Caged in Darkness by J.D. Stroube
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
was invited to read and review Caged in Darkness by J.D. Stroube, from
the author’s invitation, and I am very glad that I read this one. The
book captures the best of my guilty pleasure reading, that of Young
Adult coming of age stories.
Savannah, the main
character is a sixteen year old on the threshold between the nursery and
the adult world. Savanah has found a sanctuary from her parents, who
appear at first the embodiment of evil. But then her world is tipped
over when she accidently bumps a box over and releases a devil from his
crystal palace. The devil is now bent on killing and possessing the
innocent in order to regain his strength.
reminded me of Dawson’s creek and the love triangle between Joey,
Dawson, and Pacey. The kids are so hormonally charged and have no real
way to deal with this energy that the sparks lay right at the surface,
and are about to light into a dramatic volcano. J.D. Stroube then adds a
bit of the supernatural to the mix and the volcano spouts in a
captivating young-love story.
of the teen years is apparent; she perfectly describes the psychology
behind teenager’s complicated and intense feelings. She mixes this
psychology with a sense of humor in order to lift the reader up from the
One problem I had, which was probably my
own fault, was the switch of narrators. I would be reading and then
ask, “Wait who’s talking here? Okay its Ash, so this is a guy’s
perspective, which makes sense.” This at times distracted from the
overall story. But the different narrators did add something to the
overall effect of the story.
Stroube’s research into
the supernatural was great. It left me wanting to find out more about
witches in history, the role of the niphilim, and fallen angels. I wish
she would have spent a little more time developing the setting. I
wanted to know more about the town in which the story takes place.
was hooked throughout the book and definitely was entertained by J.D.
Stroube. I can’t wait to read another one by her, there are so many