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Dark Secret

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I really liked Ava, and I enjoyed this book, a great read. 
This ARC was given to me by NetGalley and the publishers to read and review. All comments above are my true opinion after reading this book.
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I was hooked right away. It's been a long time since I have read a witch/vampire book I really enjoyed! The focus on vampires was a huge chunk of the story and was just so well written. I enjoyed the main character Ava and her dilemma with where life was leading her. I can't wait to reach the next book!
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Ava is a witch, who seeks to protect her coven from vampires.  The book starts well by throwing you right into the action, but from then on it is a bit hard to keep up with what is an extraordinarily fast paced book.  Unfortunately, that meant I had difficulty connecting with the characters and caring about what was going to happen to them.  A real shame since the book had such potential!

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This was an interesting fantasy ya. I liked our character- how she was tasked with guarding the coven. This was definitely a young adult read- very predictable.
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This book is well written and the characters are described well. This is a fast paced book. It will keep your attention from the first page. It is adventurous and fantastic. I absolutely enjoyed this book so much.  I can't wait to read the rest of this series to see what happens. Witches and vampires oh my. You guys ABSOLUTELY NEED to get this book. This book is in stores for $11.99 (USD).
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Well written, keeping you at the edge of your seat, spellbound to find out what will happen to Ava! Witches, vampires, rogue vampires....who will be standing!
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While I typically love paranormal books, I struggled a bit with this one. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but once I did I enjoyed it. Despite the fact Ava is a witch, she's your typical teen -- she does what she wants despite what the adults tell her. Unfortunately for Ava, her actions have severe consequences. She's plunged into a world she both fears and hates. The story was good enough to keep me engaged, but I wouldn't say it really wowed me. It dragged in sections and had chunks where things were over-described. But all in all, it wasn't a bad story.
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A quick and easy read. Not the best thing I've ever read but definitely good enough to keep my attention and leave me wondering how the story would progress. Timeline was a little bit confusing though... the way Ava referred to past events made them seem like they were at least a couple of months ago, but it turns out it had only been a few days. Anyway, if you're looking for a fresh take on vampire stories the plot isn't entirely original (a lot of the dialogue and lore reminded me of Twilight and the Vampire Diaries) but the whole with thing definitely has potential to be.
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Thank you to Net Galley and the publishers for giving me an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My favorite thing about this book was the world, all the paranormal creatures and fantasy aspects were amazing.
Some parts were hard to follow and a little bit slow but is you want to get into the fantasy genre, this book is a great place to start.
3.5 stars (rounded down)
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This is book one of eight. The book was fairly quick read at 178 pages.  I enjoyed the plot and premise of the book. I do wish it was longer because I wanted more!

This is a great paranormal romance book that has witches and vampires. The main character is 17 year old Ava. She is a fierce female character. She is a little reckless at times in my opinion, but who wasn’t at 17? Ava is turned from a witch to a vampire and forced to leave her coven and all she knows. Great first book. I wish it were longer.
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I’m not really the biggest fan of witches in books or film, but I decided to take a chance when requesting this book. I didn’t really enjoy it. You would like this if you enjoy stories about witches, wicca, or covens.
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I was granted access to this title by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A perfect read for fans of Paranormal YA with a splash of Romance. 

Ava is exiled by her coven following a ritual gone awry, and must then learn to live in a world she has been taught to hate. The parallels throughout between the two worlds Ava comes to inhabit, as well as her moments inhabiting two different cultural world, English being her mother tongue, but not that of her all of her family, were lovely, and delicately handled by the author. It was a great quick read, and I particularly liked that it didnt end on a massive cliffhanger, a feature that seems to be happening a lot for planned sequels at the moment, but the story gripped you enough that you would want to find out what happens next anyway.
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Dark Secret isn’t something I’d normally read as I have read anything paranormal romance type books since I was in my Twilight phase (and we all know what that did to us), but I was willing to give it a chance because it sounded interesting. The opening chapter introduces us to 17 year-old Ava Lopez, a novice spirit witch and the self-appointed guardian of all the witches and humans in Darkhaven and is tasked with keeping watch for vampires. Ava as a spirit witch, she has the gift of clairvoyance and for the weeks leading up to the upcoming ritual she has been feeling something very dark. When her mother forbids her from hunting one night she plans to go anyway, she has a personal connection as her father was killed by vampires. Ava seems to be an oddity among witches who don’t necessarily use combat tactics opting instead to rely on their magic but it is only at its strongest at specific times in certain seasons. After sneaking out she meets her best friend, Liv, who belongs to a different coven to hunt with her and despite being a fire witch, one of the strongest types, Liv has never trained in combat the way Ava has and it isn’t long before they come across vampires.


