Thursday, January 03, 2013

Lizzy Ford, Dark Summer - Review

Lizzy Ford - Dark Summer (#1 The Witching trilogy)

A girl with a broken past and a dark secret. A boy with a twisted future and no second chances. When they meet, it just might cost them their souls.

Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn't expect the new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay where everyone will turn against her after a few weeks. Until she meets the rest of the students at this special school and realizes she’s not the only one with magic in her blood. Accustomed to the concrete jungle of LA, she gets lost one night in the forests of the Rocky Mountains and meets Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday. Their connection is instant and dangerous, for both will be forced to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.

One choice. One soul. One price.

This Author was recommended to me by a fried and I cannot express to her how grateful I am, This was the first book from Lizzy I purchased as the blurb was literally music to my ears and sounded exactly like my cup of tea. 

The book starts off with you meeting Summer, who quite frankly has had a bit of a rubbish life, she has spent most of her life living in a foster home and going from school to school as they always end up asking her to leave, if only she could stop the strange things from happening that always seem to surround her. 

Summer is on her way to a brand new school literally in the middle of no where, it is surrounded my trees and nature something Summer has never really been around before and for some reason it comforts her and she feels a connection. The first people she meets at her new school and brothers, well twins to be precise. Hot twins. Decker is the person to catch my eye the most, and of course he is the story's bad boy, what can I say a naughty man is right up my street I love them. 

The school itself seems a little different, and Summer soon finds out that finally there is a place full of people just like her a group of magic users who can manipulate the elements and use certain spells. Summer finds out she has an affinity for not only one element but two, it is no wonder that she felt so at home with the forest as she gets her powers from earth and wind. 

Summer also learns more about the mysterious Decker who happens to be a Dark student while his brother is a Light user. They both also happen to be next in line to take over the roles of  'Master of the night and fire' and 'Master of the light' there job will be to make sure the laws of the light and dark are not to be broken. At first i was a little confused by the magic system and it took me a few chapters to get the hang of it but once I did it was more than worth it as I liked her unique take on magic, it wasn't a story line that has been recycled it was original. 

Summer is a very naive girl, and sometimes yes this can border on annoying but those moments are few are far between. There are a lot of good characters in this book and defiantly a few surprises along the way that make it an excellent read to sink your teeth into and make you never want to leave. 

This book was such a pleasant surprise and I did not want to put it down, it was so good I straight away had to purchase about 5 more of her books (They are all such a good price!). 

Yes the ending does have a HUGE cliffhanger, but the good thing for us is the next book is already out, YAY. I do recommend getting the in between novella as it explains a lot and will let you go into the second book with added knowledge. 

A well deserved 5/5 stars.

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