Wednesday, November 14, 2012

SPARRING ROOM- Dark Summer by Lizzy Ford


First thought of the Cover: Kindred:
I really love this cover. I love the girl on the cover, but it isn't really who I picture summer to be. But Kismet knows I tend to make characters look the way I want to no matter what the description says, so that may be my issue :). I love the font, I love the series title, and I am in LOVE with the amulet around her neck.
"One choice. One Soul. One price." I LOVE how that is on the front cover under the title. I never see that done much, and it really grabbed me and made me love the cover even more.

I saw the concept of the cover and I was intrigued but felt it could have been better.  As a graphic artist, I like to relate to a character and this just was not relatable. In my perfect world I would be a super witch with powers, so I would love to see myself as the Character.
After you read the book, your thoughts?
Original Cover

Word on the street is that it is getting a re-make though, which is exciting. After reading the book though, maybe I would have opted to call it "Light Summer"? I don't know just a random Kindred thought. "Light Summer" sounds lame anyway, but in the story...gah never mind I don't want to give anything away it's too good.

I am so excited that they are remaking the cover because this book is too good for anything like a cover to stop people from reading this spectacular book. I think the title is perfect. I think a new cover will totally allow people to see how great it really is.

First thought after reading the description:  
A girl with a broken past and a dark secret. A boy with a twisted future and no second chances. When they meet, it just might cost them their souls.

Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect the new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay where everyone will turn against her after a few weeks. Until she meets the rest of the students at this special school and realizes she’s not the only one with magic in her blood. Accustomed to the concrete jungle of LA, she gets lost one night in the forests of the Rocky Mountains and meets Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday. Their connection is instant and dangerous, for both will be forced to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.

One choice. One soul. One price.

The description of this book is just the right length and gives you just the right amount of information to really get you to want to read the book without giving too much away.

Kismet:  Summer is a girl after my own heart. Being from the concrete jungle I could only imagine the 1000’s of thoughts racing through her head and to meet this Tall, Dark, and Yummy guy with a lethal connection is seriously what had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!

First sentence: Summer stepped off the stuffy bus, at once struck by the smog-free air and towering pine trees of the northern Idaho town.

Kindred:Very descriptive, just like everything in the book. You can literally put yourself in Summer's shoes and you can feel like you are actually there, or watching a movie instead of reading.

Kismet: I was intrigued on what would have someone leave a big city to go to a small town in the state of Idaho.
What we loved

Kindred: Summer- I LOVE HER! But don't really understand her attraction to Beck at all. That's the only thing I found off. It did make sense that they shared an element, but they never really had much interaction. So I would be suspicious of the letters and everything that had gone on with that little relationship if I was she.

Beck- I did not find him attractive in anyway. I love me a bad boy. Team Decker all the way.

Decker and Summer- Their chemistry was oozing off of the pages I just couldn't get enough. The scenes with both of them were the best parts of the book.

Decker- is the epitome of the bad boy I want to be with for all time. He is so sexy and commanding, I would never give Beck a second glance.

UNTIL I read " Summer Night"
(Summer Night is the novelette that was just released a couple of days ago that answers some stuff looming from Dark Summer that never got answered. I kind of finding myself shifting towards team Beck...dare I say it.)

I have not liked a book this much in forever. I devoured this book in less than a day (one sitting). I have read it twice, and if I had more time it would be a lot more than that. It is one of those books that will stay with you for a while and keep you thinking.

And you can take anything from this review I wrote: Dark Summer was my first Lizzy Ford experience. I call it an experience and not just a "read" or a "book" because it is so much more than that. Dark Summer is hands-down the best book I have read in years. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I sometimes hate recommending certain books because I am not sure how the other person will like it, but I recommend this book to everyone on the planet. Lizzy Ford is an amazing talent; she has a way of sucking you right into the story. I honestly can't explain it well enough with words (I am no Lizzy Ford) you just have to read and see for yourself. This book has romance, betrayal, humor, lust, love, name it, and it's probably in Dark Summer. But in no way is it too much all at once. Dark Summer made me fall in love with evil characters, it made me scream out loud, it had me on an emotional roller-coaster (and I loved every second of it). I am anxiously awaiting the next book because Dark Summer leaves you on quite the cliffhanger. *Stands up and gives Lizzy Ford a round of applause*.

Truth is, I love bad boys and all things Decker and since I read the book FIRST and FINISHED first, I claimed him. Sorry Kindred. So let it be known that Decker is my Book Boyfriend. That being said this book is heart dropping from beginning to end.

Decker- Dark and mysterious who leaves your heart racing and your blood boiling, uh who doesn’t want that kind passion in their life? His tale is hard to swallow and his responsibility would scare any normal girl, but he is like the Nexus to Summer’s heart and it works.

Summer- Scared, confused, and misunderstood, Summer is shipped away to yet another foster home. I relate to Summer’s struggle because people usually judge first and ask questions later and I completely get it; but the truth is that Summer is good through on through.

Beck- He is kind, gentle, and mesmerizing but he is the good guy and that is just so boring to me, but I am sure there are girls who love that but not me.  Beck is blinded by the idea of love and goodness and doesn’t see the bad in people even when smack in between sheets with him.  Which brings me to:

Dawn- Ugh. I completely loathe this character and her ten tons of nuts. She is a conniving back stabbing cruel person and Beck is obsessed with her while Summer is being ridiculed by her.

Dark Summer has you on for a ride from beginning to end and left me thirsty for more. Trust me I immediately bought Summer Night when it came available because even after reading it a few weeks ago. I still was reeling from the experience and now I am consumed with desire to read the next installment.  I heard through the grapevine that Lizzy has an agent and this series is on her desk, I officially submit my application for the role of Summer.

What we did not like?


It was my very first Lizzy ford book but I can tell you it will in no way be my last. I found myself not finding enough of dislikes to make a whole idea of actually disliking this book. 


Truthfully and whole heartedly, I can seriously say that I found nothing unaccepatable about Dark Summer and that’s saying a lot.  I honestly believe that the Rhyn Triology had me by the fictional testies but the truth is Dark Summer had completely kidnapped my mind. Kudos to you Lizzy.

Would we Recommend this book?Kindred:

Lizzy you came out winning on this Spar! You get 5 Star KO!