This is an amazing story of trust, betrayal, and love. There isn't much action in it, but there's a ton of mystery and twists that will keep the reader turning pages. My only regret is that it's so short when it seems like there's so much more to tell of the story. I would love to see a novella companion or sequel for this some day.
This is a great book for the Paranormal Romance lovers. The world was hit with a storm that was never detailed in the book, it's just known as The Rift. Weird lightening storms, etc destroy everything. The world we knew, no longer exists. District 8 is located in what was once Turkey and this is made known by the descriptions of the buildings that still stand. A group of Witches rule over the district, under the pretense that only they can protect the humans from the Vampires. Everyone is under the assumption that the love of a Witch and a Vampire is what caused the witch. That seemed fishy to me from the get; That screamed conspiracy and a want to keep people from not only knowing the truth, but having any sense of real freedom. It's a strategy used by the ruling powers in 99.999% of all Dystopian books and movies.
The Story is beautifully written. The characters and the world are all unique and well thought out. We see Taksim, The Bazaar, Yedikul and so many other known places in Istanbul in a brand new light. The lines of good and evil are severly blurred with many of the characters in the story and the reader, just like our heroine, is never really sure who is a friend and who is not. That's probably the best thing I noted in the story. I love being as lost, confused, and unsure as the main character, that I can fully immerse myself into the role of the main character and feel and think as they do; that shows the author took the time to really develop the characters.
The story does leave this reader wanting though. For all of its pages, the story is rushed. Certain aspects should have been drawn out to give more depth to the overall; for instance, The title of the book is The Dark Bazaar, yet the Bazaar is only seen maybe two or three times in the entire book and none of the times is it as forboding as the title suggests. The end-game was anticlimatic. It was a simple fix that will leave the reader wondering how and why the heronie allowed the events leading up to it were allowed to happen when everything could have fixed in literally less than a minute.
Still, this story holds many Pagan facts and lore in it, which pleased me immensely. I like how the use of our Evil Eyes were morphed into something more than simply a protection amulet, it makes me look at my own a bit more closely now lol.
I believe with some work--and a new editor--this story has the potential to be something even better than it currently is. If one forgets the rushed feel and the many errors littering the pages, the story is worth the read. The errors are numerous in number, far too many for me to list here like I normally do. I believe the publisher themselves rushed this book to ready it and didn't it the proper care and editing it visibly needs. I'm hoping it's only out-of-print so that it can be re-edited and made into the gem I can clearly see hiding within the pages.
I also believe Ms. Karsak should take her word-child and add to it. Slow down the pace and add in the details and scenes that are missing. There's more to this story than what's written here and again, I believe the publisher either forced her to rush through it or gave her a word count cap preventing her from telling the story in its entirety.
I want to give this book a 5, but there are entirely too many errors for me to do so. If this book gets cleaned up, I will revise this rating along with my review to reflect that. For now, I can only give this book 4 of 5 paws for uniqueness and creativity. I want to see more from Ms. Karsak and truly hope that this title is only out-of-print to be cleaned up and not because Ms. Karsak has set her pen aside.