Darkness Falls is the second book in the A Ravenwood Mystery series by Mia James. It was published on 29th September by Indigo (Orion Imprint) and the book is 384 pages long. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy for review.
April Dunne is having a rough time. There are vampires in her school. Not Goths, or Emos in fancy dress. Dangerous, blood-sucking semi-immortals. They run the school. They pretend to be students at it. And they're using their influence to recruit smart, rich students - aka 'bleeders' - to their own cause. What is that cause? April isn't sure. But she knows they killed a rock star for it, and innocents who got too close to the truth. One of them almost killed her. But that's nothing to what's coming next. Gabriel, her kinda-boyfriend, is dying and unless April can find a cure then not only is she going to be boyfriendless, she's also going to lose one of her major allies in the school. And she really needs allies. Because it turns out April has an ability of her own, one that could prove lethal to the 'Suckers' who've taken over the school. If any of them figure out what she is, then losing her boyfriend will be the least of her problems ...
What I thought
To start with, I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book in this series 'By Midnight' but I did love the idea behind it so decided to give this one a shot with the hopes that it would get better.
Darkness Falls picks up right where By Midnight left off, following April and the bad things that have been happening around her. From here, I remembered how much April bugged me. Yes, she has had a hell of a lot to deal with so I could sympathise with her in that respect but overall, she's childish and selfish. Although her vampire boyfriend is dying... and because of her I might add... everything still has to be all about her or she throws a bit of a hissy fit. Because of her constant whining, I actually hated April and the sympathy I did feel to begin with quickly went away.
Then there are the people that April goes to school with. Caro, her best friend, I actually quite liked. She has a lot of common sense and is pretty rational considering everything that is happening. I probably liked her as much as I did because she's the complete opposite to April. Ben, a secondary love interest was another character that I liked but he wasn't featured nearly enough. To me, it seems that he does genuinely like April although there still may be an ulterior motive in there somewhere. Ben just seems like a lovely guy who would actually treat April right, unlike her boyfriend Gabriel.
The dialogue between characters, for the most part, was terrible. The popular clique at school, 'The Faces', come from money and not only do they act like stuck up snobs, they act and talk like 50 year old socialites. I dread to think how many times darling or honey were used in conversation in this book. The teenagers do not talk at all like normal teenagers though in certain ways, they do act their age.
For a large chunk of the book, nothing seems to really happen. There is a lot of running around, talking to different people, trying to figure out answers and while this was supposed to add to the mystery and build tension, I found it quite boring. Nothing really exciting happens for at least 200 pages so the pacing was completely wrong for me. I would have loved for something exciting to happen a bit earlier so it kept me interested.
As you can probably tell by now, I really didn't like this book and won't be carrying on with the series anymore.