While Darkness Before Dawn was an enjoyable read, vampires are a bit to overdone for me to really enjoy this novel…and by a bit overdone, I mean enough already!!!!! The plot was pretty stereotypical—vampires have taken over the world (new trend, same premise: vampires), there is a love triangle (I typically like this part), and there is a “new” type of vampire that feeds off of other vampires (this was original when Richelle Mead did it in Vampire Academy, but has been used so many times it is beyond old, predictable, and dull). Luckily, the romance was able to salvage what would otherwise have been a relatively dull story.
The romance between Victor and Dawn was excellent. There was just enough hate/fear in the beginning to keep it realistic without being angsty, as well as a genuine attempt to fight off an unnatural relationship (as society considers it). Dawn already has a boyfriend—the extremely annoying Michael, who seems to think that he is invincible and that women are incapable of protecting themselves (hello, annoying). Since there was nothing appealing about Michael’s character, this love triangle didn’t really work for me. Luckily, this did not detract from my enjoyment of the Victor/Dawn scenes.
Michael is not the only character that irritated me in Darkness Before Dawn. Teagan, Dawn’s best friend, is best described as clueless and reckless—she is as much of a child as Michael is. Sin, the sexy stranger from out of town, had a predictable ending (which I will not spoil for those of you who haven’t read the novel). While there are plenty of teenagers out there who do really stupid things, Michael and Teagen were exceptionally dumb with their risk-taking behavior. I am all for a little recklessness, but there is a difference between reckless and sheer stupidity. Victor and Dawn were the only characters I enjoyed reading about.
Dawn as a main character is terrific. She is strong, but has the appropriate amount of fear when confronted with a dangerous situation. She is both courageous and intelligent—when she takes a risk, it is calculated and thought out. This does not mean she is unafraid, she most definitely is, but she is willing to do what she needs to despite her fears. Luckily, we are seeing more characters like Dawn in today’s young adult literature.
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