The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles
by Alec John Belle
YA Paranormal / Fantasy
Being a sixteen year old Monster Hunter sucks. That’s what Heather Hawkins learns just days before her sixteenth birthday. After dealing with her best friend, Kristen’s, attempted suicide, the last thing Heather wants is any more drama. When the realistic dreams of Heather being haunted by a guy named Kadin begin, she learns the truth. She is a Monster Hunter, and on her birthday, she will undergo a change that will make her stronger, more powerful, and nearly invincible to Monsters. Along with having a hot new trainer named Philip, she believes that this will be a new beginning for herself. Unfortunately, Monsters aren’t the only thing Heather needs to worry about. With someone stalking her dreams, she realizes there may be more than just Monsters in the world, and that Kadin will do anything to stop her from helping the Monster Hunters. Even if that means unleashing an entity that was locked away by his people thousands of years ago. In this all-new paranormal young adult series, romances will be formed, evil becomes unleashed, and everyone Heather loves will soon be at risk. Because in a world where Monsters walk the earth, anything is possible.
This book is written by teenager, and I don't think anyone could have hit the mark better. The characters are great, fitting to their age in every way possible. They're sympathetic, true to life, and simply great for this story and the intended audience. But the plot itself already had me hooked anyway.
There are monsters. There's romance. And there's a ton of action, tension and danger. But even when one pushes all of this aside (not that one would want to because these things alone are fun to read), there's depth--friendship, rejection, suicide and homosexuality. This is a book which grabs and doesn't let go until the last page. And as an extra bonus, this isn't a long read. I was finished in a couple hours and could still get a half decent night's sleep.
I definitely recommend this for all vampire, monster and teen romance fans out there (in the upper end of the YA group due to some of the scenes), and am look forward to reading the other books in the series.
And here he is. . .
ALEC JOHN BELLE!!!
Alec John Belle is an online high school student that resides in the state of Massachusetts. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes about tough topics that many are too afraid to talk about like suicide, homosexuality, self harm, cyberbullying, anxiety disorders, addiction, among other teenage issues, and he often blends these ideas with the paranormal.