Extinguish

Extinguish

by J.M. Darhower

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ISBN-13: 9781484162224
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2013
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

JM Darhower is the author of the novel Sempre (Forever) and the upcoming sequel, still untitled. Someday, if lucky, the second book will have a name. She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human trafficking, and when she isn't writing she's usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there. @JMDarhower

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Extinguish 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MLupher3 More than 1 year ago
Wow. I did not want to put this book down. I was so entranced by it that I lost all sense of time. This book was intriguing and exciting, while breaking my heart in the very best way. It goes to show that not everything is black and white, and I loved every minute of this book. I plan on diving right into book two, Reignite.
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
There are very few authors that can take a genuine anti-hero and make me love him. Yet, somehow JM Darhower does it every single time. I loved Luce, yes I loved the devil. The book is paranormal and the author did take some creative license with certain aspects, but it’s fiction so you flush everything you might know religiously out the window and go with it. I mean really Darhower could probably write a story about Hitler and make me love him. The woman made me fall for the Devil, she can do anything. I loved watching the relationship between Serah and Luce grow throughout the book. There is nothing quick about it, there is no lightening love here. The relationship slowly builds so not only do we as readers get to fall for the couple, but it’s convincing as well. It takes a lot to make me fall for Lucifer, Devil or not he’s still very much presented as an anti-hero in this book. Dude is not nice. Through Serah and Luce’s points of view we get to watch him deal with his emotions, conflicted as he is and see where he comes out on the other side. Continuing on this whole reading journey thing. I found myself seriously in love with this story so much that I read until the wee morning hours before I forced myself to stop. A small person still depends on me to get him to school in the mornings, I have to be semi responsible…. sometimes. I also then had to take our dog for his fall grooming so rather than getting some work done while I waited for him to be finished I sat in my car and read. Right as I was getting to the climax (Literally) the damn dog groomer calls to say the dog is done. WTH? I couldn’t stop, right? I rush the dog home and continue reading in the school parking lot waiting to pick up the small one from his half day. I actually finished this book while walking up to the building to pick him up. Hey now, I had two percent left it was physically impossible for me to quit at that point. There was just so much suspense. You know in every good story you hit that point that no matter what you have to finish it up, that’s where I was. Luce, is the Devil after all, so he does some seriously bad things, I had to see how it played out. I even tried to give him brownie points for saying sorry. I was really pushing for him at this point, I was looking for redeeming characteristics at every turn. But of course JM Darhower does us right by the ending of the story. It was worth risking injury by walking and reading. The ending was amazing. The entire book was funny, serious, intense, and crazy. I loved it. There were so many parts that even in the middle of this serious story I found myself laughing and having to explain some small joke to Matt. I am saying it here in bold black print: I will never doubt JM Darhower and her ability to make me love an anti-hero ever again. There now it is on the internet so it must be true. I can’t say it enough, I loved this story. It’s a little bit intense and maybe a bit dark (not for my standards but it might be for some), but it is worth the read. Months ago I purchased a signed copy of Monster in his Eyes that now proudly sits on my bookshelf, but I wish I would have grabbed a copy of Extinguish as well because this might be my favorite Darhower book. To date at least, I’m sure she has even more great stuff just waiting for us.
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megankylene More than 1 year ago
A Review from Reading Books Like a Boss Extinguish is unlike anything I have ever read! This dark and twisty romance will keep you on your toes. It messed with my mind like Luce messed with Serah's, and I had a hard time putting it down. I read Darhower's Sempre last year after seeing all the rave reviews and loved it. Her writing style is very fluid and her character development is flawless. When I heard she was releasing a paranormal romance, I got so excited. I love a good romance with supernatural elements. I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up. Lately, I've been shying away from reading the synopses of authors' books I love. You guys, the prologue of Extinguish hooked me. The last few lines I was all, "Whaaaaaaat?? Can she does that? Is she going there? OMG she's going there." She went there, and she went there HARD. This book is an absolute must read if you're a fan of angel stories. Hell (heehee), even if you're not a fan of angel stories, READ THIS! "Everything changes eventually, not necessarily for the bad, but not always for the good either...The world isn't always black and white. Sometimes, it's gray, and sometimes that gray explodes into colors you never knew existed before." This is so much I want to say. Where to begin? Serah is a an angel, a Power, in charge of protecting the innocent from evil. She spends her days with Hannah, a Guardian, on a swingset watching children play. She has spent her existence watching over mortals. I found this to be very interesting. Presumably, she has to protect thousands (and probably more) of humans, but she fixates on this one family for years. She and her twin brother, Samuel, follow this family from their first day through their life. She is also in a relationship with Michael, the Archangel. Scandalous! "She'd watched thousands - millions - of humans fall in love, watched as emotion consumed every ounce of them, controlling their every thought and altering their very being. To know such passion would be glorious." The story flows seamless through the past and the present. Darhower reveals Serah's close relationship with her brother, Samuel through flashbacks. In these flashbacks, you get to know Samuel and how different he was from other angels. He seems to be always dancing on the edge of good. He's a boundary pusher, something that makes Serah uncomfortable. The Dominion assigns Serah to a new task - to negotiate with the Devil and convince him put an end to this war and prevent the apocalypse. Obviously, this is not an easy task because Satan does what he wants. Over the course of several weeks, Serah travels to Hell to talk with Luce on an almost daily basis. Luce was a very interesting character. He's everything you