ARC Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

Posted July 3, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury
The Darkest Day
by Britt Bury

3 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: July 3, 2012
Series: Immortal Heat #1
Published by Forever Yours
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
 

 
THE DARKEST DAY is the first book of a new series called the Immortal Heat. I love warrior men with accents so I thought I would give this one a try. Here are my thoughts on it:

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK:

-The best part of this book for me is the spunky heroine, Izel Campbell. Izel was grown up to believe that she is an immortal Fionn, however when she goes to Scotland, she learns that she is actually the last living human in the world. I really enjoyed Izel’s character. She was spunky and funny and also very strong under the circumstances she was put through.

– There is a good amount of humor in this book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It made the reading fun and never tedious and there were times when I laughed out loud. I love it when a book does that.

-Along the same lines as the humor of this book, I found that the dialogue between Izel and Kelvin to be very entertaining. I loved their banter and the way Kelvin spoke as if Izel knew who he was and what his place in the clan meant. Izel keeps him on his toes .

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK:

– Kelvin is a fierce Pookah warrior. Unfortunately for me, the name ruins it all. I just think of beady-eyed kittens when I heard the word “Pookah” but that’s just how my head works.

– I did not like the fact that there was a drastic change in Izel’s appearance. I understand that she was disguised and then –surprise! – she was revealed, but it irks me when the description suddenly turns into one of a gorgeous woman. I didn’t think it was necessary to change her eye and hair color and the shape of her body completely.

– There is one scene in this book where the hero Kelvin tells Izel the ways of the Razorback warrior. On winter solstice and the days leading up to it, the warriors feel this animalistic urge to mate. However, in order for the warrior to recognize their true mate, they have to screw them. Sometimes they screw someone and they aren’t their true mate, so they go on to find another woman until they find the one they are supposed to be with. This caused me to raise an eyebrow. What irks me more is the fact that Kelvin says something along the way of, this is the way of the warriors. Accept it. This is how I felt most of the book is. The author states the mechanics of the world, but doesn’t really take the time to make readers BELIEVE it. It lacked that persuasion that some other books have. In countless instances, I found myself questioning why such a thing occurs, but in the end, there weren’t good enough explanations as to why. It just does and that’s that. I felt like the author was trying to sell something to me without telling me what I was buying. Unfortunately, I wasn’t buying any of it. I wished she took more time explaining WHY certain things occurred so that the worldbuilding was stronger. I just didn’t get that this time around.

So in the end, it’s a split decision. There were three major things I loved about the book but there were also three major things I disliked. I think I will still be checking out the next book in the series to see if there is more to like there. I’m not ready to give up just yet.

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About Britt Bury

Britt Bury writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly.
Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. When her dream of being a professional karaoke star and Elvis impersonator didn’t pan out, she turned to writing. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.

Britt's first paranormal romance releases July 2012 with Grand Central's imprint: Forever Yours. Britt is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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Good review! I look forward to your follow up review on the second book – your three dislikes are definitely worth holding off for:)

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Thanks Maria! Yeah, I had to be honest in this review. But there were good parts too so it was a split!!

Ann