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Blog Tour: Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning- Review

29 Dec 2011

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Title: Dark Seeker
Author: Taryn Browning 
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: October 4th, 2011 
Format: ebook
Source: Author for review (Thank you!)

For 17-year-old Seeker, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors. Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead. After her father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk. Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam. At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt. But, when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is. As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against. It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.

I’m so glad Dark Seeker lived up to the hype! I remember seeing an average of 5 stars on goodreads a while back, and thought ‘Wow, seriously? No 4 stars? 3 even? All 5? Could it be THAT good?”. And guess what? After reading Dark Seeker, it’s safe to say that, it definitely deserves a full 5 stars from me!

I love books with fantastic characters, so I’ll start with the characters first. Dark Seeker definitely has a cast of amazing and likeable characters! First off, we have Janie, our kick-as protagonist who is a Seeker and her job is to rid Baltimore of the undead.(i.e. vampires, Daychildren, demons). Every night, she goes around killing any creature that may be of harm to humans; and she does her job well. Seriously, the girl is awesome! She’s confident, courageous and certainly stubborn as well! I loved how she would risk her life to save her friends, family and the town even if the possibility of succeeding is low; but she would never give up. Definitely an admirable character!

There’s also Kai, who is a Daychild-turned-good, and wow, he’s a swoon-worthy character! I loved everything about him; from his incredibly good looks, to his arrogance, constant sarcasm and also his witty remarks were all so amusing to me! He was also super protective of Janie, and would always be there to help her out or save her if she was in trouble.

Plus, there’s also the delicious romance- Janie and Kai are perfect for each other! It was also the sort of forbidden romance that I love. There was sufficient spine-tingling romance for me to enjoy, but it wasn’t excessive. I was so glad the story didn’t lose its plot to focus largely on the romance; there was an exciting plot AND the sweet romance! But theone thing I was a bit wary of was the fact that Janie and Kai seemed to have fallen in love in a matter of days. I admit a lot happened in those few days, and the development didn’t seem nor feel fast, but I guess I would’ve liked the romance to have developed over a few months at least. But that’s just me.

Another aspect I enjoyed about Dark Seeker was how the author managed to use vampire lore and make it into her own thing. We have vampires, demons and also Daychildren- who are vampires that can walk in sunlight and also possess demonic abilities. Then, there are the Seekers, who protects the human population and kills the vampires/demons/daychildren. But there’s also Kai, who is one of the Daychildren but he has a human conscience, and instead of feeding off humans like his own kind, he helps kill the Daychildren. The whole world-building with all these different types of undead creatures really fascinated me!

Oh, and how could I forget? There’s ACTION; and by action, I mean lots of heart-pounding action! My eyes were literally glued to my iPad (yes, I was reading this on my IPad) while reading the action and Janie-kicking-vampire’s-butt scenes!

Dark Seeker is an original and action-packed adventure that will leave you kicking and screaming for the next installment! With endearing characters, a breathtaking romance, fabulous world-building and a spectacular storyline, Dark Seeker will surely impress readers! Please, please, PLEASE let me read the next book already!!

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The next (and last) stop is at Maji Bookshelf, where she'll be doing an Author Interview!


  1. Eeek great review Shirley! It does have a lot of fantastic characters and I really found the world building wonderful! I'm glad you liked it so much! :)

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  2. Hi Shirley, I LOVE your review, thank you! So happy you enjoyed the book! Yay, your review put a huge smile on my face. Thanks for your awesome words! <3 :))

  3. Yeah! I loved this book too! :)

    Nerd Girls at Books to the Sky

  4. Damn, Shirley. I AM SOLD!! Not only for the incredibly fascinating mythology that I'm so eager to learn more about, but the sizzling romance! You know how to convince a girl. I kinda LOVE those sexy, arrogant, sarcastic guys with a good heart *melts* I am SO adding this to my wishlist now, love your review!!

    I'd totally enter your awesome giveaway if I had an ereader. *MUST GET ONE SOON!*

  5. THANK YOUUU <3 So glad you liked it! Dark Seeker was pure awesomeness :) Can't wait for the next one!

  6. heheee, THANK YOUUUU <3333 Your comment just made my day :D ahhh KAII! *drools* yesyes, we love our sexy, arrogant and witty guys!!
    Brodie, you HAVE TO GET AN E-READER SOON!!! It'll make life so much easier :D


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