Reviews for THE SALVATION STATE
FROM BARBARA POSEY ON AMAZON
Marcus Damanda is a powerful writer who will gather you in and give you an incredible ride. From the merciless opening scene, you are plunged into a landscape of treachery and corruption hiding under a facade of holiness. It's an America that will make you weep, one that is disturbingly too possible to dismiss as fiction. Courage, integrity, faith -- will only get you killed. Rebecca, a preacher's daughter, has lived a life of faith and obedience, but finds herself betrayed and isolated, branded a criminal and given to the state. Daniel, son of a pair of outcasts, lands on the same island. Here are the Forgotten, children to be bent and twisted to the ends of a faceless power, or to be destroyed. The Salvation State is fast-paced and gripping, and the characters reach into your heart. Don't miss it!
FROM SASHA WASLEY ON AMAZON
If you like Dystopian, I recommend this. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns into a major movie.
I'm a fan of Damanda's understated, sinister writing style. There's no hyperbole or drama - he just writes what's happens. And what happens is extraordinary.
Something has gone wrong in the world and parts of America are now governed by the Salvation State, an ultra-devout, uber-conservative set of rules for living in which indviduality is maligned as a threat. Rebecca is a reverend's daughter, smart, sporty and a little too savvy. She sees through the bull***t and won't be convinced by the lies. However, all she wants is that little bit of freedom we all crave. Skipping out of school. Meeting up with the occasional boy. Experimenting with a first kiss. This is what lands her in trouble - bigger trouble than she ever imagined.
On the other hand, Daniel has done it tough. He's been suffering on the outskirts of society, finally ready to try and fit in. He needs to protect his mom and himself.
It's too late. Both of them have achieved extraordinary results on their Solomon Tests and they've been noticed by Ruth and Matthew Black.
The characters in this book have such power - you find yourself identifying with all of them in some way, no matter how well-meaning or evil. Everyone is flawed. Everyone is real. I found myself sympathising with even the most awful of characters. However, you will fall in love with Rebecca, I guarantee it. A heroine who is smart, tough and talks back. She's fantastic.
This is a mind-blowing read that grabs you in the first scene and takes you on a tense journey through a range of people's perspectives. I am dying to know what happens to Rebecca and Daniel in future. Book 2, please!
FROM JO EVANS ON A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG
How do you like your dystopian novels? Gritty? Tense? Entirely plausible? If you answered “yes”, then I suspect that this book ought to be on your list of books to read.
Told in the no nonsense style which I have come to expect from this author, this is a story of restrained, quiet rebellion playing counterpoint to the loud, brash, hypocritical approach of the so called christian leaders.
The matter of fact narrative, the plucky heroine (whom I defy you not to root for), and the (sometimes unexpected) allies she meet, all come together to make a deliciously disturbing read.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
FROM LEITA MCDAVID ON AMAZON
Really great take on the dystopian genre. Right when you think the genre is getting stale along comes a fresh and very unique look on a different and very plausible version of the "New America". GREAT female lead character. Haven't enjoyed a lead like this since Kim Harrison's witch hunter, Rachel Morgan, in the Book of the Hollows. Can't wait to see where the story goes from here.
Now on to the Devil is Miss Drake's Class.
FROM MEDEIA SHARIF ON GOODREADS
The intense first chapter and disturbing dystopian setting had me intrigued from the start. In a place where the church is the state, politics are corrupt and people are cruel. Two teenagers from varying backgrounds, Rebecca and Daniel, get caught up in the power play of this society. I eagerly flipped the pages to see how they would survive all their conflicts in New America. Readers will find themselves cheering them on in this high stakes plot with amazing action and characterization. I have read Damanda’s horror—his previous novels are just as amazing—and I’m glad to see he’s writing in other genres.
FROM MEETA ON AMAZON
State is a well written dystopian story that teens and adults of all ages will
enjoy. If you enjoyed reading The Hunger Games or Divergent, you’ll enjoy this
story. When I came across this book, I didn’t know it was part of a trilogy and
when I got to the final page, I was concerned that this was the end and I was
desperate to know more of the story. Luckily, another reviewer mentioned the
trilogy. I definitely look forward to seeing how this story is going to unfold,
to see Rebecca and Daniel come into their own and how they are going to go up
against the New American Unity Church and the misguidedness/evilness within it.
