There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.
Seventeen-year-old spirit witch Ava López is the self-appointed guardian of the witches and humans of Darkhaven, an idyllic village nestled between the forest and the sea. Her watch: vicious and bloodthirsty vampires.
Ava is a novice in the eyes of her coven. If she expects to protect them and the secrecy of their powers, she must gain better control of her own. When a full moon ritual goes awry, control may be lost forever, and Ava is exiled from her coven. Forced to seek refuge among the beings she had always sworn herself to hunt, she vows revenge on those who have upended her life.
But the more time Ava spends away from her coven, the more she discovers a startling truth: the witches haven’t been honest with her. Ava’s quest to strip the truth from everything she’s ever known begins with the toughest realization of all—coming to terms with who she has become. (Goodreads).
With being on a paranormal kick lately, this book fit right in with my reading mood and was an enjoyable, quick read.
Ava is a young spirit witch who can communicate with other spirit witches via sleep. As an unconventional source of power, Ava’s ability to draw from spirits means that she is at peak power regardless of time or seasons. Due to her added power, Ava feels responsible for protecting her coven from their natural enemy: vampires. When things become less cut and dry regarding vampires’ evil nature, Ava soon finds herself doubting everything she’s been taught to believe.
While this was a very short story for me, at 167 pages, it had an action-packed pace that delivered a lot more than I had been expecting for the length of the story. Ava was an easily likeable character and despite her numerous flaws she seemed to have the best of intentions with her actions. Her ignorance toward the reality of witches vs vampires slowly began to unravel throughout the story and her progression toward being more open minded was interesting to read about. She had been placed in an incredibly stressful situation and her growth during this deserved applause.
There were a few things that had me unsure at the start of this book, namely Ava’s ignorance and the fact that it was written in first person. I grew to like Ava’s growth toward being less ignorant but still could not get in to the story as much as I had hoped to with it being in first person. Quite often this narrative choice just isn’t a good fit for me though, so bear this in mind that it’s simply personal preference.
Overall, I enjoyed this story and wish there had been a little more added to the ending of the book but I realise it’s in a series so hopefully the next book will answer some of the questions I was left with.
Dark Secret (Darkhaven Saga #1) by USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Rose
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