Kahler, A. R. Shades of Darkness (Ravenborn, #1), 292 pgs. Simon and Schuster, 2016. $17.99 Content: Language: R (125 swears; 21 “F”); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG-13.
Kaira goes to an art intensive private school in the remote forests of Michigan. She found this school as an escape from something violent that happened at home, but she feels like the same supernatural elements that were a part of her traumatic past have found her. When a couple of kids at school die, Kaira has to face the darkness that is coming for her.
If I had not committed to reading this book for this review, I would have put it down and never picked it up again after the first fifteen pages. The first ten pages are all about Kaira’s friends’ sexual preferences as a way of describing their characters. There is a lot of gratuitous “F” words and sexual talk. Mature content aside, this book was still awful. There is a vague reference throughout of this horrible thing that Kaira did and the book takes forever to set up and then when the supernatural elements are connected to this horrible thing she did, it seems rushed and confusing. The book doesn’t have a satisfying ending… or middle or beginning.
HS - NO Reviewer, C. Peterson.