Nov 1, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Dark Genesis by @ADKoboah #paranormal #romance



Publication Date: March 21, 2012
Series: Darkling Trilogy #1
Genre: Paranormal/Romance
Source: Free Download

DeeJay's Rating: 
Unique and unexpected!

Life for a female slave is one of hardship and unspeakable sorrow, something Luna knows only too well. But not even she could have foreseen the terror that would befall her one sultry Mississippi evening in the summer of 1807. 

On her way back from a visit to see the African woman, a witch who has the herbs Luna needs to rid her of her abusive master’s child, she attracts the attention of a deadly being that lusts for blood. Forcibly removed from everything she knows by this tormented otherworldly creature, she is sure she will be dead by sunrise.

Dark Genesis is a love story set against the savage world of slavery in which a young woman who has been dehumanised by its horrors finds the courage to love, and in doing so, reclaims her humanity. (Goodreads)

Everyone knows how skeptical I am of free books, and I was equally skeptical of this one. However, it was recommended to me by Carrie from The Mad Reviewer and since she and I have similar reading tastes, I decided to give it a try anyway. I mean, really. How could I resist a vampire love story that takes place in during the period of American slavery?
Boy, am I glad I took a chance on this one!

Not only was this book dark and mysterious, it was also poignant and explicit. Koboah did not hold back when it came to displaying the horrors of that time period. It takes true talent to throw in a vampire love story and not romanticize slavery at the same time. I mean, it was really well done. I applaud her!

I thought Luna and Avery were awesome characters. Luna was the slave woman who suffered at the hands of not one, but two plantation owners. The sexual abuse was quite difficult to read about, but was realistic for those times and again, I'm glad the author wasn't afraid to go there. Luna was pretty strong-willed for a slave, and had a very smart mouth (typical black girl trait, BTW :P). But because she was considered to be one of the most beautiful slave-girls, she was afforded a few extra slips of the tongue. But not many, she was still a slave after all. Avery was Luna's "salvation", in that fate had somehow bound them together and there was no way they wouldn't have found each other. Avery was gentle and sweet, just what Luna needed. But he was also protective and fierce and didn't play around when it came to her safety. He was a refreshing sort of vampire. He wasn't dripping with sex appeal or trying to get Luna into bed at every turn. He wasn't after her blood or trying to force his immortal fate onto her. He simply loved her, and that was it. You would think this would make for a boring romance, but I promise you, it doesn't.

I don't want to spoil it, but the way the two of them came together was just so interesting. There's magic and spells involved in all of it, making for one crazy whirlwind of a story that I just couldn't put down. The pacing was just perfect for a book like this and I breezed through it very fast. The only reason this book isn't five stars was because things didn't actually turn out the way I thought they would. This isn't a bad thing, but I was just expecting a different outcome. However, this is a trilogy and it ain't over until it's over, and I'm excited to see where the series is headed.

Basically, I'm impressed and was totally caught off guard by how impressed I am. I highly recommend this book to those who are not faint of heart and simply want to get lost in a great book that deals in loss, pain, sadness, but most of all, love.

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  1. Hi Diantha

    I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for such a wonderful review. It’s so rewarding when someone reads my novel and enjoys it as much as you appeared to.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

    ADK x

  2. I don't tend to read in the genres you do, but I love the fact that an indie (and free) book made your list. And thank you for your list . It feels like two friends talking over coffee when I read it. Cool.

    1. Yeah, I make it pretty obvious that I'm not a fan of free books, so this one caught me totally by surprise. It was great and I highly recommend it.

      Thanks for stopping by, Christina!


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