. I flew through both quickly, all the while maintaining interest in the story. These stories would be appreciated by those who like Young Adult/Urban Fantasy.Favorite Quote(s) ~"Janie traced the scars of his forearm with her fingers. His face tightened. She wondered how long it had been since someone had really cared about him, and showed it.""Trust me, if you knew what I've done, you wouldn't be next to me right now. You wouldn't be friends with me. You would've made sure you killed me the first time we met."
druidgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Janie Grey is a seeker, she hunts demons and vampires to rid her city of them. Janie is a kick-as fighter she has promised herself never to fall in love and along comes Kai and confuses her. This author has created a wonderful world for her story and I can not wait to read the next book in the Seeker series.
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So much detail and info neatly put togeather. How Twilight should have been.
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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. Janie is a great character that, while a bit overbearing at times, really comes into herself and takes charge as the story progresses. She is a kick butt character that goes after the bad guys without a second thought, and I really enjoyed that about her. And Kai is to die for. In my opinion, he’s extremely dreamy, and I really liked all the mystery surrounding him. In fact, I didn’t see the truth about his identity coming until it was almost upon me, and I really enjoy novels that are able to not only keep me engaged, but guessing as well. While I admit that the romance was a little lacking in this novel between Janie and Kai, I found this “whirlwind romance” to be perfect for this novel, and I highly recommend it. Likewise, I also really enjoyed that this story took place in a city I’m very familiar with. Noting where Janie and Kai go was fun as I was able to see it in my minds eye more vividly than in books where I’m not as familiar with the setting. If you’re familiar with Baltimore and enjoy strong heroines and dreamy heroes, then this book is for you.
CassayC More than 1 year ago
Dark Seeker was an intriguing story with a kick ass lead character. I liked the mythology in Dark Seeker it was an interesting twist on vampire stories. Janie and Kai’s relationship was interesting. I really enjoyed how they interacted with each other and how their feelings for each other increased throughout the story. I’d love to learn more about Kai’s history what we did learn about his history made me do a WTH?? HE DID WHAT??? I was shocked! I enjoyed Matt’s character, I’m a little upset with Janie on how she treated him but I’m sure she had her reasons and was just panicking. I’m excited to see where the next book takes the story and these 3 characters.
Book_Bite_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, LOVED this novel. I cannot wait to read more from this series and i hope it never ends. This novel met all of my expectations. Taryn Browning is an amazing author and i will read anything by her from here on out. Dark Seeker has the perfect pacing for the story and the characters were amazing. Janie was an amazingly stubborn independent woman which i LOVE and i feel that independence is what everyone looks for in a female lead these days. I feel like Taryn knew exactly what her audience would want to happen and instead of just giving it to us she dangled it in front of our faces till the end. I recommend this to everyone who loves young adult paranormal and everyone who loves a good romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its kinda like twilight but really good, i would say this is for the ages 12-15
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druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Janie Grey is a seeker, she hunts demons and vampires to rid her city of them. Janie is a kick-as fighter she has promised herself never to fall in love and along comes Kai and confuses her. This author has created a wonderful world for her story and I can not wait to read the next book in the Seeker series.
Kaykayw3 More than 1 year ago
This book was simply awesome. I love the story line and characters. I'm a sucker for the love triangle, but I love how you didn't make it all that complicated. I read the free eBook. Read2Review off Goodreads, and now I will probably buy the actually book. Taryn, you did an amazing job with the characters and making their personalities pop. Loved Kai, and Matt, but I'm still wondering..Is Luke gay or not. *Thumbs Up* *Four Stars*
jbry78 More than 1 year ago
I give this 4.5 stars. This book has several well-developed characters. Jana, a seeker, is going through High School once again. Her main rule in life is to seek out the vampires and the daychildren (a demon/vampire)and destroy them. She is just going about her daily business when she meets Kai. What is he? It seems as though he is part of the daychildren...but is he? Is it possible for her to befriend her enemy? Along the way we get to meet a few of Jana's high school friends, a witch, a few vampires, daychildren, Jana's mom, and her father figure/trainer. I loved this story. I loved that Jana really struggled with wanting to stick to seeking and avoiding all relationships, yet her heart was pulling her in the opposite direction. I like how the author gave us insight to past events in Kai's life as the story unfolded and I can't wait to read the pre-quel to this story to learn more about the events leading up to this story. I'm hoping to learn a little more about Kai and Albania's relationship. I love Albania's character and I hope to see more of her as the series unfolds. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good YA vampire book with a light love story. I am looking forward to Seeker #2.
