The Dark Light Ten minutes to midnight Jonathan shouts over the sound of the blazing fire Sparks rise into the sky and mingle with the stars Only ten minutes Bevins says falling down on his knees So it begins Rebek

  • Title: The Dark Light
  • Author: Julia Bell
  • ISBN: 9781447283034
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ten minutes to midnight Jonathan shouts over the sound of the blazing fire Sparks rise into the sky and mingle with the stars Only ten minutes Bevins says, falling down on his knees So it begins Rebekah has lived on the island her whole life, and it s only now that she s starting to wonder what she might experience outside her strict religious community Alex ha Ten minutes to midnight Jonathan shouts over the sound of the blazing fire Sparks rise into the sky and mingle with the stars Only ten minutes Bevins says, falling down on his knees So it begins Rebekah has lived on the island her whole life, and it s only now that she s starting to wonder what she might experience outside her strict religious community Alex has been sent to the island to escape her dark past, and through her eyes it s a dark and sinister place Thrown together by chance, Rebekah and Alex strike up an unlikely friendship and it s together that they attempt to break free of their worlds and make a world of their own But when a kiss between the girls is witnessed by an islander there is no escape they can make the Rapture is coming for them all.

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    1. This actually started off quite promising, considering I find books about cults so interesting I thought this would be a great one. I hate writing such negative reviews because I know authors put EVERYTHING into their books. I'm so sorryyyyyyy I have to be honest so here we goThis book was just a jumbled mess. The character arcs were weak, the romance lacked any kind of development, and the characters themselves lacked personality, believability, depth, anything. The plot was all over the place, [...]

    2. This made me feel uncomfortable, I didn't like any of the characters, and it made me very frustrated. Sadly, I had to DNF!

    3. Third and final book for the #LGBTReadathon.Originally published at: solittletimeforbooks.I had hear very little about The Dark Light before I started reading; I had based my expectations on a recollection of enjoying Julia Bell’s novel, Massive, years ago. Sadly, I doubt I’ll remember this one.Religion is one of those topics that I really struggle to read about. I have no religion inclinations myself, but I find it an infuriating topic to talk and read about, but luckily the religious aspec [...]

    4. The premise to this book is pretty gnarly, don’t you think? I mean, anything that involves an extreme religious sect/cult/circle is going to get heavy. I was looking forward to seeing how it all panned out and more than anything I wanted them all to get off that damn island! *inappropriate flashbacks to Battle Royale*Also there were some scenes that made my skin crawl. The quote ‘the evil that men do’ springs to mind. I thought those scenes really brought the story to life. However, they w [...]

    5. Whew. I have read some amazing YA this year. The Alex Crow by Jack Smith and Glory O' Brien's History of the Future by A.S King were outstanding but I'd been neglecting my UKYA until I read this little gem.Two girls.Alex is miserable, queer and developing a propensity for minor acts of arson when she is sent, seething with anger at her neglectful birth mother, hopeless foster parents and the world, to a religious 'community' on an island off the Welsh coast,Rebekah has been raised on New Canaan [...]

    6. I loved this! I read it in one big bite on a train journey, and I was so engrossed I barely looked out of the window. It's atmospheric, fast-paced and emotionally engaging. I really felt for the two girls and ached for everything to work out for them.

    7. Thank you to the publisher for this eARC.I was excited to read this book and found that the blurb was very interesting. Alex has been through foster care and is a troubled teenager. After getting into trouble with the law she is sent off to an island to avoid jail time. There she meets Rebecca and things change for both of them.This book was sadly a DNF for me. I found Alex to be very rude and a "in your face" character. I did not like how she treated people. Yes she had a horrible upbringing an [...]

    8. This book started out pretty intriguing, but I soon found it to be so bogged down with descriptions of the island (just how many varieties of sea birds, grasses, and scraggly plants can you use in one book?) and the stark-raving-mad utterings of the cult members (can someone please hurry up and Rapture Mr. Bevins and Hannah RIGHT NOW??) that the development of the romance between Alex and Rebekah suffered. I found the character development overall to be lacking. For example, I didn't quite under [...]

    9. Really interesting subject matter (scary how real it is considering some groups) and really interesting plot. I think that the protagonists (and narrators) could have been written better and more believably, I didn't connect with either of them. Would be interesting to read more books covering the idea of cults

    10. I was gonna give this a three because it was trashy aaf, but in a way I guiltily enjoy but THAT MF ENDING?! I read cheesy crap for the cheese, man, and this was like, cheese cheese cheese CHALK. No.

