Book 1
Into The Dark

August 18, 2015




Speculative Fiction

Into The Dark
by Caroline Patti   


A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.

Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.

But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.


"Fast paced and unique story"  By Sharon Stogner 1 year ago

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A teenager gets accosted at her own birthday party and wakes up in the hospital confused about what happened and how she got there. Imagine her confusion when she looks in the mirror and discovers she is inhabiting the body of her best friend! Now she, as a "breacher", has to find a way to get back to her normal self, if that is even a possibility!

Introduced to a power she was unaware of possessing, Mercy finds herself immersed in a world where she is hunted by one group ordered to kill her and desired by another group that wants to harness her talent. Not knowing who to trust or believe she finds herself discovering more talents she will need to survive this disaster and save others she has come to care about.

I liked the idea of the book but felt a little confused for the first third of the story. As with most young adult stories I read, I feel them to be a little unbelievable and either the characters are naive or seemingly too accepting of their bizarre situations (as are their friends and family!).

I enjoyed the fast pace but felt some choppiness in the delivery and the frequent changes in character roles a little disarming. Perhaps a little more background in the beginning may have prevented my distraction. The ending was abrupt although left the feeling that there will be more episodes to come.

A unique story that I feel would be well received by young adults whose minds probably think quicker than mine and adjust to conflicting situations without question more than this old (wait!, I mean mature!) brain.

"A unique concept that immediately captured me."  By czai 1 year ago

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{ 5 things about Into the Dark }

unique story and world.
At least for me it is. Into the Dark involves Breachers, Hunters, and the Assembled. Let's get into each one by one. Breachers are immortals who can transfer from one body to the other. The twist is that Breachers cannot leave a body unless he/she kills it. Mercy is different though since she has the ability to transfer body without the having to kill it. Hunters are those who hunt down and kill Breachers. And the Assembled, I believe, are those who are supposed to keep the balance.
I really like the whole concept of the story right from the body 'breaching' to the Hunters and The Assembled. I am yet to still fully understand the existence of The Assembled though. I really think that there's something there I'm missing…

dual POV.
There's Mercy's and there's Gage. Some times it's quite difficult to distinguish which POV I'm already reading. If I put the book down for a while and get back, I have to check back on the chapter page just to see which POV it is (unless of course stated in conversations). But, it's not really something so bothersome as they only happen a few times.
The dual POV really helps in getting into different points in the story and really gives you as a reader more knowledge about the world.

Mercy is your usual heroine.
Mercy is your usual heroine because she: (1) has a unique ability, (2) blindly faithful to the people she met (just why?), (3) she gets braver at each chapter, and (4) she's willing to sacrifice herself for the good of all (haven't we all read something like that?).
Thing is she easily jumped into the crazy fighting-against-the-evil side of the story basically because she's hugely affected. Heck, she's special in her own way and she still doesn't know about it. While she easily jumped into the bandwagon, I think it was fine especially given the circumstances she's in. So as much as I hate these kinds of events, I forgive her :)

there's family.
There's Mercy and her mom and her dad. They may not exactly be the root of the entire issue of this book but I LOVE their close relationship. Unfortunately there wasn't much interaction between them which is a bit of a let down. BUT I'm really eyeing the next book to have more of it :)

the romance.
This is possibly the only aspect or the book that I didn't exactly care about. There's love triangle among Mercy and Gage and Nathaniel. And unfortunately I'm not rooting for anyone. I'm just like: okay... AND there's forbidden love because Alas! Hunters (which is what Gage is) are not allowed to love Breachers (which is what Mercy is). But how does Nathaniel fall into any of this? He just does because apparently Gage is a part of Nathaniel (sounds odd? confusing? it's explained in the book -- it's all part of the interesting world).

My gripes for this book involve: (1) the whole beginning of this mess. I'm basically like, what?, (2) the root of the mess -- connected? yes. When I said 'the whole beginning', I was talking about what happened to Mercy. When I said 'the root of the mess', I was talking about why they're after Mercy and Nathaniel's whole issue in this story, and (3) the romance, of course. I don't care about any of it!

OVERALL, Into the Dark is a paranormal young adult novel that involves taking over the body of people (breaching) and whole lot of evil (revenge plot). The world is really interesting -- the Breachers, Hunters, and the Assembled. I had some mixed feelings about the quick involvement of Mercy in the whole fight against the evil. The romance felt 'meh' but the ending is quite satisfying. It also conditions you for the next (and final) book. Into the Dark is a good read but not exactly a highly recommended one from me.