An Absence of Light by Meradeth Houston ~ Tour Review & Giveaway ~ By Jaime!

By Meradeth Houston
Published on October 31, 2014
Published by Evernight Teen
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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.


  An Absence of Light does not start off lightly, easing you into the story and Lee's world. HECK no! It starts off with a heartbreaking BANG, and Lee having to run away from everything that she has ever known. Running from the Shadows. She doesn't know what they are exactly, but she knows what they can do. She has since she was a little girl. Now, they have done the unthinkable, and Lee blames herself for it. She vows that she will have revenge, and prevent the Shadows from doing to someone else what they have done to her.

 After running from her home, with no clothes or money or anything, Lee ends up stealing a car and driving as far and as fast as she can. She ends up running out of gas at a mechanics shop. Here, she meets Manuel and Adam, and she thinks she may finally have found the means to exact her revenge. She might end up finding more than she bargained for though. The Shadows are changing, their behavior becoming more aggressive. What does it mean? And what could Lee possibly have to do with it? 

 I truly enjoyed this story. It was very fast-paced, and I enjoyed learning more about the shadows. Lee was  a great character. She has lost everything, but she doesn't give up. She fights. She has a wry, sarcastic voice, and I found it endearing! Manuel was a ray of sunshine in the story, as was Nana. I enjoyed their roles in the story, and what they meant to Lee. Adam at first was not so easy to love. He was closed off, and distant. But as the story progressed, I started to like him more and more. The Shadows were awful, creepy things!

 The Shadows, the darkness was the main focus of the story, which I appreciated. Romance was a part of the story, but it never overshadowed (ha) what the story was meant to be. As I said, this one is quick paced, and definitely interesting. While at times, it was a bit predictable, I just didn't care. I was enjoying it too much. And there was a nice twist to look forward to!

 Great story, easily recommended. So recommend it I will! Go ahead and give this one a shot. I think it might just surprise you! 

About the Author

 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.


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