Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Through These Wicked Nights by Pixie Lynn Whitfield - Book Review

The world isn’t the same anymore. Not since humans discovered vampires are real. Zarah and her new team of Guardians barely escaped and are in hiding. What once had been her job of protecting them, she is now stuck cowering away as a new threat emerges from the humans: Hunters. War is approaching. To add to her list of growing problems, a group of Fallen have been living in The Compound. Seth is one she can't seem to resist. He teaches her things of the side of her she's never known about until recently. Draven has grown cold and distant again since the battle with Nathanial, and she is left feeling conflicted. These are the least of her worries though. Something else is going on. A video is discovered with shocking revelations, and Zarah has a feeling things are about to go haywire.

Everything is crashing down around her. If she doesn't do something soon, they all will suffer the consequences. Even if it means destroying her beliefs and extinguishing what little humanity she has left…

Don't miss this second installment of The Guardians of the Night trilogy!
First off, let me thank the lovely Pixie Lynn Whitfield for giving me an advanced copy.  It’s rare (as in, just about never) when the author of the book I’m reviewing is a close and cherished friend of mine.  I’ve known Whitfield for a few years now, and know her to be a genuinely passionate person when it comes to her writing.  That said, this review won’t be full of false praises or sugar-coating.  As with all my reviews, this will be an honest one based on my reading experience, not my personal relationship with the author.

Through These Wicked Nights picks up where Darkness Comes This Way left off.  It’s the middle book in a trilogy about vampires and angels, and the ex-rogue vampire who learns a shocking, game-changing truth about herself; part vampire and part angel, she is actually a hybrid of the two most powerful species walking the earth.

TTWN is a very short read, maybe even a little too short in all honesty.  It reads like the middle book to a trilogy, not sure what to include and what to save for the finale.  But that’s not to say that the short pages aren’t packed with story progression, because they are.  On the one hand, you’ve got the romance between Zarah and Draven, and Zarah’s budding feelings for the newcomer Seth, a fallen angel who offered Zarah help and an ear to listen when she needed it most.  On the other, you’ve got the war between vampires and humans, one that could spell disaster for both races.  The angel storyline adds a very shocking twist that I honestly did not see coming, one I’m eagerly awaiting the final book to see it play out.  Or more like, bug Whitfield until she tells me herself, because I’m a very impatient reader and these cliffhangers are killing me. L

Now this is, of course, a self-published work, which means it doesn’t benefit from the highly skilled editors working with publishing labels.  For the most part, TTWN does a great job on its own, but there are maybe a few hiccups here and there that could use a little professional polishing.  That’s a given when it comes to self-published books, but I do feel the need to point it out.  Don’t worry, though, it’s not enough to take away from the book’s enjoyment.  Especially when you come to the aforementioned twist; you’ll find yourself tearing through the pages from there until the end.

I really enjoyed Through These Wicked Nights and would be quick to recommend the Guardians Of The Night trilogy to anyone looking for a light, quick paranormal read with a side of hot vampire/hot angel romance.  It probably won’t replace your favorites, but it will be time and money well spent.

Through These Wicked Nights – 3.5 out of 5 stars

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