Away from the Dark

Away from the Dark

Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remember...

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Title:Away from the Dark
Author:Aleatha Romig
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ISBN:1503938727
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:350 pages

Away from the Dark Reviews

  • Candace
    Oct 10, 2016

    ***I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com, in exchange for honest feedback.***

    Aleatha Romig is one of my favorite authors. Ever since reading 'Consequences', I one-click anything she writes. She's never let me down. Her books always mess with my mind and tear me up inside in the best possible way. She has a way of making me question all of the things that I thought I knew, obliterating any clear sense of right and wrong. She makes me explore those g

    ***I received a complimentary ARC of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com, in exchange for honest feedback.***

    Aleatha Romig is one of my favorite authors. Ever since reading 'Consequences', I one-click anything she writes. She's never let me down. Her books always mess with my mind and tear me up inside in the best possible way. She has a way of making me question all of the things that I thought I knew, obliterating any clear sense of right and wrong. She makes me explore those gray areas, where things aren't always clear-cut.

    While 'Into the Light' was full of questions and mystery, 'Away from the Dark' is full of answers. The pieces of the puzzle slowly piece themselves together, providing a comprehensive view of "The Light". However, some truths are more terrifying than the lies.

    As Sara's memories come back to her, she is faced with the grim reality of her situation. She is fully aware of the evil that surrounds her, but powerless to stop it. Trying to save herself only lands her in greater danger, forcing her to rely upon the very man that she's trying to escape.

    Regardless of the situation, Sara fell in love with Jacob. After his true identity is revealed to Sara, they both struggle to come to terms with what that means for them. Can you really love an illusion? Does the end justify the means? Both Sara and Jacob do a lot of soul-searching in this book.

    Admittedly, the book started a little slow for me. It went back in time a little to provide a more complete description of the events leading up to Sara's escape at the end of the first book. While that information was critical, it killed me to be moving back in time versus forward. I was dying to know how everything would work out and patience isn't a strength of mine.

    That being said, once things started to move forward, I could not put it down. I literally fell asleep with my iPad on my chest and woke up in the middle of the night when it fell over and smacked me in the face, nearly breaking my nose! It is one of those books.

    There were some twists and turns along the way. The suspense was incredible. Even the revelation of things that were known to readers at the end of the first book, seemed shocking - again - as Sara discovers them for the first time. I could feel the betrayal and heartache as if they were tangible.

    As is the norm for Ms. Romig, the characters and storyline are extremely well-developed. The plot was complex and brilliant. The ending gave me chills.

    If you love a story that is a little dark and full of suspense, this is a fantastic choice. I won't give it away, but it is sooo worth it. I absolutely loved this unique story.

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    Apr 18, 2016

    is a suspenseful romantic thriller.

    is a suspenseful romantic thriller.

    opens up to book 1’s shocking ending. Sara, Jacob, Stella and Dylan’s journey continue and becomes a race against time, away from the dark towards

    There is nothing more earth shattering than realizing that the

    it could get you killed. This is the conclusion filled with shockers, set-backs, twists and a battle of good versus evil.

    It surprised, shocked and thrilled me. but most of all left me

    This is a duet and concludes their story. That said, I see the possibility of a sequel.

    ; )

    ***

    Sexual tension rating: 4 stars

    Sex scenes rating: 4 stars

    Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars

    Plot rating: 5 stars

    Dialogue rating: 5 stars

    Storytelling rating: 5 stars

    Story ending rating: 4

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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    Sep 19, 2016

    5 Brilliant Stars

    Such a brilliant story.I'm still proceeding what happened in this series.Aleatha Romig is such a talented author.For one more time I was speechless!! Away From The Dark was an incredible mix of suspense,action and twists. The story was compelling and captivating and I read it so fast.

    The characters were so well developed.Jacob was smart,protective and strong.Sara was an interesting character.She went through so many things still she wanted to help.There were some emotional and i

    5 Brilliant Stars

    Such a brilliant story.I'm still proceeding what happened in this series.Aleatha Romig is such a talented author.For one more time I was speechless!! Away From The Dark was an incredible mix of suspense,action and twists. The story was compelling and captivating and I read it so fast.

