Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Book Review: An Absence of Light

As part of this Book Review Tour, I received an eARC copy of AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Meradeth Houston in exchange for an honest review.

The novel grabbed my attention right away by opening with the murder of the main character's family. Of course, it made me want to read on to find out who or what killed them. Forced to flee because of the evidence stacked against her, the MC, Lee, finds herself out of gas with no money, stopped in front of a car repair garage. It almost seems like fate when the owner of the garage is the only person she's ever met who can see the Shadows too. And this middle-aged man, Manuel, is kind enough to take her in without asking too many questions or needing too many answers.

The concept of these otherworldly "creatures" is extremely unique in that they feed off darkness or evil. And soon they begin taking over the bodies of innocent people, eating their soul from inside out. They've set their sights on Lee because she's one of the few people who can kill these vicious "things." Then you add Adam, the cute but distant guy who's been "marked" by the Shadows, and you have an interesting setup. On one hand, they are desperately trying to stay alive and kill as many Shadows as they can while trying to figure out the Shadows ulterior plan, but also there's a connection between Adam and Lee that's almost palpable.

Even though this isn't a genre I would normally read, I really enjoyed it. There were places where the book slowed down a bit, but those scenes were nicely contrasted with a high action scene. And of course, the romantic tension between Lee and Adam makes you want to fly through the pages to find out if they do ever end up together. The ending was a satisfying (although sad) one. I won't say anymore because I don't want to give anything away.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars and would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers/horror with science fiction elements and a little romance.

Here's a little more about the book and author.

An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston
Published by: Evernight Teen
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult


Leah’s always seen the shadow creatures. She thought she was immune to their evil—until now.
She’s walked into a massacre, stolen a BMW, and is running from the law for a crime she didn’t commit. Nineteen-year-old Leah’s life just went from mildly abnormal to totally crazy at lightning speed. But no one will believe that the shadow creatures are framing her for the murder, because she’s the only one that can see them. At least that’s what she thought.
When Leah stumbled across a group who share her ability, she discovers they have something she doesn’t: a way to fight back. When the group offers to teach her how to kill the shadow creatures, Leah jumps at the chance. But something is brewing with the creatures. They’re tracking down the hunters like there’s no tomorrow. Leah suspects that maybe there won’t be, and it’s up to her to make sure tomorrow comes. Because she’ll do anything to stop the shadows, including risking her life—and the life of the one she loves—to keep the world from being lost to darkness forever.


Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:

>She’s a Northern California girl. And now is braving the cold winters in Montana.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans.
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

Author links:

Happy Reading!!

**Updated: I almost forgot to fill you in on how the Query Kombat contest is going. I made it to the Agent Round which is happening RIGHT NOW! I'm thrilled because my entry received 2 Wild Card full manuscript requests from 2 different agents. I won't know how many other requests I've received until I've been knocked out of the contest, but I'm getting excited that there is probably more. *Keeping my fingers crossed!*

Oh, and if you want to check out my entry, you can find it HERE. :)

Also, it's my week to host Unicorn Bell and I'm talking about two of my favorite things...books and cookies! Stop on by for some great book reviews and yummy cookie recipes. Today, I'm reviewing THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, a YA Contemporary that I absolutely fell in love with. You can read my review HERE.



  1. The premise sounds all creepy. Love that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kristin. Nicely done. Best of luck to Meradeth!

  2. Thanks a million for the great review and taking part in the tour!! Glad you enjoyed the book :)

  3. I've seen the cover a few times, and thought it looked intriguing. I'll have to check it out!

  4. The Shadows aspect sounds so unique and intriguing! I love it! And it sounds like it starts out with a bang that really pulls you in, too! Glad you liked it, Kristin! Lovely review! :)

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    1. It is a good review, isn't it? lol, I might be biased though!

  6. Great review of a book that sounds quite interesting

  7. Sounds like an intriguing story! Very nice review, Kristin. Congrats on making it to the Agent Round! Good luck!!

  8. Great review! I absolutely adore all things horror, so this book sounds like something I'd enjoy... :)

    And wow, how exciting about those manuscript requests! Best of luck with the rest of Query Kombat!

  9. I get so excited when I see friends on other friends blogs :) love Meradeth!

  10. Yay for the requests! You're totally rocking it. (But I knew you would.)

    Meradeth... Yes, I need to read your book. I know I'll love it. Just let me get my time-stopper working again.

  11. Not my typical read, but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the reivew:)

  12. Thanks so much for your review, Kristin! And for joining in on the tour :) If you have a second, and it’s not too much trouble, would you mind posting your review to Amazon? It would really help me out! Thanks either way!! (

    And, I hope you had fun on Query Kombat--it was a blast!! :)


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