Dark Genesis

Rated 3.96/5 based on 24 reviews
With no memories, Alyssa stumbles into a dark world populated by witches with frightening powers. Even more terrifying are the monsters who rule over the land - vampires and other awful creatures have taken over, forcing the witches behind stone walls, afraid to venture outdoors. But Alyssa finds that as she kills certain monsters, memories return to her, of Earth and the boy she left behind. More

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About Dave Ferraro

Dave Ferraro grew up in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, where he was warped by a steady diet of comic books, horror movies and young adult novels. He is the author of the paranormal fantasy series "Hunters of the Dark," as well as "Dark Genesis" and the gay teen paranormal romance "Twice Bitten." He graduated with a B.A. in English and creative writing from Saint Cloud State University, and currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Review by: Irais Heras on Sep. 22, 2013 :
This was not the book for me, a little too fairy tale... but that doesn't mean that isn't a good book
I was expecting something different, more like paranormal urban fantasy, so maybe that's why I didn't liked the book so much
The book stars a little too slow paced and then at the 70% of the book everything happens too quickly and the end was a little disappointing, after all Alyssa had to overcome I was like "seriously?????"
I was more interested in Alyssa previous life than what was happening in this other world/dimension/plane or whatever you want to call it
Also somethings were really predictable
The good thing was that some of the supporting characters where interesting but the villains felt kind of meh...

Book provided by the author in exchange of my honest review.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: BookAngelRV on Sep. 18, 2013 :
I really loved this story. The world that the author created was very interesting as well as scary. It had several twists that I did not see coming. The ending tied up everything neatly giving this book a well-deserved ending. I give the book 4 stars.

I think my favorite part was the different covens and creatures that inhabited this world. There were many myths that surrounded this world as well as a history that made it believable or possible. However with everything that happened in the first book all I want to know is what in the world is left for the second book? Also I think that the Ticks were a nice addition to the story. They had just enough “ick” factor to make the reader cringe when you hear about them or they enter the story but they were a necessary part of the story as well as creepy addition. When dealing with witches and spells that go wrong it is not all going to be good.

The thing that I didn’t like as much was that I didn’t feel like Alyssa stayed consistent throughout the story. At the beginning she was tough and took out a ton of vampires without breaking a sweat but by the middle of the story it seemed that her friends were doing all the dirty work. At the end she started to show more of the kick butt heroine that she is but for a while there I was worried.

The story let us get to know more about the main character by giving us flashbacks to her past at the same time that she was getting the memory. When she arrived in the story she didn’t really have all her memories of herself and I liked this way of getting to know her. It helped us to know more about her and why she is able to be who she is.

The ending was very well written. It tied up all the issues that had come up during the story as well as gave us a few twists at the end & throughout the story that I was not expecting.

While there was a few things about this story that I didn’t like as much the good definitely outweighed the not so good by far for me. I will be reading the next in the series and will re-read this book also in the future again.

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: chucklesthescot on Sep. 15, 2013 :
Alyssa wakes up in a field on an alternate Earth full of magic and monsters and with no memory of who she is or how she got there. After befriending a coven of witches, Alyssa begins a dangerous quest to kill the monsters to get her memories back, helped by a variety of people with special monster hunting skills.

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't expecting the book to have the setting of a more traditional King Arthur court kind of fantasy so I was worried that I might not like it. However as soon as I got into it, I was caught up in the adventure. I like the fact that Alyssa has no magic powers in this world and that she finds ways to use that as a weapon against the witches and monsters she faces. The worldbuilding is interesting and detailed without getting boring and the varity of characters and monsters was great!

I really liked our band of heroes-Alyssa and Vessa had an interesting and complex relationship that is well developed through the novel. Parker struck me immediately as the likeable rogue, instead of just the straight romantic hero. I laughed at the vanity of Eric and enjoyed the sarcasm of Lace who became one of my favourites. Kaitlyn was a character that I wasn't too sure about all the way through which gave her a more interesting edge than she might otherwise have had. I liked what was done with Beth as well. Ooh there is so much I want to say about the characters but that would mean spoilers so I must restrain myself! OK one wee hint-when the witches discover a traitor in their midst, I knew instantly who it was because of what happened when they first entered. I did suspect the possibility of what happened in that flashback shocker but I was taken by surprise a few times in the final showdown. I like it when that happens!

