My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Published: 20th of February 2014
Length: 270 pages
If you follow my reviews, you’ll know I have a major reader crush on Kristy Cunning’s The Dark Side series. Kristy Cunning is another pen name for the talented C.M. Owens, so when I saw this paranormal series of hers, I just couldn’t help myself. Instant purchase.
I finished reading this book on the 12th of July, but it took me some time to actually get around to writing the review. Why? Because I was too caught up in reading the next book in the series. It’s been some time since I’ve been that into a series, that I’ve even felt like eating got in the way of my reading!
As a mortal witch Alyssa is hell bent on enjoying her last year as a mortal, before immortality kicks in. (Not bad when she’s only in the beginning of her 20’s). She’s moved out of her mother’s house, and into her own – which her over protective mother isn’t too happy about. The town so happens to be paranormal-central, and there’s a lot of things that go bump in the night that she a a young witch should stay clear of.
On her way home from work (weird that a talented witch would work at a coffee house), Alyssa meets Kane and it’s pretty much
love lust at first sight. The two of them quickly strikes up a relationship, one where Alyssa seems so smitten that her head and heart is at constant war.
“I thought a movie and popcorn, if you have either. If not, we could just head down to the lake or something.”
I’d love to go to the lake with him, but we’d have no provacy there. That’s probably better. I don’t need to be alone with him. the lake it is.
“I’ve got a movie and popcorn, so you’re in luck.”
Apparently my brain and my mouth are no longer linked together. Good grief.
Alyssa and Kane are all but happy in their little love bubble, until a brutal awakening reaches them: her mother is missing. Alyssa leaves everything and everyone behind, in order to run off with her mother’s friend to track her down. On this quest they encounter different paranormal beings like Night Stalkers, Lycan’s, Changers, Dark Witches and White Witches.
As a white witch, Alyssa shouldn’t be around any other beings. But desperate times calls for desperate measures, so Alyssa’s estranged father – a witch that evokes fear just by name alone, sends a changer to help track down her mother. And when a dark witch also shows up to help, Alyssa quickly learns that she cannot tell friend from foe merely on their supernatural powers. It turns out the most of what she thought she knew about the different species, is outdated anyway. So, if she’s to succeed in finding her mother, she needs to shake her judgemental black and white goggles, and let the people around her help.
With this new found knowledge she strikes up a friendship with Thad the changer, and Gage the Dark Witch. The friendship with Thad does seem to be hard for Kane, as he’s around a lot. Whereas Alyssa keeps trying to break it off with Kane, for his own good, since he’s just a normal guy. Or is he? There’s a lot of queues throughout the book that suggests, that there’s something up with him. But one way or another, nothing is confirmed until towards the end!
The guys, oh my… let me just take a minute to swoon over these three alpha gods. Apparently, they’re all sexy looking and Thad’s sense of humour and troublemaker tendencies, makes him a winner in my book. Kane seems like your run of the mill prince charming. He say and do all the right things, but as soon as the cat is out of the bag and his secret is revealed, he’s all the more interesting! Gage, well I haven’t made my mind up about him yet. But he’s definitely someone I’m keeping my eyes on.
Alyssa is a far cry from he bad-ass heroine C.M. Owens/Kristy Cunning created in her Reverse Harem series. Alyssa is more dramatic, naive and a wee bit entitled in the way she’s portrayed. On top of that, this book involves love triangles. I did almost loose it with her, for keep trying to break up with Kane. Seriously, either do it or don’t. The drama can get tedious.
So basically this book has all the things I dislike and yet, I love this series. I don’t know exactly what it is, that makes it work. But for me, it definitely does work.
Have you read this book or anything else by C.M. Owens? Comment and let me know.