Series: Darkness Before Dawn #1
Published by: HarperTeen on May 29, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
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Only sunlight can save us.
We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.
After the death of my parents, it's up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it's safe to let one in.
Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was captured from the very first page! A truly memorable tale that had me at the edge of my seat, holding my breath, and flipping through the pages like there was no tomorrow. I couldn’t put it down. Dawn is the perfect female lead. Not only is she innocent and kind, but she’s also smart and can kick some vampire ass with that stake she keeps in her boot. Victor is immensely swoon-worthy and his relationship with Dawn is complicated in quite a bittersweet way. He slowly changes her, heals her, and forces her to see things like she never thought she would. Their love is passionate and believable, very well written.
All the characters play an important role in the story as well. Tegan, Dawn’s best friend, is very prominent throughout the book and, thankfully, wasn’t the annoying secondary female lead like some authors usually write them out to be, although she did have her moments. Lord Valentine plays a fierce and frightening villain and I love how he’s an old-style vampire, with rules and etiquette, but he is also quick to make and live by his own, which doesn’t play out too well for Dawn.
There were a lot of surprises and “hold your breath” moments in this book, and I loved it. So many times I was literally yelling “Oh no!” or “OMG!”, totally diving into this world that J.A. London created and relishing every second of it. The ending, although not quite a cliffhanger, definitely left me wanting more. I knew how it was going to end like halfway through the book, but getting there was an amazing ride and it’s going to be torture waiting for the next book. This one is a real page-turner here, people!