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Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Twins on "Thursday": Into Darkness Peering by Amber Gilchrist

"The Twins on Thursday" is reserved for the Twins' joint reviews. It is a special feature of our blog that discusses books that we either both like, dislike, or have mixed feelings about. This is also the day where we post reviews for books (and ARCs/Galleys) that have been sent to us by authors/galley sites/publishing houses. And because we don't believe much in uniformity, we'll be trying to mix things up a bit by adding random stuff in relation to our review (well, mostly for books we purchased anyway).

Title: Into Darkness Peering
Author: Amber Gilchrist
Format Acquired: PDF
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Publisher: Amber Gilchrist
Source of Copy: Sent for review by author


When her father died, leaving behind nothing but chaos and a secluded Gothic inn, seventeen-year-old Voirey Cruz lost control of her life and her faith in anything. Her search for answers about her father's mysterious behavior and sudden death thrusts her into a world of evil doppelgangers intent on destroying everything she has left.

If she believed in magic, she'd bring her father back from the dead. If she believed in heroes, they wouldn't be punk boys with guyliner, tattoos, and a lip piercing. But if she doesn't start believing in demons, she might not make it to eighteen.

(Image, summary, and information courtesy of Goodreads & details provided by the author)


Voirey Cruz finds her new home unsettling. There are birds that seem to record her every move, the strangeness of the family of caretakers, but especially by Griffin, the cute guy who seems determined to keep her at arm's length. The inn was the last purchase of her deceased father, and Voirey seems to know that something is amiss - because something's out there and it seems that it knows what it wants: her.

Into Darkness Peering got a lot of things right, mainly the rather engaging characters and an interesting plot line. Voirey is a normal girl, normal until she lost her father, moves into a gothic inn and starts getting attacked by demons. Have we mentioned the birds that follow her around? Creepy. She's strong and determined, a little droll and sarcastic but we can totally get behind a character like that. 

As for the love interest, we initially didn't really know what to do with Griffin at first. Was he the kind of guy who suddenly professes his love after a few staring contests with the girl? Thankfully, Griffin has a lot more layers than that, and we can totally count on him as being one of our too few book boyfriends.

The romance aspect of the book was very believable, and there were a lot of instances we just wanted to knock both their heads together because Voirey and Griffin are simply too adorable together. The fantasy, on the other hand, was quite intriguing, and had us nodding along enthusiastically.

Our only qualm with the story was that it read like a prequel. Initially, the pacing was a bit slow since there was nothing much really happening aside from Voirey discovering her powers and her settling into her new home. But when Gilchrist got the ball rolling, the few encounters with demonic entities were quite tastefully done.

Truth be told, we were both surprised at how well this book turned out. It's actually more interesting than some of the published books we've read, and we do think that this book has potential. We definitely recommend this one for those of you into the whole demon invasion scene and while you pick up a copy, we'll be eagerly awaiting the second book in this installment.


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