Saturday, October 19, 2013

Dark Child: Episodes 1-3 - Adina West Reviews

Series: Dark Child
Books: Episode 1, 2 & 3
Author: Adina West
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Book 1 Synopsis:
Kat can run a marathon without breaking a sweat. Catch anything you throw at her. Differentiate blood types by smell alone. And she’s spent years hiding the fact. But secrets from the past have a way of slipping out when least expected … and a simple blood test is enough to turn her quiet life in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains upside down forever …

Pathology technician Kat Chanter isn’t looking for trouble. On a good day, the most exciting thing in her life is the iridescent violet nail varnish on her housemate Tiffany’s manicured fingers. But lately, Kat’s been craving raw meat, and her dreams – always weird – are getting so realistic it’s scary. When she visits a psychic she’s told her life is about to change forever. Kat isn’t so sure change is a part of her plan, but a blood test at work raises more questions about her unique heritage she has no idea how to answer, so when a fabulous job offer comes her way – one that will give her the chance to research others just like her – she’s tempted to say yes and make the move to New York.

Will her dream job bring answers to all her questions or will it lead her into more trouble than she could ever imagine?

Book 2 Synopsis:
Kat doesn’t want to question her luck too closely when she lands a fabulous Manhattan apartment only blocks from her new job, even if cab drivers do have a funny habit of driving right past her antiquated apartment building without seeing it.

But the quiet building hides a deadly secret, and when Kat meets Char from down the hall, she’s drawn into a hidden world where humans aren’t welcome, populated by beings as dangerous as they are beautiful. Soon Kat’s neck-deep in trouble and on the run, and discovering the truth about her own unique heritage might just make things worse …

Book 3 Synopsis:
Dead? Kat clenched her fists, her stomach a writhing tangle of knots. Her pulse thundered in her ears.

Had this all been an elaborate ruse to trap her? The platelet study; the offer to come and work at the Hema Castus Research Institute; the special attention from Director Norris ... Surely they’d have had no way of knowing who she was. Still, if the Directorate controlled Hema Castus, and the Directorate wanted her imprisoned, even dead, everything took on a much more sinister light. And anyway, why did the Directorate want her dead?

Kat has always known she’s special. Different. But finding out why is still a shock, especially when she discovers the malevolent Directorate, a clandestine organization of untold power, have put a price on her head.

Forced into hiding in the remote White Mountains, Kat’s life is suddenly in the hands of the wild and dangerous unalil. But trusting her new protectors isn’t easy, since they seem almost as terrifying as the killers who pursue her . . .


Book 1:
This is not the kind of book that I would normally find myself reading, though I must be honest and tell how it lured me in. Adina did a good job of setting up a plot, though I felt there should have been more of a character development. What I enjoyed about this book was the fact that there really was no set path the book could have taken. You would think it was one thing and then Bam! You were taken down another path you didn't even consider. In this book you may feel like not a lot is going on, you have understand here is where we get the back story of Kat, which will definitely play a large role for the later books. I found this book very enjoyable, but I felt there could have been more. Things just happened one after another without a true reason, at least this is to me. There could a little more development of not only some characters but plot.

Book 2:
Book two is where things in this series begin to get interesting. What I enjoyed about this book is that the pace definitely picked up from book one. There was more action since all the establishing information stuff was done in book one. You definitely begin to see the meat of where this series is headed off to, and I can tell you you won't be disappointed. It was well written, as well giving you enough suspense at the end to rush off for the next one. We discover our protagonist as she discovers herself which I love, I mean who would want a character that already has everything together. All in all, a great second book to a promising series.

Book 3: 
Where do I even start with this review? Wow, I mean just wow. Book 3 is definitely doing something good for me, better than the first two in the series. I could not put it down, and read it carefully afraid to miss something important. There are twists and turns throughout the story, where you learn some people know more than they have let on and others aren't as bad as you would have first thought. The action picked up somewhat, which I found more enjoyable in comparison to book 1. It could offer more but I am sure it will be offered in later books. 

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