Official Review: Out of Darkness by M A Richards

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Official Review: Out of Darkness by M A Richards

Post by katiesquilts » 10 Apr 2017, 18:30

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Out of Darkness" by M A Richards.]
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Brian Porter used to have friends, a normal body size, and a spot in his family. When he was nine, his family dog bit him and ballooned him up to what could only be called “morbidly obese.” Since his weird allergic reaction to a dog bite, his friends turned into bullies and his family started hiding him from the rest of the world, leaving him out of family photos and making him stay home while they go on vacations. It’s during one such vacation that Brian is dared to go inside an old abandoned house, but he doesn’t come out the same as when he entered.

Out of Darkness is not your typical YA paranormal novel. Richards obviously put a lot of thought into his monsters, giving them entirely new histories and backgrounds. What starts out as a silly, “Oops, I got bitten by a werewolf,” story soon thickens into prophecies and betrayal. The reader is taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride, laughing one minute and empathizing with the characters the next.

The thing I most enjoyed about this novel was the character interaction. Each character was well thought-out and had a purpose in the overall plot of the novel, and it was so interesting to see how they all worked together. Brian especially has a few laugh-out-loud lines directed towards other characters, which makes him easily likeable to both the reader and other characters.

The one thing I do think could use some improvement was the writing style. Admittedly, it is very fitting for a YA novel, but I would have liked a little more description throughout the novel. Actually, I thought the pace of the novel was quite fast, and that the author definitely could have included more of Brian’s everyday lifestyle after getting bitten without boring the reader. I felt like he barely had time to get used to one thing before another new and exciting thing came up.

Since the novel’s pace was so fast and the novel itself is so short, I felt like I was missing part of the overall story. Despite that, I truly enjoyed the novel and am looking forward to the sequel, whenever it may come out. For these reasons, I give Out of Darkness 4 out of 4 stars and recommend it to YA readers who would enjoy a twist on their favorite supernatural stories.

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Post by kandscreeley » 11 Apr 2017, 15:05

Interesting. Sounds like a pretty good read to me. I love young adult novels. I think I might put this one on my list. I also love how the author gives the monsters some uniqueness. Thanks for the review!
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Post by Amagine » 11 Apr 2017, 16:21

This book is perfect for a teen audience because the supernatural genre is HUGE right now in the publishing industry. I also like how it shows him as someone who is bullied and I hope the author addresses the matter for an audience who may understand how Brian feels. The premise of the story seems interesting and I'm sure readers are going to enjoying reading the story.

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Post by katiesquilts » 11 Apr 2017, 18:12

kandscreeley wrote:Interesting. Sounds like a pretty good read to me. I love young adult novels. I think I might put this one on my list. I also love how the author gives the monsters some uniqueness. Thanks for the review!
Awesome! If you ever get around to reading it, please let me know what you think as well! I love to hear other readers' opinions on the same book! :D

-- 11 Apr 2017, 18:13 --
Amagine wrote:This book is perfect for a teen audience because the supernatural genre is HUGE right now in the publishing industry. I also like how it shows him as someone who is bullied and I hope the author addresses the matter for an audience who may understand how Brian feels. The premise of the story seems interesting and I'm sure readers are going to enjoying reading the story.

Great Review! :character-count:
I agree! I was in the perfect mood for a supernatural book, and this hit the spot!
Thank you for your kind words. :D

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Post by CarrieMe » 02 May 2017, 14:01

This sounds like a unique take on a pretty standard type of story. Fun!

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Post by katiesquilts » 11 May 2017, 04:37

CarrieMe wrote:This sounds like a unique take on a pretty standard type of story. Fun!
Indeed! Is it the kind of book you would give a try to?

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Post by MaryGKING » 13 May 2017, 22:09

The plot is very interesting since it all started with a normal situation where everything is perfect until you got yourself bitten by a dog. Where the interesting part started when people you thought would always be there for you turns out to be the people who will drag you down instead of lifting you up. Comfort and support are the most important factor when you were faced in such situations where you needed the people who really loves you to be there for you.

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Post by Jaime Lync » 15 May 2017, 17:41

You really did a great job selling this book. Thank you for the great review.

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Post by katiesquilts » 16 May 2017, 07:12

Jaime Lync wrote:You really did a great job selling this book. Thank you for the great review.
Thank you for the kind words! :mrgreen:

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Post by christinac_2585 » 20 May 2017, 10:11

I am big on YA or adult paranormal books. This book sounds like one I need to add to my reading list. I think that it is interesting how he had an allergic reaction to a dog bite. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for your review!
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Post by DesireeT » 07 Jun 2017, 20:49

Sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the review.

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Post by katiesquilts » 17 Jun 2017, 05:52

christinac_2585 wrote:I am big on YA or adult paranormal books. This book sounds like one I need to add to my reading list. I think that it is interesting how he had an allergic reaction to a dog bite. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for your review!
And thank you for your review of my review! :mrgreen: (Say that 5 times fast!)
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Post by Atabon Della » 01 Jul 2017, 05:42

Wow. I love this review. Thank you so much for it. The mere mention of the fact that this boy is beaten by a dog already invited me to read the book. Its such a normal situation but leads to greater mysteries to be uncovered and am definitely interested.

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