Darkness before Dawn
By J.A. London
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: May 29th 2012
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The war is over. The humans lost. And in the shattered world that arises, the vampires are king. They rule over the remaining walled cities with an iron fist, none more terrifying than Lord Valentine. His concern is with blood and blood alone, and seeing that it is ‘donated’ on time.
It’s Dawn Montgomery’s duty to ensure the safety of her fellow humans within the city, but also to serve as Delegate to Lord Valentine. She is the conduit between the two worlds, the human and vampire, and the youngest to ever do so.
But when Lord Valentine’s son, Victor, steps into her life, everything changes. She assumes he wants her blood, like all vampires. But he’s after more: her heart.
Darkness before Dawn has a great premise. It kept me entertained from the beginning to the end. It was definitely a page-turner. There are some points in the book though, that conflict with some personal beliefs, but I will get into that later. First, let me tell you what I loved about the story.
As I mentioned before, the premise was fantastic. Dawn, who is your main character, lives in a world where vampires have won the war. Humans are confined to live behind a wall where vampires are supposed to stay out of. They stay safe behind their wall as long as they donate blood to the vampires. In Dawns world things are slowly falling apart. Humans are donating less and less, and vampires are crossing over and attacking. It's not as safe as they thought it would be.
The prologue was a great opening and the first four chapters were just non-stop excitement, and from there the story just continues at this pace. When Dawn first meets Victor, she has no idea who he is or what he is. To her he is one of the Night Watchers, humans who are trained to protect inside the wall against vampires. Eventually she finds out that he is Victor Valentine, the son of the vampire who runs things in her town.
Victor to me was swoon worthy and a very strong male character. I loved everything about him. Dawn was also a good character, but I wasn’t quite in love her. She was up and down for me. One minute she was this strong female and the next she got on my nerves.
Now my reason for giving this book 3.5 stars is that on a personal level, I just did not believe that Dawn can be okay in three months with losing both her Father and Mother. I lost my mother three years ago and every now and then I am still a mess. The first year of losing my mother I was in a very dark place. I know people deal with death differently, but I do not buy that in three months you're already okay with it and going out to a party. Not to mention, she also lost her brother. This bothered me a lot. You don't lose your whole family and three months later you've learned to deal with it.
Also, everything that took place in the book happened in like a week or two time frame. So even though I enjoyed it so much, this also bugged me. It just wasn't very believable. I know, something so simple that others can overlook, which is why I say BUY THIS BOOK! My issues with it are personal. It is worth buying and reading. It has a very crazy ending and I cannot wait to read the second part.
It's a good book, very entertaining with a tragic romance, and action packed. It would have been a five star for me if it weren't for the things I listed above. You'll really enjoy it, especially if you like dark Vampire stories.
3.5 out of 5 stars.