Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Publisher: J.A. London
Pub Date: 5/29/2012
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: Darkness Before Dawn is a thrilling novel about Dawn Montgomery. The world's population has been decimated after a war between the vampires and humans. Humanity now lives in walled cities, protected from the vampires roaming outside, hungry for blood. Dawn's parents are delegates between the powerful vampire lord and her city. After the unfortunate death of her parents, Dawn becomes the youngest delegate, and is convinced all vampires are evil. After encountering Victor, Dawn begins to realize that vampires need saving from the evil Lord Valentine and sets out with Victor to rid the world of the powerful vampire lord.
Memorable or Forgettable: Darkness Before Dawn is a vampire novel, but takes place in a post-war world, where humans live in fear. The plot is believable, and the sense of mystery draws the reader in.
Cover: The cover is attractive in its own right,but does not fit with the story at all! Dawn is wearing a black dress, but it is not Victorian. Dawn needs to be wearing a Victorian dress if she wears a dress at all. Lastly, Dawn never does anywhere near the sea, so why is the background of the cover a sea?
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 5Q Hard to imagine a better book
Popularity: 5P Everyone wants to read i
Additional Comments: As a novel, I highly recommend it. The plot is enthralling and the characters are believable and independent. The origins of the vampires are never explained in the book, nor the reason for the vampire war, even though it is taken for granted that the vampires wanted blood. The ending of the novel was also unsatisfactory, and not in line with the rest of the book.