Release Date ~ 5/29/12
Format ~ Paperback
Publisher ~ Harper Teen
Source ~ Publisher
Purchase: The Book Depository
This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.J.A. London's Darkness Before Dawn joins the rapidly growing list of vampire apocalypse novels that (in my eyes) started with Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules... it leaves a reader with the question: which of these vampire dystopians are worth reading? Though Darkness Before Dawn was fun while I was reading it, I think you have to be a serious vampire fan to really love it.
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....
Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.
The main character in Darkness Defore Dawn, Dawn has had a tough life. Her entire family has been killed by rogue vampires, and Lord Valentine insisted she follows in her parents foot steps and become the delegate for Denver who is forced to bargain with the cunning vampires she secretly loathes. I really enjoyed how dedicated she was to freeing the humans from the vampire tyrant, and the fact that she didn't lay down and let Valentine walk all over her. The main love interest, Victor, Valentine's son, was probably the only other character I liked. He had all the same wishes as Dawn, and was such a gentlemen! I wish all love interests in books were like him! Dawn's boyfriend, Michael was just plan ANNOYING! He was so insecure and acted like a major moron most of the time, trying to prove to everyone he was top dog. The best friend, Tegan was just so shallow she made me want to cry. The villain of the story, Valentine was a wickedly crafted villain. He was cunning and cruel, ever time he appeared you wanted to kill him more!
The world building in Darkness Before Dawn was interesting. Though our world had changed a lot after the vampire war, there were still some things that are around today, like cellphones, high school parties, TVs, and teen drama. It was a bleak world, but there was still some color in it left before the war.
Okay, now time for my big complaint. This book was so predictable! The preface pretty much gave half oft he book surprise away, and I was able to guess everything else that was going to happen 100 or 200 pages before it happened. When novels are predictable as this one it drives me crazy insane. Darkness Before Dawn tried to be suspenseful, instead it came out as weak and boring, because you knew what was going to happen.
Darkness Before Dawn was a fun read... I will probably continue this series but I'll need more the 2nd one!
Cover Comments: The whole white and black thing is awesome! It makes it look so Gothic!
I invite you to go read one of my favorite bloggers, Anna from Literary Exploration's review here!