I confess, Darkness Before Dawn did not start well for me. The contrived premise of a vampire dystopia, a love triangle between a 'perfect' human body-friend and a dangerous vampire lover, and even the cover art of this book, all smelt of a calculated effort to cash in on the YA market.
Coupled with the challenge of suspending my disbelief that high-school still existed in this deadly world, and that a teenager was chosen to be an important delegate between humans and vampires (upholding the VampHu treaty, seriously couldn't London have come up with a slightly more inventive title?) for the first half of Darkness Before Dawn, I thought the novel was a goner.
But things started to change. The authors reveal a real talent for scary writing. The first appearance of 'Hoodie' was actually a little spine-tingling. The tangled contrived plots, mentioned above, that originally left me wondering what the actual story was about, started to weave together to a high-stakes (no pun intended) tension ridden storyline.
An OK love triangles are very 2000 and nothing, but effort is made to not make this a simple affair and while I wouldn't class the love story as award winning, it will at least keep the reader guessing.
A short word on prose - London doesn't like to mess around. If you're looking for drawn out emotionally charged scenes, this is not the book for you. When a character reveals an emotion in this book, they get a paragraph, or 2 tops.
In a market saturated with dark teenagers swooning over vampires with major age gaps, I'm not sure I would say Darkness Before Dawn stands out amongst the rest. However if you are looking for something new within the genre, I recommend trying this one out.