Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Dark Seraphine by KaSonndra Leigh

Title: Dark Seraphine
Author: KaSonndra Leigh
Series: Book One in the SeraphineTrilogy
Published By: Self Pub (Oct. 21, 2012)
Source: Copy Provided by the Author (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Goodreads Description:
 "Mom always says the angels walk among us. She forgot to tell me that sometimes they're not all fluffy and nice."

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Wood has seen people he calls the walkers since he was a baby. It didn't take long for him to realize something…no one can see these strangers but him. They never stuck around or tried to touch him. And they never said a word. That was until one day on the first day of class in his senior year when an incredibly gorgeous girl strolls into his life…and things are never the same again.

Soon Caleb realizes he has stepped into the middle of a growing conflict between two ancient groups. And his ability to see the invisible ones, the half-breeds that want to modify the human race, just might be the only hope both he and the mysterious, but infuriating, Gia, have of making it out alive.

My Review:  
I love stories with the male POV so I was ecstatic to see that this one was told through the voice of Caleb, our male protagonist.

I really liked Caleb’s voice. At first I wasn't sure I would because you know, he is pretty realistic. Pretty male and pretty typical, slightly immature, and leaning slightly toward the typical horndog seventeen year old boy. But, he really grew on me and I came to like his inner dialogue. His self deprecation and humor.

It is going to be hard describing this read without giving anything away, but I am going to do my best.

Simply put, this was a fun read very unlike anything out there right now in the world of YA paranormal.
In fact, if you like YA and you like paranormal and are like me and love the male POV, then I would say this needs to be in your must read list for 2012.

We don't get a lot of background about the Walkers (ghost like people (or angles as his mom calls them) that only Caleb seems to be able to see and hear) going into the story and even though that would normally bother me, we do get bits and pieces as the story progresses and that held me over until I knew we would get more. Until everything would really start to unfold and make more sense (not that anything was confusing, because honestly, it wasn't).

Gia is a Walker and the day she comes into Caleb's life is the day it all really starts to change. This time Gia isn’t' someone that no one else can see, she becomes a real living and breathing girl and she starts to follow Caleb around (his stalker Walker as he likes to call her) and oh yeah, she is gorgeous and mysterious and confusing the heck out of Caleb.

I admit, her hot and cold act did get a little frustrating for me as well but only because I wanted all the answers now. I didn't want to have to wait for them all to be revealed.

This book had a lot of twists that I didn't see coming. It kept me on my toes guessing what the Walkers really were, what Gia really was.

I loved this whole story and I can't wait to read the next one. Ms. Leigh has once again written an amazing story that will keep you turning the pages and wondering when you can get your hands on the next book in the series.


  1. Oh no, another one to add to the TBR! I love male POV books and like when they are very realistic sounding. It sounds like an interesting concept. I have been able to see 'shadow people' for years. They are people (or like shadows of them) that you see only momentarily and usually more clearly out of the corner of your eye. If you look closely they aren't there. Oh and I only see them at night. I guess its usually just when I'm driving at night. With the dark and then the light of the headlights I guess it makes them somewhat visible. For a second anyway. Some people say its a trick of the eyes but I always believed it was ghosts. Anyway, this review and description made me think of that.

  2. This one is definitely not what it seems at first. I think you would really like it Candace!

  3. Sorry I have been AWOL. I just needed a bloggy break! I agree I love male POVs and wish there more more. I like that this has a male lead and lots of twists both of those are a bonus for me!

  4. Heck yes a male POV and the tale sounds good, I am so glad you liked this one!

  5. I was wondering where you were Heidi! Nothing wrong with a little break now and then. ;)

  6. Haha... I want a stalker Walker. Dang it, quit making me buy books. You need to be an Amazon affiliate, because I'm sure you'd be making money off of me. lol.

  7. I think Heidi told me to do that once too. I really should look into it.

  8. Thanks so much Ali for reading and reviewing Dark Seraphine and to everyone for stopping by and offering your encouraging comments on Caleb's POV that's used in the book. I wanted to do something different with Dark Seraphine and so far, people are enjoying Caleb's voice. Have a fabulous night/day. :D

    All the best,
    KaSonndra Leigh

  9. I really love stories from a male POV also. This one sounds like something I would enjoy. I'm adding it to my ever growing TBR list. Wonderful review!

  10. Love paranormal and the male POV so I should check this out! Also looking for something unique added to the paranormal genre.