Rebecca and Daniel (the heroine and hero of the story) are such strong and
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
FROM LAURA MURRAY ON AMAZON
The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda
was one heck of a roller coaster ride. It has everything one loves in a
dystopian novel, but so much more.
The world that he built was unlike anything I had ever read before. Usually in dystopian novels, there was some disaster or virus that caused the creation of the new world. In The Salvation State it is humanity and religion that cause a new, evil world to emerge.
Being a person that does not believe in organized religion, I found myself angry during certain parts of the book for good reason, the world that the book takes place in, is corrupt and frustrating. I felt so bad for the characters that had to live in this world and I was eager to cheer their triumphs every step of the way.
This book follows a young girl named Rebecca who is thrust into a world of crazy simply because she skipped school. This character was very easy for me to relate to, her snarkiness and her good girl appeal reminding me a lot of myself, which is why I very much enjoyed following her on her journey.
I highly recommend this book to all who enjoy YA lit or who enjoy a good dystopian novel. This book has a little bit of everything and it is very well written.
The only thing I did not like about this book was the ending, it does end on a cliffhanger which leaves you begging for MORE!
I give The Salvation State a 10 out of 10!
FROM JANIS F ON AMAZON
This was an excellent Dystopian book about some very complex teen characters. Absolutely worth the read and I'm waiting very impatiently for the book 2 in this trilogy.
FROM DEBORAH CHACONAS ON AMAZON
This book did not disappoint. I found myself very caught up in the characters and the story. I read the book in two days because I couldn't put it down. I was not ready for the book to end and can't wait until the next one comes out.
FROM RUTH BAGS ON AMAZON
Very enjoyable read. Very creative story line. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!!
FROM SUSAN NORMAN ON AMAZON
Don't start this book unless you have some time to spend reading. You are not going to want to put it down once you start! I found myself so caught up with the characters that I didn't pay attention to how far into the story I was. When it came to the end I was definitely wanting more. Marcus Damanda is one of my favorite authors and this book is one of his best. I hope he doesn't keep us waiting too long for the next book in The Salvation State series!
FROM DEAN ROBINSON ON GOODREADS
FROM AMY VINROOT WILSON ON AMAZON
I'm a fan of speculative fiction, so I expected to enjoy this book -- but great storylines can't shine without excellent writing. Damanda delivers both a fascinating story and worthy wordcraft in this dystopian Young Adult novel. In fact, this book far exceeded my expectations, and it still has me thinking. The Salvation State reminded me in many ways of Margaret Atwood's book, The Handmaid's Tale. I don't mean that Damanda's work is derivative at all -- it's quite original -- but it does explore some of the same ideas. Atwood examined ways in which a theocratic Christian nation could affect the status and power of gender roles in society, and Damanda's book explores how relationships between parents and children could be disrupted by an overbearing religious government. These ideas are especially powerful in the context of teens and young adults, given the overriding developmental task of this age group (particularly in contemporary American culture) to balance the forming of a unique sense of self with the demands of both peer and societal conformity. The Salvation State offers so many serious ideas to consider and discuss in a book group or classroom -- I look forward to discussing it with my teens.
FROM MELINDA LANDRY ON GOODREADS
The best book by far from this author, it's a book that when you finish, you'll be wanting more. A disturbing premise eloquently brought to life, imagine if radicalism took over Christianity and distorted it beyond recognition . A true horror story. You can't help but cheer for the main characters. Futuristic, drama, dystopian, and more rolled into one. This one would be a great movie. Don't make us wait too long for the next one.
FROM CHRISTINE POTTER ON AMAZON
Full disclosure: I’m not generally a fan of dystopian novels. But Marcus Demanda’s The Salvation State grabbed me from its bang-up opening and kept me riveted to the last page. There aren’t many books that have tempted me to encase my Kindle in a Zip-Lock baggie so I could read continue reading them in the bathtub, but that is exactly what I did today.
