Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review: A Patch of Darkness by Yolanda Sfetsos

A Patch of Darkness
Author: Yolanda Sfetsos
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Sierra Fox Book #1
ISBN13: 6781609286880
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author

In a perfect world, Sierra Fox would have stayed away from the Council she left years ago. But in this world—where spirits have the right to walk among the living—it’s her job to round up troublesome spooks and bring them before that very same Council.

Though her desk is piled high with open cases, she can’t resist an anonymous summons to a mysterious late-night meeting with a bunch of other hunters, each of whom seems to have a unique specialty. The news is dire: something is tearing at the fabric of the universe. If the hunters can’t find who or why in time, something’s going to give in a very messy way.

As current cases, family secrets, new clues and her tangled love life slowly wind themselves into an impossible knot, Sierra finds herself the target of a power-sucking duo intent on stealing her mojo. And realizing she holds the key to the last hope of sealing the widening rift.

Product Warnings: Spook catching: may contain traces of ectoplasm and otherworldly nasties. Not recommended for those with allergies to ghosts, demons, and with boyfriends who think your power is theirs. While reading, avoid dark patches and stay to the light.

Sierra is a spook catcher and her job and seeing how she does things was definitely the best part of A PATCH OF DARKNESS. The book had a good array of characters and I felt that Yolanda did a good job with their overall development of them. Yolanda plugged in to Sierra's past with the Council a lot and It was nice to see the back story and get a feel for what Sierra had been through. Sierra gets a mysterious note one night and finds herself in a new supernatural hunter type group yet the group really didn't do anything. I thought it was a bit weird to introduce it yet not really have them all work together. Sierra did see some of the others outside the group and a few helped her out but like I said as a group nothing was accomplished.

The whole relationship between Sierra and her boyfriend Jonathan annoyed the heck out of me. I mean how is she still with him at the end? Just don't understand it. She is portrayed as so incredibly strong in everything else about the novel and has dealt with dirt bag men in her past yet she ignores just about every sign that Jonathan is hiding something and just might not be on the up and up and when she finds out she doesn't drop him immediately?

A PATCH OF DARKNESS gave us plenty of action but most of the time while reading I was frustrated or just not that attached to the scene. I think the series has some potential but only if book 2 address' some holes and gives Sierra some better judgment towards her relationship.  

I gave it 2.5/5 stars

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