Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Descending Darkness By Michael Chulsky

                           The Descending Darkness

                              By Michael Chulsky

              Review and Let's Talk- Writing History

Genre: YA/Paranormal 
(Appropriate for teens and older who like vampire/paranormal reads)



After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he's slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can't hope to defeat his new foe. But he's never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He's always been a loner. Hell, he's tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died.

Shadow's mission: save the world and ensure his team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn't trying to rule the world, it'd be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa. 

My Review:

Shadow is a dhampir- half human/half vampire. He is also on a mission. He needs to round up other teenagers with similar but different powers and train them to fight. They must go to Draconia Isle to try and stop whoever is trying to steal the Dragon's Eye. He runs into many challenges on his missions to find all the teenagers. Once he has them all, they begin training. At first, everyone living together is rough. They argue, and tease, and get on each others nerves as they are acclimating to their new living arrangements. If they are to succeed, they must put their differences aside and come together like family to overcome evil. They start to realize that they aren't as different as they think. Everyone wants to be accepted for who they are.

"You can't choose to be what you are or who you are. You're born with it! ... Hating and being ignorant. You can choose to hate somebody for something they cannot control. You can also choose to be ignorant."

     For some of these kids, this is the first time they have ever been accepted and it means everything.

"What makes me different is that I know how you feel. I know what it's like to not feel good enough or strong enough, or to blame yourself for other people's ignorance and bigotry. But eventually you come to understand that it's not you. It's them."

   They've all got quite to battle ahead of them and they must be there for each other, they must be strong, and they must be brave. 

"Sometimes there are things worth fighting for, people worth fighting for, things worth dying for."

  But is there a trader among them? Will they succeed on all of their missions? Are they strong enough to defeat the powerful Maedara? Read and find out.

     This was my first YA Paranormal of this nature. When Michael Chulsky contacted me about reading and reviewing his book I thought the blurb sounded interesting and I was excited to read something different for a change. If you like reading books with vampires, and/or people with special powers then you should definitely read this.

   I've had a few conversations with Michael through email about the book and his fantastic personality shines through not only in person but in his writing as well. I look forward to reading more from him in the future.

Buy Links:

Rocking Horse Publishing   


Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Michael Chulsky grew up in New Jersey and has been writing ever since his fourth grade teacher let him create a class newspaper to channel his creativity. He is the author of The Descending Darkness and currently lives with his fiancé. When not writing he enjoys browsing Tumblr, listening to music, and devouring every piece of cheesecake that falls into his line of sight.

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Let's Talk Writing History: 
From Michael Chulsky

I’m here with Angela, of Angela’s Smexy Book Reviews to talk a bit about my writing history and how I became interested in being an author.

Writing has become such a big part of my life that it’s weird to think back to a time when I didn’t do it. I know that it all started in fourth grade when I randomly decided to make a little newspaper for my friends/classmates to read – you know, just for fun. I still can’t believe how positive their reactions were to it.

I didn’t think about writing much after fourth grade. I was far too invested into video games and television to think about anything else. I still kept little journals and wrote down random details of my life. I also would draw little characters and pretend that they were real and imagine backstories for them. Little did I know back then, my imagination was trying to tell me something.

In sixth grade, I had a hard time fitting in and I needed a creative outlet. It was then that I started writing poetry. I remember there was one assignment in my English class to write a poem and read it aloud to the class. I ended up writing a poem in which I described my disdain for school and took playful jabs at all of my teachers – playful jabs, nothing disrespectful. Everyone loved it, including the English teacher. It was then that I remembered how much I loved seeing the reactions to my writing. And I couldn’t stop.

I continued writing poetry throughout middle school. I didn’t like to share my poetry with people, but when I did, I enjoyed their reactions and criticisms. It was a few years into high school when I started writing short stories and imagining up TDD. I knew that I couldn’t leave it inside my imagination – I had to make it real somehow. So after much encouragement from my friends, I began writing it.

And that’s how it all began. =)

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