Darkness Falls by Erin Kellison – 3 Stars


Darkness Falls (Reveler, #1)
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Book one in the Reveler series

I received this book through Net Galley for an honest review

Book Synopsis:

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

Fans of paranormal romance and bad boys, get ready for a dark, sexy plunge into fantasy and desire. The Reveler Series is set in a contemporary world in which people can indulge in Rêve, or shared dreaming—a pop culture phenomenon sweeping the world. Imagine being able to fall asleep at night, only to wake in a dream world, one in which you are lucid and in control—where you can be anything you want to be and do anything you like. But you must be careful…dreaming can be as dangerous as it is seductive.

My Review:

I’m not quite sure what to think of this book.  It is very short, the story only 89 pages on my nook, yet it took me three days to get through.  I can usually knock that many pages off in a couple hours, less if I’m really into the story.  So what does this say about how I felt about this story.  Hmm.  I’m thinking life might have gotten in the way.  Some busy days at work, riding my bike, shopping after two weeks without getting groceries, a tree falling down in our pasture…yep, life got in the way.  I also think that the story was difficult for me to get into at times or I had trouble figuring out what was going on.  Perhaps I wasn’t just paying close enough attention due to the interruptions.

The story reminded me of a lot of different ones, however, the ones it reminded me of are all movies.  Darkness falls is billed for paranormal romance fans in the synopsis, but to me the story is more sci-fi then paranormal.  Sure they have some sort of powers, but much of what is being dealt with is scientific or technological in origins.   I think the story could be enjoyed by both fans, but I would not really call it paranormal.  The romance label is spot on, though, and well done.  Steamy enough, but not over done.  They don’t spend most of the 89 pages in the sack, time is taken to develop the relationship.  Malcolm and Jordan have good chemistry and their personalities play off each other nicely.  The supporting characters didn’t get much development, but it is a short story, so I can overlook not learning too much about them.  We did learn a bit about Jordan’s sister, but she was pretty important to the plot.

So I mentioned that the book reminded me of some movies, so what are they?  Right off I this gave me a bit of The Matrix vibe and eventually elements of Inception filtered in.  Not that the book has anywhere near a similar story line as either movie, alright Inception is also about shared dreaming, but the story just reminded me of those movies.  I can’t think of a book that I can compare this to, so I can’t recommend it based on if you liked this book try this one too.  But fans of either of those movies might want to give it a go.

So what did I feel is missing from the story?  We never really find out why the “bad” guy wanted Jordan, and I was really curious about that.  There is another book after this one, so perhaps that was held over for a plot thread in that story.  The start was kind of rough for me.  I would have liked a little bit more information about how all the shared dreaming works and maybe some more time in the dream realm.   I think also the story didn’t grab me until about the middle, that could be why I had such an easy time putting it down to do other things.  If I’m really into a story to hell with everything else, I’m gonna read dammit.  This one just wasn’t that way for me.

Bottom line, it was an interesting concept, pretty good execution, and great ending.  The characters were likable and well written, with flaws, strengths, wise cracks, and growth.  The story is short, but feels like a longer book, the author packed a lot of action in to just 89 pages.  I think I’m going to give it 3 stars, and will probably look into book two to see what happens next.  I hope you give it a try, and if you do let me know what you think.


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