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Dark Summer | Lizzy Ford | Reviewed by Anjali




Yet another freebie on my Kindle. I actually quite enjoyed this book. I think perhaps because it has a school-like feature through it, and I really enjoy that. The description on Good Reads says:


A school for Witchlings. The ultimate choice between Light and Dark...Where the price of a mistake is your soul. Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn't expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again. In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she notices Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday.When she learns that this special school has attracted others with magic in their blood, she is hopeful that this time around, things may be different. Besides, she can’t deny her interest in Decker, and when he rescues her one night from the dark forests of the Rocky Mountains, their connection is instant.Yet a relationship with Decker may prove to be Summer’s downfall, forcing her to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.One choice. One soul. One price.


Sounds kinda lame, but I quite liked it. Summer, the main character, arrives at this new school, one she is sure she will be kicked out of, and doesn't try hard to fit in or make friends. But then enter boy number one, who, it turns out, isn't the right boy...so enter boy number two.

The characters were quite typical of any teenage sort of story: The main character who feels like she doesn't fit in/she's different etc., the handsome popular boy, his brooding brother, the popular girl who is the biggest cow on earth, and the crazy friend who is just a little bit weird. There's even the trusty side-kick animal in there too. But even though they were typical characters, I found myself liking them anyway, and I actually thought the main character, Summer, was half-way decent. Normally, as you may know by now, I'm not really one for main characters - there's always another character I like better - but I think that Ford did a good job at writing her, so she had just enough damsel-in-distress/'I'm so different etc' and also a bit of kick and I'm-gonna-stand-up-for-myself-ness.

The end came only as a little of a surprise to me, as I had accidentally read the blurb of the second book, so slightly knew what was going to happen (guys, don't do that), but if I hadn't have read that, then I think it would have been a 'oh, really? What?' kinda moment.

For another free book, it was pretty good. Not as good as other books, but good enough, I think, that I will read the next one.


This review was written by regular reviewer Anjali, get to know her here
Image from Goodreads


1 comment

  1. I usually don't like the main characters either! but I'm glad you thought this one was okay, haha!

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