I just like the way the author wrote the story and also loved the story itself. its intriguing and also holds your interest. the adventure, the pacing, and romance keeps me going until i realized i already finished it. next book pleeeaaase! can't wait for it!
Oh my... What can I say about this book?!?!?! My response after reading the final pages was something along the lines of "NOOOOOOOOOOO, that can't be the end of the book" followed by several moments of shock, disbelief and a desperate need for the conclusion as soon as possible.
Wow. Wow. Wow. My review of the first book in the series, Red Winter, was fairly gushy, but whilst Red Winter was amazing, Dark Tempest is just purely incredible! The author has taken all of the fantastic elements in the first book, then multiplied them by ten, to make this sequel absolutely wonderful.
Right, so the first book had great fight scenes - this book does it even better. The first book had intense drama and emotions - yep, this book does it even better. The first book had a brilliant slow-burn romance - oh yeah, this book does it even better. The romance in this book - oh my gosh, so brilliant. The complexity, the angst, the feeeeeelings. I loved it all. The character development was incredible as well... just, please, please, please pick up this series to read, the romance element alone makes it fantastic, but then add the strong overall plot, fascinating characters and action, action, action, this series is quickly becoming an all time favourite.
This review is fairly incoherent and mainly fangirl gushing, but I can't recommend this book and series enough. I won't deny that I really wish I had the final book, Immortal Fire, in my hands right now to read, because I'll be thinking about these characters and world a lot until I find out what happens to them.
*Thank-you to the author, Annette Marie, for providing me with an ARC. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Wow! Ms Marie has blown me away with another phenomenal read! Dark Tempest is the second book in Red Winter trilogy and should be read after the first book, Red Winter.
I loved this book just as much as the first, if not more. I love, love, love the characters, as well as the incredible world building, the gripping plot and Ms Marie’s writing is perfection!
With the help of Shiro and Yumei, Emi must find the four leaders of the yokai before she ascends and also fulfil her vow to Shiro to remove his oneju beads so that his memories and magic can return.
Dark Tempest focused more on Shiro, Yumei and the yokai. I loved finding out about Shiro’s past, and seeing Yumei in action. Emi struggles with the vulnerability of being a human, but makes the most of her abilities and wins the respect and admiration of the others with her bravery and resourcefulness. I love the bond of friendship between Shiro, Yumei and Emi and how it develops throughout their journey together. I felt all their heart-aches, triumphs, frustrations and fears in their search for the missing yokai leaders – I was hooked!
I found the Japanese mythology fascinating, though I did find it confusing at times with the many Japanese names and used the glossary on several occasions to clarify some of the characters.
Ms Marie weaves a gripping story with unforgettable characters, mythological creatures, adrenalin-filled action scenes, swoon-worthy romantic moments and jaw-dropping revelations which kept me enthralled and intrigued. Can’t wait for the next book!