Chase the Dark, Annette Marie

Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone Book 1)

Chase the Dark, Annette Marie
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi, Fantasy, teens and YA
Though I’m long past the YA group I enjoy some in the genre, when they have an interesting storyline. This sounded intriguing enough to be one of those.
Its a fun read, action packed but easy to follow as most YA reads are. Sometimes that’s all that sets them apart from novels aimed at older readers, the way the story flows easily, and when I’m looking for something that isn’t going to demand too much concentration to follow the plot( s) then these are perfect. This one proved to be one of those, and I’m eager to find out how the story continues.
It’s centred mainly around Piper, whose father runs this branch of the Consulate, and Piper wants to become a Consul herself. Sadly though she’s an anomaly, a Haemon without magic, so although she’s skilled at self defence it’s unlikely she’ll get her ambition, unless some miracle starts her magic. The other two main characters are Lyre, an incubus, friendly, sexy and always flirting and Ash, Mr Dark, Dangerous and Delicious… Well, that’s it – I’m always a sucker for the bad boys Smile my money’s on Ash!
The Consulate are meeting to exchange the magical Sahar Stone into a protective place. In the wrong hands its a terrible and powerful weapon. Piper is charged with keeping Lyre and Ash from coming downstairs while its going on – simple eh? Then things go wrong, there are explosions, murders, raving bloodthirsty Daemons, and all that stands between death for Piper are Ash and Lyre. Despite being Daemons themselves they help her escape, and then they discover that the Sahar Stone has been stolen and they are believed to be behind it. They’re on the run from then on, trying to trace who’s behind everything. They encounter dangerous situations and monsters, as well as some terrorist Haemon and human groups, and poor Piper gets a shock when she finds out some things she’s always believed are lies.
Of course on the run with two hot daemons has its own problems. Piper doesn’t subscribe to the “all daemons are evil” theory held by so many, and treats them as she would another human. She gets a couple of surprises along the way that serve to remind her they aren’t though, they can be dangerous and untrustworthy. They seem so helpful to her, save her life several times between them, and she theirs, and the three seem to have become quite a unit. Piper is getting confused, she feels differently about them now they’ve been through so much together, and she’s puzzled, why are they helping her when all data suggest its something Daemons don’t do? Throw in more deceptions and revelations, the appearance of a dangerous group, disappearance of the Stone, and the trio are fighting for their lives.
Its a fun read, easy to follow but with some fairly complex plotlines. I really enjoyed it and want to see how the story continues. Though there’s no romance yet its clear that it could be on the cards, with Piper being attracted to both Lyre and Ash.
Stars: Four, a great start to what seems a promising series.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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