18513759The Dark World (Dark World #1) by Cara Lynn Shultz
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home. – Goodreads


While the author and I share a love of animals, nail polish, pop culture and snark (AKA we are instagram and twitter friends) this does not influence my review one bit.

It’s hard to know what part of your life is true when your BFF is a ghost who has been dead since 1950. To Paige, this is the new normal and it’s what she works with and she is fine with it. She saved someones life, had a near death expierence and now has a BFF who’s a ghost. It doesn’t really even bother her anymore. She’s more effected when her parents hover over her when she is convinced she’s fine.

Fine is of course up to interpretation.

During a tense moment, Logan appears. Logan is the new guy who isn’t fazed by Paige talking to Dottie, and is a demon hunter who can help her during this tense moment. I mean, she doesn’t know how to defend herself against a fire demon does she (No. No, she does not.) Logan, teaches Paige about the Dark World and how it has ultimately changed her life. It was a fascinating dynamic to read about because it’s a power situation where, while Logan knows everything, he never talks down to Paige, or treats her like an idiot. He always treats her like an equal.

Throughout action packed scenes Shultz takes us on emotional ride which involves two teenagers trying to save not only themselves, but the world. During The Dark World, the reader goes from trusting everyone, to trusting no one, to not knowing who to trust. Until the very last moment I was holding my breath and I could not wait to see what Shultz would do next. Highly recommend The Dark World and her previous books.