Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Series #1)

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Series #1)

by J. A. London


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The first book in a romantic and drama-packed trilogy perfect for fans of Rachel Vincent, Julie Kagawa, and Alyson Noel.

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.

And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.

Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…

Lusciously romantic and full of action-packed drama, readers will be swept away by this thrilling novel, the first in a trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062020659
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: Darkness Before Dawn Series , #1
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 536,149
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Rachel Hawthorne and her son, Alex London. Rachel has written many novels for teens, including the popular Dark Guardian series. Alex, a recent graduate with a degree in Historical Studies, enjoys combining history and fiction to create unique worlds. The Darkness Before Dawn series is their first joint project.

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Darkness Before Dawn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about Darkness Before Dawn, I couldn't not become obsessed with it. It blends dystopia with paranormal, which for me is just the perfect mix. Darkness Before Dawn didn't disappoint and left me even more eager to the next installment: Blood-Kissed Sky. The plot was extremely well-done. Everything fell in the right place and right time for me; yet the twists were still just as unexpected. I loved the dystopian aspects of the novel, since dystopia is my favorite genre. I still find that the authors (written by a mother and son team!) could have spent less time with Dawn's mixed feelings towards Michael and Victor and instead focused more on the fascinating aspects like on the relationship between the humans and vampires or even on Dawn's political life. Another thing that bothered me were the romantic scenes! They were sometimes TOO kitschy. I mean, the guy has lived for over hundreds of years and he has never seen someone as brave as Dawn?! She is not even that brave! The characters were mostly amazing. Dawn was a determined and strong main character. Yet I didn't like that she couldn't be a bit more open to Victor's different life style; she was just too stubborn even though it was evident that he was a nice guy. I loved Victor; he was just plain swoon-material and I liked the different sides to his character; I can't wait to see how being in charge will change him in the next novel. The side characters didn't have such big roles but I liked all of them and hopefully we will still hear from them in the sequel. Darkness Before Dawn was certainly a strong beginning to the trilogy. It surely had its faults but I wasn't that bothered by them. Some questions were left unanswered but this is a trilogy, so I will be expecting answers in the next two novels. I can only say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one and I hope you will all enjoy it too!
MickyoMic More than 1 year ago
This book has some many twist and turns, great writing and storyline, it is not a silly take on Twilight either.I literally finished this book under 17 hours I usually take a few days to finish, but this book sucked me into it and i couldnt even put it down. The Author does a really good job expressing the charcters emotions. I recommend this book to everyone, best book ever :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little slow in the beginning and I wasn't sure if I would finish it or not. Thankfully I did finish, because it ended up being a great read! I loved Dawn and the personality she posseses. All to often, the girls get whiny & sappy. I kept waiting for her to accept Victor a little faster than she did, but it flowed nicely. Can't wait for book 2! December is to far away....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulled me in on the very first page. I was very intrigued with this new world that humans shared and were over powered by vampires. The characters were great. I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this many times and love it i would highly recomend this book!
hayley10 More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I've never read a book like this from two authors. I didn't even know two different people wrote the book until I got it. You find out what the title means in the first few chapters - I did, anyway. There are a few twists, and it keeps you guessing at times. I did not see the ending coming. I can't wait to read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is an amazing story with plenty of romance and action i loved this book!!!!!!
BrittanySkye More than 1 year ago
After reading The Immortal Rules I decided against reading this book because they sounded so similar and I honestly didn't like The Immortal Rules all that much. I didn't dislike it by any means, it just didn't really do anything for me. Anyway, I assumed Darkness Before Dawn was going to be the same but last night all I wanted was to read something and couldn't find anything that caught my interest, so eventually I just thought screw it and bought it anyway. While the overviews of the two books makes them sound like they're basically different versions of the same story, I was so happy to discover that in reality, they were nothing alike. I actually really liked this book. The writing is great and I thoroughly enjoyed the world that the authors created. I never found myself getting bored with the story, which trust me, is no easy task when it comes to me... I'm probably one of the most ADD people you could ever meet. From the beginning I was intrigued, It grabbed and held my interest extremely well and remained that way until the end. It's hard to explain why I enjoyed this book so much. I can't even pin point what it is exactly that I liked so much about it; I suppose it's irrelevant really, all that matters is that I did. My one and only complaint is that it just wasn't long enough, I reached the last page and was so bummed that it was the end! I really, really wanted the book to continue. I want more and I can't wait until the second book comes out. I'm dying to see where the story goes from here!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was absoluetly rivited. This is by far my favorite vampire book and i cannot wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the twist about her brother and sin while the fact that the book doesn't continue farther kills me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its so good. I enjoyed it so much. Really couldnt stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is in denver and even though the main character is annoying at times, she is strong and determined. Even though a lot doesnt go as planned it just says that life is just that unpredictable especially where victor is involved. Near the end when she talks to victor in his parlor you get the jessica rules the dark side vibe. The most surprising thing is is that victors brother is not who you think he is, and a person from the past comes back with a lot of bite to the point where Victor almost dies mainly because he lied about his injuries after his fight with his dad. All in all its good save for a few people in the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to get the next one!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author never seems to disappoint me. I'm a huge fan of her writing and practically read every single young adult novel (including under the names of Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker) she's ever written or co-written. I sat at my living room couch for a good 7hours; not getting up or taking breaks until I am done with the book. Amazing work. Definitely a must read!!! You won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!! I can't wait till blood kissed sky. The romance is great and there are definetly some unexpected moments!! Great book overall! 5 stars!!
