Unexpectedly Enticing: A Review of THE DARK LIGHT by Sara Leigh Walsh

The Dark Light

The Dark Light
Sara Leigh Walsh
496 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol–or the brilliant tattoo on his back–out of her mind.

Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was–and neither is she.

   Sara Leigh Walsh drops onto the YA scene with a novel unlike any you’ve seen before. With an unexpected plotline and a strong set of unique characters, The Dark Light is quite an enjoyable read.

   I never expected the plot to go the way it did. The discreet summary hinted at paranormal, but the plot was more fantasy and even sci-fi than that. The Dark Light drew me in from its very first pages, with the enticing cover, the magnificent, mysterious tattoo, and promises of mystery shrouding Mia Stone’s life.

   And while the plot drew me in and the characters charmed me, the writing of the novel seemed to downplay the effect of the novel in whole. At times, the dialogue seemed forced. Other times, Mia’s thoughts were repetitive and didn’t seem necessary. The writing just didn’t make the cut I was expecting.

   But I did enjoy the novel. A lot. Nitpicking aside, The Dark Light was highly enjoyable, and when I reached the last quarter of the book, I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. Demons (yes, demons), bright lights in the horizon, and the air of constant mystery kept me hooked and unable to let go.

   Sara Leigh Walsh leaves room for a sequel, though there isn’t one planned. And while the plot of The Dark Light had my heart-pounding at times, I would love to see what the author has in mind for the larger problem we encountered briefly in Mia’s world. All in all, The Dark Light is a fantastic, thrilling read.

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    August 21, 2012

    i can't waittttttttt. gr88 review

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    August 21, 2012

    I'm still really intrigued by this novel. I can understand the nitpicking, because I do it too often. But still sounds like a great world!

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    Maji Bookshelf

    August 21, 2012

    hmm.. this seems like an adult book, but does sound interesting! Great review!
    – Farah @MajiBookshelf

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    August 21, 2012

    Loved this book for the same reasons you did! I was highly unexpecting and highly awesome! Plus, I loved the characters! I hope with good sales that we still get a sequel. Although this book definitely ended neatly, it leaves room for more!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    August 22, 2012

    This is one super-hot cover! I might pick it up just so I can oogle… cool that the story unexpectedly surprised you as well!

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    Maji Bookshelf

    August 22, 2012

    great review! but what I have a problem with is the “room for a sequel” what if its never made? I don't like open ended stories. Anyways, I've had my eyes out on this novel and I will be sure to check it out!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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    Christina K.

    August 23, 2012

    Sounds like such a unique story, and I like how there's the problem with her brother as well as the mysterious guy:)

    Great review:)

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    September 21, 2012

    I'm really excited to read The Dark Light but after reading your review, I think it's best I low my expectations, just a bit. Though you had trouble with the writing, I'm glad you still enjoyed the story. Amazing review, I always love reading your thoughts!

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    October 7, 2012

    I am so excited to read this. I have it in my posession and I haven't had any time to read at all this week. Next week, I'm going to read the crap out of it tho and I can't wait.

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    November 16, 2012

    Thanks for the review! I have been hearing such mixed reviews for this.

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    Alyssa Susanna

    January 21, 2013

    I LOVED this book!!!! Definitely one of my favorite fantasies ever!!! I can't believe more people didn't like this book – because I read it like 53456367398 times and couldn't get enough!!! I hope Sara Walsh writes more, because I want more! :D

    Great review!

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    February 4, 2013

    i love the cover…and i will buy and read this book…
    sol sounds a mysterious guy…luv it too!!
    thx 4 the review.. :)