Title: Darkness Matters
Author: Jay McLean
Released: June 26, 2017
It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.
I have long admired McLean and her writing. She writes complex heartfelt books that you can’t get enough of. Darkness Matters was no expectation. I don’t know why I took so long to read this book as I usually read her books ASAP. If you are like I, a reader who hasn’t read this book, you won’t be disappointed. It’s not a departure from the writing we love. Just another one of her surprising compelling stories and characters that McLean is know for with a twist of course.
I know what I’m getting into with her books after reading for so long therefore this book was everything I expected and more. I swooned, my heart broke and I got mad at the world . Typical responses to a McLean book but there was more at stake with this book.
Noah and Addie captured my heart the moment I met them. The shy guy who battles his demons on his own steam and tries to carry the pain on his own . He was adorable and there was something about Noah that made you want to be like Addie. Push his boundaries and get to know the guy that was on her mind and was in her thoughts constantly.
He was crippled by his emotions and the memories that driven him to retreat basically from the world. An introvert . I was intrigued by those word , when I read the blurb and wonder what would make an eighteen year old struggle like this. He had a story to tell but what was it?
What, Who, made Noah like this ?
Surrounding himself by darkness,you have to wonder, why Addie would want to get into this world. She seemed to be a place that was rocky. She had been through a lot and was trying to find herself whilst getting back on her feet. She coached him to embrace light and see there was possibility.
Yet there was darkness lurking waiting to strike on the story. And it did, leaving me with questions as we delve into her story and see how she came to this point. Wanting to show the boy next door that he could escape. However in this book, darkness is a delicious aspect that you don’t want to disappear , as this book is shorter then usual for a McLean book.
I wanted more by the time I finished he book and was left gasping. As so much was thrown at us about these two characters who understood each other more then they care to admit. I didn’t care for the way it was left. I wanted more. Noah and Addie had an addicting story and left me wanting to go back and read their story all over again. Grabbing all the minutiae things that I could keep two in my mind until McLean graces us with more of them.
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
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