Rebecca and Daniel, The Salvation State’s main characters, live in New America, a broken, dirty-bombed-out place where the Church has become the State. And the Church in question is a warped, fundamentalist pseudo-Christianity. Girls are especially oppressed: forbidden from wearing flattering clothing or make-up, pushed into loveless marriages, and expected to be subservient to their husbands. Doling out physical punishment is a normal and expected part of parenting. No one gets so much as a service job without church membership. Doubters are jailed—or worse. And you can get sent away from your family to a brutal “religious” reform school…for cutting school.
Fifteen-year-old Rebecca has made just that mistake—and she’s also given some lip to her pastor father. Daniel’s family hasn’t darkened the door of the local mega-church in so long that his dad has been imprisoned, their lights have been turned off, and their refrigerator is empty. But both teens are smart and daring enough that the dictatorial church-state wants to use them to further its grip on New America.
How do you survive in such a grim world? Rebecca has the answer: know how to play the game…and when to be a total badass. And her feminist badass-ery is a joy to behold. Demanda deftly gets the reader inside Rebecca’s head as she ends up running for her life and her sanity. After all, there are places worse than the reform school. There is, for example, Angel Island!
Demanda’s lesser characters are wonderful, too. There is the sweet but too-easily-manipulated Caroline; the reader sympathizes with her weakness and wants to take her by the shoulders and shake her at the same time. Rebecca’s loving, tragic mother is also a heart-breaker. A scene between her and Rebecca in the family’s attic is both a clever plot point and incredibly sad.
The Salvation State has plenty of action. There are wild, frantic chases, and really imaginative James-Bond-level technology. But this novel thinks as it crashes through the underbrush. And it absolutely grabs your heart as it thinks!
FROM "OATWILLY" ON AMAZON
Wow!! Very well written and thought out. Engaging dystopian thriller! Was pulled into the story from the first page through to the end?! Waiting for book 2 and 3 now! I highly recommend this book. It made me think about which character would I be? Hope to see this series become movies! Well worth your time to read!
FROM TRICIA KRISTUFEK, WRITER, EDITOR, AND BLOGGER
It's here! The latest from Marcus Damanda is a dystopian take on the world, bringing Rebecca and Daniel together for a journey that will change their lives forever. With beautiful cover art by the talented Jay Aheer, and ~Editor's Pick~ from yours truly, and great characters, The Salvation State has it all.
FROM ALLISON MAYO ON AMAZON
I see that others have adequately summarized the premise of this fantastic book, so I won’t repeat that. This is a great read for adults and teens alike. Like so many women, the heroine, Rebecca, underestimates her own fortitude. As the story unfolds, she learns to reach deep into herself to survive and eventually begin to thrive in her new situation. I look forward to seeing her continue to learn about inner and outer strength in the sequel. Daniel, the young male hero, provides a nice foil to Rebecca. Where she lived her previous life with strong Christian faith and ritual, he was raised to doubt and question everything, and knows nothing of the trappings of religion. They will surely bring both of their life views to the fight as this story goes forward, and I truly can’t wait to see how their relationship develops in this regard.
This will one day make a fantastic movie series! I will be first in line to see it!
FROM RUTH BAGS ON AMAZON
Very enjoyable read. Very creative story line. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!!!!
REVIEWS FOR THE DEVIL AT PLAY
FROM "COLA BEAR" ON AMAZON:
I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. Normally, multiple POVs turn me off but Audrey's journey from book one to book three was very well written, as was the truth of Jack and all the other players (don't want to spoiler too much). I found Audrey's story gripping--couldn't stop reading, and read each book in one sitting.
I would recommend this book to friends, as well as to readers who like a dose of supernatural with gripping reality.
FROM RACHEL'S WILLFUL THOUGHTS:
Marcus Damanda delivers the stunning conclusion to The Devil in Miss Drake's Class series with his third book, THE DEVIL AT PLAY.
This spine-tingling thriller may be published under the Evernight Teen label, but it is far from what I would typically expect in teen fiction.
From the very beginning with Audrey's suicide attempt to her subsequent recovery, readers get a clear taste of the writer's skill in building suspense.
The paranormal element of "the observer" is especially developed in this installment as justice continues to be served regarding the Facebook Fifteen, the teens who played a role in Audrey's public humiliation.
I found this installment to be the best of the three because all of the loose ends were wrapped up in a satisfying way. It might not exactly be the most believable storyline because of the paranormal element, but there were aspects that were all too real. This was a great series that left me with chills.
