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Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

May 17th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication date: May 29, 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Book #1 in the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

I’ve held off on writing this review for awhile mainly because it was such a “meh” book for me I had a hard time thinking about what to write about it.  I don’t know if it suffered in comparison because I had just finished Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins which I absolutely adored and anything read after it paled in comparison.  It was by no means a horrible book but nothing that reached out and made me go “Wow, that was awesome!”.

Dawn came across as a pretty bland character to me.  Yes, I felt bad for her because she lost her parents and had all this responsibility shoved onto her but also I couldn’t believe some of the stupid choices she makes just because she wanted to feel a little rebellious.  Her boyfriend Michael also did not do it for me in that he is supposed to be this stellar guy but he comes across as this macho man who is mostly concerned with being the alpha dog.  Even when he’s supposed to come across as worried for Dawn and being protective it doesn’t strike me so much that he wants to protect her because he loves her but rather to prove he’s hero material.

Victor was probably the only character that really grabbed me.  I loved the contrast between he and his father and also hearing about his history of living as a vampire, the friends he’s made and the people he is trying to protect.  My heart broke when he introduces Dawn to a vampire family that he is trying to help and tells her their story.

The villain is pretty easy to guess and it did frustrate me that most of the characters even had an inkling of what was going on or that something was wrong.  The part that ruined the book for me and almost tempted me to give this a lower rating was literally the last few sentences in the book.  We are hearing the thoughts going through Dawn’s head and they royally pissed me off.  I couldn’t believe after everything that just happened those were the thoughts she was having and that instead of accepting the consequences of her own choices she was villainizing someone else.

In the end I am doubtful I will read book 2 unless I hear some great things about it that redeems my faith in Dawn and shows that the characters show a little more originality.

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