Okay, so do you see that cover? The one featuring the pretty girl in the long pretty dress? Well, now you know the #1 reason that my eyes slid right over this book when it first came out. Because, as I may have mentioned before, there are way too many YA books published nowadays featuring pretty girls in long pretty dresses, and I started getting sick of them after a while. It wasn’t until I was recently compiling a list of scary books that I discovered, really looked at, and finally READ this book. And that’s when I learned that it defied my expectations.
Yes, in answer to your follow-up question, Darkness Before Dawn is about a pretty girl who sometimes wears a long pretty dress. But since Dawn is a human delegate who meets with one of the most powerful vampires in the world, and since part of the etiquette is that she has to dress in a formal, old-fashioned way whenever she goes to meet him, the cover kind of makes sense! What I liked about this story is that it’s about a modern girl who is being pulled in different directions romantically, all while dealing with danger, betrayal, and REALLY dangerous vampires. Oh, and when I showed this book to my Teen Advisory Group, their first reaction was to ask me (in an eye-rolling way) if it was about vampires that sparkled in the sunlight. I told them that while there was romance in this book, that these were the kinds of vampires that would burn to ashes if the sunlight hit them. And that seemed to be a very satisfactory answer.
Check out J.A. London’s website to learn more about this book and the others that complete this dystopian/vampire/romantic trilogy (Blood-Kissed Sky and After Daybreak). And if you visit J.A. London’s Twitter feed, you’ll learn something very unusual about the author’s identity!
Dawn has plenty of reasons to hate vampires. Years ago, her brother died while saving her from a vampire attack. And just three months ago, her parents were murdered while returning from an official visit to Lord Valentine, one of the most powerful vampires in the world.
Now Lord Valentine has selected Dawn to be the new human delegate to the vampires, continuing the job her father held until his untimely death. It’s Dawn’s job to bargain with the vampires, and to set a balance between vampires and humans. She needs to encourage people to donate enough blood to keep the vampires satisfied, so that humanity can be safe once and for all. But bargaining with vampires is going to be hard, and trusting vampires is going to be even harder.
Dawn doesn’t know it yet, but even as she starts learning to trust people and starts hoping that a human-vampire peace can be achieved, the people she loves most in the world are in more danger than ever before.