FROM A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG:
What an ending to this story. Short, sharp and deliciously dark.
I really worried for Audrey, as Jack’s plan wasn’t obvious. But whereas the previous tales were about the planning, this one is all about the execution. Literally.
This final volume of the story grabs the reader by the scruff of the neck and hauls you along for the ride. And at the end, leaves you with a light of hope for more for Audrey. A feeling that this time, she may just be ok.
I found this to be a satisfying ending to the trilogy. No bottling out. No white washing. Just the ending that the story deserved.
FROM MATTHEW BOHLKE
Damanda's third installment in The Devil in Miss Drake's Class trilogy does not disappoint. It keeps the suspense up all the way through until a very gratifying ending!
FROM PEGGY AT UNDERCOVER BOOK REVIEWS:
You need a little page turner right now? Well one=click this book! It will have you up all night reading. It will keep you on the edge of your seat or bed. Loved every moment of this book! Now I have to go get the other 2 and read them. This author knows how to keep your attention!
FROM SAMI AT A CLOSET FULL OF BOOKS: Sami's Review:
Audrey has been through hell and is just now starting to get her life back on track. After the death of her brother, being bullied, her attempted suicide and her psychiatric stay things are finally starting to look up. She is in a new school and making friends. She has even found a boy who lies her Jack. Jack is not who he appears to be though. Jack is on a mission to rid the world of all those who hurt Aubrey and finally put an end to his long and miserable existence. Maggie one of Audrey’s tormentors however does not know how to let things go. She wants to make Audrey pay for what she thinks she has done to her. With the help from an anonymous source she comes up with the perfect plan for revenge. How many more people will die in this small town before Jack feels justice has been served? Will this final act of Maggie’s manage to break Audrey beyond all hope? A great ending to an amazing series! - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/2015/01/the-devil-at-play-review-giveaway-and.html#sthash.SsXTHI74.dpuf
FROM MEDEIA SHARIF:
Audrey Bales, the victim of a bullying group dubbed “The Facebook Fifteen,” returns in book 3 of the series. Things are not over between her and her bullies, not when a demon is in her life who wants to seek revenge against the fifteen students who terrorized her.
Even though The Facebook Fifteen has fewer members, since some of them mysteriously perished, they are coming after Audrey. What they don’t know is that her boyfriend, the demon, has an intricate plan unfolding. Step by step, it was interesting to see all the plot turns in this novel. The unexpected, grisly, and shocking occur.
This book is intense. I was careful writing this review, since I don’t want to give away too much of book 1 and 2 for those who didn’t read them. This is an amazing horror trilogy with a satisfying ending. I’ll definitely read more from this author.
FROM SASHA WASLEY:
The Devil at play was a deeply satisfying end to the Audrey Bales saga. For me, the most enjoyable part was seeing Audrey's progress as a character. If she had been weak at the end, I wouldn't have been happy! But she really developed into a strong, but kind person. This book was more gory than the first two books but it was all in context so it worked! I liked how the story panned out and think it was a fantastic exploration of dark subject matter. Damanda does a brilliant job at nailing personalities .. good ones, bad ones, and the many nuances and quirks in between. An excellent read!
Reviewed by Rachel's Willful Thoughts
Although it is published by the Evernight Teen division, Marcus Damanda's series has all the right ingredients for a skin-chilling thriller for adult readers.
A DEVIL IN DAYLIGHT is the second book in The Devil in Miss Drake's Class Series. While I didn't read the first book, I would recommend that readers start at the beginning to get the full impact.
The storyline picks up with Audrey on the brink of a fresh start. However, the tormentors of her past are not quite ready to admit defeat. With that determination channeled into social media, it's not long before the drama kicks into high gear. Add a parallel storyline featuring a demonic character and the book quickly starts hitting high marks on the supernatural scale.
Some elements of the story, particularly the hateful teenagers and their use of social media, are so realistic that it is eerie. I found myself quickly getting caught up in the storyline.
While I could have done without the cliffhanger, it certainly was successful in making sure that I added the next installment of this series to my list. It might feature a storyline geared for teens, but it had plenty of appeal for this adult reader.
