I really enjoy a good zombie story, and that is exactly what Adams gives you with Into the Darkness. It’s fast paced, action packed, and has you on the edge of your seat the entire time! It also has just enough subtly sweet moments to have you clamoring for more, that is until a biter comes in to wreck the day!
I liked the characters a lot in this story. It was a good mix of people with their own personalities and quirks. They each brought something special to the story and I want to see more of them, even the bad guys are intriguing! And word to the wise, you don’t always able to tell the good from the bad, until it’s to late.
You know how people say that they “love to hate” something/someone, well I had the reverse of that with Phoenix. She was someone that I hated to love. She’s such a strong, fearless person that you can’t help but to be in awe of her. But she also has some pretty poor people skills and is super mistrusting, and brash. So there were times when she could seem cold or calculating, but ultimately she did care about people, she just wasn’t the best at showing it. At certain points you did get to see someone make it briefly through her wall of defenses and you got the feeling that once your in her heart, you’re there for good and she’ll fight for you until the bloody end. I can’t wait to see more of that side of her!
This did end on one hell of a cliffhanger, but luckily I have the next book to start IMMEDIATELY! I suggest you do the same, because I have a feeling that once you start this wild ride, you, like me, won’t be able to stop!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Title: A Date With The Devil
Author: Kira Adams
Release Date: May 31, 2015
In one moment, my entire life was ripped away from me. I ignored the warning signs until it was too late. Until I became the victim.
He took my life away from me; my freedom, my courage. I’ve lived my life in debilitating fear since that fateful day.
He was there the day it all went down, and he’s been by my side ever since. He’s been the only thing that’s kept me going.
He’s my best friend, but he wants more. I’m terrified to lose him. I’m terrified he’ll leave.
One tried to kill me.
One brought me back to life.
I’ll never be the same person again–that girl died when the match was dropped. Too much has already been stolen from me.
It’s time to take back what’s mine.
I knew deep down inside there was a possibility he would take it to that dark place, I just never admitted it aloud. I knew if I did, it would become real and I had been living in my own lie for so long; I didn’t want to believe it.
It isn’t until I smell the gasoline that I know we are at a point of no return.
“What are you doing?” I sputter out, gasping for breath. My ribs ache, and I have a splitting headache. I am blinking rapidly in an attempt to gain my bearings. I can feel the cold, hard concrete beneath me and I realize I am lying on the ground outside. The wind stings my face, sending goose bumps throughout my entire body.
Why can’t I move?
Fear begins to accelerate through my bones at a rapid rate. I can feel my heart beating ferociously against my chest.
Why can’t I move? I’m still blinking continuously, hoping this is all just a bad dream.
“You should have listened, Bryce. You never listen.”
I rack my brain quickly trying to remember what, if anything I did wrong this time. That’s when Tyson’s face pops into my head. Tyson was going to be my accomplice tonight. He didn’t know it, but he was going to help me escape this hell I’ve been confined in for the past couple of years.
I swallow loudly.
He warned you, my inner voice scolds me. The same voice that has held me frozen in fear in our relationship for the past two years.
I’m looking up at Robbie, and I don’t even recognize him. His eyes are cold and dark, his expression blank.
That’s when I see the match. He flicks it across the back of the holder and a flame ignites.
“No! No! Please!” I’m squirming around, but excruciating pain is shooting throughout my entire body.
“Just remember Bryce, you did this to yourself.”
And then he drops the match.
Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.
She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.
Now that you’ve had a peek at A Date with the Devil, let us share our thoughts after reading this harrowing tale!
4.5 out of 5 stars!
One of the things I can say after reading multiple Kira Adams books is that they are always compelling stories that I devour, typically in one day! I get so engrossed that I can not put it down until I have finished. A Date with the Devil is no exception. It grabbed me from the very first page and would not let go until the very last.
I loved the way that this story was told, alternating between the present and the past. I think seeing Bryce struggle to get her life back on track, while alternately watching how it fell apart a year previously really made her journey that much more gripping. It made you really appreciate each accomplishment, each seemingly little step, that Bryce made, because after each one you got yet another painful glimpse at just how much she had to overcome to get that victory. All of the sudden these small feats were much larger and you were cheering her on along the way.
