Dark Matter Heart (Book #1) by Nathan Wrann
(Summary taken from an email the author sent me) “A new town. A new school. A new beginning. Seventeen
year-old Cordell Griffin, and his mother, moved from Southern California to the
Pacific Northwest to deal with his “sun allergies,” and bizarrely restrictive “human blood
diet”. Cor has one goal: To blend in and be invisible. Unfortunately for him, no
matter how far he goes, danger and tragedy lurk around every corner. “
Mr. Wrann hooked me on this book from page one. Cor’s character intrigued me from the very beginning. Why was he hiding under a blanket in the car? Why did he and his mom need to leave Los Angeles? Why is he a fugitive? Is he in trouble with the law? And, in order to find the answers to these questions, I kept reading and reading and reading. I liked the character development in this book. I really liked Cor, Taylor, Caitlyn, and Mr. Gifford. Cor did make me nervous hanging out at scary parks in the middle of the night with a murderer nearby, but as I read I understood a little more. I pretty much knew what was going on before Cor did, but I kept reading because I couldn’t stop. Although it has a storyline that is similar to a lot of current books, it does have a different twist that makes it interesting.
I loved this book…..until I got to the last few pages. Oh man. I was really disappointed. In what had been a fairly clean book, suddenly there was a barrage of “f” words and other harsh language. There was a graphic rape scene and graphic murders. It became very violent and gory. I, the reader, felt violated after reading the last couple of pages. I didn’t like it at all. And the sad part was, there was a really good twist at the end, and I just felt blah. Even though I really want to know what happens in the next book, I don’t know if I’ll read it because of those last few pages. I wish it hadn’t ended on that note, because I really want to read the next one. I just don’t know if I want to read it if it is going to continue to be that violent and graphic. I may give it a shot just because I’m kind of hooked, but I’ll let you know.
Rating: R (Language, including a few “f” words, violence, a rape scene, murders, graphic descriptions)
Recommendation: College and up
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.