Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: The Darkest Lie by Angela Day

The Darkest Lie (Shaerealm #1)
*Cover and Synopsis from Goodreads

You'd think after being drugged, taken to a secret military facility, attacked by a flying red monkey, finding out one of your parents isn't human, being shot, imprisoned, thrown out of a collapsing building and shot again, that the thing Thane wouldn't be most afraid of was his high school chemistry teacher. But you'd be wrong.

15 year old Thane is invisible. At least he's worked really hard to be, and all he wants is to get through school unnoticed. Things were going well for him until Remi showed up. She's pretty, fun, outgoing, and she picked Thane for a friend. If only a temporary one. Being with Remi means everybody notices him too, even Cressida Rasmussen, the beautiful and possibly insane chemistry teacher who seems to be trying to kill him with science, and Brennan Tayler, the thirty-something man who only shows up when Thane is in trouble and who may or may not be a figment of Thane's stressed imagination.

When Ms. Rasmussen ensures that a science experiment goes horribly wrong, Thane is a suspect in an attempted murder where he's the one who should have died. Brennan offers Thane a way to escape-- enter Sanctum, a secret pseudo-military organization that's been tracking him. If Thane doesn't go, at best Ms. Rasmussen will try again and next time someone might die. But if he does the price might just be Thane's freedom, humanity, and self-control. The most powerful magic and the most advanced technology together won't save him, and neither will understanding the song and science of the universe. The only hope he has is to find a way to disbelieve a lie he's been told all his life, the darkest lie we're ever told, and find out what's true for himself.
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*Received copy of book from author in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: 5 Must Devour

In The Darkest Lie, Thane is an average teenager just trying to get through life unnoticed by not only the school bullies, but by his family as well. With Thane trying to be invisible the appearance of Remi and her desire for friendship turn his world upside. Suddenly Thane can no longer just blend in. His Chemistry teacher is trying to kill him, he is at war with his father and strange things begin to happen to him as he is introduced to a world he never knew existed--the magic world. A world that is tracking him. As he seeks to find the truth of who is tracking him, he becomes a danger to everyone he knows and loves. Now forced to trust the same organization that is tracking him, Thane is sent to Sanctum, the only place that can answer his questions, the only place that can hopefully save him. And what Thane discovers will change his life forever. 

From the minute that Thane stepped onto the page I loved him. He was so real. His struggles and his pain bled off the page and attached themselves to my heart. Angela Day did such a good job at making his plight believable that I wanted to rescue him. So when things began to change for him I was both worried and excited. And when I say change I mean seriously change. It was like a chain reaction or domino's it started with one small incident and then just exploded to his entire life. But the changes were all necessary, all defining who Thane was and was to become. 

In The Darkest Lie we are introduced to a number of very interesting characters and creatures who all add to the story. I loved Angela Day's descriptions of the creatures that roamed Sanctum. With my favorite being Jaeger, the imp. He provided a lot of the comic relief in this book and I wanted to squeeze him. I loved Angela Day's spin on the shifter, her use of dragons, and the overall world of the Shae. 

The characters in The Darkest Lie were developed well and I enjoyed getting to know each of them. Angela Day took great care to give the reader an opportunity to get to know each character individually. And you could tell that every character in this story plays a role in the series. This definitely won't be the last time we see these characters. And that makes me so happy! Because I loved all of these characters and everything that they brought to the story. I can't wait to read The Sound at the Edge!!! 

I thought Angela Day's world was uniquely hers and kept me reading and wanting more. Her character development and ability to weave a story gripped me from the very beginning. She made Thane's story personal and it worked so well. 

I'm not gonna lie, I loved The Darkest Lie from the great characters and the interesting creatures, this story left me yearning for more and Angela Day did a great job leading me to The Sound at the Edge. Like a horse lead by a carrot Angela Day strung me along and played me like a fiddle! 

So, if you are looking for a story with real struggles, real pain, laughter, adventure, and action with the spin of  fantasy then look no further than The Darkest Lie! Interested yet? Read the first chapter here: The Darkest Lie: Chapter 1

Favorite Character Moment:

"I can't leave you behind. I can't go through the door until you do. It isn't that you aren't capable, it's that I'm not. I am not capable of leaving you in danger." (kindle, loc. 8825)

The reason I chose this moment is because I think it does a great job of showing just the kind of guy Thane is. Despite all the struggles and trials that he has been through he still manages to put others first. This is just one reason I love him!

"Devouring worlds, one book and recipe at a time." 

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