Lalas_Books More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, quick read. Janie is a Seeker. Her job is to protect humanity from vampires, demons and a half breed called Daywalkers. While she is out she runs across Kai. He moves like a Daywalker and but he doesn't give off the same vibes as one. Slowly she gets to know him and finds that there are more human traits to him. As time passes Kai keeps coming out of nowhere and saving her life and soon they develop a friendship/partnership. Together the two of them learn more about a new threat on her town and need to stop it before more people are in danger. Janie is a strong girl and a bit reckless. She has been training to be a seeker for the majority of her life and it is a job that she is very good at. I like that she was able to go beyond what she has always been told about Daywalkers and she was able to get to know Kai enough to see that they really were on the same side and appearances don't always make the man. Because of this trait she was able to gain more allies in her fight against the evil she needed to fight. Kai was awesome. He was a great fighter with a dark past/secret that terrified him. He made sure that he was always available to help Janie and he worked hard at keeping her safe. I like that even though he wanted to protect her he also let her do things on her own. Some of the other characters were great. There is a vampire named Tanya that I loved. At first you just see her as a pretty face to stand beside the vampire leader but she was funny and could kick but in heels. Her mom and her trainer were even pretty cool towards the end of the book. This was a pretty good story and I have already recommended it to others to read. Even better is that this is only book one in the series, book two is scheduled to be released this year!
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Taneika More than 1 year ago
Firstly, thankyou Taryn Browning for providing me with a copy for review! This has not affected my review in any way. Janie is a Seeker, she has been trained to rid the streets of the undead and of super creepy vampire-demon halfbreeds called Daychildren. One night out Seeking, she is completely unprepared for what she would have to fight, until Kai comes along, saves her and finishes them off. Okay, so first thing I have to clear up: Janie is not one of those "heroines" that are supposedly tough and kickass but actually don't do anything but whinge and moan to the guy about having to be rescued. This instance is a one off. Throughout the book, Kai (who I seriously have a crush on now) tries to protect her and warns her against the undead and Daychildren, this is sweet because the way he says it isn't all "You are a woman, you can't handle this", he is simply concerned but Janie still tells him to shove it and that she can handle it herself, which she can! Janie is a great character, Browning has developed her so well - she is tough, stubborn, has lost and never loved and she is actually very emotional. Underneath all of her tough exterior, Browning has written her in such a way that reflects that she is still a teenage girl going to highschool. Janie is easily one of my favourite characters in a novel, I probably wouldn't befriend her instantly though, because I'm scared of her (but shh). And Kai. Oh, well I love him. Enough said. He is incredibly emotional, and the things that he has been through is so gut-wrenching and raw that you understand why is he so protective and you understand why he is the way he is. Anyway. Kai is hot, and sweet, and all-round awesome. This also made me laugh so hard it parts, like, the ghetto gangsta vampires and Janie thinking of 'Bloods' and 'Crips'... HA! I laughed out loud with this because it put the best visual in my head - A vampire with a gangsta lean, a red bandana and ghetto jeans just casually strolling toward Janie, possibly listening to Lil John or Snoop Dogg on an iPod. I think the only issue I had with this was the insta-love. I think that was my fault though, because the pacing was *so* fast (which was great by the way), I couldn't keep up with the timing in the novel and still thought it had been a few days until how long it had really been was mentioned at the end! So really, it wasn't insta-love, it was just me not being able to keep up haha! Oh, and Browning's writing seriously pulls you in. For example, "In a flash, his teeth sank into her neck. Muscle man held her firmly as the newbie bit even deeper into her vein" OUCH. Reading that actually made my freaking neck hurt. *shudders* Ooooh, another note - I REALLY want to see more of Abram and Albania (wow, so many cool 'A' names). Overall, Dark Seeker was original and refreshing and I'm pretty freaking eager to read Dark Beauty and whatever else Taryn Browning has to offer!