would expect the Devil to be - self-absorbed, manipulative, and masochistic. But, Luce, the Satan Darhower creates, is vulnerable and complex. As Serah and Luce get to know each other, he reveals things about himself that no one else knows. He's tortured. He can literally feel the pain and anguish of everyone in Hell. While Serah cannot feel or smell anything. At first, she didn't mind but after talking with Luce, she begins to want more than what being an angel can offer her. "I'd rather endure an eternity of pain by choice than feel nothing forever by force." "Not only was I forced to remember, but I was cursed with something that made it all much, much worse - empathy....That torture, that mental torment, is worse than any physical pain you may perceive, angel, stronger than any [effing] tingle my brother may bestow upon you when you take your dress off for him." The conversations between Serah and Luce deal with some heavy topics. What is good? What is evil? Their interactions are filled with tension and this weightiness that I couldn't get enough of. There was this wicked chemistry between them that emanated from all of their flirting arguments I love it when writer makes me fall in love with the most unlikely couple. Serah and Luce are probably one of the most shocking couples in a book I have ever read due to what they are. Each of them stand for polar opposites. Part of what made these two work as a couple was Luce's vulnerability and Serah's skewed view of him. She sees the beauty in everything, even in the most desolate and dark things. Even in Luce. Admittedly, I felt super dirty for rooting for the devil. I mean, come on, he's like the ultimate BAD GUY. And that's why this book is so great. You root for the devil...I mean...Luce. It's all so messed up! This story could easy offend people with its suggestion that angels withhold the true from other angels and that Satan isn't all that bad. However, I see this simply as a story - a story I enjoyed immensely. The ending of this book is not a cliffhanger. It could easily work as a standalone, but MY GOODNESS it was intense. As I got closer to the end, I kept wondering where she was going to go with this. What was going to happen to Serah and Luce? ARE they going to work out? Read and you'll get your answer. I am really hoping that Darhower continues Luce and Serah's story. I would devour it immediately.
HollyBerry44 More than 1 year ago
This was a totally new kind of book for me as it is a take on angels and demons, and not just any angel and demon, the main character Serah is in a relationship with Archangel Michael, and suddenly receives a new assignment where she has to negotiate with his brother a fallen Angel known as Lucifer (or Satan as he is not fond of being called). One of my favourite things about this book is how heaven and hell area described. What Serah expects to see when she gets to the gates of hell to negotiate with Lucifer is nothing like what is there to greet her. I don't think that she was expecting him to look the way he did either, I think we all picture him as this monster with a long tail and horns or something. During the novel we get to see all of the characters grow from what they have believed for so long. Even though this book is about angels and demons and heaven and hell, it is not a religious book (at least to me it was not), for me it was more about how we portray things in the world, and how we are (mostly) so quick to judge without knowing the full situation, or the person at all. Also a lot of this book had me thinking about how people behave, and why they behave that way, and one of my favourite quotes from this book pretty much sums it up for me, it is from Serah "I've spent my entire existence watching over children, trying to keep the evil from tainting them. I look at the kids and see their inherent goodness, their innocence, and their compassion. They are born that way. They only change, only turn their backs on the world, when the world turns their back on them."  This was a shorter book, but it had me thinking more than any book has in a long time, if you are looking for a book that will leave you pondering for a long time to come, and possibly second guess things that you have always thought about or felt a certain way about before, this is the book for you. I give it 5/5.
sarabara081 More than 1 year ago
If anyone reading this review does not already know this about me, I am a huge fan of author J.M. Darhower. Seriously, if she wrote the phone book, I'd read it. Grocery list? Send it on over! So when I hear she is writing a new paranormal romance, I flail all over with excitement and glee! Add in angels and a bad boy (Satan, nonetheless) and I'm a hot mess of anticipation. Extinguish tells a different tale of heaven and hell than I am used to in angel reads. This is no human falling in love with a fallen angel story. Here we have Serah, a warrior angel who enjoys spending her time watching over children and making love with the Archangel, Michael. When she learns a fellow angel near and dear to her heart has fallen, Serah is assigned the task to confront Satan himself and demand a cease-fire in the war of good and evil. And so it begins... These characters could not have been more different from each other. Serah is the sweet angel who is obviously selfless and deeply compassionate. The angels don't truly know what it is like to have senses, to smell a flower even, or to really feel something. But then there is Lucifer, or Luce as he prefers to be called, who changes all that. I don't even know how to describe him. He is bull-headed and selfish, everything you would associate with Satan, a total bad boy. But somehow he was endearing, and dare I say, charming? A truly wicked personality on the outside, but on the inside is that Archangel, brother to Michael, and Serah makes him feels things he didn't expect too. This never took over Serah and her resolve though. Of course she goes through this change around him, but in the end she doesn't allow herself to forget who she is and where she came from, and I admired that about her character. It was a slow burn with these two in the beginning, but once that fuse was lit, their world exploded with heat and passion! These two had chemistry coming out their ears! Each moment and interaction sizzled with sexual energy with a huge payoff that left me wide eyed and blushing. Of course, there are repercussion and let's just say, a couple tissues were needed by the end. I cannot say enough good things on the writing and how this world was portrayed. Heaven is described as an idea, whatever you make of it and different for everyone, whereas Hell is an absolute place inside the earth, your worst nightmare set on repeat. I found the details rich and beautiful in both light and dark. Everything was so vivid, so clear, and just plain perfect. As I write this review, I find myself re-reading huge sections, just to relive it once again. Extinguish is seductive in it's glory with a blazing hot romance and a touch of grace. I, for one, am on the edge of my seat, waiting for what else J.M. Darhower can throw at us. Bravo! ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books