FROM "LAURA" AT THE SMUT FANATICS BLOG
What I Loved
Overall this series has been awesome, I know there is one more book coming (I think, there couple possibly be more) and I cannot wait. This story has definitely played on conscience because there is a part of me that wants these people to pay for what they did Audrey especially since they don’t see what they did wrong and some are just true sociopaths, but at the same time I know that these people are kids and they have made mistakes. I know deep down that Audrey wouldn’t want these things to be happening to these people and it makes me anxious for her when all of this plays out at the end. There are so many twists and turns and dark moments that pushed my anxiety to the brink but I loved every minute of it and cannot wait for book three.
FROM A BRITISH BOOKWORMS BLOG
You know, this book lulls you into a false sense of security. You may think that Audrey is doing ok; is getting her life back; is returning to being a normal teenager.
She is really just the piggy in the middle. The ham in the sandwich. The rose between…..ah you know what I mean. But its the fact that she is so unaware of this which provides the tension against the other ‘activities’ which are going on.
And the author is very clever in the way the tension is increased. It’s a bit insidious really; pervasive. And I liked it!
Furthermore, the introduction of Miss Drake is a treat. Let me clarify – I don’t like her. At all. But she is very well written, and her somewhat misplaced sense of her own ability reminds me of some of my own teachers (from way, way back in the day)
This is a very strong sequel to Devils in the Dark. I really enjoyed it. I hope you do too!
FROM PEGGY SALKILL
I have never read from this author before.
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book or when I took it
on. But I can now say I am in love with the skills this author
has. This book was .... just.. WOW!! It hit on reality, not just a
storyline, not just a thought, but reality! I don't want to go much
further and risk any spoilers so I will leave it at.. If you haven't read
this book yet... YOU REALLY NEED TOO! Absolutely loved it!
*Received for an honest review*
Undercover Book Reviews 12/17/14
FROM MEDEIA SHARIF
Audrey Bales is recovering, or trying to recover, from two things: a failed suicide attempt and the extreme bullying that led to that attempt. She starts attending a new school minus her former emo attire, but there are two entities that won’t let her be.
The first one is the Fa...cebook Fifteen, the group of students who bullied her online and in person. Their actions led to suspensions, expulsions, tense family scenes, and all sorts of other things. They want to make Audrey pay for exposing their dirty bullying secret to the public. The second entity is a disgusting, persistent demon who changes shape. He walks among the students and befriends Audrey. He looks like a normal teenage boy, but there’s nothing normal about him. He wants to ensure that the Facebook Fifteen pays for what they did to Audrey.
In this second book of the series, we finally get to meet Miss Drake. She didn’t have a huge role, but the ending promised we’d see more of her. There were many switches in viewpoints, but they flowed easily. The demonic, shape-shifting, insect-filled, rotten meat, and murder scenes were spine-tingling. Damanda is like the Stephen King of YA. I can’t wait to read the next installment.
FROM MATTHEW BOHLKE:
This book ramps up the suspense from the first book. Audrey is unknowingly caught in between two competing forces, one trying to bring her down and one defending her. I love how the book really shows the both the good and evil sides of human nature. It's hard to put this one down!
FROM A CLOSET FULL OF BOOKS
Sami's Review: All Audrey wants is a fresh start. Though she knows even at this new school they will know who she is and what she has done she can at least try and start fresh. Her therapy and drugs seem to be helping and she is ready for her new beginning. Maggie is not having any of that. She feels Audrey is responsible for her downfall and wants nothing more than to take her down, permanently if she can. Jack is also a new student at Audrey’s new school and from the start shows an uncanny interest in her. When things start happening to the four students responsible for Audrey’s mental holiday she has no idea what to think. She is finally making new friends and not being judged constantly, yet her past seems to be hounding her every step. Will they ever find who is responsible for all these “mishaps”? Will Audrey be able to handle the misplaced guilt she is feeling? Or will she break down and undo all the good she has accomplished these past months? - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/#sthash.eI44l4Hm.dpuf
Brand new review posted on Amazon today, this one from Rachel's Willful Thoughts. Thank you, Rachel, you made my morning! :)
Although it is part of the Evernight Teen imprint, Marcus Damanda's The Devil in Miss Drake's Class series has all the components for an unsettlingly suspenseful adult read.
