Kaira Winters has some dark secrets in her past that she refuses to share with anyone. Running from her past she has chosen to attend Islington Arts Academy nestled in the forests of Michigan. Kiara’s made a couple of friends but she still holds them at arm’s length not letting them know what it is that she is hiding from. When a student is found dead on campus though Kiara feels that somehow her past is catching up to her and she is to blame.
Unfortunately as great as the synopsis for this book sounded it ended up being another that I just didn’t really care for in the end. I’m sure some people may love this one but for me the pacing was just way too slow for my taste which ended up making me just feel extremely bored by the time anything really starts to happen. There are probably 75-100 pages of just general character and setting set up at the start of the book before you ever start to bring anything else into the mix and even then it’s very slow to add anything else.
Also, Kiara said a few things in the beginning of this book that really turned me off of her as a character so with a bit of disconnect from early on I found it hard to get behind her as I was learning her story. A few of the supporting characters were much more likable so it’s unfortunate that the main character didn’t appeal to me.
Shades of Darkness is the first book in the Ravenborn series and at the end of it there’s a bit of an explanation finally for what had been going on but it really doesn’t give too much information either leaving the reader hanging on for the next book. Unfortunately, I’d have to say that I probably wouldn’t continue on with the story as this one just didn’t capture my attention enough to want to know more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.