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Dark Seeker is a book about Janie Grey, who has a duty of killing the undead. The reason why she also very much despises them, is that one of the undead's actions resulted in her own father's death. Janie is a very powerful character. I really enjoy reading about her because she is so strong, and doesn't trust anyone, and is very brave. When Janie meets Kai, things start to shake up. Kai is a very interesting character with the typical bad boy aura. When Janie meets him, she is confused about what he is. He seems to be part of the undead, but also has human characteristics. The revealing of Kai made me hooked more as suspense evolved in the story. Even though Janie promised herself to not fall in love, thats what is happening with Kai. Their relationship together is so lovely and exciting to read about. I loved how Taryn wrote every chapter with new exciting events that keeps you wanting to read more. Dark Seeker is Taryn's debut novel, and I just want to give a big clap to her. Its such a great book that I loved, and I am looking forward to reading the second book of the Seeker series!
Shirleyx More than 1 year ago
I¿m so glad Dark Seeker lived up to the hype! I remember seeing an average of 5 stars on goodreads a while back, and thought ¿Wow, seriously? No 4 stars? 3 even? All 5? Could it be THAT good?¿. And guess what? After reading Dark Seeker, it¿s safe to say that, it definitely deserves a full 5 stars from me! I love books with fantastic characters, so I¿ll start with the characters first. Dark Seeker definitely has a cast of amazing and likeable characters! First off, we have Janie, our kick-as protagonist who is a Seeker and her job is to rid Baltimore of the undead.(i.e. vampires, Daychildren, demons). Every night, she goes around killing any creature that may be of harm to humans; and she does her job well. Seriously, the girl is awesome! She¿s confident, courageous and certainly stubborn as well! I loved how she would risk her life to save her friends, family and the town even if the possibility of succeeding is low; but she would never give up. Definitely an admirable character! There¿s also Kai, who is a Daychild-turned-good, and wow, he¿s a swoon-worthy character! I loved everything about him; from his incredibly good looks, to his arrogance, constant sarcasm and also his witty remarks were all so amusing to me! He was also super protective of Janie, and would always be there to help her out or save her if she was in trouble. Plus, there¿s also the delicious romance- Janie and Kai are perfect for each other! It was also the sort of forbidden romance that I love. There was sufficient spine-tingling romance for me to enjoy, but it wasn¿t excessive. I was so glad the story didn¿t lose its plot to focus largely on the romance; there was an exciting plot AND the sweet romance! But theone thing I was a bit wary of was the fact that Janie and Kai seemed to have fallen in love in a matter of days. I admit a lot happened in those few days, and the development didn¿t seem nor feel fast, but I guess I would¿ve liked the romance to have developed over a few months at least. But that¿s just me. Another aspect I enjoyed about Dark Seeker was how the author managed to use vampire lore and make it into her own thing. We have vampires, demons and also Daychildren- who are vampires that can walk in sunlight and also possess demonic abilities. Then, there are the Seekers, who protects the human population and kills the vampires/demons/daychildren. But there¿s also Kai, who is one of the Daychildren but he has a human conscience, and instead of feeding off humans like his own kind, he helps kill the Daychildren. The whole world-building with all these different types of undead creatures really fascinated me! Oh, and how could I forget? There¿s ACTION; and by action, I mean lots of heart-pounding action! My eyes were literally glued to my iPad (yes, I was reading this on my IPad) while reading the action and Janie-kicking-vampire¿s-butt scenes! Dark Seeker is an original and action-packed adventure that will leave you kicking and screaming for the next installment! With endearing characters, a breathtaking romance, fabulous world-building and a spectacular storyline, Dark Seeker will surely impress readers! Please, please, PLEASE let me read the next book already!!
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