Friday, March 14, 2014

eARC BOOK REVIEW...The Darkest Joy (The Darkest Joy #1) by Marata Eros

Title:  The Darkest Joy (The Darkest Joy #1)  
Author:  Marata Eros 
Publication Date: February 18th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Goodreads URL: HERE
Plot:   A sexy and poignant new adult novel from New York Times bestseller Marata Eros, about two lost souls who find each other in the wake of tragedy, only to learn that love may not be enough to heal the wounds of a dark and tortured past...

Twenty year-old Brooke Starr has escaped the aftermath of a brutal tragedy by abandoning her music studies and moving north to take a summer position as a part-time deck hand on a deep-sea fishing boat. When her survivor’s guilt becomes unbearable, Brooke realizes there's only one thing she can do to finally erase the pain.

Deep sea fisherman, Chance Taylor, has just wrapped his guitar set at the local saloon when he sees the silhouette of a young woman in repose, the full moon highlighting her shadow as she plummets from a pier too high for diving... into water too cold to survive. Without thinking, he plunges in after her, saving Brooke from drowning.

As Chance works to save her from her own emotional fragility, Brooke finally begins to learn how to save herself. But when their chemistry begins to consume them, Brooke withdraws. She’s determined to be the master of her own destiny... until the past catches up with her in a cataclysmic plan so dark, so final... it threatens their love and their very lives.


“I fight with myself, the contrary emotions warring with each other. I’m not at peace. Yet…I want joy. Even if it is dark, I yearn for it. The darkest joy is better than none at all. Imperfect, vital…it comes like a thief in the night and robs your heart of its energy to resist the love that has been offered.”

My thoughts: I have to be completely honest, I loved the book when it first started but as it progressed the plot and characters fell off the deep end. I mean, aside from the unrealistic developments in the story line and characterizations I was a bit flabbergasted with the angst, impractical “love at first sight” progression, and over all sappiness/cheesiness.

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Also, near the ending when you reach the climax of the story it was a big, “WHAAAT?!?, what the f*#k?!” moment since it was totally surprising and unexpected. Plus too, the reasoning behind it was even more lame and disturbing.

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Gosh, I don’t know what to say guys. I mean, this story had so much potential alone from the synopsis alone and it started off solid but in the end I feel like it just fell apart in the end.

I’m now kind of curious as to who or what book two in the series is going to be about since obviously in the title it implies that there is going to be another installment(s) hence on. Hmmm…

“Don’t feel guilty for surviving, for finding some goddamned happiness.”

My Rating:
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 7
-Writing : 7
-Characters : 7
-Cover : 8

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