Jan 29

Nameless: The Darkness Comes by Mercedes M. Yardley


Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

Nameless by Mercedes M. Yardley

She has been dealing with the demonic all her life, so when her brother gets tangled up with a demon named Sparkles, ‘Luna the Lunatic’ rolls in on her motorcycle to save the day.

Armed with the ability to harm demons, her scathing sarcasm, and a hefty chip on her shoulder, Luna gathers the most unusual of allies, teaming up with a green-eyed heroin addict and a snarky demon ‘of some import.’

After all, outcasts of a feather should stick together…even until the end.

This is the volume one in The Bone Angel Trilogy by Mercedes M. Yardley, author of the award-winning novella, Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.


My Review:

Be prepared to buckle yourself in and hang on for one wild ride.

Yardley takes us through a labyrinth of strange characters, ultimately revealing the demon in each of us. Luna, the main character, has more than a little attitude and can become quite the bad ass when someone she loves is threatened. Reed Taylor, her love interest, is a charming, recovering drug addict – but is he really the hero Luna believes he is? Mouth, my favorite character of the bunch, is a mouthy demon who might be leading Luna into a trap, or he might just truly have her best interests at heart. Then, there are the pawns in the big, bad demon’s game: Seth, Luna’s damaged older brother, Sparkles, Seth’s willingly demonic ex-wife, and lovely little Lydia, Seth’s baby daughter.

Yardley is at her best when writing darkly. My favorite scenes are where she takes us into a literal house of horrors, twisting the common and mundane in the most horrifying of ways. The highest compliment I can pay her is that this story literally gave me nightmares. I dreamed that demons were trying to steal my soul, and bits of my soul were flying into their faces like pieces of brain matter. Thanks, Ms. Yardley.

Nameless is not a tightly structured story. Yardley never does fully explain the rules of the demon world, and some questions remain unanswered. Yet, I don’t think that the YA audience this book is intended for would mind. After all, teenagers do not lead tightly structured lives, and they’re still trying to figure out the rules of their own world.




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  1. Mercedes M. Yardley

    Thank you for this, Shelli! I appreciate your review. 😀

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      You’re welcome, Mercedes!

  2. Eydie Stumpf

    Sounds scary! My 12-yr old granddaughter would love this – but, if it gave you nightmares I’m not sure it would make a good read for her. What do you think?

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Hm, tough call, Eydie. It is pretty gruesome in some parts. It depends on how easily scared she is. I’d probably make my kids wait until they’re 13 (it would probably be a PG-13 movie). But kids these days are exposed to so much, maybe she wouldn’t even bat an eye!

      1. Eydie Stumpf

        Hmmmm… I think I’ll hold off. We watched Sweeny Todd together and got kind of squeamish when all the throats were sliced. LOL I thought she could handle it. LOL

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