I’m a little late getting to the party with this book, but better late than never. I’m so glad that I finally took the plunge into this book/duet. It’s riveting, emotional, and gut-wrenching, but it also has some lighter, humorous moments and banter to help make this a well-rounded reading experience.
If you’re looking for a book that will immediately pull you in and invest you in the characters’ lives, this is the book for you. I wasn’t very far into The Darkest Sunrise before I was hooked. While it took me almost a full year to finally read it, when I did commit to it, I read it in a day. It was a page-turner, so much so, that I have jumped right into the second book in the duet. Nope. There’s no waiting for the continuation of this story, I need to know what is going to become of these characters right now.
I’m not going to get into all of the details of the story. This is one that you will just have to experience for yourself and witness it all unfold. I’m not going to sugar-coat it, it hurts. While I didn’t find myself raiding the Kleenex box and wiping the tears from my eyes, I felt this book right in the pit of my stomach. I was able to put myself in the characters’ shoes and feel their sorrow, guilt, and pain.
Charlotte and Porter’s pasts are both heartbreaking. They have each endured the unthinkable, but they understand the other’s grief, torment, and desolation. It is in this understanding where they each find a fragment of solace and comfort. I wanted them to live their lives to the fullest, to find some true happiness, and allow themselves to bask in the light, but their story is a tangled up and twisted one.
This is the first book in a duet, so it’s no surprise that it has a cliffhanger ending. While it is a good cliffhanger, I must admit that I had it figured out. This didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I have already moved on to The Brightest Sunset. I am more than a little excited to find out how this story is going to play out.