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Darkest Hour by Rachel Churcher - Book Tour & Review




Darkest Hour (Battle Ground #3)


Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith are fighting on opposite sides in a British civil war. Bex and her friends are in hiding, but when Ketty threatens her family, Bex learns that her safety is more fragile than she thought.
The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.


My Review
First things first: I adore this series. It absolutely angers me sometimes, but I love it.
Darkest Hour is book three, so if you haven't read the first two, get on that ASAP. Trust me. You'll want to read them because they're awesome.
In this one, Bex and her friends are in hiding, considered refuges, and have to do whatever it takes to stay safe. Ketty and Bracken, on the other hand, are working with Brigadier Lee and the other nefarious government people to try and bring Bex and the others in. Will either group succeed in their goal?
I have to say, this book made me so mad. I despised Ketty. She was even nastier in this book than the previous ones. Her actions disgusted me at times.
 I hated how Bracken just seemed to drown himself with whisky instead of standing up for himself and Ketty when needed. 
I hated Brigadier Lee and all his minions. They're the absolute worst.
And there was one character I thought was going to stay good, but they ended up doing something awful, and I ended up hating them too. 
There was a lot of emotion in Darkest Hour. Bex just continuously got the short end of the stick, and I felt really bad for her. She's so kind and caring, and she wants to do the right thing, even if she knows it'll put her in danger. That's what I like about her.
And Bex's mom? She was pretty amazing. That woman is resilient and strong.
There was a moment near the end where Bracken had an epiphany, and I sort of screamed, "Finally!" It only took him forever to realize something. And when Ketty realizes it too, it made me wonder how the rest of the series would play out.
I can't wait for books four and five. So excited to read them!
5 stars!


Author Bio – Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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