Five – Out of the Dark
by Holli Anderson
Series: Five #1
Publication date: August 20th 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: Ebook received from author
in exchange for an honest review
Five teenagers who’ve recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it’s their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling – the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul.
Johnathan’s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn’t the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet—a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.
Five – Out of the Dark begins with Paige, our main character, in the woods witnessing a group of boys torturing her dog. She gets so angry that she unconsciously unleashes some type of power at one of them. She has no idea how she did it or where it came from, but it stopped them in their tracks. From there she decides to start practicing to see what else she can do. Of course, she can’t let her parents know, especially her dad who is a man of God. He’ll think she’s got the devil in her. Well, as hard as she tries to keep it from them, her dad catches her levitating the family dog. Not a good thing! Her parents try to send her away, but she escapes and seeks shelter in Seattle’s Underground. There she meets Johnathan, a boy that she immediately feels a connection with, and I’m not just referring to their shared powers. They end up finding more kids with powers and form an alliance against evil. Unfortunately, the good guys don’t always win.
This is a story about five total strangers coming together to defeat an opposing force, and having to deal with the responsibility of the power they possess. The magical portion of the book was interesting, especially since magic is one of my favorite paranormal elements. At times the story was exciting and captivating, but I do wish there would have been more character development and world-building. Perhaps this book could have used another 50 pages or so to do that. It was difficult to feel what I wanted for this story and the characters. It was more like I was just being told the story without being given those important, juicy details that would allow me to actually feel it unfold. For a debut novel this was a pretty good read.
I would recommend this story for Tween fans of the paranormal genre!
~About the Author~
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.
Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.
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