Review: Darkness Before Dawn

“I’ve seen a lot of humans, from far away and up close. I’ve never met one like you. I think you’re the closest thing to a sunrise I’ll ever see.”

Rating: 3/5 stars


12872080At 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…

Lusciously romantic and full of action-packed drama, readers will be swept away by this thrilling novel, the first in a trilogy.

The Verdict

Well, I’m a few years late to this party… six years to be exact, but I was in the mood for a a good ol’ vampire book. I realize vampires are basically non-existent nowadays but to me a vampire book is like chicken noodle soup when you have a cold, it’s just good for the soul. So, I did a little digging on Goodreads and came up with this. Vampire novel + dystopian novel = one happy bookish chick. I didn’t go into this expecting it to be a phenomenal book that would blow me away and by all means it didn’t, but it did get the job done for reminding me why I still love vampire books so much. Can we bring them back? They don’t have to sparkle, I promise.

This book was hella trope-y and super predictable and yet I’m still trash for a book like this. I’m just saying, if vampires were real I would probably try to date one #sorrynotsorry (especially to my husband if you’re reading this). This is your typical – girl hates vampires but meets hot vampire guy who swears he’s not like the rest and would never hurt her and they fall madly in love after like two days – type of book. But despite all of that trope-y/predictability there were some aspects to this story that weren’t as predictable (like who Dawn’s stalker was), so it was nice to still have a few surprises here and there.

As far as, climatic “battle scenes” go, it was pretty dismal but I am willing to look past it because the ending was pretty good. I’m curious to see how the story will progress in the next two books. Yes, I did request the next book from my library. LET ME LIVE IN MY VAMPIRE GLORY. I think if this story really didn’t have that dystopian feel to it, it wouldn’t have been as good as it was. But again, this was just such a mood read for me and I’m glad I picked it up.

All in all, if you’re like me and refuse to leave vampires in the past and are looking for any easy, trope-y, insta-love/hate filled, vampire novel then look no further friends!

Until next time,


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7 thoughts on “Review: Darkness Before Dawn

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  2. Oooh, you know, I´ve had a good discussion the other day about vampire books and so many people seem to think that vampires are so 2000. I just couldn´t understand all the hate ( I did, but I refused to accept their reasons ) If a vampire novel speaks to you then by all means- GO FOR IT! 🙂 As long as it sounds good then all´s good, right?
    I enjoyed your review so much. ❤ ❤


    1. EXACTLY!!! They’ll always have a special place in my heart so I’ll never let them go! Thank you so much 💕


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