Saturday, 1 August 2015

Dark Lightning by Bethany L. Brown

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Bethany L. Brown.
Dark Lightning
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Ever dreamed of having control over an element? Ava Sparks didn’t. She was just a normal girl without a passing thought that there could be something out there other than humans. Until her seventeenth birthday.

In a moment of panic, something unthinkable happens: lightning surged out of her hands. Soon after, she is swept away into the world of elementals. At Westville Boarding School, she is drawn into a society full of dark secrets, power, and rivalry, and she must find her place in the battle Ms. Masters, the leader of the elementals, is set on instigating against humans.

Aided by her best friend Harper McGee, she realizes her true potential and the benefits of wielding lightning. However, reoccurring nightmares are testing the limits of her sanity and the fact that an unavoidable darkness follows the lightning doesn't help. When the past and present starts to collide, secrets are revealed and fate is hard to avoid. Throw in the infuriating, but mouth-watering, Nathan Yates and life is no longer easy. She instantly feels drawn to him, no matter how rude he is or how hard he pushes her away.

Dark Lightning by Bethany L. Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dark Lightning(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Bethany L. Brown.)

“You will never see them again! Those filthy creatures were not your parents!”

This was a YA paranormal romance about a girl who could control lightning.

Ava was quite a strong girl, especially seeing how well she coped at being taken from her parents and thrust into a life she knew nothing about. The fact that she was also supposed to have been some kind of saviour couldn’t have been easy either.

“And how many can control lightning?”
“Including you, only one.”

The storyline in this was about Ava starting at a boarding school for kids who were descendants from specific families who had the ability to control different elements to different extents. The world building was quite good, but I did find the information quite chunky in places, making the story a little heavy going at the start. I also had some problems with the pace, and felt like that the book could have possibly been streamlined a bit to help the story flow a bit better. (Deleted scenes could have then been added at the end of the book as bonus material for anyone who did want to read it.)

“Only one student in this school is considered to be a level five.” Drew finally spoke up, but still kept his eyes down.
“Who?” I couldn’t help but ask.

There was some romance in this, and whilst the two characters didn’t seem to suffer from insta-love, the possibility of them being soul mates seemed to be raised quite early on in the book.

“Do you think Nate is your soulmate? Do you feel that pull?”
I shook my head, unsure why I was lying. “Nope.”

The ending to this was wrapped up nicely, and I was quite shocked at Ava’s part in the final show down.

6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. Nice review :) It seems really cool about a character who can control lightning, very unique!