"Dark Descendant" Mini-Review

"Dark Descendant"
by Jenna Black

Publisher: Pocket
Release Date: April 26, 2011

Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

From the acclaimed author of the Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist books comes the gripping first novel in a new series about a private eye who discovers, to her surprise, that she’s an immortal huntress.
Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . . Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy. But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy....

My Mini-Review: 

While I think fans of Urban Fantasy will enjoy this book, it was too dark for my tastes. I liked the idea of the characters being descendants of mythical gods. The gods were from the mythologies of different cultures, some well known, some lesser known. Even with this great starting point, the violence and cursing turned me off of this story. I suppose those aspects appeal to readers of the genre though because it seems to be common in Urban Fantasy books. I like the tone and voice in my reads to be a little softer and gentler, not so aggressive and in-your-face. I think I would like to try one of the author's YA fantasy books, because the grittiness might be toned down.

Main Characters: 3/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5 

Setting: 4/5
Romance: 2/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 3/5
Writing: 3/5


Bottom Line:I would recommend this book to Urban Fantasy readers because of the twist on the mythological characters, but this book didn't quite fit my tastes.


  1. I like dark novels and mythological characters but like you, I can't stand too much of cursing and violence, especially when it's unnecessary.
    Thanks for the review!

  2. Then it's for me, I like my UF dark and gritty :D

  3. Jenna Black is a fantastic writer. I love her YA books. :) It sounds really great, can't wait to read this one. ;)

  4. Sounds too dark for me too. Thanks for your honesty.

  5. Great review! Hmm, I haven't heard of this book until now. Looks pretty gritty. Thanks for sharing! :D Don't be a stranger fellow follower. Stop by my blog every now and then :)

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,
    Cory @ Anti-Drug Reads

  6. I hadn't heard of this one. Sounds interesting since I do like my books a little on the dark.
    I will be checking it out.
    I've heard good things about the authors YA. Maybe that will be more up your alley.


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