Publishing Date: September 27th, 2011
Page Count: 298
Source: Sent to me by the author
Description from Goodreads.com:
For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father's tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn't worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn't know what he is. As Janie's intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It's a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.
Since it has been such a long time since i read the prequel to this story, Dark Beauty, i was a little confused at first, because the whole time i kept saying, "I don't remember them meeting like this. Isn't he supposed to be like this? What about this part?" Then i finally recalled my memory and found out THEY ARE ABOUT COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE! lol Silly me! After i finally understood what was going on and moved past what happened in the prequel i was able to really dive in, and when i say dive in i mean head first, no fear, swimming as fast as i can.
Dark Seeker sucks you in and fast. This isn't a short novel, its about 300 pages in paperback, but it is so good that you read it so quickly. I didn't want to put it down once i started. If i didn't have classes to get to i would have finished it in one sitting, but due to having to be a responsible college student i had to put it down, get three hours of sleep, go to class and then come back and finish it. It is a shame how fast i read it, because i want to read more. It truly is THAT good of a story!
The characters are amazing. Janie is a very strong, stubborn, independent woman. She really is a great seeker and i love that she wasn't just a normal mortal with a ton of flaws and dependent. She is her own woman and doesn't take crap from anyone. Kai is a steaming bowl of hotness. He has the perfect personality for the "bad boy" that is smug, confident, and extremely gorgeous. I loved Kai and didn't think he had a single flaw. I wouldn't change anything about the characters. I felt that their relationship formed at a nice pace. It wasn't too fast and it wasn't too slow. I loved that Janie wasn't immediately smitten with him, like how most romances happen in other novels, she wanted to kill him most of the book and even when she realized she might start liking him she fought it hard. She didn't want to be the dependent needy girl that you hear about and i loved that!
I honestly don't know what else to say about this book without giving too much away. It was truly one of the best novels i have read and i cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next. The ending hits you hard so be prepared, i wouldn't change anything about it. It was a perfect ending and a perfect way to keep the audience along for the ride the entire time. Taryn knows how to keep her audience wanting more and knows exactly when to give it to them. Perfect pacing!
I loved, loved, LOVED this novel. I cannot wait to read more from this series and i hope it never ends. This novel met all of my expectations. Taryn Browning is an amazing author and i will read anything by her from here on out. Dark Seeker has the perfect pacing for the story and the characters were amazing. Janie was an amazingly stubborn independent woman which i LOVE and i feel that independence is what everyone looks for in a female lead these days. I feel like Taryn knew exactly what her audience would want to happen and instead of just giving it to us she dangled it in front of our faces till the end. I recommend this to everyone who loves young adult paranormal and everyone who loves a good romance.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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