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Book: In Darkness: The Vampire
Author: L. Diane Wolfe
Book Series: Standalone
Recommended For…: paranormal, romance, vampires
Publication Date: February 7, 2023
Age Relevance: 18+ (alcohol consumption, gore, violence, animal violence, animal death, sexual content, romance)
Explanation of Above: There are scenes with alcohol consumption. There are a lot of violent scenes and there is a lot of blood gore. There is one scene of animal violence and death involving a bear. There is some sexual content and romance.
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
Synopsis: Souls shrouded in darkness…
Stuck working as a barmaid for her demanding father, Anna dreams of adventure. When mysterious strangers enter the bar, she overhears they seek Zancrela, an ancient fortress filled with treasure and a magical library. Taking her chance, she offers to guide them. The conditions: deliver Zancrela or die.
As they journey through the wilderness, she discovers their secret: they are vampires. And most view her as food. One takes interest in her and her heart dares to hope, but it might not be enough to change her fate. Will Anna find Zancrela or become a vampire morsel?
Review: For the most part I thought this was a fun paranormal/fantasy read. The book revolves around this girl who is seeking adventure and decides to join a team to do so… except they’re hunting for this mysterious library. She offers to guide them, but soon discovers they are vampires and she might be on the menu if she doesn’t deliver them to this sacred area. The book is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes with the suspense. There is a lot of great suspense and romance moments. I thought the plot was good and the world building was great. The character development also was good.
The only issues I had with the book was the POV switching. It was a little jarring and in at least one instance it happened within the same chapter. I also thought that the book was a bit too fast paced for my liking and I would have liked it to be a bit slowed down and more fleshed out.
Verdict: It was good! I liked it.