Alone in the Dark by J.A. Cipriano

Welcome to Saturday Shorts, where we review shorter works like short stories, novellas, middle-grade books, and graphic novels. In this very short story, we’re introduced to a young Lillim Callina, who has to find her way out of a vampire’s den less than an hour before they wake.

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

alone-in-the-darkTitleAlone in the Dark
AuthorJ.A. Cipriano
SeriesLillim Callina 0.1
Publish Date: January 1, 2015
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Source: From where you got the book

Publisher’s Description: How do you teach your thirteen-year-old to stop misbehaving? Lock her in a house filled with vampires half an hour before sundown.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

This is a story in the magic-using, bad-guy hunting Lillim Callina Chronicles, but set way before the events of the series at a time when Lillim is younger and not as skilled. She manages to find her way out of a vampire den even as they start to wake up and attack her. Though she’s not unscathed, it’s a miracle she escapes at all, which is, I’m sure, not exactly what her mother had in mind.

The whole thing starts when Lillim and her crazy mother have an argument about what Lillim should wear. Readers then are led to believe that when Lillim wakes up in the vampire den, her mom has either drugged her or put some kind of spell on her to get her there – before leaving her to her fate. Her mother also thinks it’s some kind of game, a dangerous game she uses as punishment whenever Lillim does something wrong.

badge4v5But alas, she gets away. Not without a fight, but still away. I’m eager to read more in the book series. This is a short story that you don’t need to read the rest of the series to understand, though you might do it in case you want a full understanding of how screwed up Lillim’s life is like.

Other recommendations…

Check out all of J.A. Cipriano‘s series. There are plenty to choose from. 😉

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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