i received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, thanks to allen and unwin.

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dark rise review

dark rise is the first book i’ve read by cs pacat, and it most certainly won’t be the last. it was filled with dark twists, an unpredictable plot, and loveable characters.

despite the very slow beginning, dark rise was a good read. the only reason i rated this book 4, rather than 5, stars is because of the slow beginning. it made it hard to get into and connect with the characters. around half way, it begins to pick up and things get really interesting.

our two main characters, will and violet were interesting to read about, and to watch learn and develop. i liked will from the get go, but violet took some time to grow on my. i really enjoyed the relationship between james and will. they had the perfect banter that made it entertaining. will and violet could use a little more development. they felt like co-worker friends rather than actual friends.

katherine’s povs seemed unnecessary for most of the book, only really becoming important to the storyline at the end. i enjoyed her character (almost as much as the protagonists), but it could’ve done without those chapters.

the plot twists towards the end were engaging, and unpredictable. we’re left with a cliffhanger, which i can’t wait for the next book!!

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    I have not heard of cs pacat but this book sounds great.

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      she’s written a few popular books. i do recommend!

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    i’ve honestly been hearing some really fantastic things about this book, and your review has sealed the deal! i love plot twists, especially when they hit you in the ending.

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      yes! it’s so good. i hope you enjoy it if/when you read it!

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    I really want to read this one since I have read some of her other books, so I’m glad you liked it! I tend to get a bit annoyed with unnecessary POVs, so at least I’ve been forewarned lol. But the slow beginning shouldn’t bother me too much.

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      if you’re an old fan, i don’t think you’ll have any issues! i’ve read multiple reviews of this book, and the main ones who didn’t like it, haven’t read a book by her before. i hope you get to read it soon, and that you love it!

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    Great review! I’m glad you liked this one. I picked it up recently and have been looking forward to getting to it.

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      i hope you enjoy it!!

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    I can’t wait to read this one!

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      yes!! i hope you enjoy it!

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    you had a lot better time with this one than me, but I’m glad to see it!! – H

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      aw, hopefully you read something better!

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