Shades of Darkness (ARC Novel) | Book Review

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Author: A.R Kahler

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Publication Date: March 2016


Islington Arts Academy is not an average high school. Nestled in the forests of Michigan, surrounded by trees and nature and virtually no evidence of civilization, it is an oasis for those looking to get away. Perfect for a student like Kaira Winters, who wants nothing more than to put her past behind her and focus on the present…and her looming graduation, just a few months away.

But the past has a way of returning when least expected.

Kaira knows that what happened before, at her old school, wasn’t normal. She knows that what happened to her ex-boyfriend wasn’t natural. But she refuses to believe that the recent death on campus, the one that left everyone on edge, has anything to do with her. She refuses to believe that she could be at fault again.

But just as the past always returns, the truth can never stay hidden for long.

Even if Kaira didn’t cause the first death at Islington, or the second, or the third, she has the ability to find out who did. She has the obligation to stop whatever is coming to campus. To end the darkness that is falling with the same snow that once blanketed the woods in beauty.

But to embrace this power—to relinquish herself to the ancient entity that has been lurking in the corners of her mind–is to let go of her humanity…and Kaira doesn’t know how far she can go before she loses herself completely.


I received this book from Simon & Schuster publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Boarding school book! First boarding school books because 1.I have always wanted to go to one and 2. I just think it would be so preppy and cute with all the uniforms.

Kaira is in her senior year of high school at Islington Arts Academy. She came to Islington to escape her traumatic past. But then strange things start happening and Kaira knows that the past is coming back to haunt her.

Slowly, throughout the majority of the book, we get small tidbits of what happened in Kaira’s past. Oh man, when we get those explanations suddenly things are looking way more interesting.

I also loved that when Kaira was thinking about or talking about the occult or the gods that she was suddenly someone smarter, more serious, and more mature. I enjoyed seeing both of these sides of her.

One thing I didn’t enjoy as much was how slow it started off. Also, it is not common for high school students (me being one of them) to sit around a lunch table and not talk or gossip about what is going on around school that day.

Overall, this is definitely a series that I will continue to read.

-Read On Darlings!



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