July 26, 2012

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London | Review

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London | ReviewDarkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn #1) on May 29, 2012
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.
And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.
Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…

Cover Review: I personally like the cover… especially the font used for the title.
Main Character: Dawn

Story: In this novel, Dawn is our protagonist. In her world, towns are ruled by vampires. They have one vampire overlord in Denver… Lord Valentine. A delegate is chosen in each town to talk to the Lord every month. They talk about what is best for the people, recent vampire attacks on citizens, if vampires are getting enough blood, etc. Dawn’s parents were the delegates before they were brutally murdered. It was quite brutal-they never found the bodies, only found blood. Dawn is chosen by Lord Valentine as the next delegate. She must go through training and become the youngest known delegate in history. The night before she goes to visit with Lord Valentine for the first time, she goes out to party with her friend Tegan. This party is near the wall that helps to keep vampires out. It isn’t qiute safe to be near the wall, but she decides that she needs a night out. While at the party, Tegan is almost stolen by a vampire. After this fiasco, Dawn gets Tegan and they head out on the night train. While on the night train, Dawn notices that everyone on the train is a vampire. She is worried that she won’t be able to survive until she finds that someone else is saving her… Victor.

After the terrific escape, Victor helps them get home. Dawn couldn’t be thankful enough. Once she gets dropped off at her house, she realizes that she never told Victor where she lived.

The next night, at her meeting with Valentine, she finds something she never expected. Victor is Lord Valentine’s son.

The goal of the characters was to find out who was killing the vampires. Vampires were found dead with bite marks on their necks, which is suspicious considering that they closely resemble vampire bite marks. Vampires can’t drink other vampires blood… or can they?

I found that most of my questions were answered and that this would make a great stand-alone novel. But I do have to say that I’m excited to read the sequel. I feel that it did have the classic vampire story ending.

Characters: I felt like Dawn didn’t really want to do what others told her. She wanted to do what she felt was right. She always spoke her mind, which I greatly appreciated. Dawn talked to Lord Valentine like he was anyone else. She didn’t give him special treatment. I feel like Dawn grew throughout the novel as well. She started out as a girl who hated vampires since she was brought up in a world where everyone hates them. She ended as a girl who fell in love with a vampire and noticed that maybe they aren’t all monsters. She hated vampires ever since her brother was murdered right in front of her at the age of 9. She hid in the closet since her brother told her to. She never saw him again.

Victor’s goal was to pretty much take his father’s throne. His father, Lord Valentine, was acting as if everything was perfectly normal. He didn’t believe that their was such thing as vampires drinking other vampires blood. He said that it was impossible to survive like that. Victor believed that it was happening. He knew that if vampires drink other vampire’s blood, they will survive, but they will end up in the crazy house. He also knew that human blood will never be good enough for them after a drop of vampire blood is drunk.

Lord Valentine was an okay villain. For some reason, I felt like he wasn’t all that evil. Yes, he didn’t believe that vampires were drinking from other vampires, but other than that, I didn’t find that much was wrong with him. I feel like he was bad in the past, but he isn’t as bad now. In the past, he banished his other son and his mother, saying that something was wrong with them.

All in All: I believe that this was a great vampire adventure/mystery/romance novel. I’d definitely recommend it. The novel was full of mystery and questions to be answered which were fully answered at the end.

Rating: 5/5 Lightning Bolts

Have you read this novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Photo, info at top, and summary were all found on Goodreads.

  1. I love vampire novel! I'm definitely going to check Darkness Before Dawn out! Thanks for the awesome review! 🙂

  2. This one sounds absolutely fabulous 🙂 Can't wait to get my hands on it!! I'm a new follower and great review 😀

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