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THE DARK ONES By Bryan Smith

Published November 12, 2013 by Shadow Girl

The Dark OnesThe Dark Ones by Bryan Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I checked out some of the other reviews after finishing this book, and I’m really surprised by some of the negativity.
Admittedly, I knew what to expect from a Bryan Smith novel, (that’s why I read it in the first place), so I’m not shocked by the violence, or the sex, or the sex with violence & violence with sex!
I’m at the point of my literary life where I’m seeking out the darker & more disturbing works, and am happy that Cathy suggested Bryan Smith, (among a few others). After reading Spooky Stacks Four Horror Tales in October, picking up Smith was an easy decision to make – (his short, Pizza Face, was great, interesting, sick & I loved it!) the hard part was choosing which book! I try to make my decisions on only the book’s synopsis – I avoid the reviews, usually until I write my own. I have a few that I already own to pick from, and I think I chose The Dark Ones only because of the cover! It’s still close to Halloween/Samhain, all the decorations aren’t boxed up yet, let’s go with some Demon Worship! Haha 🙂
We’re introduced to a group of teens still in high-school, the misfits, the outcasts. The Dark Ones. Nothing too outrageous, they’re the group of friends a lot of us had. They sneak out & stay out all night, but mostly keep to themselves. One of the guys finds an abandoned house, something that’s happened before, and they are going to check it out, hang out there until the novelty wears off and they move on to the next thing. But, little do they know… their actions, starting with unboarding the front door, are breaking numerous binding spells put in place to hold an evil they could have never expected.
Once the demon is awakened, he has a little fun in the basement, then he hitches a ride with one of the Dark Ones to get his revenge on the people who bound him. He has some extra demon fun along the way, so be prepared for a lot of blood, and some demon sex that starts off a little uncomfortably (Not that way, pervert! Haha) until you get used to the fact that the vessel is only that, just a sack of skin to dress up in. It’s previous owner is… asleep, for lack of a better term.
Now… You tell me…What’s your favorite Bryan Smith book? Which one should I read next?

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Want to talk about it? I do!

Published September 29, 2013 by Shadow Girl

discussion

I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row, going over my notes and bookmarks, to get you up to date on everything I’ve been reading. I’m working on my HOUSEMATES post now, and I have so many things I want to talk about. I’m sitting here, laughing at myself, because my notes are… extensive, to put it lightly. But, I’m also having an idea…
These notes that I take while reading, you’d laugh if you saw everything I write down. Highlighted sections that made me giggle, OMGWTF moments, maybe something that made me think of something, I keep it all. After boiling everything down, I’m really not saying much to you at all, not a whole lot more than an extended synopsis in some cases.
It’s because I don’t want to post spoilers. You wouldn’t be here if I did! You’d be pissed, the authors would be even more pissed, and there would be a crowd coming for me – with torches and pitchforks – in no time.
But, here’s the thing… I want to talk about these books – more than just “Hey, this book kicks so much ass!! Five stars, go get it!” I want to discuss the characters I’ve just met and spent so much time with. I want to talk about plot twists, and places I’ve visited. AAANNND… I want to know how you feel!
I think that I’d like to open up a discussion page, and the more I think about it – I’m thinking I might know exactly how I want to set things up.
For you, it will be easy. I’ll put a link right at the bottom of every review. If you want to discuss something else, I’ll have a main discussion page set up, with the titles I’ve reviewed on BBB so far. Just click on the title you want. If I don’t have something set up yet, you can just comment or e-mail me, and I’ll be all over it a.s.a.p.!

I’m probably going to be doing this very soon, but I’m curious if you’ll participate.
Have you read something Because I’ve recommended it? Will you come back to discuss it? What if you’ve already read it? Will you click the link to see what other people have to say, maybe comment?
Disagree with me and my recommendation? Come back to say I suck!! Haha! Seriously, come back & tell me what you didn’t like about the book, or the author.
Let’s get more interactive!

Until next time…
P, L, & N ~
sg

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