Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Review: In Darkness We Must Abide Season 1 by Rhiannon Frater

This review is going to be a little different than normal since I have never reviewed a serial before. Each episode will be reviewed separately, but they will be more like mini reviews.

*Episodes 1-3 were gifted to me by Giselle @ Xpresso Reads. Episodes 4 & 5 were provided by the author for an honest review.


* I did not link to each individual episode, but from the link the season 1 you can find them all.
In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

** Warning!! Since this is a serial, each new episode review may contain spoilers for the previous episode. I will try to keep them to a minimum, but you have been warned. 


  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: March 6th, 2013
  • Source: Gifted from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads

My Thoughts

In this first episode we meet the main character Vanora, and her older siblings Roman and Alisha. Vanora is albino which sets her apart from others. Her brother Roman has been taking care of her since their parents died. He is like a father/brother. He is very dedicated to family.

They have just brought the bodies of long dead family members to their estate to keep in the mausoleum built on the land. Both Alisha and Vanora have a special ability "the sight" which they inherited from their mother, and they know that something is not right with one of the coffins. Sure enough their fears are confirmed when a vampire tries to get into their house.

I was totally creeped out by the whole atmosphere and the feel that I got from reading this. Though not very long, Rhiannon Frater has a way of immersing you in her writing and instantly makes you care what happens to the characters. I quickly became invested in them and needed to know what would happen. I also really loved how the episode starts off with Vanora grown up and away at college, then goes to the events that started everything. I could see it all very clearly in my head, just like watching an episode of one of my favorite shows on TV.



  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: March 21st, 2013
  • Source: Gifted from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads

My Thoughts

Just like a TV series, this picks up where the first episode left off. We get a little scene from present time Vanora (who is 20 years old) then it goes back to where the story left off. I love this style a lot since it really makes you get right back into it.

The ending of Episode One was pretty terrifying and left goosebumps on my skin. This one starts off pretty intense too. From the present time clip, you can almost feel the urgency and desperation and then in the past, the situation at hand is pretty scary.

Something absolutely horrifying has happened that is going to change things forever. Alisha and Vanora are still terrified of the vampire that has been trying to get in and have taken measures to ensure their safety, but unfortunately there is no escaping, short of leaving. The vampire is determined to make Alisha his vampire bride and will keep trying to get to her relentlessly.

At the end of this episode, with the help of the staff, and their uncle, Roman is set on making sure family is safe. It will not be easy, but he will make it work. He is strong, and dedicated. Things are going to be much different for all of them, but he knows it can work if they all try hard. More than anything, he wants Vanora to be safe and will stop at nothing to make sure she won't be harmed.




  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: April 11th, 2013
  • Source: Gifted from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads

    My Thoughts

    As the title suggests, we meet Armando DeLeon in this one. I wasn't sure what to think of him, and as the episodes go on, I am really invested in the characters and the story so I totally don't trust what his motives toward the Socolis. Especially since Vanora got a bad feeling from him when she first meets him.

    Armando starts to integrate himself into their lives, but Roman being the super protective older brother/father figure doesn't want the vampire around Vanora very much. He becomes a regular in their lives though and is around a lot. Still, though he seems friendly enough, I still didn't quite know what I should think of him. Vanora is smitten with him, but of course she would be. He's an attractive vampire who seems to just ooze charm.

    Armando entering into their lives changes things a lot and now they have a whole other set of issues that pop up. We get to see just how protective of Vanora not only her brother and sister are, but Armando too. Though this episode was a little on the slower side (just like not every episode of your favorite show can be amped up), this episode definitely takes you for a loop and leaves you needing the next one right away.

     
    • Publisher: Self Published
    • Publish Date: April 24th, 2013
    • Source: eBook provided by the author for review
    My Thoughts

    In this one, Vanora is getting ready to turn seventeen, and feeling more alone than ever. With all the new vampires always hanging around, and Roman trying to keep their interaction with her minimal, it really makes her long for the family time that she's used to having.

