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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: Self-published (November 15, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009W6L7I2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Darkness of Morning (Guardian of Morning Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Darkness is the second installment in this series by Boyette, and though I did enjoy it, it took a little more time for me to really get into it. Like the first, it had quite a few editing and grammatical mistakes, but besides that, the meat of the story didn't kick in as quickly as I would have liked.
Kara and Dylan have been living in the human world and it has had an adverse reaction on Dylan. Slowly but surely she hasn't been herself and it's getting worse. When an old friend of Baron's shows up with news of Alster and the "King" Rinus, the hope for Dylan to return to normal is all she Kara needs to convince her to travel back to Inbetween. After all, Dylan's strange bahavior is probably just from living in the human world anyway right?
Once in Inbetween, the group finds Lockler and holds up at his hide out. There they learn of the fate's of their other friends following the attack. And though Dylan seems better at first, Kara notices that there is still something wrong but she just can't figure out what it is. She does however pick up on the jealously Dylan is exhibiting. Even though they are all on the same side, Dylan begins to pull farther and farther away from not only Kara but everyone else as well, and that will change everything.
For me, Kara, who is suppose to be the "protector", seems way to needy through at least half of the book. I expected her to have more of a spine, but maybe that's just me.
3 of 5 stars
At first, Dylan and Kara are seen to depend on each other. But as the book progresses, we see them getting more and more detached.
We are introduced to new characters and I liked that. I also liked that we saw more of Lockler as I had felt that in the first book the side characters were not given much importance. Hopefully in the next one, we will be shown more on the other side characters, even those that were mentioned but made no appearance in this one.
In this one, we see movements between the worlds again, hoping to make Dylan OK, but probably this backfired. Again, at first I liked the friendship between the girls and Baron, but as the story continued, and Dylan changed, well Dylan irked me. I get that the author intended that. At first I wanted the others to help Dylan, but then, she changed so much. I get that she was supposed to be 'damaged' and such but she didn't help herself. It irked me on a personal level.
There were some great descriptions although there also were a few mistakes.
The adventures in this one though make the pages turn, especially once you get to the last 60 or so pages. And the ending, what will happen now? This book featured some off and on screen death.
I liked Kara more and more, as I liked Dylan less. She had a sense of justice and fairness and doing what's need and right. I don't know what will happen, but some damage has already been done. It's good that it's not a 'fairytale' story despite the actual fairies. I also liked the blurring of good and evil and how something minor can shift the balance.
I gave it 4 stars not because of the mistakes, those could be fixed, but because of Dylan- I liked that she changed, under tension people change. What I didn't like was her pretentiousness and the fact that had she talked, what happened could have been avoided. I get that the author wanted to make her like that, she just pushed my buttons the wrong way although I did like her for half of the book. I still think this is an innovative book and plot though.
I'm so sad! I've mentioned several times in the past how I'm so affected by the ending of books and it makes me want to comment on the ending first rather than starting at the beginning. I find it so hard to go back to the start, whether the story is 1,000 pages, 300 pages, or 100 pages in length, it always feels like I'm doing an about turn. So I'm going to start from the end first and see where I go with it.
Darkness of Morning has one of those endings that elicit a `Noooooo!' response from me. Both for the actual ending and for the simple fact of not being able to continue on with the story. I did find the ending somewhat predictable, but even though I knew what was coming I couldn't believe it would actually happen. I know I sound cryptic right now so let me go into full spoiler mode for those who have read the story...
I could see the ending going one of two ways, either Dylan goes off with Alster or she realises her mistake and can come back to the good side, but I knew deep down it would make more sense for Dylan to go completely to the dark side. I knew it, I saw it coming, and I was still devastated. Oh Dylan! I'm so sad for you. It's so sad!
It wasn't until that moment of utter betrayal that I realised how much I had invested my emotions into their relationship. Up until that point I was on the meh side to it. I put this down to not being a big romantic, but my favourite fictional romances usually sneak up on me and I just can't accept Dylan and Kara's connection has been severed so. Nope, I can't accept it. I refuse to right now and I'm opting to be optimistic about them coming back together. I know Dylan has some issues, but people have issues all the time. I have plenty! Come on girls, you can work through it.
Darkness of Morning is the second book I've read this year. Usually I am at that number within the first week, but it has been a difficult reading year so far and I found it hard to get back into the swing of things making the time it took to read this tale at the pace I would have preferred. I am, however, grateful for it. Where there was a ho-hum feeling towards reading for a while, Darkness of Morning has ignited that hunger to discover more stories. More and more and more!
I do feel as though some of my stop and start motion in reading was due to the writing itself. As I mentioned earlier how the ending was on the predictable side to me, I think that was because certain aspects were being told rather than shown; particularly when it came to the choppy changes between characters and sharing how they were feeling, more so during dialogue. I don't have a problem with character's feelings being told, not really, but I like stories where you can discern what they're feeling and what they're about by descriptions of their reactions and tones.
Regardless of that though I found myself loving and thoroughly enjoying Darkness Morning by the end. I really like the setting and appreciate how it's not atypically fairy-like. There are still definitely those elements of fairy you come to expect, but I think because the world is not situated in some lush forest with hapless humans being led around as entertainment it gives the story more of a unique and darker feel in the type of fantasy it is.
What I love the most though is character. That's what Darkness of Morning is for me, all about character. I love the characters so much and at the risk of sounding like I'm contradicting myself, I hate Alster. I hate him with a passion! That's why I love him so much. He is such a great villain. I can just picture being a manipulative bastard because he is and making so many people fall under his sway makes me hate him, and enjoy him, even more.
I also found myself warming to Rinus. As pathetic as he is, he really is a pathetic and needy creature, I couldn't help but notice some of his charm. It's part of who he is and it comes through the telling of the story and his interactions with other characters. I would actually really like to follow far more of Rinus.
Now if only I could find out what happens with Kara and Dylan. I thought their relationship was quite realistic and, while it's a fantasy and their relationship is influenced by these fantastical elements, I couldn't help making connections to real life scenarios. It's a realistic relationship with troubled youth wrapped up in fantasy and I think it's done really well. I just... ah! I need to know what's going to happen next...