Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | By: Mindy Hoppe

Review: Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning

Title: Dark Seeker
Author: Taryn Browning
Publisher: Taryn Browning
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Genre: YA
Main Themes: Vampires, Demons, Witches, Romance, & Slaying
Pages: 286
Plot: (From the back of the Cover)

“For Seventeen-year old Seeke, Janie Grey, ridding the Baltimore streets of the undead is an inherited duty passed down from her Cherokee ancestors.  Seeker Training Lesson #1: Never trust the undead.  After her Father’s tragic death, Janie creates her own life lesson: Love isn’t worth the risk.  Both lessons are easy to follow until she encounters the flawed Kai Sterdam.  At first, she believes he is the hybrid she is trained to hunt.  But when he has human traits, she determines she doesn’t know what he is.  As Janie’s intrigue over who Kai is pushes her deeper into his mysterious past, she discovers a shocking truth that is even more harrowing than the evil they are up against.  It’s a secret Kai wants to keep hidden, especially from Janie.”

I received this brilliant novel from Taryn Browning asking me if I would review it!  I was very excited to do so.  So thank you Taryn for giving me the wonderful opportunity to read and review such a remarkable tale.

Dark Seeker was seductively charismatic, tantalizingly delicious, and fiercely unruly!  This gorgeous tale had me completely absorbed from the very first page and I couldn’t stop reading until I completed the book.  Let’s just say that by the time I finished the novel, it was well past my bed time and even though I was tired the next day, I didn’t regret it!

This Urban Fantasy created by Browning paints a world that is elusive, mysterious, menacing, and vulnerable.  I found that what it held in its bountiful pages was a swift and imaginative story that will leave you ravaged and begging for more.  I must say that Browning is a very gifted writer and has a stunning way with words; you can literally picture everything clearly and vividly.

The Dark Seeker of the story was Janie Grey and she was a picture perfect heroine. Janie was strong, tough, brave, stubborn, impulsive, and very independent.  It was a great change of pace to have a strong female character that didn’t whine and complain about her duties; she was proud of her Seeker heritage and wanted to live up to those expectations. 

This edgy action-packed novel also contained another character that was bound to catch your attention as well as Janie’s.  Kai Sterdam is one of the undead but he is also a tortured soul that I found to be witty, cocky, sarcastic, bold, strong, fast, protective, remorseful, and incredibly lonely.  But Kai’s got a terrible secret that could very well end any kind of relationship with Janie.

I felt this splendid novel earned itself an A+, for its uniqueness and its brilliance.  I have a feeling that this rising series will attract fans of Mortal Instruments and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I know I am a fan of both and I adored Dark Seeker.  I truly can’t wait for the next installment, Dark Return, which will be coming out later this year!

My Rating: 20/20
Originality: 5
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
Writing Style: 5


Taryn Browning said...

Thank you for your amazing review! <3 :)

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