Although this isn't the type of book I normally read, the synopsis the author gave was so intriguing that I accepted the offer of a free book in exchange for a free and honest review (ha! Disclaimer is done(; )
Darkness Watching centers around Ashlyn, or Ash, as it's shortened. She's an English major, and a perfectly ordinary girl. Except that she can see demons. To make it worse, they start appearing around the time of her university applications, which results in her getting accepted to only one university - Blackstone University. She seems to be safe from the demons there, but she soon realises that she isn't normal, and that she needs to find out more about herself.
I really liked the two sides of Ashlyn's life. There's the quiet, bookish girl (she and her roomates have a Disney night! That is definitely needed for me! And a Studio Ghibli night too!), and there's the girl that can shoot fire out of her hands and see demons. Her life is similarly divided, with her "normal" friends (her roommates) and her "Gaming" friends (who are actually a group of outcast wizards. I got the sense that Ash considered both groups equally important, which was something I really appreciated.
The only thing I want more of, is to learn more about the Venantium, the group of sorcerers who maintain the barrier keeping the human and demon world divided. From the synopsis, I thought they would play a more significant role, but they were sort of like the bogeyman - talked about a lot, but not interfering that much (the villain turns out to be someone else entirely).
As for the romance, well, I support Ash and Leo! They seem really suitable for each other. As for Ash and David, well nope. Don't see it happening, and I didn't see any sparks. But don't worry, there isn't a love triangle here, even though I just named two guys and one girl. The David/Ash thing happens earlier.
All in all, I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story, and I really liked Ash as a main character.
Disclaimer (again): I received this book free from the author in exchange for a free and honest review.