I also really dug the “guy next door” thing going on here! Tyson was the kind of neighbor I think we would all appreciate….especially us ladies! He was a genuine good guy, and I thought it was sweet how he was there for Bryce right from the start. Even when their relationship became strained, he never stopped being there for her, and that’s something special.
Even though I had a pretty good idea where things were ultimately heading, there were still a few surprises along the way, which was nice. This had some darker themes at play here, but I would say that it was more about dealing with your demons and moving forward and never giving up. And those are some pretty powerful messages!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Ok...forgive me but I'm still kind of reeling from that ending. That was about as far from what I was expecting when I picked this book up than I can imagine. I'm left with a some mixed feelings, quite honestly. And I think it was mostly Destiny that was doing the mixing. Even after that whole story, I still don't know what to think about her. I knew she was going to be rough around the edges, but apparently on a whole different level than I was anticipating.
I had a hard time picturing this being the girl for Topher. Topher who has already walked through hell and back. I get he was kind of a jerk in the beginning of the first book, Learning to Live, but he was also a spoiled teenage boy, who started maturing and mending his jerky ways. I felt like he was somehow atoning for those sins in this book by so fully involving himself with Destiny and her many troubles, and that bummed me out a little.
On the flip side of all that, I was really happy to see Topher still the sweet guy that we left him as in Learning to Live. It was nice to see how much he learned from his harsh experiences. I loved that he still maintained relationships with his father and his partner, and also Ciera's family. I was grateful for those glimpses of them, to know that they were carrying on and starting to flourish even. I felt like that brought a sense of closure to Ciera's story that I didn't even know I needed.
As much as I was not impressed by Destiny, I also pitied her. I felt sorry for the life that she never really got a chance to enjoy, and the childhood that she lost. Hers was a sad story, and one that you don't recover from overnight. So in that sense, I understood why she was the way she was. It was just hard for me to really see what Topher was seeing. I could see that he felt he failed Ciera in certain ways but I do believe that he might have been overcompensating for that in his relationship with Destiny.
I can also say with damn near 100% certainty that the last few chapters will surprise the hell out of you. That's not always the easiest task to pull off, so hats off to you Adams! The bottom line is, if you read and loved Learning to Live, like I did, than Life After is an absolute must read. You have to see how Topher's tale turns out, because you truly never could have guessed!
I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited to see Lee and Jacqueline's story! I knew that Jacqueline had a rough past, but it was heartbreaking finally getting the full story. I absolutely love some of the harsher aspects of life and people's issues that Adams explores in her novels. Everything always feels genuine and real. Bipolar disorder isn't something I have read about before, and I found it refreshing to explore here. I think there was a lot of care in how it was brought out and I appreciated a realistic approach to the subject. And even though I was off put by Lee's initial reaction to finding out that Jacqueline had this disorder, I did feel that his reaction probably was very realistic to how some people at that age, in that more casual dating (totally nice way of saying just looking for some nookie) mindset would react. So even though it pissed me off, it honestly fit the situation, and gave Lee no where to go but up, as far as my opinion of him.
I really liked Travis too. I worried for a bit that this was going to turn into a love triangle similar to the previous book, but thankfully it never went there. I thought he was a great friend to Jacqueline, and I really didn't even fault him for the way he handled the situation when things seemed too daunting to him. Sometimes, as hard as it can be, you can't save/fix people that aren't ready to accept that new path or help, no matter how hard you try. So I kind of understood where he was coming from. I also got the feeling he may have been Jacqueline's crutch in a way, and their time apart would probably be a good thing for both of them.
There were a lot of times I actually felt that Jacqueline could do better than Lee. He made a lot of mistakes in the beginning and I wasn't always a fan of the way he viewed her or her struggles. He seemed to come around more as the story progressed but I wasn't always sure if it was for the best reasons or not. In the end I could see why they worked well together though. And I enjoyed the journey of them getting there. I am really curious to see where this series goes next!