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-Helen Exley

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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Darkening Dream

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

The Darkening DreamPages: 379
1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand. 
With the help of Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant who knows a startling amount about the undead, Sarah sets out to uncover the truth. Their quest takes them to the factory mills of Salem, on a midnight boat ride to spy on an eerie coastal lair, and back, unexpectedly, to their own homes. What can Alex’s elderly, vampire-hunting grandfather and Sarah’s own rabbi father tell them? And what do Sarah’s continuing visions reveal? 
No less than Gabriel’s Trumpet, the tool that will announce the End of Days, is at stake, and the forces that have banded to recover it include a 900 year-old vampire, a trio of disgruntled Egyptian gods, and a demon-loving Puritan minister. At the center of this swirling cast is Sarah, who must fight a millennia-old battle against unspeakable forces, knowing the ultimate prize might be herself.

Ramblings: Super excited about this one because of Alex: he is Greek. Now, unfortunately, I am not Greek and I rarely talk about my obsession with Greece on this blog because there has never been a reason to. But, when Gavin requested my to review this book and I saw that Alex was cute and Greek?? I happy danced. I said, sign me up!

Characters: I'm just going to jump right into it: Alex was by far my favorite character. Dark curly hair, big eyes, sexy. Oh yes, I fell in love the moment I read about him. Then, to learn that he is this super cool dude who slays vampires? He's is the full package (;
I would have liked to see more from Sam. At first I thought maybe he had a thing for Sarah (the main girl) so I would have liked to see a little more resentment towards Alex.

Plot: This is a very interesting plot and I liked that it took place almost a hundred years ago. I always like books set in the past because I love history. As for the vampire hunting goes, I felt a little overwhelmed with so many POV's in the novel. We switched around to probably every single character's POV at least once. I also felt overwhelmed by all of the different prayers and spells and whatnot going on. I felt there was too much chaotic spells going on and unnecessary time changes... if that makes sense. For once I think a books needs a tad bit less action! I've never said that before!

Overall: I do want to warn everyone who reads this book because even though it's categorized as YA (and I can see why) there is some very adult-ish material (I won't get into it all, but even at 16 I felt a little uncomfortable at times. I wouldn't recommend to anyone under 16). One scene with a girl named Emily bothered me so much I almost put the book down and didn't pick it back up. I just don't understand the need for this kind of scene. She easily could have rubbed her ankles instead and I didn't need to know how it made Alex feel. I don't know how to explain it any better than this: there was just a lot of random sexual content that I felt could have been left out and still made a really great story.
I do not want to end on a sour note though! I was so shocked with the last two chapters, I freaked out! I'm pretty interested in what is going to happen next if there is a sequel. I loved this book!

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

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