Five: Out of the Dark

Five: Out of the Dark

by Holli Anderson

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ISBN-13: 9781620072998
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing¿which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books.

She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah¿the same small town in which she grew up.

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Five: Out of the Dark 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Five - Out of the Dark (Five #1) by Holli Anderson Five teenagers develop magical powers and are drawn together, living in the Seattle underground.  With this ability, they can see supernatural creatures which they vanquish in order to help the human race. Paige is a terrific heroin.  Her parents let her down when they discover her new abilities.  They accuse her of being evil.  She leaves her home making her way to Seattle. Despite that traumatic experience, she endures and follows the path she is meant to travel.  She is constantly growing and attempting to do the right thing. Johnathan is a natural leader.  He struggles when he transformed into a lycanthrope.  His reaction definitely makes his character seem very believable.    Feeling responsible for Johnathan’s transformation Paige vows to discover a way to heal him.  As a reader, it was easy to feel sympathy for the characters and what they withstand.    I love that most of this story takes place in the Seattle Underground.  I have gone on the underground tour a number of times.  It is such a fascinating part of Seattle’s history and terrific setting for this book.  I could totally picture every scene.  It is such a creative idea using this as the backdrop.  Five - Out of the Dark, is an original and exciting read.  The characters are likeable; the setting is ingenious, and the plot is entertaining. I look forward to the next book, Five Out of the Pit.    Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.  
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
A Solid Start on a New Middle-Grade/YA Fantasy Series I'd like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for the copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that this was free in no way impacts the integrity of my review. I give this book 3.5 stars, but for sites that only accept whole numbers I will give it 4 stars, as I would round up rather than down in this instance. <blockquote>Five teenagers who&rsquo;ve recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it&rsquo;s their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling &ndash; the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul.  Johnathan&rsquo;s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn&rsquo;t the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet&mdash;a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.</blockquote> When I agreed to review this book I wasn't entirely sure what I was signing up for, as the description is rather brief, and while it has some specifics, it leaves a lot unsaid. All of which ending up making for a surprisingly enjoyable read. These five unrelated teenagers all find each other one by one in the Seattle underground. First Paige and Johnathan meet, discovering that they both share the same mystifying 'powers.' Or at least similar powers, which is a huge relief for both, as they'd never met anyone else like themselves. As time goes by Alex, then Seth, and finally Halli join Paige and Johnathan, bringing the group to a total of five teenagers - two girls and three boys. Johnathan discovered Halli curled up in a corner on the streets, and all she can remember is her name and age. Halli, the youngest and smallest, looks more like she is nine or ten rather than thirteen. Regardless of her lost memory, her body memory is great, as she is an excellent martial artist. The group begin training together, Halli teaching them martial arts, and all of them practicing their magical skills, learning by trial and error, as well as whatever they can discover through public library books. They agree their goal is to protect humans from the Fae and Demons that walk the earth. Early on they spot a Fae trying to exchange a Changling with a human child. They manage to stop the trade, and send the two back to the Netherworld. Plus they help a local shop keeper named Joe in getting rid of some Goblins creating problems for him. He makes a point of sending them on their way with a sack of non-perishable food each, as his way of saying thanks. But their biggest project by far is to infiltrate an area school that has had a recent rash of suicides. Upon investigation they discover something at the school is seriously <em>wrong</em> . While Seth, Alec, Johnathan, and Paige attend the school as new students, Halli hits on research mode, as she simply can't pass as a high school student. During all this confusion and chaos the relationships between these five grow and deepen. The bonds of friendship tying them ever closer together. Of course fighting side by side against Fae and Demons doesn't hurt as far as drawing them into a tightly knit group. But there are some problems as well. Aside from figuring out exactly what is happening at the school Johnathan is undergoing a very hard time from the changeling bite he suffered earlier. Paige makes her personal mission to fix Johnathan, though she doesn't tell the others, at least not right away. And when least expected, help comes from a completely surprising source. Throughout their individual and group trials each of the characters grows. And though the story is told mostly from Paige's point of view, we still get a strong sense of what each of the other characters is going through at any given time. The action and suspense is well paced, and blends well with the individual character's growth. And the ending is both sweet and sad, but still leaves the door wide open for the sequel. Though there are a few comments about drugs, and some extremely tame romance (first kiss kind of romance) I consider this to be a good read for middle-grade and up.
KristenR2 More than 1 year ago
Five kids brought together by magic learn to survive on their own while coming into their powers. This was a very fast paced book, easy to follow and full of adventure. You follow the Five as they fight against the evil that is trying to destroy their world. I really enjoyed this one. It is perfect for the 12-16 yr old fantasy reader. Great job Holli Anderson!
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
As I started this book, I wasn&rsquo;t sure what I was getting myself in to. Everything was a bit off. There wasn&rsquo;t much for the characters from getting to point A to point B, making the story feel very rushed and leaving out a whole lot that should have been there. The voice of Paige was well under her age and the range of her character too. The way the characters evolved their magic wasn&rsquo;t really set up well and just seemed to happen without much thought put into it. For a bunch of amateurs, their handling of demons and other paranormal creatures just seemed to easy. This really took away from the story and was causing me to lose interest quickly. Thankfully the story picks up when Jonathan is bitten and the group happens upon a school that just isn&rsquo;t right. I loved how the author explained the changes of Jonathan. His evolution from human to that of the paranormal. The way his changing affected not only him during that time but also how the changing of his chemistry changed him overall. The reader will know right away what is going on, but it blew me away that the other characters didn&rsquo;t seem to get it at first. In some ways it reminded me of the tv show Being Human, more so the American version than the British one. The story is told from Paige&rsquo;s point of view, but it would have been really interesting to see things from the others eyes. I would have loved to have known exactly what Jonathan was thinking, feeling, etc when he was going through the different stages of changing. The other three characters all have a uniqueness to themselves that hearing from everyone&rsquo;s POV could have really made this story sing. I did enjoy this book, the beginning of the Five series. I recommend it to readers 12+ and think that this series has some serious potential to become a favorite of the paranormal genre of readers. I look forward to reading the further adventures of the Five.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Paige is a normal teenage girl. Her father is a preacher and her mother a housewife.  There was nothing that could prepare her for what she would discover. One day, some guys from school were being cruel to her dog. Paige went after them and unleashed something she never dreamed of.        After running away from home, Paige finds herself in the underground of Seattle.  There she would meet one boy who would change her world forever. Together, they discover even more teens who have unleashed something.... special.       Amazing! Well written and characters you'd find in any high school.  This book really took me by surprise. I have to say I wasn't really expecting it to sweep me up and carry me right through. It did though and I found an author I can't wait to hear more from.  I love that the characters were normal teens. How they band together and become their own little family. I have already recommended this book to several teens and continue to shout it's praises.      I didn't find any issues.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because WOW did it deliver!    ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~ 
steeler1 More than 1 year ago
Great book!!! I was hooked from the start. Can't wait for the next one in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very well written book. This is a great escape from reality. The characters are very entertaining and true to what they believe. Very good book cannot wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admit that I am biased, but this really is a great book. I compare the mythology to the TV series Charmed, which I also loved. I know the kids that are the basis for the characters, and their personalities shine through the story telling. I can't wait for the rest of the series to be published!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Can't wait for the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It grabs you from the very first page. It keeps you wanting more.