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The Dark Side Series by Kristy Cunning

A phantom with no name and recollection of the past happens to be mysteriously attached to four entities. Who’s she, and what’s her connection to the four of them? Anyway, she named them One, Two, Three, and Four, and she has a fantasy plan for them when she becomes corporal! That’s it if they trust her.

Series Title: The Dark Side
Author: Kristy Cunning
Genres: Fantasy > Demons / Reverse Harem
Read Format: Kindle Edition
Total Pages: 916
Reading Date: 01st March 2021 ~ 18th March 2021

The Reading Order – How to Read The Dark Side Series by Kristy Cunning

  • 1 Four Psychos
  • 2 Three Trials
  • 3 Two Kingdoms
  • 4 One Apocalypse

Four Psychos

I’m not so different from most people.

Like everyone else, I have life goals.

Goal #1: Become a real girl instead of this invisible ghost thing I currently am.

Goal #2: Convince the four men I’ve been haunting for the past five years to pick me to be their new toy after goal one is complete.

Goal #3: Figure out who/what I am and why I can’t remember anything past the five years I’ve been haunting this quad.

Goal #4: Eat popcorn.

See? Perfectly normal. Sort of.
Gotta start small, after all.
It’s not like anyone else is perfect either.

**Sexual situations
**Reverse Harem
**Dark humor galore
**Language warning

My thoughts…

Four psychos? No, make it five, including the female phantom who didn’t have any memories or name 😂. At this point, the four guys had named her Keyla, based on the badass female character in the Zombie show on telly, which she liked.

The mysteries to who Keyla and the four guys were, their origins, what sort of powers await them once they finished with the leveled-up, and who’s behind all the ruckus were what made this book fascinating.

I wasn’t fond of the opening, though. It was slightly awkward, and it had me wondered if it would be all about sex, but thank god, it wasn’t, and in this book, Keyla and the guys haven’t advanced to that stage yet. 

Three Trials

So, I’ve checked off some life goals and added a few new ones to my list.

Goal #5: Get out of hell’s belly without letting my ungrateful charges die.

Goal #6: Get a new name that’s more badass.

Goal #7: Stop wasting my breath on lectures and start annoying the quad hell squad every time they annoy me. Fight fire with fire. Ha! Another hell pun.

Goal 8: Find out who the hell killed me.

I’ll add more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself before I even finish checking off my old goals. But seriously, I really do need a more badass name, considering how much I have to keep saving my damsels in distress.

I probably shouldn’t call them damsels, since they’re a little murderous and all.

Maybe I should add seeing a hell-certified psychologist to my list of goals.

My thoughts…

Nice! This second instalment had more action, and some kickass move by the phantom. I thoroughly enjoyed their adventure in Hell. The plot afterwards was unexpected, but because of that incident, the four of them finally trusted the phantom and also found out their true origins.

Paca, the phantom’s nickname in this book, no doubt became one happy lady as she finally fulfilled her fantasy. Now that she has what she wants and her identity, there’s a more pressing matter in her hands, such as finding out who’s on their side and who tried to kill them.

Two Kingdoms

I’m getting a little tired of completing my goals, only to have the bar raised too substantially for me to transition at a productive pace…

I started off as a sad little ghost with an impossible crush on four really hot, Gothic guys with some attitude problems. Now I’m The Apocalypse, they’re the Four Horsemen, and Lucifer is my fucked up daddy. Now my additional goals look like this?

Goal #9: Make a deal with the Devil without getting cheated, manipulated, or tricked.

Goal #10: Make my boys love me and take over the world…okay…so maybe just that first part. That second part sounds like it could take too much ambition, and I just don’t have the drive for that.

Goal #11: Make cookies.

Goal #12: Call dibs on my favorite color.

Goal #13: Find out if my siblings or my father killed me and my boys…

My thoughts…

No, I was not too fond of this third book. Some parts were a bit hard to follow and confusing. Also, not much action or useful development aside from Paca trying to decide which boys are her favourite which constantly changes (Sarcasm).

Sure, we got new pieces of information such as who’s their killer, how she died, and what she was supposed to do. However, the repetitive facts and how the author presented the point, which took a long route, made me lose interest. I couldn’t wait to finish this series and move on to the other series.

One Apocalypse

The life goals have stacked up since I started this journey as a sad, lonely little ghost. I’m not sure how things escalated so quickly from trying to be seen and heard, to bearing the weight of the world on my vain little shoulders.

As a result, my goals have gotten a little more serious…

Goal #14: Learn to take a hit without breaking or suffering some type of death.

Goal #15: Decide once and for all if I’m going to save or destroy the world. I’m not sure why people put this sort of responsibility on hell-spawn like me.

Goal #16: Practice my evil laugh, because all hell-spawn need a good evil laugh.

Goal #17: Find and kill all the unicorns. Mwahahahahaha.

Goal #18: Live to enjoy forever with the guys I sacrificed all my memories to save.

Goal #19: No matter what, they don’t get to die. Or I really will be THE Apocalypse.

We’re the most screwed up collection of antiheroes the world has ever seen, because the only thing that makes me want to save the world is knowing I could lose my boys forever if I don’t. It’s one HELL of a love story, you know?

My thoughts…

Mwahahahahaha, the series is finally over! I’m relieved! The conclusion was as expected and with a happy ending. However, I was a bit lost in the part where the horsemen saw the black smoke coming to life again but suddenly wasn’t mentioned any more.

Of all the series I’ve read from the same author (with a different nickname – C.M. Owens), this did not click with me. I liked Paca, she was funny, and I chuckled a few times at her wittiness, but as for her horsemen, I couldn’t connect with them. Let’s hope I will enjoy her other series, All the Pretty Monsters.

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