Book Review: Five Out of the Dark


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. But Johnathan’s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster aren’t the only problems 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.

My Review: This book is like Harry Potter in the Seattle underground, so automatically cool. It’s full of teenage angst and romance, but against a backdrop of werewolves and demons. The magic system is enigmatic and intriguing. The characters are fun, especially the main girl who is tough and strong willed. Anderson doesn’t pull the punches, leading to a shocking and powerful climax.

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.

I’ve been to a lot of conventions and other events with Holli. She is more than a fun person, I consider her a friend. We not only share a publisher, we are both Space Balrogs. Although I’ve known and shared tables with her for years, the only excuse I can offer for waiting so long to read this book is that I usually avoid series until they are all the way finished so that I don’t have to wait out long cliff hangers. This book justified my position. Luckily, book two is out and I can get that now. Also, I get to beta read book three before it’s out, so envy me. If you love Urban Fantasy, you won’t regret reading this book.


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