    It seems that the only one who is noticing how left out and alone Vanora feels is Armando, but we also learn a bit more about Armando which still leaves me with a lot of trust issues towards him. He seems to genuinely care about Vanora, but he isn't exactly truthful about his reasons for being around.

    Vanora celebrates her birthday away with her relatives and has a great time. It's good for her to be out and about, doing normal things with normal people, and not surrounded by vampires all the time. She did really miss her brother and sister though, and is happy to be go home to celebrate with them also. She needs to get used to being away from them though since she will be going off to college on her own. Along with that, her powers are strengthening. She discovers that she isn't sure whether she can trust Armando or not, no matter how she is starting to feel about him.




    • Publisher: Self Published
    • Publish Date: May 14th, 2013
    • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
    My Thoughts

    This final episode of the first season totally blew me away!! I have now become incredibly invested in the story and all of the characters, so this one was quite a ride for me. This was fun, entertaining, sexy, terrifying, and also sad. Considering the length of these episodes, that's a lot of feels to go through in just one, but I did.

    Vanora has been away with family for the summer, and is excited to return home to her brother and sister. The first person to greet her is none other than Armando, who she hasn't seen since her birthday. Her crush on him hasn't gone away at all, and it's apparent he is attracted to her too. Roman is oblivious to it, but Alisha can see it clearly. Armando is acting weird and she knows that he likes Vanora. He decides to distance himself for a while.

    They throw a fabulous Halloween Ball and all the vampires come, including Armando. Things are going good, extremely well actually, until there is a major issue that arises. It was disturbing, terrifying, and had me literally tense and feeling anxious. That' wasn't the real power of this episode though, that was the end. OMG I was seriously falling apart over it. My heart was racing and aching at the same time. It left me feeling fear for some of the characters, and heartbreak for others. I am going to be so impatient waiting for season two of this serial. I need it now!!


    16 comments:

    1. Serials are kind of cool cause you can read them so quickly and feel like your getting somewhere. I'm glad you really enjoyed this one! I know a lot of people absolutely swear by this author!

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      1. This serial is so awesome! I love that they are easy to fit in, but there is so much to the story in each episode!

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    2. I've read all of these except episode 5...can't wait for the Halloween Ball! I really love the creepy gothic feel of these.

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      1. OMG episode 5 is intense!! Prepare yourself!! I am dying for season 2 now.

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    3. Gee, these group of books look promising and awesome! The summary is quite chilly and suspenseful which has already caught my attention. I think I'll give this 'serial' a shot.

      Gorgeous review, love! <33

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      1. Reading this serial is exactly like watching a favorite TV show to me. The content in each one is perfect and leaves you needing the next one immediately.

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    4. It's interesting how these books are like episodes. It's pretty cool I think. I've heard nothing but great things about Rhiannon Frater, but I have yet to read anything by her. That needs to change really soon, I think. I'm glad that you had a lot of fun with these books, Amy!

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      1. I am a totally Rhiannon fan girl. She is an author that never fails to make me connect with the characters and really feel invested in what happens to them.

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    5. Is it just me or does she look like Avril Levine?

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      1. She does a little bit doesn't she?! Okay, maybe a lot lol!

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    6. I'm really intrigued by the serial concept. And this author has the best covers. And … yes. Avril!!!

      You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

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    7. I have only read one serial series and really like it. I haven't heard of this. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    8. I like serial stories a lot! I'm glad you're enjoying this. It must be awesome for Frater fans!
      Great reviews!

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    9. This does sound creepy. Not sure it's my thing though. Glad you enjoyed.

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    10. I've never read a serial but I've heard nothing but really great things about anything that Rhiannon writes, so I'll definitely check this one out first if I ever want to start and see what a serial feels like :D I'm glad that she managed to immerse you into the story so quickly and that her writing was really great!

      Fantastic review, Amy! Glad you loved this one :)

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    11. I have been considering this series. It looks so.....wicked and enticing.

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