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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!
The plot is unique enough that I might read the second book. That's the reason I'm giving this 4 stars.
This is a short book that focuses on introducing the main characters and explains Charlie's current situation. I hope Charlie learns new survival skills quickly. She is totally unprepared and acting entitled which I found annoying. Hope she develops a backbone soon.
⭐️ 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!