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A Whisper in the Dark is an easy read with some fantastic world-building. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and the world Charlie is thrust into and am looking forward to eventually reading the rest of the series!
⭐️ I was given an arc of the first instalment of the Charlie Travesty serial “A Whisper in the Dark” in exchange for an honest review! ⭐️
First things first, my rating for this is a solid 4.5 stars!
Recently I’ve been struggling to read any type of fantasy, I don’t know what it is but it’s been hard to get into a story... UNTIL NOW.
When I was given this arc at first I wasn’t sure about how I felt... vampires? I thought that mythical beast was slain when the twilight series fizzled out... but let me tell you, this is NOT TWILIGHT. These vampires are gritty, sexy, and don’t sparkle in the sun. The main character Charolette is utterly complicated in the best way possible, I instantly fell in love with her. She isn’t a typical protagonist in my opinion, she’s not overly perfect or too mean and standoffish. She is the perfect blend of flawed and intriguing. I want to see where this journey takes her!
The prose of this story is so lush, the authors did not spare their talent in any way. I found myself constantly highlighting passages in my kindle because they were just so beautifully written. I enjoyed the way the authors made me squirm whenever Charlie narrates her blood sucking or how the blood explodes on her taste buds when she drinks a bloody cocktail (I’m not a fan of blood).
The world building is spectacular, I haven’t seen anything like it for a long time. This story made me fall in love with urban fantasy, everything about the world seemed so unique to me and vastly original. Although, I do have some questions about the world itself but the answers will probably come along with the future volumes. I really love the way that the authors take a new approach to how vampires are treated in the society they live in, they rule the damn place! I truly am just astounded by the world building.
The world, New Ve, they live in seems almost dystopian in the way that it’s built. I for one love a good dystopian, but the authors added fantastical elements that make you yearn to be one of the nymphs or fairies that get to party in the cities!
The only problem for me with this story was that it lagged at the 80% mark and I found myself struggling to keep my eyes on the page, but then it picked up quickly again after that (hello Noah Forrest!). I also found Drew to be a little too chipper but I’m hoping he reveals a dark back story...
Also a warning to those who are faint of heart and prefer their stories to have not a lot of swearing and more soft core romance, this may not be the choice for you as there is some heavy usage of the F-bomb and on the first page our main girl is getting prodded by an erection (but hey, sexual freedom is something I support. I’m rambling now... sorry)
Overall, the first instalment of the Charlie Travesty serial, A Whisper in the Dark, is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an intriguing read with intense world building and love characters with good depth! I am very much looking forward to volume 2!
I'm always a little leery about co-authored books despite the fact that I've never actually read a bad one. This was no exception. It flowed smoothly, no jarring transitions or style changes. And that's about where my ability to talk technical stuff ends.
The world reminded me of so much. It was like an nuanced meal where I could taste flavors of things I've had before but was, on the whole, it's own thing entirely. I felt like I could *see* the settings, feel the press of people in the bar, the desolation of the streets just before sunrise. I love Charlie. She is all that I want in a protagonist. Good and yet, flawed. Beneath the veneer is a monster waiting to be released and I adore it. I was game for who I thought the love interest would be, even though it would not be my first choice. And then the end happened and my fangirling heart squealed with joy.
I look forward to the next installment of this story. I already knew that K.J Sutton wrote books that I love, that speak to the twisted places in my heart that sing for these dark themes. Now I'm excited to check out what Jessi Elliott has to offer. I feel like I made out like a bandit on this deal: a great new story to read, a new author's work to pursue, a beloved author's work to revisit. Yes, yes, yes.
Noooo... What? That was too short! Give me more!!!
So I was *vaguely gestures* around for the Twilight craze. I remember it all maybe a little too vividly, tbh. But I wasn't really into vampires or fan culture at the time so I didn't get to enjoy it. You can bet I'm jumping on the bandwagon and enjoying every minute of the vampire craze this time around. With favorite shows like The Vampire Diaries and Legacies and now amazing books likeCrave and currently, A Whisper In The Dark, I'm living for it.
In A Whisper In The Dark, the first story arc and novella, we meet Charlie, the vampire princess formally known as Charlotte. Charlie is on the verge of her Awakening, which is when vampires mature into adults resulting in their eyes changing colors. Charlie's father is the highly feared Vampire King who decided to split society up by factions depending on a vampire's adult eye color in an attempt to create a utopian society. (Think along the lines of Divergent) Anyone who has ever read a Dystopian knows about how well that works but I won't spoil anything for you as I still think it's a fresh perspective on that and vampires in general. Charlie finds herself in an unexpected place and is lost and confused. There's so many different paths her story can go and I'm eagerly awaiting the continuation.
If the cover and description don't sell you, let me say a few things about why I love this story:
The dystopian world is ruled by a ruthless vampire king, and there is a clear hierarchy of supernatural creatures. But humans aren't at the bottom like you'd expect. That dubious honor instead goes to half-breeds.
Charlie Travesty's fall from grace was a sad and compelling plot, and I can't wait for the next book. I immediately wanted the next installment and I'm so glad the serials are being released being so close to each other.