    The characters were so well developed.Jacob was smart,protective and strong.Sara was an interesting character.She went through so many things still she wanted to help.There were some emotional and intense moments between them and I loved them.

    The epilogue left me wondering if will have more books in this series.!!!Overall it was a fantastic and unique story!! I highly recommend it!!

     

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Oct 13, 2016

    While difficult, I’m attempting to keep this review completely spoiler free in regards to books #1&2 in The Light series. This being book 2, you are either just now hearing about this addicting series and need to immediately rush out and grab

    , or you’ve read book #1 and are about to start/just finished

    (yay! that’s this book!). Either way, you’re in for a treat, and I can’t stress enough how fantastic this series is. While I originally thought this was just

    While difficult, I’m attempting to keep this review completely spoiler free in regards to books #1&2 in The Light series. This being book 2, you are either just now hearing about this addicting series and need to immediately rush out and grab

    , or you’ve read book #1 and are about to start/just finished

    (yay! that’s this book!). Either way, you’re in for a treat, and I can’t stress enough how fantastic this series is. While I originally thought this was just going to be a duology, I’m now wondering if she left this the way it is with the intent of coming back to it at a later date? I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger; just an open ending, but more on that later.

    This book picks up directly where

    left off, and even though you wouldn’t want to, (because book #1 was fantastic and you’d be missing loads of details that make these books as good as they are) you could almost pick this one up and be filled in on all the major happenings of book #1. The first 35-40% of the book is setting up “the grand finale” and convincing Sara to “extinguish The Light”. I know,

    but it’s for your own good. If you read book #1 you know exactly what I’m talking about. I’ll admit, the pacing was a little slower to begin with in this book, but once it took off I couldn’t put it down. I just love the characters in these books; even though at times it’s cheesy and unrealistic, I can’t help but get sucked into their world and become attached.

    Call me twisted, but it has always fascinated me, especially due to my inquisitive mind always trying to pin point how a few humans can convince a group to follow their mentality. There has been some fantastic cult-related fiction released in 2016, but these books take the cake. The romantic aspect is a huge draw as well, as its not overly mushy or erotic, which just adds to the plot instead of distracting from the action.

    I’ll admit that the ending went in a completely different direction than I expected, which is always a good thing! Two separate characters who I felt were just minor and necessary for specific motivations turned out to be major characters who I’d like to see come back and continue the story (come on Aleatha!!! Don’t leave us hanging!) Again, for those who are thinking “I don’t want to start another series that will just leave me unsatisfied and hanging in the end”; don’t. I can’t go into detail but it’s not that kind of ending. There was closure on multiple levels, and the ending could be left alone perfectly fine if she chooses. This was just an ending that left the option of coming back in the future. Clearly you can tell which side of the fence I fall on, but I will respect her wishes if she so chooses to never touch these characters again. *sniff sniff* Highly recommended to cult fiction and thriller fanatics; this one isn’t just marketed to ladies! I know many of my Goodreads buddies have read both already, and the reviews are turning out to be just as fabulous for this one as they were for the first. Well done, and I’ll be looking for more from author

    .

  • Christy
    Oct 14, 2016

    After I finished

    earlier this year, I was blown away and so ready for the sequel. When this hit my kindle, I dove in, ready to see what was going to happen with Sara. A huge bomb was dropped and I had to see how it was going to turn out. I have to say, I love the direction Aleatha took with this story. There were so many parts that left me a nervous wreck, just waiting to see what would happen. I couldn't tell how this would turn out, but it was a page turner till the ve

    After I finished

    earlier this year, I was blown away and so ready for the sequel. When this hit my kindle, I dove in, ready to see what was going to happen with Sara. A huge bomb was dropped and I had to see how it was going to turn out. I have to say, I love the direction Aleatha took with this story. There were so many parts that left me a nervous wreck, just waiting to see what would happen. I couldn't tell how this would turn out, but it was a page turner till the very end.

