The Dark Light Blog Tour Stop

Hello lovelies!  Today I have the fabulous Sara Walsh stopping by my blog today on The Dark Light Blog Tour.  This book is simply amazing, and today I have a review, guest post, and awesome giveaway!

The Dark Light
by Sara Walsh
Release Date: August 28, 2012
by Simon Pulse

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Mia is torn between two guys—and two worlds—in this epic, romantic fantasy.

Mysterious lights have flickered above Crownsville for as long as Mia can remember. And as far as she’s concerned, that’s about the only interesting thing to happen in her small town.

That is, until Sol arrives. Mia’s not one to fall for just any guy, but she can’t get Sol—or the brilliant tattoo on his back—out of her mind.

Then Mia’s brother goes missing, and Mia’s convinced that Sol knows more than he’s sharing. But getting closer to Sol means reevaluating everything Mia once believed to be true. Because Sol’s not who Mia thought he was—and neither is she.

*A copy was provided by Simon Pulse for review purposes*

 I didn’t read the summery before I started this book, so for some reason I though it was about angels, because the cover and title look angel-ey. But it wasn’t about angels, and I’m glad because the angel genre is so big right now, and all the books are the same. This book was actually a kind of fantasy/romance book, and I loved every minute of it.

This book reminds me a little bit of Poison Study (by Maria V. Snyder) because of the fantasy, totally hot guy, and non-stop action. However, there were some bad things. First off, I was confused almost the entire time I was reading. There were so many characters and so many places and so many little details to remember that my brain just got overloaded and I forgot some major things. Also, after a breathtaking, action-packed 400 pages, the ending was a huge disappointment. Nothing happened really.
But, the good things outweigh the bad—by a lot. Walsh went right into the story with a bang, not messing around, action from page one. The writing was superb, and the idea was even better. The staging was amazing, and the escapes were well thought out and believable. This book is truly unlike any I’ve ever read, and a huge breath of fresh air when it comes to books. The action and romance and idea were all just amazing.

I think for a female main character, Mia was pretty good. She was smart, kick-butt, and didn’t need everyone looking after her. She learned quickly so she didn’t have to have Sol and others explaining everything to her like she was a baby, and, I think, thrived.
Now we get to Sol. Unfortunately I have to admit I didn’t really like him…I FREAKING LOVED HIM! I gotcha there for a second, didn’t I? :P Anyway, Sol was amazing. OMFG. So hot, so cute, so nice, so hot, so hot, so hot, I need to stop saying he was so hot, but he was so freaking hot. Oh Sol, be mine forever!

Even though this book was super confusing, and the ending was a huge disappointment, I have to rate it one of my favorites, for the amazing idea, writing, and non-stop, thrilling action. And btw, did anyone else notice that, on the cover, the girl has her hand down the guy’s pants? Just asking,

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Crownsville FM: The Dark Light Set List

Welcome to the final stop on The Dark Light official blog tour! Huge thanks to Emily for letting us stop by!

As it’s the final stop, I thought it would be fun to have a sing-song and share some of the music that cropped up as I was writing The Dark Light. It was a tough list to create, mainly because I didn’t listen to that much music as I was writing The Dark Light--a first for me! But there are many songs that stuck with me during the writing process, and these are a few of them. Hope you enjoy the list!

1.      Snow Patrol--You’re All I Have

I love Snow Patrol, so I had to include them somewhere. In fact, Snow Patrol are one of the few bands that I did actually listen to as I wrote, and this track is one I remember singing along to and it really fits the story, so it had to have a place on the list.

2.      Ellie Goulding--Lights

Lights by Ellie Goulding was a huge hit back home in Britain and a friend forwarded on a link to the video, saying “Lights! Lights! It’s The Dark Light!” so I had to include it.

3.      Kelly Clarkson--Because of You

Kelly is the queen of toughness coupled with vulnerability and I think Mia would appreciate seeing her on the list. Mia’s feelings toward her parents, especially her father, are a mixed bag of anger and bitter disappointment, even if she does try to hide it. I think she’d get Because of You.

4.      Goldfrapp--Road to Somewhere

During the times when I was listening to music, the chances are that it would have been Goldfrapp. I’m a massive fan, plus I have a huge girl-crush on Alison Goldfrapp, so they have to be on the list. Plus, there is a road trip in The Dark Light, so Road to Somewhere kind of fits the story. Any excuse.

5.      Coldplay--Yellow

I’m not a huge Coldplay fan, but I love this song. It’s so upbeat and romantic, and definitely sums up Mia’s feelings for this guy she’s met, but is likely to never have. Crank it!

6.      The Cure--Wish

At some point, The Cure will appear on any set list I create. They are just amazing. Yes, I was a teen in the eighties. They have to be included. It’s the law.

7.      The Black Keys--Too Afraid to Love You

I actually heard this song long after writing The Dark Light, but I love it so much that it has to go on the list.

8.      Florence and the Machine--Cosmic Love

Like Too Afraid to Love You, Cosmic Love came after I’d finished The Dark Light, but it so fit the story for me, and I absolutely adore Florence and the Machine, so one of their tracks had to be represented.

9.      Goldfrapp--Caravan Girl

More Goldfrapp! There has to be more Goldfrapp!

