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  • The idea seemed promising

    Although the idea seemed promising and I liked a couple of scenes, the writing style took me out of the book several times. It bothered me that both "vampire" and "hunter" were so repetitive, but it wasn't just that, but the general tone and style. it also seemed unrealistic to me that a demisexual would fall in love in just a matter of days when he said it took him months or years before feeling real attraction, and in this case it happens with no real explanation. However, I liked the characters and parts of the story.

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  • Heck Yes

    I have read this story a couple times now and I gotta say it does not get old! I love the characters beyond reasoning, I think the writing style flows really well, and I love the rep! Think the pacing is really good and I am honestly gearing up to read it a third time.

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  • Dark, sexy and fun!

    Well this book was such a fun read! It has a secret society of Vampires, Werewolves, Fae of all sorts, shadows with eyes and claws and hunters who try to keep humans safe at night while teaching kids music lessons at day. I am not much into vampires anymore since they all started to sparkle and be oh so nice and protective, but I am glad I put up this book. In "From The Dark We Came" they are not braindead monsters either, but they are bloodthirsty, dangerous as hell and definitely creatures of the dark. Love them! So as I said before this story is fun but also dark with just the right amount of sexy. I would have loved to get to know the world even better, same goes for Belar and Cassian. There are some questions left like who actually is Belars father and how do real vampires come to life? Will there be a sequel someday? – I don’t know and even with this questions looming above my overly curios head I still enjoyed this book from start to end and finished it within three reading nights (I could have devoured it within a day but I tried to savor it as long as possible).

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  • Wonderful characters, need more development.

    At first glance, 'From the Dark We Came' by J. Emery, had a fascinating premise for me.. and right up front I'll tell you.. there's nothing wrong with the story. The writing and story are fine, the characters sparked my interest right away, and the paranormal topic is generally something I enjoy. Belar is a monster hunter who seems to do especially well at executing vampires, of course.. he has some tricks up his sleeves that his fellow agents don't. He has one of the best kill records in the organization.. in fact.. only one monster has ever escaped him. He's a skilled agent who hides by day as a mild-mannered music teacher, often starting rumors about himself just so others don't get curious about his long disappearances and stir worse ones on their own. He purposely lives on the outskirts of the town to limit the visibility of his comings and goings. One night, late returning from a city gathering.. having learned socializing with the townsfolk wherever he sets up helps him stay under their radar, he finds the monster that got away inside his home. Having already tried to kill Cassian twice, he discovers the vampire wants to hire him. Apparently, one of his own kind wants him dead and they've been using the hunter to do the job. For me, there are components here of a great story. I love the way they begin at odds with one another, though Belar harbors prejudices regarding the vampire's kind, Cassian seems to shrug much of it off with the kind of amusement only the truly hard to kill creatures can. They both have secrets that impact the way they deal with others, things that spurred them to make the choices that put them on a trajectory toward one another. In part because of the secrets between them, Belar struggles to tell who in his sphere is friend and who is foe and there's a chance there to really exploit that, but Emery just doesn't. As I said before, the book was fine. It was a quick read with likeable characters. I didn't find the story particularly moving because there just isn't a lot of development done with Cassian or Belar. We're sort of tossed the bare bones of their pasts, then it's not extrapolated on. There's even a discussion of a situation from Cassian's history that is directly tied to the reason they've both been targeted in the way they have, but the only thing really focused on is the finality of that situation. If you give it a try, you'll see it. An heirloom is brought up as a way of identifying a connection between those involved. There's a known betrayal mentioned.. and even a trial.. but none of that is followed up anywhere later in the novel. Both Cassian and Belar have so much potential. In an almost.. crib notes explanation.. their paths have forged these magnetic characters, but the range of experience and emotion is just never shared. If you want a quick easy read, it's still worth a look. The author could definitely grow from here and do much more with their skill. I know I'm hoping they do. (More reviews like this at Betwixt The Sheets.) (I received this title as an ARC. All opinions are mine and freely given.)

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  • Read the thing

    A great, unique take on vampire myths with a side of smart, sassy dialogue and well written characters. It's good seeing characters like Belar who have and live with chronic pain.

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