Title: Black Dawn
Author: Mallory McCarthy
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
Publication Date: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
“The end of an Empire. The rise of a Queen.”
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life that is until two mysterious, and dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the
long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, 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.
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Welcome to my stop of the Black Dawn Tour! Let’s get this thing started! 😀
This book is about a long lost princess who finally came home. Only to have her mind a little jumbled from the memories of what she thought her normal life was and the memories of her real life, and her home in a middle of a war. As she tries to sort those memories in her mind, she also tries to pick who she should trust from the people she met with a not so stable gut instinct. She is a princess who will try to survive to end the war and bring back the peace her parents once established.
The reason why I joined the tour for this book is because I’ve read a review of this book from a fellow Filipino book blogger and he said it was good and rated it high. So when I saw this one up for sign up on the Xpresso Book Tours page, I immediately signed up because I wanna know how good this book is. And I felt like it fell short. XD
First thoughts as I was reading this were, “Okay. This has an interesting concept. Good, good.” Followed by, “Okay? Wait. What’s going on?”
Yeah. I think those two thoughts pretty much summed up all my thoughts about this book. And I’m not even kidding.
Honestly, this book has an interesting story. It has a very great concept too. It just fell short on the narrating and some other part. Here’s how a summary of the whole book, I’ll try to make this as spoiler free as I can. Though there’s nothing in this book worth spoiling in my opinion.
Emory Fae is the name of the main character. She is a princess, the daughter of Nei and Roque who founded the Academy –a school for those children who got special abilities and powers to harness and develop. Until one day, the son of the closest family of the Faes, Adair Straton, suddenly decided that he wants more power. So he killed Emory’s parents and because of it, Emory got scared so she asked Memphis and Brokk for help. And they did by sending her to another world, Earth, and wipe her memories about her past life. However, after six years of hiding, Memphis and Brokk decided that they now need Emory’s help to win this war. Emory is their main key in defeating Adair and ending this war. So they took her back from Earth and restore her memories only to have her mind in a storm between what she thought were her normal memories and those that are her real ones.
For someone who just got abducted from what she thought was her home and then got her memories restored, Emory sure gave me a weird feeling towards her character. Here’s the thing, I understand that all her life she thought that she was just a normal human being living in Earth only to be kidnapped and sent to another world and have the people there say that she is their long lost princess. Kind of cliché, yes, even Emory felt this when she arrived in Kiero. But she’s got some weird feelings and decisions and even actions that didn’t quite add up no matter how fantasy the genre of this book is.
Bes, Emory doesn’t have any memory on how she used her powers but when she’s in training, it feels like she’s handling her powers all too well, like she’s already done it a hundred times before. And she isn’t a killer but her first kill feels like she’s also done it a hundred times before. Her first kill was smooth. There are parts that she doesn’t seem like a first timer at any of the things a soldier does at all.
And bes, they are in the middle of a war but she still has time to adore Memphis. Like, how are you able to even think about attraction when you’re in the middle of a war? It’s not literal but the way the book described it, it feels like they are in a crisis. Not to mention when she found out that Memphis somehow influenced her dreams so she’ll hate Brokk, she just seem to shrug it off. Like dude! One of your best friends just messed up your dreams to make you hate your other best friend and you didn’t even get mad? How? I don’t think having no recollection about them at all is an excuse. If you have no memory of them, then you find out someone did something to mess those memories up you find them and demand explanations! Wtf!
My issued towards Emory isn’t the only issue I have. There’s the narration.
The book has multiple point-of-views all narrated in third person. You bessies know that I have no problems towards third person point of view and even multiple ones. What my problem is the abrupt jump of time and places the story has without the right amount of describing in the narration part. One minute you’re reading and the characters are talking and then the next the character is somewhere else. It so fast and abrupt you won’t notice the change of scenes.
Bes don’t get me wrong, this book has a good story and concept, really. But I still didn’t enjoy it. I think this is one of those rare moments where the story is good but it’s not enough to make me enjoy it.
Hey, if you still want to give this one a try, go ahead please. Don’t let my review influence your interest in this book. I’m just saying what I thought about the book. But if you want to read it, go! I always say this before; don’t let my review affect your want to read the book.
To wrap this up, this book is good. Really it is. It just fell short for me. There are parts that I actually like but there are more parts that I dislike. I would still recommend this book to you bessies. You might have a different look on this than me. Just like how I had a difficult review of it from that blogger I mentioned above. He liked it, I kind of didn’t. XP
That’s it for my review of this book! If you want to win a signed copy of the Black Dawn, don’t forget to join the giveaway below!! 😀
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Mallory 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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