The range of monsters in the book was wonderful for an urban fantasy fan like myself! Vampires, werewolves, human sized ticks(UGH), witches, demons, Ice Queens and Fire Kings, zombies! What more could you have in a book? Plus we had the city of Frankenstein where the people are creating science instead of magic and I found this bit really interesting. It blended both versions of Earth together with a nice thick helping of monster mythology!

I don't think I could say there was much I didn't like. There was a good mixture of action packed plot and character development. I enjoyed the way Lace in particular was developed with her mixture of cowardice and bravery. It made her more real. I liked the storytelling and the simple way that the story was told. I liked the gradual development of the relationships between the characters and the way they became more committed to each other and the quest. It was good to see them all playing their part in the quest and becoming a real team. OK so I didn't like the cruelty to a few poor animals though! *Sniff*. I'm such a soft touch when it comes to dead animals. I never did forgive JK Rowling for what she did to Hedwig and Dobby...

The great thing is that I have a few more works by this author that are lurking on my Kobo and I'm REALLY looking forward to reading them now! This book will appeal to those interested in fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal and adventure books. Highly recommended.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Bruce Weller, Jr on Sep. 9, 2013 :
I found this book riveting I like the way Alyssa found herself. The idea of selflessness by someone is a deed that only is done by courage. The way the character’s begin and found betrayals and understanding within them is a very good way to live. In the end a decision had to be made that was from the heart not of the mind. We as people can be put in places that are scaring and dangerous but it is the trueness of which you are that will see how you survive it. Life is based on choices and the choices the character’s made in this book were by far courageous and heartwarming. The outcome of the book was indeed a surprise and I love it when it takes me a while to figure a book out! I hope the author finds a way to make these characters into a bigger series. The only thing I hate is when the story I like is completely done! I would love to put in all the great parts of this book. But I will not spoil a story for no one. I am glad that I read this book and I hope many people get a chance to read this book.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Alyssa on Sep. 7, 2013 :
CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU DON'T WANT ANY MAJOR SPOILERS.

Dark Genesis was really good. During the middle of the book, it made me think as if the story was an RPG game. If you know Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy and such Role-Playing Games, the book definitely gave a feel that it was like one of those that has a good war story, and you're part of fighting with them. Which was really interesting because it's the first time I viewed a book as such.

It definitely has a great plot. I love that there's always happening either in the world around or even in the characters' minds. Because of that, it gave the impression that the book was not about Alyssa only, but it was about the people in the group and the world itself too. Yes, the story's main character is Alyssa but it shows off the other characters well, making it the story of all of them. Especially the part that Alyssa wasn't the only one who killed the Targets. Just shows that each character had a story to tell and not just Alyssa's.

I loved the twists present in the book. Some were expected but the part of Alyssa's memories had the best twists for me. I appreciated the fact that the memories she gained changed the way she lives in the Witch world. I also love the concept and the world that the author made. I especially liked the concept of Adam and Lilith, thus making the Witch world so realistic.

There were times that when I read it, my mind would trail off to something else. I'm thinking maybe it's because of the abruptness of what was happening. There were parts that happened too quickly. And also made me think that the action in the book was lacking. I always thought that conquering Lady Blood and Lilith would be the hardest and would take a long time. But they were very straight forward and seemed easy.

I know that the romance is just a side story of the book, but it had me going! There came a time that I had no idea who would Alyssa choose, whether it be Parker or Cory; which was very interesting. But I do wish the there was more dose of romance. I just thought that the love story of Alyssa and Parker was not through out the book, but only in parts where they should be there. Even Vessa and Eric's love story seem so sudden to me as if it just presented itself. I just thought that it would be cool if there were hints given of their love stories through out the whole book.

In general, the book was really good. It gave surprises and twists that every reader would definitely love. It was well written but could've been better, but the story-telling was at it's best! Congratulations to the author, Dave Ferraro.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Niamh on Sep. 5, 2013 :
Thank you to Dave Ferraro for the free copy of Dark Genesis as part of the Goodreads Read 4 Review programme.

This is hands down the best book I've read as part of this programme. Ferraro has a deft touch when it comes to setting the scene and the characters have nuance (albeit nothing very original in terms of the human experience but they're well written). I love the whole premise of the book and the dilemma the protagonist is faced with at the end of the novel is an interesting one to ponder. I saw it coming, but nonetheless it's still a great thing to consider. The world has been rendered well and is a great venue for an exploration of bravery, loyalty, friendship and sacrifice. The story progresses well and the characters face interesting challenges. I don't normally like religiosity in my fiction but enjoyed the exploration of the notion of what constitutes the soul as it felt more existential and spiritual than preachy.