10.  Daughtry--Home

My final choice is Home by Chris Daughtry. This is the song that most reminds me of The Dark Light. When I finished the first draft of the book, I switched on the radio, and this was the song that came on. It really fits the story, so whenever I hear Home, I think of The Dark Light.


Today Sara Walsh has offered up a fabulious finished, signed copy of her novel, The Dark Light.  And, because she's awesome, she's also offered to ship international.  YAAY!

The Rules:
~There will be one winner.
~Giveaway ends on September 23, 2012 @ 12:01 AM
~This giveaway is INT
~Must be a GFC follower
~Must be 13 years or older.
~Fill out the Rafflecopter



Monday August 20th:  Erica at The Book Cellar (Interview and Review)

Tuesday August 21st: Kai at
Amaterasu Reads (The road trip that led to The Dark Light.)

Wednesday August 22nd: Danny at
Bewitched Bookworms (Character Interview: Meeting Mia Stone)

Thursday August 23rd: Jenna at
Making the Grade (Interview and Review)

Friday August 24th: Steph at
The Fake Steph (Interview: Writing The Dark Light)

Monday August 27th: Jana at
The Book Goddess (All Things British!)

Tuesday August 28th--RELEASE DAY!!!!! Lisa at
A Life Bound by Books (Review)

Wednesday August 29th--HANGOVER DAY

Thursday August 30th: Natalia at
Dazzling Reads (Sol and the Role of Tattoos in The Dark Light)

Friday August 31st: Jenny at
Supernatural Snark (Review)

Monday September 3rd: Lisa at
A Life Bound by Books (All about THAT cover!!)

Tuesday September 4th: Haley at
YA-aholic (Author Interview and Review)

Wednesday September 5th: Emily at
Emily's Crammed Bookshelf (Crownsville FM--set list and review)

About Sara Walsh------------------->Goodreads | Blog | Website | Twitter | Facebook
Sara Walsh is British, but happily lives in Annapolis, Maryland. She graduated college with a degree in psychology, but soon decided that telling stories was much more fun.

During a road trip to Wyoming, a local news event became the inspiration for the The Dark Light: A boy mysteriously reappeared a decade after disappearing. Thinking of all the places the boy could have been, and surrounded by the open plains, the two things came together, rapidly snowballing to become The Dark Light, the author’s first novel for young adults.

When not writing, Sara is usually reading, drowning in tea, or frolicking around town with the world's cutest St. Bernard.



  1. I haven't read this book yet, but it's definitely on my TBR list. I love the cover!! It makes me even more curious about what will happen! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I haven't read this book. The cover is simple, but very nice, compared to other covers I've seen. I'd prefer it if the author's name was on the bottom and a bit larger instead of small and to the side, but other than that, I like it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Its on my TBR list for ages! I love the cover, its colors and the tattoo!!:) Thank you for the international giveaway

  4. Nice cover. I haven't read this book yet.

  5. I like the cover. It is usually the first thing that catches my eye, sometimes it will be the title. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. The cover is really eye-catching :) It makes me want to read it.

  7. I haven't read The Dark Light yet, but I plan to. I think the cover is great, I'm a fan of tattoos. Great review! I love Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study, so it's good to know that The Dark Light has a bit of that feel to it. I like Sara's compilation of songs that she listened to while she wrote this book.

    Cover: I didn't really notice Mia's hand placement on the cover. It just looks like her hand is placed close to his back jean-pocket (closer to the belt loops), nothing too scandalous for the YA crowd ;)

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  8. Love the tattoos. I have been hearing good things about this one:) Haven't read it YET! I want to though. This could be my lucky day.
    Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway.

  9. I have not read the book yet, but I can't wait to buy it next month. Now, the cover art is just gorgeous. The way the tattoo radiates/reflects light catches your eye right away. Plus I love that the color of the cover are different tones/shades of gray, because the title stands out. I just love everything, from the cover art to the synopsis.

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  11. Not yet but I want to. I've had The Dark Light on my tbr since I first saw it. The cover is gorgeous, it's simple black and white yet eye-catching. I also mistook the novel for an adult book initially due to the cover.

    Thanks for the opportunity. Fingers crossed xx

  12. I haven't read it but the cover looks really cool

  13. I haven't read this book. This is actually the first time I've heard of it. I like the cover. Thank you for the giveaway.

  14. I haven't read this book, and the cover is what makes me want to read it - I love it!

  15. I have not read the book yet. But the cover looks promising! :D

  16. Compel by this beautiful cover i think i am going to read it for sure

  17. I haven't read this book yet but I want to so badly. This cover is amazing, I love the tattoo on his back!

  18. I have not read this book but the cover does look very intriguing :)

  19. Hot guy and non stop action, I'm sold!lol The Dark Light sounds really good and I really like the cover!

  20. I haven't read the book but I seriously want to!! The cover and synopsis of this book are gorgeous and amazing respectively!! Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!

  21. I haven't read this book yet but would love to and appreciate the opportunity to win! I love the cover too, sweet and mysterious with a tad bit of sensual too. Thanks!

  22. I haven't read this yet, but I so want to! I love the cover and can't wait to see how it relates to the book : ) Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

  23. Such a stunningly unique cover! I really need to read this book, I know it will be awesome. Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)


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