Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review - The Darkening Dream by Andy Garvin

Title and Author: The Darkening Dream by Andy Garvin
Publication Date: January 10th, 2012
Publisher: Mascherato Publishing
Paperback/Hardcover: 382
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Even as the modern world pushes the supernatural aside in favor of science and steel, the old ways remain. God, demon, monster, and sorcerer alike plot to regain what was theirs.

1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand.
With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal?
No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.

I recived this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and it turned out to be an interesting read.
The Darkening Dream is the story of Sarah who starts having visions and ends up right innthe middle of trouble because of them. With the help pf her friends Sarah embarks on a journey to save the Holy Trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. That hourney will force her to fight against a vampire, a demon-loving Warlock and Egyptian Gods.
I know the plot seems a little random but I actually enjoyed the story and the characters.
Therea re many characters in this book and The POV changes regurlarly but all the characters manage to remain very unique and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be to keep track of all of them. All the characters are well-written and developed and their personalities stand out.
Every characters has a purpose in this story and I enjoyed that. I also enjoyed the fact that, for instance, the vampires are very old school. What I mean with that is that the author takes advantages of the old stories about vampires – they can change shape and have to be invited in to be able to enter a house. With so many different takes on supernatural creatures nowadays I liked reading a book that keeps it all very old school.
The mythology and religion in associaiation with supernatural beings and events is very well addressesd in this book as well. The supernatural base of this book is very solid and the world created seemed real and constructed in a smart way.
The book is well-written and there are several secrets that are slowly revealed as the story develops. The twists and turns kept me enterained and so did the adventure, mytery, suspense and romance.
I think Parnormal fans will be able to enjoy this book.

Rating: Worth Your Time(4 Stars)

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