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Title: The Deepest Black
Author: Rainy Kaye
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Adult Fcition
Synopsis: Ember has a little problem… fairies want her dead.
Ember spends her Friday nights lurking in the bad parts of town, killing fairies. It’s either that, or become a victim to their flesh-eating hunger.
Then she meets Remy, a fae who, despite getting on her nerves, isn’t evil. He tells her that a shadow has been consuming his world, changing its inhabitants and letting destructive beasts into his city. He is searching for his brother who went missing during the catastrophe.
When a team of mercenaries come for Ember, she has little choice but to join Remy in his quest. Together, they decide to bait a trap. What they find reveals the destruction of the fae world means the end of the human world, too–and it’s Ember’s fault.
I wanted to find some reference in history or literature that would give you some sense of the plot without giving anything away, because this is a spoiler-free zone. Take the Hatfield and McCoy feud, add a curse, and a smidgen of Romeo and Juliet and that’s all I could come up with. There really isn’t a decent reference point as this story doesn’t compare to anything I have read.
Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to like the story line. Though I follow Rainy Kaye on social media and am on her mailing list, I did not take the chance to read one of her books before now. I have a feeling if I had I would have been better prepared for what I was getting into.
That being said, I never thought I would have to do this, but I feel a warning is applicable here. In my head, this book rates somewhere in between PG-13 and NC-17, so if your kid wants to read it, read it first to better gauge how it will be received.
The book moves at a brisk pace… and by brisk I mean non-stop action. I swear Ember, the main character, never gets a chance to breathe throughout the whole story. Not that it stopped her, but what stopped me (momentarily) was the sudden appearance of foul language. I did a double take and sure enough, there is was… the infamous F-Bomb. But don’t let a little thing like that throw you off. This is just a friendly warning.
I’m no stranger to the underbelly of language in literature and I wasn’t deterred now. I can gloss over or revel in each punctuated vulgarity – it makes no difference. And she even used phrases I had only heard in impolite conversations and around the blogosphere, which made my day. How often do you hear the term ‘asshat’ outside of raunchy blogs and filthy mouths? There are also a few undisguised sexual innuendos, which was pretty awesome too – but no actual sex, so you’re safe there.
It’s one of the reasons I loved the story so much – Ember is down-to-earth, so to speak, and doesn’t hold back. People will relate to her brash yet tentatively vulnerable humanity.
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Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference. This is intended for entertainment purposes only.