    In the first book, we got the povs of Sara, Stella and Jacob. I loved seeing how everything tied together. How certain people were involved… By the end of this book I was in awe of how everything connected. I am really hoping that this series is continued. I know Sara and Jacob’s story concluded, but there are loose ends and things that I need to know. I would be thrilled if another book was written.

    was just as thrilling, suspenseful and mysterious as the first. The romantic element was a bit stronger, and I loved that! I enjoyed this series a lot. The characters are complex and the story, intriguing. I highly recommend this series/book!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Oct 08, 2016

    I'm going to do my best to not go spoilery on the first book in this series, because that stuff was good and you need to read it.

    Sara's memory has returned once she stopped her 'birth control' pills and Jacob finds out that she has left The Northern Light with another pilot. She realizes that The Light ain't all it's cracked up to be.

    That whole follow Father Gabriel stuff and obeying everything your husband says can NOT be loads of fun.

    Jacob finds her and the rescue is on. Turns out she picked

    I'm going to do my best to not go spoilery on the first book in this series, because that stuff was good and you need to read it.

    Sara's memory has returned once she stopped her 'birth control' pills and Jacob finds out that she has left The Northern Light with another pilot. She realizes that The Light ain't all it's cracked up to be.

    That whole follow Father Gabriel stuff and obeying everything your husband says can NOT be loads of fun.

    Jacob finds her and the rescue is on. Turns out she picked the wrong guy to escape with. Jacob comes clean to her once he realizes that her memories are back and they profess their lovey dovey stuff.

    Sara has a decision to make though and one of them is: Does she go back to the Kool aid drinkers for the greater good?

    It's hard being brainwashed.

    Jacob and Sara both feel that the evil Father Gabriel is not going to give up his army of worshippers very easily though. He has to have the old Jim Jones plan somewhere up his sleeve.

    I LOVE these books, they throw in enough of the whole cultish thing that keeps me turning pages faster than Tom Cruise can whip out the crazy.

    Shaddup Tom!

  • Kaceey
    Jan 30, 2017

    I don't know who to trust!

    The action literally picks up where book one left off.

    Let me start by saying you MUST read book one first. It felt like one long book cut in half. The tension remained off the chart! I won’t divulge any details regarding the story-line as to not give anything away. Just know it was as riveting as the first book. I wanted to yell at the characters NO! DON'T DO IT!

    Absolutely crazy. I am mentally exhausted from a weekend of reading both books in this series.

    How crazy is

    I don't know who to trust!

    The action literally picks up where book one left off.

    Let me start by saying you MUST read book one first. It felt like one long book cut in half. The tension remained off the chart! I won’t divulge any details regarding the story-line as to not give anything away. Just know it was as riveting as the first book. I wanted to yell at the characters NO! DON'T DO IT!

    Absolutely crazy. I am mentally exhausted from a weekend of reading both books in this series.

    How crazy is it to say I need a vacation from reading!! Lol! NOT!!!

    Don’t make me beg - I need a book 3! (Please!) What about the shadows?

    Kool-aid anyone?

  • Meredith
    Oct 03, 2016

    Away from the Dark is the second book in The Light Series. After reading Into the Light, I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend reading Into the Light before reading Away from the Dark.

    Away from the Dark picks up where Into the Light ended, with Jacob learning that Sara is missing. With the realization of her true identity, Sara/Stella is attempting to flee The Light. She seeks out the help of an outsider, Thomas, and puts herself in danger. With Jacob’s hel

    Away from the Dark is the second book in The Light Series. After reading Into the Light, I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint! I highly recommend reading Into the Light before reading Away from the Dark.

    Away from the Dark picks up where Into the Light ended, with Jacob learning that Sara is missing. With the realization of her true identity, Sara/Stella is attempting to flee The Light. She seeks out the help of an outsider, Thomas, and puts herself in danger. With Jacob’s help, she is rescued just in time. Once reunited, Jacob reveals his true identity to Stella. He gives her two choices: enter into witness protection or stay with him and help him bring down the light. Stella chooses the latter, but what she and Jacob are unaware of is that they are both in imminent danger.

