Review: Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Black Dawn

By Mallory McCartney BD
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult

Blurb:
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

 

My Review:
I remember when I requested to review this book. My expectations were low, as there have been so many let downs in my TBR pile lately. But to my great relief, Black Dawn did not disappoint.

The book is described as New Adult and Young Adult, which it kind of is. The ages of the characters are late teens to early twenties. Ad most books in the YA genre tend to turn main characters into pure, naive virgins (getting real sick of the trope) Black Dawn is full of characters of different personalities, each of them have their shadows that are explored in little ways, and there is no hint of the main characters being naive or innocent.

Another trope that I am sick of: the love triangle, and this book has two. The difference here is that in one triangle one of the girls is a placeholder, and the third is more of a background filler exploring questions but never really giving you the answers.

The cover is beautiful, and was the very reason I wanted this book to begin with. And thankfully, the editing is top notch. I wasn’t so concerned with getting thrown out of the story.

When you read a book, you go into it with certain expectations. You want to escape your world for just a little while, you want to feel something that you just can’t get from the real world. The Fantasy genre is always a go-to for this sort of thing. Ms. McCartney created a world, giving just enough detail to build the studs of this world and us the imagination to put the rest together. The military-like community works together like a well oiled machine, keeping the story going until one rusty gear rips the whole mechanism down.

But just like in most dystopian-like fantasies, you need to know how to tell a story without giving too much away. Black Dawn is the name of the group of survivors looking to overthrown the dark, murderous king. With all of the foraging, and border watches, they never even consider that there are other survivors or that there is any other thinking of how the world should be run once the war is over.

There is dissension amongst the ranks, but as well as with others in this world. There are secrets, lies, hidden puppeteers, and almost a sci-fi like quality where parallel dimensions are mentioned here and there.

I didn’t dwell too much on the characters, but rather on how they propelled the story forward. Each character added his/her own flavor and story-line that created this world and the narrative. But it was the ideas, the disillusionment, and the betrayal that lures us to the end.

We end on a cliffhanger so large, I wonder if McCartney can guide us safely to the other side.

I gift you 4 stars, Ms. McCartney. 4star

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The Author:
mallorymccartneyMallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Review: The Summer Letters by Elyse Douglas

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By: Elyse Douglas
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance

Blurb
When Vanessa finds a rusty coffee can filled with old letters hidden away in a summer beach cottage, she learns of a haunting and secret affair dating back to the 1950s.
Determined to find the woman whose life parallels her own in many ways, Vanessa searches for the woman and her lover, uncovering past and present secrets that finally reveal a shocking truth.
Over the course of the summer, Vanessa’s own life is transformed by the possibilities of love and new beginnings, even as she confronts the lingering pain of her own past.
The Summer Letters is a celebration of the enduring promise of hope and the unbreakable bonds of love.
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Review: Twisted Beauty

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By Kristen Flood
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

 

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .

IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST. 

KRISTEN FLOOD, author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.  

THE BEAST 
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.  

THE BEAUTY 
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city’s gates in search of something she’s lost, she finds more than she ever expected.  

As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn’t as important as what we find.

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This Needs To Be Said

If any of you have been paying attention, you’ll know that I am not doing well mentally.

There have been a lot of things going on here. And it has been stressing me out to the point that I’m having anxiety attacks, disassociation, and lashing out.

I’m getting angry at the stupidest things, not eating, not sleeping and not well if at all. I can’t focus on writing. And even reading, my usual go-to when I need to turn my brain off isn’t enjoyable.

So I’m going to take a break. I’m going to work on getting healthy again. That means quitting some bad habits, dialing back all the things I do on a daily basis, and working on reducing stress.

The stress is due to financial stuff mostly, so I’m working on a couple things to help with that. I’ll still be here to do pre-scheduled book reviews, but for the next little while, I don’t know how long, but I’m shooting for at least two weeks of de-stressing.

Today was day 1 of this change, starting with decluttering the house (I spend an abnormal amount of time organizing things in my head when I don’t have much to begin with).

There are things I need to do, things I want to do. I’m buckling down to make those changes.

Wish me luck, guys.

Book Blitz: Twisted Beauty

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Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

Blurb:
THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .  
IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST. 

KRISTEN FLOOD, 
author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness.  

THE BEAST 
Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love.  

THE BEAUTY 
Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city’s gates in search of something she’s lost, she finds more than she ever expected.  

As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn’t as important as what we find.

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I am so looking forward to this one. Fairy-tales are a guilty pleasure for me. So anytime someone comes up with a retelling, I gotta have it. Click below for more info and to buy. 

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Review: Angelbound by Christina Bauer

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Series: Angelbound Origins #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: December 30th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Blurb:
*Now an audio book!*

Eighteen-year-old Myla Lewis is a girl who loves two things: kicking ass and kicking ass. She’s not your everyday quasi-demon, half-demon, and half-human, girl. For the past five years, Myla has lived for the days she gets to fight in Purgatory’s arena. When souls want a trial by combat for their right to enter heaven or hell, they go up against her, and she has not lost a battle yet.

But as she starts her senior year at Purgatory High, the arena fights are not enough to keep her spirits up anymore. When the demons start to act weird, even for demons, and the King of the Demons, Armageddon, shows up at Myla’s school, she knows that things are changing and it is not looking good for the quasi-demons. Myla starts to question everything, and does not like the answers she finds. What happened 17 years ago that turned the quasi-demons into slave labor? Why was her mom always so sad? And why won’t anyone tell her who her father is?

Things heat up when Myla meets Lincoln, the High Prince of the Thrax, a super sexy half-human and half-angel demon hunter. But what does a quasi-demon girl to do when she falls for a demon hunter? It’s a good thing that Myla is not afraid of breaking a few rules. With a love worth fighting for, Myla is going to shake up Purgatory.

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• Audiobook sample: https://youtu.be/yADVDpUK8I8
• Book trailer: https://youtu.be/roznLuuUY1c
• Video of author doing the voices: https://youtu.be/6mfmw1VT1IU


My Review:

First off…I am obsessed with demon/angel lore. There’s something about this definitive battle between good & evil that makes my spine tingle. So when I saw Angelbound, I just had to read it. And I was not disappointed.Read More »

Review: Bridges by Maria Murnane

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Publisher: Wink’s Ink
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!
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