Liv and Ava take on three vampires and while Ava quickly kills the first and second, the final vampire is the leader and he manages to bite Ava before Liv kills him with her magic. Liv manages to stop the bleeding but Ava needs a healing potion but she also immediately realises this feeling she has isn’t from being bitten and that another vampire is waiting for her and he promises her that they will meet again before he vanishes into the night, and Ava knows when he returns he is coming from her. However, this is quickly put from her mind when she returns home and has to deal with her mother but despite her mother’s anger she is quickly healed and put to bed. The next night is the time for the full moon ritual and Ava is quick to prepare but when the ritual actually begins the coven are attacked by vampires and Ava does the only thing she knows, she fights back. However, she is bitten and drained almost to the point of death when she asks a vampire to save her as she sees no other way of surviving so he turns her. When she awakes she is a vampire and is banished from her coven by her own mother but her witch and vampire blood collide meaning she has far more control than any other newborn vampire as Jasik, her creator informs her alongside his brother Malik, they leave before the sun rises and the witches turn their power against Ava.

Ava tries to believes that she hasn’t turned into a vampire but transitioned into something more powerful and perhaps more like herself but when she has to feed and kill for the first time she realises that she can never be the same again and it hurts her deeply. It seems that the vampires that attacked her coven where rogue vampires and Jasik and his group were there to kill but a few escaped including the one that drained Ava and her anger is immense. When she returns with Jasik, his leader isn’t pleased that he has sired another vampire without her permission but Ava’s bond to him forces her to protect him but she constantly has the goal in mind of returning home when she has learned to control her bloodlust. Through Malik she learns that bloodlust can only be controlled with time and it was confirmed what Ava thought but as witches are mortal she knows time isn’t on her side if she wants to be with her family again. She also refuses to train with Malik as she already knows how to fight even if it isn’t as a vampire so she doesn’t see the point in it. However, this get interesting when one of the other vampires finds Ava’s cross and stake, she can explain the cross as it was her father’s but the stake she is forced to admit is for protection when she returns to her coven and we already know the vampires are never going to allow this now she knows where they live but her allegiance will always be to her family or so she believes.

One night some humans are attacked and Jasik’s group are going to aid them and despite protests Ava sneaks out to help but things don’t go to plan. The rogues attacking the humans are led by the same rogue that drained Ava and he will stop at nothing until he possesses her. In the first small fight Ava accidently injures a small child and this does a major blow to her confidence and she agrees to train with Malik in order to control herself, not just her bloodlust. On the way back to the manor the rogue attacks them again and Ava shows Jasik, Malik and the others why she was chosen as the vampire hunter quickly dispatching three of them but takes quite a few blows herself and the lead rogue manages to escape. Afterwards she begins training with Malik and it seems she can’t access any of her witch magic despite sharing dreams with her mother which is something she shouldn’t be able to do anymore. In the final pages we jump forward so Ava has been a vampire a month as she watches over her coven’s ritual in order to protect them and she swears that even if they won’t take her back she will protect them no matter the cost. Overall, Dark Secret was a good start to the series, it wasn’t anything amazing but it was good. A solid 3 stars.
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I receives a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I loved this since I read a lot of paranormal books. Witches, vampires and a little romance all rolled up into one. This is a wonderful start to a new series. I can't want to get my hands on the rest of the saga. I love Ava and all she has to go through. I have a feeling it is going to make her a better character along the way. I can't wait to see where her adventure takes her next. This kept me reading one page turn at a time. I found myself getting lost in the story.
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Dark Secret is the first book in the Dark Haven saga by Danielle Rose. I reallg liked the story and can't wait to continue reading this series
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Another book that I should have hit it off with but sadly I did not.  This one man the start of it just didn't grab me at all. I found it over descriptive and I just didn't connect with the characters at all.  I thought that the almost 200 pages felt like it took me forever to get through because it was slow placed and felt like it just didn't have a good enough direction for the plot.
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A paranormal story of witches and coven, vampires, and a search for truth and a place to belong. Interesting introduction to this new witch/vampire series.
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I love myself a good witch/vamp book - thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Not only do I love a good witch/vamp book, I love a good, strong female witch/vamp leading the charge. This is my first Danielle Rose book and I'm already ready to read the next installments. I'm extremely interested to see how this plot develops over time! Great start.
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Thank you Netgalley for the chance to read and review this title. I will review this title at a different date.
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