Into the Darkness (Darkness #1)

Into the Darkness


Sasha has grown up with one surety: she’s not normal. 

She sees things in the darkness that no one else can see. Mysterious men cloaked in shadow, moving through the night. The problem is, pointing out invisible people is a fast track to a padded cell. Orphaned at age five, Sasha quickly learns an important survival tip: keep her mouth shut and stay out of the spotlight.

Until one night, everything changes. She and her boyfriend, Jared, find themselves stranded on the wrong side of town. Suddenly, the men she was convinced were hallucinations, are very real. And very dangerous.

As a new world opens up around her, she meets him. The Boss. An alpha leader who entrances her mind and tugs on her body. Primal and sexual, his people have a different set of rules.   And they don’t always play nice.

As danger rises up around her, her differences may be the only thing that saves her life. She must embrace what she’s tried so hard to hide, while resisting the person her body craves most. Sasha has finally found her shadow men, and they will change her life forever.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of


This book falls under the “so bad it’s good” category for me (don't get me wrong, the writing quality is very good).  Taking it as a serious story, it’d be meh for me, but reading it as a pseudo-satire of the vampire genre I loved it.  That’s not what the author was probably going for, but regardless I was definitely entertained.  I’d still recommend this series because I think it gets much better after the first book, but I gave up after the fifth.  After that I was a little exhausted by the premise and wanted to move on.  I may go back later, but no plans in the immediate future. 

I anticipated this book being darker, but it’s almost written stylistically in the young adult genre with a lot of promiscuous sex happening.  The main character isn’t having sex, but it’s quite openly and frequently happening in the book.  All-in-all this certainly was a vampire novel of a different sort that was quirky and entertaining.

Warning: Contains violence and repeated sexual content

Rating: 3 stars!

Who should read it? Folks that think “Vampire Academy” needed promiscuous sex to make it better.

Want to read the whole series?

  • Braving the Elements (Darkness #2)
  • On a Razor’s Edge (Darkness #3)
  • Demons (Darkness #4)
  • The Council (Darkness #5)
  • Shadow Watcher (Darkness #6)
  • Jonas (Darkness #7)