Dark Summer (Witchling Series Book 1)

A school for Witchlings…

The ultimate choice between Light and Dark…

Where the price of a mistake…is your soul.

Sixteen-year-old Summer doesn’t expect her new boarding school to be any different than the rest: a temporary stay, until her uncontrollable magic gets her thrown out again.   In her mind, there’s no point in getting too friendly with anyone. That is, until she notices Decker, the boy who will become the Master of Night and Fire on his eighteenth birthday.

When she learns that this special school has attracted others with magic in their blood, she is hopeful that this time around, things may be different. Besides, she can’t deny her interest in Decker, and when he rescues her one night from the dark forests of the Rocky Mountains, their connection is instant.

Yet a relationship with Decker may prove to be Summer’s downfall, forcing her to choose between Light and Dark, life and death, love – and their souls.

One choice. One soul. One price.

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Real-time Reviews

Dark Summer was amazing
By Patricia Collins (4.0 out of 5 stars) on March 1, 2013
Once again you have written a great story, I can't wait for the next book in this series. I hoping they find each other again.

Five Stars
By Breeze (5.0 out of 5 stars) on July 28, 2013
Can't get enough.

This was AMAZING!
By Alex_K (5.0 out of 5 stars) on February 17, 2017
No, no, no. What? Why? I can't even..... I'm speechless. It was going so well for Decker and Summer. And then everything went wrong. Now they have to start over. I really hope that everyone, standing in their way, get's punished. Especially Dawn! What a dreadful person. And Alexa! I'm almost sure, these two have worked together and killed Tarzan.This book was truly amazing. Drawing me in from the start and didn't let go. My feelings was on a roller coaster ride through the whole book. I have to know what happens next and I'm happy that I don't have to wait for the next book. So, if you want to read a book full of emotions and aren't afraid of hating some of the characters, adoring others and the instant emotionally outbursts, this is your book.***I received a copy of the book via NetGally in exchange for a fair review***

Just amazing
By Amazon Customer (5.0 out of 5 stars) on January 11, 2017
I hate to repeat myself over and over, but, I truly love this author. Her books are simply amazing. Fantastic.

Really enjoyed this book will definitely be reading the rest of ...
By Poppy (4.0 out of 5 stars) on December 16, 2016
Really enjoyed this book will definitely be reading the rest of the series.A great book it was a little slow in the beginning dont give up it worth sticking with i recommend it .

Love it
By vicious syd (5.0 out of 5 stars) on November 22, 2016
The book was fantastic just like Lizzy's Ford's other books it was awesome I can't wait to read the other ones

Three Stars
By Marissa A. Martini (3.0 out of 5 stars) on November 11, 2016
Written for teenagers

Interesting back ground story; rough execution
By Amy McK (3.0 out of 5 stars) on October 27, 2016
You follow Orphan Summer into discovering that magick exists and that she has a lot of it. But keep in mind, Summer is very stupid and gullible. She allows a misunderstanding (and they're explained or fairly obvious) to come between her and Decker. The back story to this is actually really interesting, even a little sad, as you discover what it takes to be the Master/Mistress of the Fire and Night and Master/Mistress of the Light. The struggled between Decker and Beck felt real, however Summer's casual discussion and ultimately of sex seems odd-like it doesn't really matter to her. Some of the plot points are predictable, but it can't be helped sometimes. Yet the magnitude of the consequences of them are nearly unexpected.What kept this book from getting getting a higher rating is that there is a character called Sam who speaks telepathically. The author doesn't indicate this by italics or quotation marks, so it made hard for reading a scene that involved him. When he first came on the scene, I thought Decker was talking to himself. Also, the writing isn't bad, but it isn't good either. I think the author needs to come back to the book and work on it again. It almost reads like a first or second draft. It lacks finesse. I'm certain that if she did, this book would grow from being rough into a diamond in the rough. What saved the book from a 2 star rating was the ending. I did not expect that.

Decker and Summer have instantaneous chemistry.
By YA Book Madness Blog (4.0 out of 5 stars) on August 10, 2016
3.5 Stars+++I received this book as a giftPROS:The balance of Light and Dark witches is nothing new but the idea of taking souls, of having magical rulers who monitor and fix the balance is unique. The transfer of powers, the immersion of years of knowledge of past witches is really fascinating and the substories of the previous Masters/Mistresses of Light or Dark were some of the most interesting in the book.A really compelling aspect of Light and Dark is how closely related, how easy it is to slip from one side to the other, and how the grey areas are overlooked by the Masters/Mistresses. Decker’s story is heartbreaking, his pain, his sacrifice, his wonderful soul make him easy to fall in love with despite his darkness.Decker and Summer have instantaneous chemistry. Their heated glances, the simple, perfect ways they interact with one another is as endearing as it is romantic.Beck is a flirtatious golden boy, he’s charming, he’s sexy, he’s got everything going on and he flaunts it in a careless, fun manner. His lines are some of the most comical and really open your heart to the characters.The Sams. Yetis guys. That’s right, Sasquatch. This is the most random, odd inclusion in the story but the Sams are beings that represent nature who help the Masters and Mistresses to balance by granting wisdom and instructions. The Sams are a weird bunch who value their duty to saving the world above everything else. Sam is the character you will have mixed feelings over but can’t help to be intrigued.CONS:Summer is a bit boring. She’s so innocent, so pure and kindhearted that she’s naïve and some moments are really worthy of a face palm. Summer wants to believe the best of people and so she gets manipulated and taken advantage of and can’t understand why. She’s really helpless because of her heart and it would have been nice to have more of a balance to showcase her strengths. For me, this was the most frustrating aspect of the story. Summer is too passive.Dawn is the stereotypical, mean girl to the extreme. She’s not even the most popular girl in the school and yet she has so much power to harass and degrade Summer and Summer just takes it. Dawn has the perfect body, she’s blonde, she’s tall, she’s everything Summer is not and as an antagonist she’s really just a bully who uses her vindictive personality to exploit Summer’s weakness. Really, the other antagonist, Decker’s ex is a much better, stronger character. Dawn is pretty pathetic.The story is slow at times and that is largely because Summer is aloof and off in her own world.