Review: Darkness Descending by Devyn Quinn


Usually I have more patience than this. I can keep pushing through almost any book in the hope of it turning into a good read. But this? For some reason, there is no patience. I’m done. I am bored and I am irritated and I just want to move onto a book I might actually like.

More often than not, I like being dropped into a story and left to catch up—in moderation, of course. I don’t enjoy huge info dumps or long pages of introspection to introduce me to a character, but I still need something if I’m supposed care about the events unfolding. You can’t just have huge clumps of back and forth dialogue between two characters I don’t know well enough to care about. Especially when what I do know of them from how they have talked and behaved to date leaves me cold.

The heroine was thoroughly irritating. Her attitude was so back and forth that it could flip-flop multiple times within a page. She had no place to go, was skin and bones, and was pretty worthless at her big goal of killing vampires. The hero talks to her for just a few minutes and decides to let her come home with him (for some reason) because she’ll need training. And she goes. Right… But then when she gets there she keeps jumping to conclusions and cussing at him and threatening to leave. But then she’d flip back to being emo because she didn’t really want to leave, because she had no place to go. But then it would flip again and she’d curse at him again for something and then it would flip back. I, personally, would have kicked that rude, psycho freak to the curb.

Then for some reason they decide to sleep in the same bed for the night—sleep being the operative word. But they wake up in close contact and come close to having sex—by page 62, mind you—for some reason. Apparently he’s willing to get close to a virtual stranger who he knows is infected. And she…well, her character doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, so I don’t really know what motivated her. She had these random (completely random) moments of finding him hot and feeling that he was someone she might be able to risk being close to without having to worry too much about the demon inside of her. But they only talked for like an hour or two the first night, so any attraction reads hollow. Especially because they both are dirty and run down and she is gaunt from resisting the demon. And then they both comment on the other not smelling that great and needing a shower…. I can hardly resist, myself. ;)

Other than the characters and the lack of motivation presented, I just don’t think this author’s style is my type. I’ve read a book of hers, Siren’s Surrender, previously and had the same problem with it. There I was able to find likable characters and an interesting world to help push me through it. Here I don’t have that. It’s all tell, tell, tell, tell. I couldn’t sink into the book and forget that I was being told a story. I also felt the characterizations were too clunky and in your face. I prefer a more natural feel to the personalities and dialogue.

The one thing that I can say in this book’s favor is that the hero, Maddox, actually has a job. It was very different and very refreshing. He was totally upfront about his need to work to maintain a roof over his head and to finance his vampire hunting. I have to admit that I would assume he would have built up a nest egg in his long lifetime, but it’s possible he couldn’t, so I’ll let that go. But what was great about this job (or what I saw of it) was that it was at a construction site and he couldn’t go wandering off on his own during work hours, like so many other PNR and UF characters. He was stuck there for his 8 hours and only when he was off could he be a badass. I also found it interesting that he admitted to lying about kicking a bad habit his partner was worried about him having. I think that has a lot of possibilities.

Although that stirred my interest slightly, by that time it was too late. I got to page 134 and I was done.

Rating: DNF
Darkness Descending by Devyn Quinn
August 2nd 2011 by Signet
Paranormal Romance
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Comments

  1. says

    Great review, Catherine! So sorry it wasn’t a good read. :-(

    But then when she gets there she keeps jumping to conclusions and cussing at him and threatening to leave. But then she’d flip back to being emo because she didn’t really want to leave, because she had no place to go. But then it would flip again and she’d curse at him again for something and then it would flip back. I, personally, would have kicked that rude, psycho freak to the curb.

    That is what I hate about PNR heroines; they are almost all like this. Flip-floppy, illogical, and ungrateful. Definitely not the type of character I want to root for.

    And then they both comment on the other not smelling that great and needing a shower…. I can hardly resist, myself.

    LOLOL!

    • says

      That is what I hate about PNR heroines; they are almost all like this. Flip-floppy, illogical, and ungrateful. Definitely not the type of character I want to root for.

      Those kind drive me nuts too. I can never understand why anyone would put up with them.

  2. says

    Dang! The blurb sounded good on this one too! Oh well, I want to be in a story, not told one and reminded I’m being told one, lol. Nice review.

  3. says

    Man this did sound good and the cover is pretty nice. But I absolutely agree, when you have a heroine (or hero) that doesn’t know what they want and still bitch about anything, it kills me. But at least you found one character with some depth to him, sadly he wasn’t the main character :( Great review hon, thank you.

  4. tori says

    Ugh…doesn’t sound like a winner for me. I do like the part about having a job they actually work at. So many times I wonder, “Where are they getting money from??”

  5. says

    I won this book at AAD. I was really looking forward to it, not so much now. I HATE the flippy floppy characters that can’t settle on anything. Thanks for sharing with much honestly!

  6. says

    Thanks for your nice reply, Catherine. At least you were honest in your review and you told it as you saw it. I respect that and do hope your next selection is much better.

  7. Judy says

    Your review was pathetic. I read the book and loved it. I am an avid reader of paranormal romance and found this to be refreshing and new. I am not the only one who loved the book but I have never paid much attention to critics.

  8. says

    THANK YOU. I got this book for free at AAD, and between your review and May over at Smexybooks, nooooo way am I touching this, good grief, eeeeep! Thanks for saving me my time!

    • says

      I say skim through a couple chapters and see if it’s your thing, since you already have it in your possession. You might enjoy the style more than I did. Either way, at least you’ll know what May and I are talking about. :)

  9. says

    Thanks again for your well-written and balanced review, Catherine! Everyone has different opinions and no book is a hit with every reader, but you clearly explained what didn’t work for you and I found it very informative.

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