    11. I couldn't get on with this one. Tried picking it up a couple of times but I didn't like any of the characters or the subject matter of the story. Not for me I'm afraid.

    12. Okay, so, I must admit, though I have never read any books about cults, I've always thought that they probably wouldn't be my thing. There seem to be quite a lot of YA books about cults lately, and I didn't want to read any of them, but when I saw THE DARK LIGHT, it caught my eye because of the LGBTQ content in the synopsis – two girls sharing a kiss. That definitely piqued my interest. However, after reading this book, I think I'd do better to stay away from books about cults in the future, e [...]

    13. There was no way that I couldn't not read The Dark Light. Rapture? Girls kissing? Weird island? Yes, please! However, I was expecting a Romance, and if that's what you're looking for, then this is not it. I was quite disappointed on that front, but I did really enjoy the story for what it was. Alex has just gotten into the biggest trouble of her life. She can either go to court and have her fate determined by the law, or she can agree to live at New Canaan for the summer. Rebekah was raised in t [...]

    14. I really enjoyed this YA novel. There's scope for a much bigger novel in the story, but it focuses in on the core of what the author has to show/say (which is quite refreshing after all that recent Booker reading I've undertaken). The story centres around two young adults, Alex and Rebekah. Alex is troubled, she lost her mum as a child and ended up in the care system. Then her new parents took her on, but she keeps getting into trouble and so her parents arrange, via their church, to send Alex t [...]

    15. Just finished reading The Dark Light and wanted to write this review before the WOW factor dissipated.This is one of those YA books that just hooked me from the first page even though the topic (religious cults) is not my usual cup of tea. The isolated, oppressive and threatening life that Julia Bells portrays in the religious community feels alive, real and very possible; the religious fanaticism expertly depicted. The story holds back enough to make it suitable for a YA audience but, that said [...]

    16. This dark story of a religious cult on a Scottish island had me gripped throughout. The magnetic personality of the cult leader and twisted logic of the fanatics was sinister, feeding the suspense in this YA Gothic novel.The story is told through dual first-person, with both characters likeable and with different voices. Their personalities worked well together, with Rebekah’s naivety contrasting with Alex’s cynicism. It was interesting to see the two girls grow, although some of the charact [...]

    17. This book was a little bit odd and love odd books but I felt this was just a bit poorly written. Looking back on when I read this book, I remember being very intrigued as to what was going to happen - it's definitely a page-turner and I loved the unusual premise (I don't get to read many books about twisted religious cults with a slight sub-plot of lesbian romance) but for me, the story felt like it needed bulked out and it needed a better standard of writing to make it a great book. The potenti [...]

    18. Cannot believe I paid 7 pounds for this. I picked up this book because it looked promising: teen lesbians trapped on an island by a cult with bad intentions. Doesn't that sound interesting? But, alas. Alex is boring and generic, and I felt like I never got to know her because there is nothing to know. I only ever gave a shit about Rebekah like halfway into the book, only for her to die in a shit way that made literally the entire book unnecessary. I mean, what the fuck was the point of it all if [...]

    19. Rebekah and Alex are two very different charactersRebekah has lived all her life in a cult on an island, whilst Alex has been sent to the cult as a result of her bad behaviour. The cult is the story, and just like Rebekah the reader feels surrounded by it, perhaps a little suffocated by it all, because the rapture is coming, and that's all the leader and the other members of the cult talk about. Not a lot seems to happen through the course of the book, but I really liked the ending of the story, [...]

    20. This is the first time that I have read any books by Julia Bell and so pleased to have had the opportunity to do so after winning 'The Dark Light' on the First Reads Giveaway. It just goes to show that one doesn't have to be YA/LGBT, as I am neither. Actually I am the other end of the age scale and married to the man of my life for the past 38 yrs. Loved the book, which was a little different from my normal read. It is not often that I sit and read a book within a day, as I did with this book. [...]

    21. ( competition win)This novel really did engross me, within the first couple chapters, due to the style Julia Bell used, Of the multiple first person narrators. This made it really refreshing to read but there was not one single character I could say I gravitated to whilst reading. The cult theme surprisingly really didn't do it for me either. It is not a bad read but sadly was a major anticlimax for myself.

    22. Not sure it was for me. I didn't like Alex at all. I didn't like any of the other characters. I found the plotline unsettling and creepy without anything that particularly made me want to know more or care about what was going to happen next.

    23. 2.5 Stars. This was nothing like described on the back, and (spoilers) ends with the dead lesbian trope. :/

    24. I really enjoyed this book , thought it was a bit slow to start with but as it went on it pulled me further and further in

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