My #bookreview of FEARS OF DARKNESS by J.M. Northup



Rudely awakened by a deadly home invasion, Dakota is thrust into a country at war. Realizing her home is compromised, she begins a journey from Minneapolis to the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains in order to survive.
While she tries to figure out what is happening in America, she has to adapt to a world void of the society and technology that has been the foundation of her life. Fighting against the darkness threatening to consume her and facing decisions she never expected to, Dakota struggles to find peace.
In the middle of danger, both civil and wild, Dakota learns to find love in the darkness around her. But can she survive in a country that’s been torn apart?
Fears of Darkness is a raw, emotional story of a young family trying to survive in a country ravaged by civil war.


As Dakota’s safe, secure world comes crashing around her, she has to learn how to survive in a new, brutal world. Along with her boyfriend, two sisters and a best friend, they strive to stay alive and build a new world for themselves. Which wolf will they feed: the dark wolf or the white wolf?
I was pleasantly surprised at the Author’s use of herbal treatment in this book. But, when you’re trying to survive the end of your civilized world, that’s all you’ll have. I’m a firm believer in the curing benefits of herbology, and her usage is spot-on.
I don’t agree with the premise of the plot. As stated in a prior review, it’s thin and I just don’t see the US falling apart as quickly or completing as she depicts. I do believe we’ve been complacent far too long, but any type of government failing will be due to outside sources. Not some gangs or groups of dis-satisfied people joining together. Her premise was more a ban on guns sort of thing, which I’m against.
As for the characters, I loved them all. They were very well-developed and each one brought a different strength to their group. I thought Dakota looked at the world too much through rose tinted glasses, but I did too at that age. At the end of this book, Dakota has to face the question of the wolves. It’s easier giving into the darkness and a person has to fight all the time to stay true to themselves.
I really liked the different settings, towns and other people they ran across in their trek to find a safe haven. I thought the ending was kinda rushed and didn’t make sense either, from no government to full military support.
This book is perfect for the young & older adult alike. It has a lot of moral challenges and issues that should be addressed in today’s society. I highly recommend and give it my 4 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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