Monday, May 27, 2013
Review: Blood-Kissed Sky (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #2) by J.A. London
Author: J.A. London
Published: December 26, 2012
Pages: 338 pages
Synopsis from Goodreads
There's nowhere left to hide.
I thought vampires were our enemies - they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood - until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they're worse than ever.
Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor's vampires don't get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst - a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.
To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all... before it's too late.
I read Darkness Before Dawn (the first book in the series) because I fell in love with the cover, then after reading the synopsis and learning it was about vampires, I was in. I enjoyed the book, I wouldn't say I loved it, but I really did enjoy it. So when Blood-Kissed Sky came out I was eager to read it and find out where Dawn's story would lead. Unfortunately, the book did very little to impress me. It had some interesting concepts and I really do like the idea of a post-vamp/human war so no doubt I will finish the trilogy.
The book starts right where the previous one leaves off which I enjoy in a sequel, no need to try and figure out what's happened since the last book. But I felt as though this book was more of a filler than anything else. The big reveal is highly anticipated and predictable but it was really all the book offers. There isn't much else. There is a lot of telling and barely enough showing. It was very cut and dry.
There wasn't a whole lot of Victor, which was disappointing to say the least. There were also many times throughout the book that I felt as if I was reading scenes from Twilight. I find that even the titles of the books are similar in meaning to the Twilight books.
The Characters **spoilers**
Dawn was extremely reckless and barely cared enough about her safety. Although, I find her character to be strong and determined, I wish she would care at least a little for her own well-being. I never quite understand why an author has the idea that a villain would capture their enemy, tell them their entire evil plan, and then let them go without a fight. I'm really hoping there's a reason for Sin doing this but I can't quite find one that seems realistic, so I'm hoping for a big surprise in book 3. My favorite characters are probably Ian, Richard, and Faith. I like the idea of Ian, someone who has sacrificed his life for the safety of the people. Richard and Faith, I just love them, they are adorable together and I can't wait for Faith to finally realize how special Richard is.
Overall, this was an easy and quick read and aside from my many disappointments in this sequel, I am anticipating the 3rd book.