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* Release Day & Review! * Kingdom of Darkness (Kingdom Journals Book 2) by Tricia Copeland

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Publication Date: June 21, 2017

June seems to be the month for new releases, and I have another fantastic book to share with you!

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"… the previous night’s vision, or whatever it was, ended with a name I heard clear as day, as if the people were in my room. Ivy, the girl and boy recited together.” – Camille Could her dreams be real? Is she the key to freeing witches from their curse? Of course not, right? Thinking that her only chance at a normal life lay in a new treatment, Camille joins Dr. Antos and a group of teens for a month long camping trip in Iceland. There she meets Jude, a fellow schizophrenic. Dr. Antos invites Camille and Jude to extend their work with him on the island of Sardinia. Camille is suspicious of Dr. Antos’s intentions but her dad goes missing, leaving her no choice but to travel to Italy. Is she walking into a lion’s den or has her illness invaded her reality?

Review

Having struggled with schizophrenia all of her life, Camille and her family move to Iceland hoping to prevent her from having another relapse. When Camille starts having vivid dreams and visions about a group of good witches that interfere with her ability to function normally, Camille's mother assumes the worst and she is put back on medication to block the dreams and visions.

Camille feels the medication keeps her from enjoying her life and searches the internet for holistic alternatives. During her search, she stumbles upon a camp run by Dr. Antos that has yielded some very promising results. After convincing her mother to let her try this alternative treatment, Camille discovers that her visions and headaches might be caused by magical abilities that are trying to emerge. She begins to believe that the people she sees in her visions are real and are desperately trying to find her; however, she suspects that Dr. Antos may one of the people that the good witches from her visions are fighting.

If you are expecting a magical "Harry Potter" type book, you are looking in the wrong place. This isn't set in a fantastical other-worldly school, it is an urban paranormal novel with a realistic setting. The majority of society does not recognize the existence of magic and view children and teens with emerging magical abilities as mentally ill.

I found all of the characters in the book engaging and entertaining. Even though most of them didn't play pivotal roles in the plot, they contributed heavily to the suspense and realism that makes this book really shine. I found myself sympathizing with Camille's plight and hoped that it would be resolved by the end of the book; however, the book ends with a cliffhanger, leaving readers to wonder about how Camille will fare.

I get the feeling that I missed out on some of the nuances of the plot because I wasn't able to read the first book in the series. Despite this, I was able to follow along with the story pretty well after the first chapter and I still felt invested in the characters by the end of the book.

Kingdom of Darkness is an edgy, cool YA paranormal fantasy that will draw you in and keep you engaged. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, and will add the first book to my TBR list!

About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland, Kingdom of Darkness, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tricia Copeland, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her contemporary adult Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. She has another YA work Lovelock Ones: Native One in The Butterfly Box.
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Have you read Kingdom of Embers by Tricia Copeland? If so, should I have read it before reading Kingdom of Darkness? Why? Let me know in the comments!

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