January 19, 2020

#BookReview: Burn the Dark (Malus Domestica #1) by S.A. Hunt






Synopsis: Supernatural meets Stranger Things in award-winning author S. A. Hunt’s Burn the Dark, first in the Malus Domestica horror action-adventure series about a punk YouTuber on a mission to bring down witches, one vid at a time.

Robin is a YouTube celebrity gone-viral with her intensely-realistic witch hunter series. But even her millions of followers don't know the truth: her series isn’t fiction.

Her ultimate goal is to seek revenge against the coven of witches who wronged her mother long ago. Returning home to the rural town of Blackfield, Robin meets friends new and old on her quest for justice. But then, a mysterious threat known as the Red Lord interferes with her plans…


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Rating: ★★★
My Review: I started out loving this book but around 20% this one started to drag a lot!! I really enjoyed the character and the way the story was told. It lacked that spark to really make me feel for the character and I wished that this would have started out a little differently.  It was a little over the top and towards 50% it was a little out there.  I expect my fantasy books to still be believable and follow some kind of rules and this one felt like they had tossed the rule book out the window.  Towards the end it recovered a little but it just wasn't enough for me to really care. 


Overall, I think that this is going to be one of those titles that you either love it or you don't and in the end it just wasn't for me.  











Burn the Dark is a brilliant debut! S. A. Hunt gets everything right about the creepier aspects 21st digital culture and presents a compelling and memorable female lead.” ―Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of V-Wars and Glimpse

“S.A. Hunt is a kickass storyteller conquering the zone between fantasy and horror. Keep an eye on this one, because they're just getting started.” ―New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig
“S. A. Hunt's Burn the Night is a bold, sharp, fresh take on urban fantasy that brings it into the 21 century. The characters feel real and their flaws make them beautiful. The world building is impressive and immersive, the prose is sharp and tight, and the scary is damn scary. It's a lot of fun!” ―R. S. Belcher, author of Brotherhood of the Wheel and M. I. B. International (novelization)
“Immaculate worldbuilding drives this atmospheric series opener from Hunt (Law of the Wolf).....Joined by a cast of diverse, thoughtfully written characters, Robin returns to her hometown of Blackfield, Ga., to kill the coven responsible for her mother’s death, but the Red Lord intervenes, and Robin discovers that the circumstances surrounding the crime are far more complex than she knew. With a detailed setting and an ear for dialogue, Hunt captures a distinct feeling of Southern Americana. The cliff-hanger ending is sure to leave readers eager for the next installment.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Hunt supplies each character with snappy dialogue and situates the action in a Southern Gothic setting evocative of other supernatural series, such as Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. Robin is a distinctly modern new heroine, combining classic tropes with twenty-first-century methods. She might be the only hunter in literature to keep her passive income stream in mind while shooting B-roll on the way to confront witches, which is likely to delight readers looking for a new twist in their horror picks.”―Booklist









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