(Darkness Before Dawn #1)
by J.A. London
Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
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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....
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. (Goodreads)
After the death of her parents, Dawn has been thrown into the role of delegate between the humans and vampires, with very little training at all. She had more responsibilities to deal with than any teenager should have. Luckily she has the help of her guardian, Rachel, who was appointed to take care of her after the death of her parents, and who also helped to prepare her for her role as delegate. She also has her best friend, Tegan and who considers herself to be a psychological expert on vampires, and a boyfriend, Michael, who is in training to be an elite guard to protect humans from the vampires.
Things change for Dawn after she is saved by the very mysterious Victor. Victor is the son of the most powerful vampire in the surrounding area. He is definitely not what he seems. He was dark and mysterious, but also good in a way. He saves Dawn more than once from people that wish to do her harm. I have to say, I definitely enjoyed seeing Dawn with Victor more than I enjoyed her with Michael.
I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book, as it was another vampire novel, and they all seem to blend together after a while. But this book was very engrossing, and I was literally flying through the pages faster than I expected to. The world-building and storyline were so very creative, I was completely hooked. The ending will definitely leave you hanging, and dying to get your hands on the next book!
Overall, I thought this was a great read. I was drawn in by the beautiful cover, but didn’t know how I would enjoy it being a vampire novel. In the end, I really enjoyed the book. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series!