    After being summoned by Father Gabriel, Jacob and Stella travel out of the Northern Light to go to the Eastern Light. Father Gabriel separates the two, and has some scary plans for Stella. Once again, Stella is saved, but this time it’s not Jacob who rescues her, but her former boyfriend, Dylan, who turns out to be crazier than Father Gabriel. Jacob and Stella now must fight to not only stay alive, but also to find their way back to one another.

    Like Into the Light, Away from the Dark is packed with non-stop action, twists and turns, and romance. More is revealed about The Light, including a sub-group called The Shadows. I hope there will be additional books in the series, as I am not ready to move on!

    I received an ARC of the book from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review.

  • Alp
    Nov 01, 2016

    What just happened in the epilogue? What did it mean? Did the book really end like that?!

    OH. MY. GOD! This book was crazily amazing. AMAZING!!! It made me feel various emotions. I was happy that Jacob and Sara were together, but at the same time, worried about their decision. I was so scared of what might happen to them if things went wrong. When they were in dangerous situations, I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. But most of all, I was very angry with the bad guys and all

    What just happened in the epilogue? What did it mean? Did the book really end like that?!

    OH. MY. GOD! This book was crazily amazing. AMAZING!!! It made me feel various emotions. I was happy that Jacob and Sara were together, but at the same time, worried about their decision. I was so scared of what might happen to them if things went wrong. When they were in dangerous situations, I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. But most of all, I was very angry with the bad guys and all the things they did to innocent people. And when I finished reading this book, the epilogue left me stunned, utterly speechless.

    I can wholeheartedly say that Away from the Dark is hands down one of my most memorable reading experiences. While the first book was a bit predictable, this one was totally different. The plot was way beyond anything I could possibly imagine. Almost everything that happened in this book was unforeseeable. There were many unexpected twists and turns I never saw coming! To be honest, while reading this, I didn't even dare to guess what would happen in the next page.

    I admired both Jacob and Sara for their determination, their bravery, and their strength. No matter what the outcome was, I think they did the best they could under the circumstances. And by the end, after all they had been through, I was truly happy for them that they eventually had their HEA. But that epilogue! Gosh, I want to know what really happened!

    This was a great read, indeed. I can’t praise it highly enough. If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would!

  • Arah-Lynda
    Feb 19, 2017

    Most of us, I think, already have at least a passing awareness of Jonestown and the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas.  At least enough to know that there is never an easy way out once you are taken into the fold of a cult.  I’m sure too that most of us have heard of the brainwashing techniques and the all too real necessity for deprogramming individuals exposed over time to these rituals.

    And BAM! just like that this book picks up right where

    left off.

    If you have not as yet read

    Most of us, I think, already have at least a passing awareness of Jonestown and the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas.  At least enough to know that there is never an easy way out once you are taken into the fold of a cult.  I’m sure too that most of us have heard of the brainwashing techniques and the all too real necessity for deprogramming individuals exposed over time to these rituals.

    And BAM! just like that this book picks up right where

    left off.

    If you have not as yet read

    then you must start there but for the purposes of this brief review I shall avoid any and all spoilery type stuff.

    That said, man oh man,  is it ever difficult to know who to trust here and not being sure of the answer to that vital question leaves the reader on the edge of their seat, wondering and worrying about betrayal and false friends.

    Sara is getting her memory back.  She knows that she has been lied to not just by Father Gabriel and other members of The Light but clearly also by her husband.   As she tries to come to grips with what has happened to her,  she realizes that she cannot simply walk away from all the others who have also been duped and abused.  In order to help them Sara knows that she must put herself into the very hands of those who would toss her away like so much trash, without a second thought.  

    The pace of this story stays as relentless as it did in the previous book, but I confess that I had to suspend belief more here than I did in the first offering.  Not that that was a big show stopper for me because by then I was completely invested in this story and its outcome.  

    .And speaking of the outcome, thankfully this one does not end in a cliff-hamger.   

    has more of an open ending while still letting the reader know the fate of the principal characters, but leaving ripe opportunity for the author to keep this series going.  

    Could be it is time to enter the world of shadows.  Either way; Do not drink the Kool-Aid!!

    So Aleatha, If you write it, I will read it.