Monday, May 2, 2011

"Beyond the Darkness" by Leonard D. Hilley II

Beyond the DarknessFrom Goodreads: "The Darkness Continues...

Three years after Daniel and the other survivors escaped the terrorizing, blood-thirsty shifters in Pittsburgh, his friends have moved forward with their lives, but Daniel cannot. He believes the conspiracies within TransGenCorp have not ended and more shifters exist.

Then Daniel receives a phone call from Lucas that bolsters his paranoia.

Lucas is being charged with murders he insists his clone committed.

Daniel soon discovers darker atrocities are emerging, which not only place his life in immense danger, but all his friends as well."

When I first saw that "Predators of Darkness: Aftermath" had a sequel, this book, I am not going to lie, I was a bit disappointed. I thought that "Predators of Darkness: Aftermath" had wrapped up very nicely and that any additional books wouldn't be as good as the original.  Furthermore, I felt that the characters really deserved a break after all of the hell that they went through  in "Predators of Darkness: Aftermath". However all of my worries will ill-founded and I am happy to say that this book was as good as, if not as better, than the first book. 

Once again Leonard exhibits his ability to create seamlessly blend multiple story lines without ever overloading the reader, as well as creating extremely dynamic and multi-faceted characters. In fact, a number of characters that I only felt "meh" towards in "Predators of Darkness: Aftermath", like Johanna, Lydia, and Lucian, I completely fell head over heels for in this book because it was evident that they truly grew and learned from their past mistakes. Furthermore, I came to love my old favourites, Morton, Daniel, and Lucas, even more in this book. 
All in all, I highly recommend this series to everyone! As I mentioned in my review of "Predators of Darkness: Aftermath" these books have such a wider audience than one would think (myself being an almost exclusive reader of YA PNR/UF would never have picked these books up in a million years based solely on the covers or the synopsis and for that I would have truly missed out on some amazing reads). 

Rating: 10/10 

I received this book from the author to read and honestly review. I was not compensated in any way for my review.


  1. Wow! Guess it was a good thing there was a follow up!

    I've realized the same as you when I think of the great books that I would have missed out on just because I didn't like the cover. I really need to stop judging books by their covers.

  2. Again... I love how you were so disappointed and then ended up loving it. Yep... I need to check these out. I wouldn't have even given it a thought if it wasn't for your review.

  3. I've definitely had that feeling before - where you love a first book so much you both do want and don't want a sequel. You want more of the characters but don't want to not like it as much as you did the first one. So glad this one didn't disappoint! I love when characters grow and mature and go from being alright secondary characters to be truly memorable:) Fabulous review Avery!

  4. Thanks for the review! this def sounds interesting! =)


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