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Beware of What Happens After Dark: A Review of “The Dark Hour” by JF Jenkins

Goodreads.com Description: “Becca Simpson is a not so average teenager, and she knows it. In fact, she embraces it. She was chosen to be a Keeper, one who keeps the gates sealed between the magic world and the “normal”   world. The only time she isn’t safe from the dark creatures of the Other Side is the Dark Hour. Every night, at the same time, the gates between the two worlds open and Becca is left vulnerable until the gate closes and the minions disappear. But that’s why she has Erik Manchester. As her Guardian, Erik is in charge of making sure no one, or no thing, comes after her to take her away. Because waiting for her on the Other Side is a tyrannical emperor, looking to use her status to meld the two worlds into one.

With Erik, Becca feels safe, but suffocated. There are rules she has to follow in order to keep out of the hands of the emperor. Then Kyne walks into her life and challenges everything she knows. Not only does he know things about the Other Side, but he’s from there. And found a way to stay in the normal world without frying.”

About the Author

J.F. Jenkins lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, son, and two cats. She graduated from Bethel University in 2006 with a degree in Media Communication with minors in both writing and film. When she is not busy writing, she spends her free time playing games, reading, and spending time with her family.

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My Review

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Dark Hour by J.F. Jenkins has an interesting story premise. It’s not your stereotypical take on Light and Dark Fae from the OtherWorld. This time the inhabitants of the supernatural realm have a real goal which may or may not benefit humans. There are fairies and goblins in this story. And there’s an emperor (something different) who isn’t vowing war on other supernaturals nor humans.

The story became very interesting at the midway point. Up until then, we listen to Becca, the main character, deal with her teenage angst. She wants to be a normal teen not worried about the creatures which come out at night. She’s also torn between two possible love interests, a guy whose protected her all her life or a guy whose new in town. Once the reader finds out that a shady deal was made between characters, the story soars.

When it comes to bad guys, Emperor Mosna doesn’t seem so bad. His rhetoric was so convincingly good I wanted to believe him. The man was charming, influential, and seriously captivating. He could make a deal with the devil and come out on top.

Linnea, a young Guardian, was one of my favorites. She was down to earth and acted as the voice of reason in the crowd. Linnea was a girly girl who wasn’t afraid to fight nor tell you the truth.

Another favorite character was Erik, the other Guardian. He was good looking, honest, and didn’t want to be a Guardian. He held down a regular job trying to be normal. Erik was the perfect young adult. Although he knew his job, sometimes he failed to do it as well as he should. Most important, he wasn’t the love interest in this installment.

Instead of creating the atypical love triangle, Jenkins presented readers with a love interest who couldn’t be trusted completely. Kyne had secrets and is intentions weren’t clear. Of course, he was the usual drop dead handsome character. But his dubious nature kept Becca on her toes until the last third of the book.

The only character I wasn’t crazy about was Becca. She was aware of her good looks, but had no problem appearing cold to those around her. She jumped to conclusions and was seriously snarky. I don’t have a problem with snarky characters. It’s just that Becca could easily be a bee with an itch (if you know what I mean). In the last third of the book, she realizes she made hasty decisions which might just have bad consequences. It will be interesting to find out if her viewpoint on life will change in subsequent installments.

I am very interested to see how this story plays out. By the end of the book, the hinted love triangle disappeared. I have a feeling that Erik might just have more feelings than he let on. I also want to find out if the Emperor gets his wish.

Rating: 5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up5 hands up

(5 Hands=Excellent; 4 Hands=Quite Good; 3 1/2 Hands=Very Good; 3 Hands=Good)

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