Quite the different type of love story, but I could NOT put it down!
First of all, let me say that, true to its title, this book is dark. It contains depressing, violent, painful things that I never ever ever EVER never ever want to even THINK about considering what it might be like to actually possibly feel them.
The story is told via multiple points-of-view, with Cerys writing the voices of Angeline and Chastity, and Ethan writing Noah's. The idea is brilliant because, as you can imagine, the tones are completely different among the characters, which makes them all the more believable.
Noah's favorite word is the f-word, and he uses it constantly. Normally it would be awkward and unnecessary to keep reading the same word over and over, beating the proverbial dead horse, but Ethan wrote so many of his f-words with seemingly different inflections. I could almost hear them being spoken in my head, and I found myself laughing out loud at a lot of Noah's thoughts.
While I was unsure of the book at first, I began to love it around the halfway mark. At that point, it tells the back-story of Angeline and Noah. Their stories had me really FEELING for them because they lend more understanding to the story as a whole, and why the characters behaved as they did.
The story comes to a nice end, but then I was treated to additional "extended scenes." While I, personally, would like to have read the Angeline-and-Noah scenes in the story itself, I loved reading them and was nearly in tears reading of the struggles Angeline and Noah faced.
All in all, I loved the love story, got a few laughs in spite of the morbidity, and if these two amazing authors just happened to collaborate on another book in the series (wink), I would DEFINITELY read it!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***