Monday, August 5, 2013

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London Review

Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: J.A. London
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction/Horror
Series: Darkness Before Dawn, book one
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Horrifying, beautiful, and romantic, I loved Darkness Before Dawn--it paints a picture of a not so distant future, and is possibly one of the first vampire novels to scare me in years!

Dawn Montgomery is Denver's delegate--the one person who can journey out safely from the protection of the Wall around the city. In Dawn's world, the globe is ravaged by a war between vampires and humans. Thirty years later, both sides have come to an uneasy peace, forming the VampHu treaty: Humans are guaranteed protection, so long as they give blood to their vampire overlords. It is Dawn's job to be the mediator between both races, and finds her life tossed up in a dangerous political game against her will.

What I enjoyed:
-The prologue, hinting to something deeper in Dawn's origins
-Dawn's voice, and the way she narrates the novel: brave and at the same time fearful, tender yet guarded
-The pacing--the novel flew and I read it all in a day
-The terrifying world that J.A. London paints so vividly
-Rachel and Jeff
-Lord Valentine
-The complicated politics throughout the novel
-The horror laced through the story that I really enjoyed
-The mystery that took the entire novel to solve
-Victor and Dawn's budding relationship
-The shocking, scary, cliffhanger ending

What I didn't enjoy:
-Michael--at times I thought he was too overprotective and was just overall a douche

I really, really loved Darkness Before Dawn--an original spin on a tired, old genre! It was awesome. Fans of strong heroines, starcrossed lovers, and horror should pick it up. I can't wait until Blood-Kissed Sky! Next on deck: Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay!

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