Publisher: Essiel Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2014
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Hazel Lisle has a problem. Or two. Or three.
Problem number one: Asher Evans, her best friend and long-time crush. A lover of piercings with tan skin and a posh British accent, he’s spunky, fun, dirty-mouthed...and clearly more than what he seems.
Then there is Hunter Slade. Cold. Infuriating. Unreadable. He knows just how to work her last nerve. But under his calm, impassive mask, he’s hiding a terrible secret of his own.
Hunter and Ash are the least of Hazel’s worries. Someone is out to kill her, and she has no idea why. Monsters seem to come from left and right. Invisible wings follow her everywhere she goes. There’s a voice, soft and strangely familiar, inside her head. After a series of scary encounters, Hazel doesn't know who or what to believe. Only one thing is for sure: She will not go down without a fight.
**Due to strong language and crude sexual themes, this book is only recommended for readers ages 16 and up.
Series: Darksoul Series
Review: DARKSOUL is an unusual YA paranormal romance. I’d say it is definitely not for younger readers due to the sexual content and adult language. The author’s voice is unique and the world-building is creative. The characters are rich and three-dimensional, with their own faults and strengths. I liked Hazel’s forthrightness and she had her own brand of foul-mouthed brazen charm. The paranormal aspects needed to be fleshed out a bit more, with greater detail, as it can be confusing at times. The ending seemed unfinished, which is why there will be at least a sequel, from my understanding. Hazel seems to accept the paranormal aspects without questioning, which seems a bit out of character for her. I think much more time was spent on the characterization than the details of strange new world Hazel finds herself a part of now. DARKSOUL is definitely a different story, without a lot of the clichés and tropes which plague YA paranormal romance novels.