In the first of three books, DEVILS IN THE DARK sets the stage for a tale that combines the horrific side of teens using social media with a paranormal twist.
Every reader can identify with the feeling of being bullied as a child, or at least can recall an example. Today's version, though, involves social media, which is much more effective than items written on a bathroom wall.
At the center of the story is Audrey Bales, who has been pushed to the limits of her endurance by a group of other teens. The depth of her emotions catches the attention of an entity referred to as "the observer." As Audrey tries to pick up the pieces of her sanity within the confines of a psychiatric ward, the observer keeps an eye on the Facebook Fifteen -- the ones who had participated in the online bullying sessions.
While obviously a work of fiction, the author did an excellent job adding realistic details to the storyline. It's packed with emotion from start to finish.
The author leaves the reader ready to see what happens next. Because I initially read the second book first, I appreciated the back story. To get the most out of the series, I would recommend reading it in sequence. It's a quick read, perfect for a weekend. As a word of caution, though, this is not for the faint of heart.
FROM MERADETH HOUSTON SNOW
I've been looking forward to this one my TBR list for a while (too long--my TBR is getting away from me!). It absolutely did not disappoint. I was sucked in and read it in a single day. The story is heart-rending and definitely dark, but there's splashes of humor here and there that help light the way. Possibly the best part was the great characterization. Each of the characters were very well fleshed out and leapt off the page. Even in the darkest situations, I could understand motivations and found myself cheering Audrey on, while seriously loathing a few of the Facebook Fifteen. Damanda doesn't shy away from the extremely tough subjects in this novel--suicide, bullying, punishments--but it works well and is very authentic. I highly recommend this, and the next two books in the series are high on my list!
FROM SASHSA HIBBS:
Devils in the Dark by Marcus Damanda was terrifyingly delicious, sinister, and oh so good. The story focuses on Audrey Bales, poor Audrey Bales who reminds me so much of our youth today. She is the underdog, the bullied, the girl with a voice so small the ones that need to hear it don't, but there is one that does...and while scared, I'm intrigued by him.
I loved the way the author conveyed Audrey's despair, as heart wrenching as it was to watch Audrey go through her trials and tribulations, it was necessary to get inside her head, to understand and live through her pain with her. I couldn't help but think of high school when I attended and how vastly different it is now. Words didn't hurt any less then, but with Social Media today, it can pose a serious problem for kids, especially those targeted by groups of kids like the FB fifteen in this novel.
It raised all kinds of questions for me. How do you monitor bullying when you're up against the power of Social Media and the cruel kids behind it? I truly couldn't imagine having to go through it all again coupled with the new super power that is Social Media *insert a cringe here just thinking about it*
Back to the novel itself. It's gripping and powerful. The pace was fast and I loved the view points. Getting to hear the other voices only added the depth needed to fully understand the motives of those involved.
I would HIGHLY recommend Devils in the Dark to lovers of YA Adult and Horror. The next installment is loaded on my Kindle, patiently waiting for me to read it. I cannot wait to see what happens to Audrey and the band of characters Mr. Damanda so eloquently wove into this tale!
FROM JO EVANS AT A BRITISH BOOKWORM'S BLOG:
This book will bring back the stomach churning fear that bullies inflict on their prey. In my day, bullying had to be done face to face, no hiding behind a computer screen. Not now. The insidious actions of the Facebook 15 and their effect is described in this book in horrible detail.
But the twist in this story is the watcher. And now, Audrey has a champion.
I really enjoyed this book. The author cleverly writes you slap bang into the middle of the action. I was absorbed by the events and the interactions, which all held the ring of truth.
The underlying sadness in the tale is like background noise. It permeates throughout the narrative, without being overt or distracting.
A great kick off to the series, and a B+ from me (4* Amazon). I’m looking forward to reading the rest….
FROM "LAURA" AT THE SMUTFANATICS BLOGSPOT:
What I Loved
FROM SHARIF WRITES:
A grisly chat session almost turns deadly. Audrey has been bullied in person and online to the point that she takes a knife to her arm. The Facebook Fifteen, a group of ruthless classmates who led her to this point, try to hide, but they can’t. Not from the authorities, and not from a mysterious entity who’s watching them. The entity has a computer and is tracking Audrey and her bullies. This entity is the master of hundreds of souls of dead children. He’s going to go after her bullies. Audrey heals and returns home, and she has no idea what has been brewing since she’s been gone.
