Darklove by Elle Jasper #Review

Posted March 24, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Darklove by Elle Jasper #Review

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Series: #5 Dark Ink Chronicles
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Signet
Released on December 3, 2013
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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With the promise of a darker, gritty story with an almost hopeless desperation to save her lover, I thought this story was set up to be a real page turner so I picked it up with great anticipation.  And I was not disappointed.  This one cruised along quickly and near the end it was a real page-turner.

This was the fifth and final book in the series.  I was not aware of that when I chose the book.  In fact when I first snagged it, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that it was part of a series.  And so it sat as I promised myself I would get the other books and read them.  Didn’t happen.  So I did something supremely gutsy and decided that I’d just wade in and see what happened.  So, yeah, I got lucky.  I could definitely tell that I was coming in after a huge amount of history from the characters and story arc had taken place.  And that things had been left in a really bad place with the last page of the previous book.  But, that being said, there was enough world building and summarizing that I got up to speed and was able to enjoy the book.  Definitely wouldn’t recommend this to others, but it worked for me.

The story opens with Riley Poe, human with special abilities and member of an organization that helped police supernaturals, and her partner, Noah Miles, a vampire, arriving in Stirling, Scotland by orders of their boss to take care of a rogue vampire problem.  Riley wants nothing more than to stay in Edinburgh where her fiancé and soulmate, Eli Dupree, and his partner were killed.  Riley is devastated and keeps her emotions locked away, but she is also convinced that Eli and Vic are not dead, but stuck in the in between.  A mutual friend told her how to find them and so that is what she does.  Only, Riley’s actions have far reaching consequences.  She frees the two vampires, but Eli doesn’t come back the same.

Riley and Noah are kept busy and on the alert because the rogue vamps are a bigger problem than was anticipated.  In fact, a strong evil force is creating them and has Riley in her sights.  And Eli is sighted with her filled with bloodlust and in her thrall.  Riley has gone through so much that she will do what it takes to get the old Eli back though others are worried that Eli might be too far gone and may need to be put down.

With the help of friends and new allies, Riley takes on a powerful group with their own agenda that involves Riley herself.  Innocents need to be protected and Riley will be pushed to her very limits and then some for a chance to restore Eli.

Alright, this was an exciting story.  It was the finale book in a series.  Things are pretty desperate for the heroine.  Her soulmate was thought to be dead and now he’s alive, but almost as unreachable as he was when she thought he was dead.  Riley tends to go her own way and has to be reined in by her friends and partners.  She cares about others, but because of her powerful gifts, tends to feel she can do it all.  She was more lucky than skilled in many of the situations.  Not sure I would have liked that for a whole series, but it was tolerable for the one book.

There was a bit of mystery behind the who and why of the situation in Stirling.  I was a little confused, but I think it would have made more sense if I’d read the previous books especially when it came to the motivations and agenda of one of the villains.

The world building was a strong piece.  I enjoyed the paranormal world the author created that had a complex vampire lore and still included other races like werewolves, witches, angels, and demons along with gifted humans.

The secondary characters surrounding Riley like Noah, Rhine and the rest were fun.  I loved the scenes when they were all working together to patrol and protect.  Can’t say I was impressed with the thing where almost every male other than her brother was in love or crushing on Riley.  Just a bit much.  She doesn’t waver from her own deep love for Eli and even though they are separated and even enemies to a certain extent, it is obvious through dreams, flashbacks, and tantalizing encounters that they have chemistry.

So in conclusion, I was definitely into the story and found it was a solid and exciting last book.  Definitely would have been better in order, but I still had a good time reading it.  I would recommend it to Urban Fantasy fans who enjoy tough and gifted heroines and a strong cast of diverse characters and missions.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melanie Simmons
5 years ago

I didn’t know this was the final book in the series. I’ve read the first three and enjoyed them. I don’t know why I stopped reading them. I really need to finish out the series. Great review.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I didn’t either. Then again, I didn’t know it was part of a series when I snagged it. LOL. Only five books so not too worrisome to finish.
I loose track of series more and more as I get distracted by other books. And they weren’t even bad series. Hope you get the chance to finish, Melanie!

5 years ago

I do want a new UF series to read

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Blodeuedd

Well, I can tell you that the fifth book was good. LOL. The idea behind how she became more than human and started working to stop supernatural baddies sounded good so maybe you’ll enjoy it from the beginning.

5 years ago

Nice cover! For some reason I really like the colours used on the cover. Glad to hear it was a good page turner. So you just picked this one up without reading any of the first four books? That’s gutsy indeed and a wonder it actually worked and you could follow the story nicely. Desperate is a good way to sum it up with how her soulmate was dead and now is alive, but not the same. That must be tough. I like the sound of the world building, I always love it when a fantasy series has a strong… Read more »

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes! I have a paper copy and the colors and tone of the art work really do draw the eye. Yeah, I really did just pick up a final book in a series and start reading. But I didn’t know it was until I was into the story and realized that everything was wrapping up. There was enough backstory to get me caught up so I could figure out what was going on. Not sure I would purposefully grab the final book in a series, again, but I got lucky for this one. Yes, the worldbuilding was neat. I liked… Read more »

5 years ago

Wow kudos to you for reading the fifth and final book. You do have me curious but I think I will try book one first..LOL

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

Yeah, can’t say that I would have done that on purpose, but I did get lucky that the author wrote in a lot of backstory and hints so I caught up with what was happening. I got this one a few years back when I didn’t pay as close attention to whether a book was part of a series or not.
But yes, do try book one first. LOL

Alyssa Susanna
5 years ago

OMG. Either I have not been here in forever, or you recently changed up your blog design/layout. I love it!

I’ve not heard of this author and book! Like fellow commentors, I’m impressed that you picked up this one without having read the first four books in the series! I’m glad it worked for you. 😀

Lovely review, Sophia!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

LOL, no you haven’t been gone for eons. Shari put the first step forward in the blog remake just last week. Looking forward to the rest of it.

Yeah, this was a crazy thing. I had no idea it was the finale. I got really lucky.

thanks, Alyssa!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Ahhh on starting later in the series! Daredevil! lol That can be so dang hard to do especially when it’s the last in the series. Glad you enjoyed. It’s got me curious about the earlier ones. Might just have to add book one in to the pile 😀

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I know, that was really nuts of me. If I had know before I started, I probably wouldn’t have done it. But I thought it was just another middle of the series book and might be a little hard to get into, but worth a try.
I’m curious to learn how she started out, too. 🙂

4 years ago

This looks interesting. I like the cover. Going to check out the series on this one.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Angela

That cover is very eyecatching. Hope you like them if you pick up the series. 🙂