Readers Write: Review & G*veaway: Amanda Bonilla’s Crave the Darkness

Today for “Readers Write,” I’m welcoming guest reviewer Melliane of the French blog Between Dreams and Reality review site, who’s sharing a review of Crave the Darkness, the third book in Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series. It was released this past Tuesday. I’ve been wanting to read Amanda’s work for a while now, so if you’ve read any, put in your two cents’ worth int he comments!
Read on for Melliane’s review and a chance to win this book (or a any one in the series) or your choice of another book featured on the blog this week. Also, Melliane has a great interview with Amanda Bonilla that ran on her blog yesterday, also with a giveaway–check it out!
ABOUT Crave the Darkness:
Nothing comes easy for Darian. Her heightened powers make her indispensable to the Shaede Nation, but dangerous missions have driven her lover, Tyler, to his breaking point. Darian must salvage their bond, but a new assignment to protect Anya—a fellow Shaede and the first of their kind to become pregnant in centuries—stands in their way.

It doesn’t help that the two Shaedes are longtime rivals and share nothing besides mutual hatred. But when it becomes clear that someone—or something—is bent on destroying the expectant mother and her unborn child, Darian must put her feelings aside and track down Anya’s would-be assassin.

As she probes into Anya’s past, Darian digs up long-buried secrets—and a connection between Tyler and the mission that could destroy everything between them…

Review by Melliane of Between Dreams and Reality
There are so many scenes I loved in this book or some I was so shocked about that I had to read them twice. But I think I have one in mind, one so heartbreaking that I had to read it a few times to be sure that I didn’t misread it. In the first part of the story Darian learn that Tyler is back to town and she is so full of hopes. She wants things to be like before and we can only want that for her after all the things she’s been through. But when she finally has the courage to go and see him, she finds him with another girl she doesn’t know anything about and her world falls apart. I was so sad for her, so difficult.
I DIDN’T QUITE BUY (or believe, or I was annoyed by, or I wish the author hadn’t…):
Ok I think this one is the most difficult because this book is just so awesome and I loved everything. Well, I could say that I was annoyed by Tyler. It’s difficult to understand him or know what he wants and it’s quite upsetting. We know he loves Darian but there is something else and he doesn’t want to tell her what it is. But he does the same thing she did to him. I wanted to know the truth but we only have a lot of questions.

We can discover in this series a new kind on creatures, the shaedes, and it’s always very intriguing to learn more about them as we don’t know a lot about them. But of course, there are many more too here and I’m sure we’ll be surprised again soon. It’s so interesting to meet so many species in the same book, Jinn, Shaedes, Oracle…The world is quite the same as ours but there are many subtleties we learn with the books.

I think the first character I have in mind is Darian. This girl is always evolving through the books. I was surprised after the first novel when I saw the person she was becoming. She was determined, cold blooded, without any feelings and she is now caring, hurt, loved. I’m still impressed by her. We also have our Jinn… I still don’t know what I can tell about him. It’s so difficult to know him but I’m sure there is a good explanation to everything too.
And of course we have Raif, the wonderful Darian’s friend, Xander who would like to sleep with her and so many new characters!

I’m totally in love with this series and this book. Each one is better! Amanda Bonilla has an extraordinary talent when it’s about the feelings of her characters. The Darian’s life is really not simple and the author allows us to fully understand what she feels, whether her sadness, joy or even her doubts. We follow her throughout the novel, hoping that things will improve, but nothing is ever that simple. Our heroine will have to protect the Anya’s life and it will be very fun to see them together, mainly when we know that they hate each other. But this mission will allow Darian to think of something else. A new threat is emerging and we’re really intrigued and I’m curious to know what will happen now. If you have not yet had the opportunity to discover this series I warmly recommend it!
Thanks, Melliane!  Melliane is a French blogger addicted to books and mainly Urban Fantasy. She reviews in French and English on her blog: Between Dreams and Reality.
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25 thoughts on “Readers Write: Review & G*veaway: Amanda Bonilla’s Crave the Darkness

  1. Sounds like an interesting read- one I’d like to get my hands on. Love the cover and I adore strong leading females in my books with a touch of magic.

  2. The Shaede Assassin series has been on my maybe list for awhile. Would like the first book, Shaedes of Grey if I win.

  3. I’m with Roger on this – the series has been on my radar for awhile, and I’d love to read the first book in the series.

  4. Thanks for the great review! I love this series 🙂 I have this waiting for me to get some time off work to dive in.

  5. Same as Roger this series has interested me since book 1 but i still haven’t gotten myself to try it so winning book 1 would be great.

    Thank you a lot Melliane, i’ve read you opinion on your blog but this post complete it and u’m glad to see that you think books are becoming better and better it’s motivating

  6. I just got Shaedes of Grey in a swap (on its way :))- really looking forward to it! It supposed to be recommended for anyone who likes Sandy Williams or Christina Henry, so I think this should be a great series!


  7. It is great when a series get better and you become more invested in the characters, the plot and the world! I really need to read this series now! 🙂

  8. I’ve recently started to love UF- this one sounds so kickass, I think I might just read this some day! 🙂 Thanks for the review!

  9. Great review. I adored Shaedes of Gray. I have the second book, Blood Before Sunrise, on my TBR shelf and plan to read it soon so I’ll be ready for Crave the Darkness. I think Darian is a unique and fascinating character and the world Amanda Bonilla has created is outstanding.