Title: Forbidden Darkness
Author: Alec John Belle
Genre: YA Paranormal / Fantasy
Being a sixteen year old Monster Hunter sucks. That’s what Heather Hawkins learns just days before her sixteenth birthday. After dealing with her best friend, Kristen’s, attempted suicide, the last thing Heather wants is any more drama. When the realistic dreams of Heather being haunted by a guy named Kadin begin, she learns the truth. She is a Monster Hunter, and on her birthday, she will undergo a change that will make her stronger, more powerful, and nearly invincible to Monsters. Along with having a hot new trainer named Philip, she believes that this will be a new beginning for herself. Unfortunately, Monsters aren’t the only thing Heather needs to worry about. With someone stalking her dreams, she realizes there may be more than just Monsters in the world, and that Kadin will do anything to stop her from helping the Monster Hunters. Even if that means unleashing an entity that was locked away by his people thousands of years ago. In this all-new paranormal young adult series, romances will be formed, evil becomes unleashed, and everyone Heather loves will soon be at risk. Because in a world where Monsters walk the earth, anything is possible.
Alec John Belle is an online high school student that resides in the state of Massachusetts. At the age of 16 he wrote his first novel, Before I Break. His hobbies include reading, writing, and obsessing over Pretty Little Liars. He writes about tough topics that many are too afraid to talk about like suicide, homosexuality, self harm, cyberbullying, anxiety disorders, addiction, among other teenage issues, and he often blends these ideas with the paranormal.
The dinner table was always a little empty. My entire life I'd
been without a father, and for the most part, Mom seemed fine without
him. Any time I asked, she avoided the question, so I stopped asking
for several months. Seeing the kitchen table set for two, I felt a pang
in my chest.
“Hey, Mom,” I said. “When are you ever going to tell me who
my dad is?”
“How was school today?”She loved avoiding the subject.
I glared at her and didn’t take a bite of my food. “Mom. Why do
you always ignore that question?”
“Well, why are you ignoring me?”
She did have a point. “I fell down some stairs today and met a
gay friend who came over earlier. Now, when are you going to tell
me who my dad is? You never talk about him.”
Mom always said when I was older she could explain the
situation, but for some reason she believed that nearly sixteen was
not old enough. I was really hoping she'd open up, but doubted that
she would any time soon. Her response actually surprised me.
“I’ll tell you on your birthday, okay?” she said. “Everything will
make sense then, I promise.” Wow, cryptic much? I thought. “Now
repeat that again—you fell down some stairs and made a gay friend?
Sounds like your day was interesting.”
“It was. His name is Hayden Williams and we have English together.
When I fell down the stairs, he helped me out—unlike everyone else
who was too preoccupied with their social lives to help me. I invited
him to hang out with me and Kristen tomorrow.”
“He sounds like a nice kid,” Mom said. “Now why did you fall?
Were you feeling sick or something?”
I shrugged. “I felt a little dizzy. I might have had whiplash from
getting up from the table in the cafeteria. Must have been a little
delayed.” It sounded lame when I said it, but that was really the only
explanation I could come up with.