Athena2010 More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! It will be hard to wait a year for the sequel. I had a hard time putting this book down and was sad to see it come to an end. It had enough details to engross you in the story but not make it a boring read. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, its a dystopian and paranormal in one. I read 4-5 books a week and i cant say enough good things about this one. Definately one of my new favorites and im impatiently waiting the next book. Theres romance, politics, action, i absolutely loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book! Never read anything like it when it comes to vampire books. Definitely can't wait for the next book! Loved it :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book but weres the second 1!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world and character building is good but the storytelling didn't hold much of my attention. Dawn was wishy washy over her feelings for Michael and Victor. Then she just had to step in when she wasn't needed to help start a war between Victor and his dad but there wasn't really a war. This book is a teenybopper book with nothing to hold adult interest. Plus Victor is 400 years old dating a 17 year old. Sshould have aged Dawn to at least 20 and made her shy but strong enough to grow. All in all it was boring to me won't be reading any more of this series.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyMother and son writing efforts haven't been wildly successful in the YA genre (see FORBIDDEN by Syrie and Ryan M. James), but with J. A. London (aka Rachel Hawthorne of the Dark Guardian series and son Alex Nowasky) that trend may be broken. Mixing vampire romance with a dystopian world, DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN paints an exciting and cohesive tale with a heartfelt love story set against a dangerous fight for human survival.It's been years since the 30 year war between human and vampires was waged, and the few remaining human strongholds are beginning to rankle under the so-called peace treaty they signed. Vampires still slip into the cities to slake their thirst and vampire king is threatening to withdraw his nominal protection if the blood donations don't increase. This is the situation Dawn steps into when she inherits the role of delegate from her murdered parents.While there have been other YA series that imagined vampire run worlds (see similar titles below), DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN adds its own flavor by emphasizing the dystopian nature of its world. Subtle details like cellphones cobbled together from toaster parts, fang checks at clubs, the beyond scarcity of things like soda and butter. And of course the mammoth wall that wraps around what's left of the city. All of that balanced beautifully with the vampire mythology and surprisingly satisfying love triangle.Fans of dystopian and vampire fiction will be delighted with this dangerous and engrossing world. I did think Dawn's grieving process for her parents was shockingly fast, but once I put that out of my head, I couldn't put DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN down for a second. Be ready for a bit of a cliff-hanger ending, but it's the good kind. I'm already dying to see what happens next when BLOOD-KISSED SKY is released in 2013.Sexual Content:Kissing
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book really had me hooked. Written beautifully, I am able to step into a world of darkness and full of blood driven vampires.I have to say that the new books that are coming out with vampires are certainly coming out fresh and new. I loved that this book contains elements of dystopia as well as paranormal. Nothing is old. Everything is fresh and totally addicting. The plot is the best part of the book. We have delegate who meets with the vampire lord and negotiates. I love this idea right here. Dawn is not some stupid girl. She is a girl raised in politics and knows what needs to be down. I like that despite the fear that has been driven into her over and over again, she is strong. As long as Dawn cities meets requirements, they are protected from the vamps. Or are they...There are other characters in the book take the son Victor who really captured my eye. I knew right off the bat that he was different from all the rest. To see him come into power and step into a whole new era. Now, this love interest in quite intriguing. From the minute the meet it;s fire works all over the place. Not to mention the whole forbidden love aspects really kicks it in. What I especially adored was how both were able to maintain the facade that they have been playing all along. They meet in secret then go back as if they never met. Another words, they played both their parts well.Darkness Before Dawn is a story that will whisk you away to a place you never been before. It's clever and keeps the reader on their toes. Let me just tell you that the less you know, the more you will come to enjoy it. Darkness Before Dawn is a great read!
chickey1981 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London is a vampire story, but with a twist. We are introduced to Dawn, the protagonist, who is the youngest chosen Delegate to help fend for the rights of humans after a devastating battle against the vampires. She hates the vampires, for what they've done to her family and friends. Then she meets Victor, and everything changes.There are many wonderful things about this book. Every time I thought the book was becoming too slow or becoming just like any other vampire book, there would be a twist. I liked Dawn, the protagonist, and I enjoyed getting to know her friends. For me, the book really picked up in the last fourth of the book. Suddenly, we are introduced to many more interesting characters, who will likely be fleshed out in the next book, as the ending makes it open for a trilogy. Overall, it is well written.I did have a little trouble getting into the book, and I felt at least at the beginning, it fell into the trap of having to set the stage for what is to come. I was worried that would be the entire book without any true plot. Fortunately, we do get some resolution of the story by the end, which really redeemed the novel.That said, by the end, I enjoyed the overall development of the world, and I am intrigued to see where the story will go from here.
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