This book is engaging with its fresh angle in the paranormal genre. Audrey is very real and I detested her bullies, except for one of them who shows some actual compassion towards her. The entity is deliciously evil and horrific. I can’t wait to read more about Audrey and him in book 2.
From A CLOSET FULL OF BOOKS
Sami's Review: Audrey has suffered through the loss of her brother and since then has been tormented in school by her peers. Even her once best friend has turned her back on her and joined the “in” crowd in their harassment. While on Facebook she becomes the subject of great ridicule that leads to her attempted suicide. While she recovers those who taunted her and were part of the cyber bullying are each undergoing their own sentences in one form or another. Little do they or Audrey know that there is an outside influence waiting with baited breathe for Audrey to join the land of the dead and to help her seek out revenge on those who pushed her over the edge. This is a gripping tale of how cyber bullying today has a real impact on our society and youth with a splash of the paranormal that will leave you turning the pages at a rapid pace. - See more at: http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/2014/11/devils-in-dark-review.html#sthash.JLGj4s1n.dpuf
From BARBARA POSEY
This book pulls no punches. It takes
you to dark places and drags you through grief and despair, and makes you feel
the full weight of the effort and courage it takes to struggle out of the dark.
The first chapter could have been taken from news stories that recur too
frequently -- the ones that recount the persecution and suicide of someone the
popular kids have decided is a misfit. But Audrey is not a news story; she's a
girl so real and alive you will forget she lives in a book. Her anguish, and
her long fight to live and thrive, will grip you by the heart.
Into the familiar and solid school he creates -- you can practically smell the locker room and hear the clamor between classes, feel the elbows and sharp edges of books as the students eddy past you in the hallway -- Marcus Damanda looses a nightmare shadow bent on vengeance.
Life, love and loyalty in the face of darkness
Posted by George Jakopsson on 22nd Nov 2014
A story of love and loyalty among friends in a terrifying situation. No matter what happens in life your true friends will be there.
Posted by Unknown on 21st Nov 2014
Audrey's dead brother wants her to join him. Her
so-called friends mock her and dare her to die. So she slits her wrist halfway
up to her elbow. But that's just the beginning ...
The devils Audrey faces are inside her, and her fight to reclaim her life is compelling on its own. But the blood she shed caught the attention of a dark being, one who wants to claim her, avenge her, and use her.
Audrey finds strength and the desire to live, and she faces the battle with courage. But will all that be enough?
Devils in the Dark is a book that resonates with news headline reality: the sad story of a teen persecuted into suicide plays out too frequently in our schools. Mr. Damanda has a sure sense of the culture he writes about; these kids are real, alive, and in your face. Some of them get into your heart.
And then he opens a dark pit so a shadow seeps into that familiar world, loosing nightmare powers bent on vengeance.
I don't think you will put this book down.
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THE FOREVER SHOW just got its 20th review on Amazon.com (5 stars!), this one from fellow author and friend from the Land Down Under, S.D. Wasley. Thank you, Sasha!
Sinister but satisfying, February 28, 2015
This review is from: The Forever Show (Kindle Edition)
This is a layered and complex horror tale that makes you feel dismay, triumph, anxiety and relief, plus a bunch more feels. I am amazed at how Damanda managed to hold all the strings of this story together like a rather scary puppeteer! I was left shocked but strangely pleased with the outcome. I got attached to the characters, cared about them, and cheered for them when they found inner reserves of strength or compassion. The vampires are so believable. I was even able to get invested in what they cared about. A very skillful author and a deeply disturbing but satisfying read.
From author SD Wasley, author of the amazing paranormal young adult novel The Seventh.
Amazing read - yet another winner from Damanda. It totally surprised me with the ending. Unpredictable and exciting, I was surprisingly satisfied at the end. As with other Damanda novels, there is a cast of many but they are all memorable and wonderful characters, developed and intriguing. I very much felt for th...e teens that were at the centre of the story and was anxious to the last moment!