The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Source: Review copy from Netgalley
Paige Kelly is used to
weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering
that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a
fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have
gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan
Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's
propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle
of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to
fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she
makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate
version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make
I liked the idea for this story, and felt like the plot was different from a lot of the other YA books I've read. At the same time there were a lot of aspects that were the same.
There was quite a heavy focus on the teen romance. So much so that the story seemed to get bogged down a bit in the middle. It started off pretty good, and the ending picked up and was exciting, but I got really bored in the middle. Bored enough that I almost wanted to quit reading.
I don't know if I'd continue on with the series. The end was interesting, as I said, but the book as a whole wasn't quite enough to make me excited about reading more.