Her twenty-first birthday was supposed to be the beginning of a new chapter. She had been preparing herself for the moment she would be a real adult for months.
There was no way she could have prepared herself for what happened instead.
As her nightmares became more real with each night and her behavior became less like her own, Ardra fought to stay on the path she had so painstakingly planned for herself with very little success.
When she becomes the owner of a creepily-human dog named Kaiser, she finds herself oddly at peace with the unexpected addition to her household and clings tightly to him when tragedy strikes and shatters her world.
As she fights to put the pieces back together without losing herself in the Darkness that is building inside of her with each terrible step off of her path, a rag-tag band of supporters rally behind her. Each one of them prepared to go to the ends of the earth and back.
She must find a way to defeat the Chaos that has consumed her life or risk losing everyone and everything that she has left. Including her soul.
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Review by Angela
I was asked by the author to read his book in exchange for an honest review. I wasn’t even sure what it was about as one of his “wives” asked me to read it. 🙂 But, she had read it and she knows what kind of books that I like. So, I said I would read it and offer some input. This is a debut novel and series for David Michael. And it’s pretty darn good.
Ardra is happy living at home with her parents, going to church and college and hanging out with her best friend Piper. She is turning 21 and has a plan for her life. But that plan does not include having to deal with this odd thing that seems to happen to her when she wears the new necklace her dad bought for her for her birthday. Something weird is happening to her. She’s having these seemingly real dreams with a very handsome man in it. And her parents leave her abruptly to go to a Mormon church that needs their help but they are being very vague about what kind of help and when they will be back. On top of this, Ardra has yet another secret that she is keeping from everyone including herself. If she forgets it, doesn’t think about it and ignores it, it doesn’t exist. Or so she thinks.
The story starts off switching back and forth between what’s happening with Ardra and the Darkness. It is really gripping because of the vague writing that David uses. You know somethings happening and you know it’s not going to be good, but you don’t know what. It sucked me in! I liked David’s vivid imagery and descriptive adjectives. I could envision everything like I was actually there. Of course, I have been to Utah so I know more than most about some of the places he describes. That doesn’t leave the reader at a disadvantage though. David does a great job making the reader feel like they are there experiencing the same things first hand. I did have a little issue with the ending on the version I read so we shall see with the published version if it is any different. I give this story 4 books and can’t wait to read the next one!!
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David Michael currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his three best friends, two of which are his cats. He has written several unpublished short stories, and over 200 poems, some of which have been published. He comes from a large family, with three siblings and three step-siblings. He’s a firm believer that there is inspiration in everything, you just have to be willing to see it. He firmly believes that there is nobody more amazing than his mom, Traci.
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