I'm not sure who the intended audience is. I'm used to my quests being more complex and detailed when reading adult fiction, but I think this is great for a young adult audience or adults who aren't looking for a dense Games of Thrones/Wheel of Time saga. Each 'trial' is resolved rather quickly and easily but that keeps the book chugging along quickly.

It's the first R4R book I've read where poor grammar, spelling or stylistic choices didn't derail me and lift me out of the story. I noticed a couple of little things but nothing that distracted me so props to who(m)ever edited and proofed the book: well done.

I don't normally spend money on digital books as my iPad is provided by my work, but I'd consider buying the next book in this series as I want to know what happens next. Congratulations Dave!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Ana Torres on Sep. 3, 2013 :
I loved this book. I love paranormal books, give me one anytime I will read it till I am done. I can never get enough. Alyssa was sent to another world with monster she didn't think existed. I had my fill of vampires, weres, witches.. and even though she couldn't remember who she was she kick some ass and more she did, the more the memory returned to her. Alyssa had to go through some hard jumps in the road to recovery of who she is. Being sent somewhere with no memory, not sure if I could of done half the things she had to do.Dealing with two powerful witches she saved from Lord Kryd's men. It was like she was thrown back in the dark ages no cars. Carriages was only option to travel no fancy cars. Saving the two witches Beth and Vessa could of been a good thing or bad? You will have to read it to find out. And will she return back home to her true world not one that she was sent to by witches to begin with.

I absolutely loved it.. and one I can and will re-read again and again.
I was given a copy free copy for my honest review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Satarupa Biswas on Aug. 17, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side, which I’m thrilled to give.

Firstly I would like to thanks Dave Ferraro, author of Dark Genesis for this wonderful opportunity that he presented me with by giving this fabulous book for reviewing.

The author nailed it, literally. The plot and the story line is just freakishly awesome and I’m glad that I signed up for this one rather than any other book.

The mysterious and suspenseful world that the author created and which haunted the main character Alyssa really touched me and drew me inside it and I really went through all the emotional turmoil that Alyssa faced.

I was swayed away by the freshness and awesomeness of this story. The characterization was so prominent and lively that it didn't even feel that you’re reading a fantasy book rather you’ll feel as if you’re a part of it. I loved the other characters that came along as the story progressed.

The writing style was very easy going and really interested me a lot but there were some editing mistakes which I’m sure the author will take care of.

So paranormal fans , it’s a must read for you all and I heartily recommend the story to everyone even if you’re not a fantasy fan but I bet if you go through this then you’re ought to develop a knack for this genre!

Enjoy reading!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cat T on July 9, 2013 :
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Writing: 3 stars
Editing: 4 stars
How much I liked this book: 2 stars

Starting from the outside in: I knew the cover looked familiar! Not trying to pump that book, but I do enjoy that series. Okay, beyond it being familiar, not exactly sure that it matches this book. The heroine of this book, Alyssa, is a kick-butt kind of girl who dislikes wearing dresses. I don't think she ever ends up in a white dress, either.

Now for the actual content of the book: Alyssa is awesome. She copes amazingly well for a woman who has no idea who she is or where she is. I also liked all the other (good-guy) characters. They provided a nice mix of humor, muscle, and magic.

The plot moves quickly. Alyssa and her team are pretty much constantly on the move or in battle. The action scenes are pretty good; not too blood or gory while still being descriptive and interesting.

I really enjoyed the basic premise of this book: girl with no memories has to gain back her memories by slaying evil, powerful beings. I liked reading the flashbacks...and that the ending leaves things a little bit mysterious :).

So why not more stars? Well I just couldn't wrap my head around how things could be so darn similar to our non-magical-Earth. The language is exactly the same EVERYWHERE: no differences in continents, no slang by region...nothing. But okay, I can forgive that since in magical-Earth Babel doesn't happen and people don't develop different languages, but that still doesn't account for why everyone sounds/speaks the same. There should still be regional differences, especially given that these far flung communities rarely communicate with each other.

I also thought things were just too easy for Alyssa. Between her and her friends, things just worked out in their favor. Granted, they are a talented group, it just felt like this could have been more complicated.

I would definitely recommend this to YA paranormal/sci-fi fans, with the caution that there is sex mentioned multiple times (not erotica at all, but it is mentioned).
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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