Review by Ivy
“No matter what happens, you’ve still got a life to live. Don’t waste it by giving in to fear of what might be coming. Don’t let a possible future ruin what you’ve got right now.”
The Fell of Dark follows Auggie, a sixteen-year-old who’s bad at math, never been kissed, and the vessel for a rising dark angel planning to wreak hell on earth. The last part is surprising, but not unheard of in Fulton Heights, a town situated at a nexus of magical energy and teeming with vampires. When one of said (hot) creatures of the night confronts Auggie about the demonic energy festering in his soul, it’s only the beginning of a game of tug-of-war between ancient cults who all want to either harness or destroy the power of the re-awakening Corrupter. Packed with action and wit, The Fell of Dark is campy, raunchy, and deeply magical.
This novel came to me at a weird time. It’s pure fun, but it can be hard to indulge in the fun when there are more important things happening outside the book. That said, when I did manage to dive into The Fell of Dark, I liked what I saw. It was about hope and friendship and sexy vampires and was an all-around glittering package of a YA novel perfectly set for a sequel.
Auggie himself was a somewhat confusing character, his nerdy-relatability sloughing off as The Fell of Dark progressed until I couldn’t really get a grasp on him anymore. In adventure novels, there is always a level of “rising to the occasion” a hero has to do, but it was just overdone here for the sake of accelerating the plot and not spending much time on reasonable character development.
The plot also began to get a little muddied as the story went. I never became fully confused, but I could understand how less eagle-eyed readers could get lost by the time the third or fourth cult got introduced. The complexity was fun, but entirely unexpected from such a light-seeming novel and weighed The Fell of Dark down in some places with needless explanation and historical background.
Overall, The Fell of Dark did what I saw as its task in proving that vampires deserve to be back in YA fashion. It also dabbled in the trend of teen witchery, which I appreciate. This novel certainly isn’t a deep read, but it will keep you on edge with excessive plot twists, a rich cast of characters, and a beautifully Twilight-esque vampire love triangle. (I’m Team Jude 100%)
Rating: three lesbian witch girlfriends/five
For fans of: Caleb Roehrig’s style of campy young adult literature, because there’s nothing like it.