Release Date: January 28th, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It's what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.
When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn't exactly what it seems. Kaylyn's new quest, harder than any she's been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.
*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*
I wanted to like this book so much! That being said, there were a lot of things that I did enjoy about Ever Darkening, but the book, as a whole, just didn't do it for me.
What I enjoyed:
The book was fast-paced. Ever Darkening is a quick read jam-packed with action. There wasn't a moment in the book that was without conflict, tension, or forbidden romance.
Chapter 7. Chapter 7 was a fantastic piece of story-telling. The eeriness of the forest frightened me, I shared the unease of the characters, and the mystery behind the darkness drew me in.
Chapter 24. Chapter 24 was heart breaking! Janeal Falor took great care in stressing the close friendship and sisterhood that Kaylyn and Marsa shared. The dialogue between Kaylyn and Marsa in this chapter hit me right in the feels. Every word Kaylyn spoke felt like a lash of a whip and watching Marsa's "light" flicker and fade out saddened me.
What could have been better:
Character building. It was difficult for me to imagine what these characters looked like. Kaylyn has long hair, but what color is it? What do her eyes and face look like? Marsa has blond hair. Is it long like Kaylyn's? I have no idea. I imagined it to be a bob for some reason. It was also challenging for me to connect with the characters. It always seemed like the majority of the dialogue between the characters was very proper and unnatural.
Explanations. After completing the book, I still am not sure if I have the correct understanding of what a Zopha, Zophasken, Malryx, and Morphrac are.
Kaylyn blaming herself for the darkness. Putting myself in Kaylyn's shoes, I'm still not sure I would have come to the same conclusion she did as the reason for why the darkness was growing. In theory it makes sense- Kaylyn destroyed all evil, so nature is balancing out all the good. Still, if I were her, I would have probably just thought there was an extremely powerful Malryx affecting everything.
I still recommend reading Ever Darkening! Everyone's opinions are different and I definitely read a lot of reviews praising Janeal Falor's work!