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Darkest London Kristen Callihan

Darkest London is a Paranormal Historical Romance series by Kristen Callihan.
The series takes place in London (how shocking! ;)) around 1880~

All the main heroes in the books have a special power or legacy and as the series progress we also learn about the organization in charge of hiding the knowledge of people with special powers, demons and other beings from the general population. 

The series is mostly concerned with the Ellis siblings, starting out with Miranda, Daisy and Poppy in the first three installments and ending in the 7th and final novel (not published yet) of St. John. 

Each novel tells us of two characters finding their HEA but is also action packed with a murder and mystery to be revealed. In some books it's possible to guess who the villain is but you have to really watch for the clues! 

I love that though it's Victorian times all the woman characters are strong and quite independent and the men while being strong as well don't overpower the women or try to put them in a "certain place where they belong".

I'm not usually into Historical Romance but I really enjoyed the feel of London as being such a dark, smelly, menacing place. I loved the way Kristen described the paranormal world with the creatures is contains. We have Werewolves and Vampires as a lot of Paranormal series have, yet they are portrayed differently which was a nice change, also there are creatures I've never heard of before (Like the "GIM"). The whole setting and the way the "special beings" are brought to us felt very unique and interesting. 

The 6th book (at the moment the last book published) was quite a disappointment to me, I'll still read the last one, though I'm not happy will the changes I saw forming in the end of the 5th book and took hold of the 6th. 

I still recommend the series though, it's amazing (or was until the 6th book). I have my problems with the current villains who make no sense to me, but mostly I didn't like the two main characters. I might feel different in the next installment. I still don't really know Sin and only had a few glimpses of Layla. 

Books
0.5 Ember [Miranda Ellis & Benjamin Archer]
    (published 31 January 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
1. Firelight [Miranda Ellis & Benjamin Archer]
    (published 31 January 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
2. Moonglow [Daisy Ellis Craigmore & Ian Ranulf]
    (published 31 July 2012) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3. Winterblaze [Poppy Ellis Lane & Winston Lane]
    (published 26 February 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
3.5  Entwined [Luella Jane & Eamon Evernight]
    (published 5 November 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
4.  Shadowdance [Mary Chase & Jack Talent]
    (published 17 December 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
5. Evernight [Holly Evernight & Will Thorne]
    (published 26 August 2014) ★ ★ ★ ★
6.  Soulbound [Eliza May & Aodh MacNeil/Adam
    (published 24 February 2015) ★ ★ (DNF 45%)
7. Forevermore [St. John/Sin & Layla Starling]
    (to be published fall 2015) (Last book in the series)

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