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Dayhunter (Dark Days, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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“An unflinchingly self-assured first novel, chiseled with subtlety and irony into a darkly suspenseful and blessedly surprising story. In exacting detail, and with prose as silky and enticing as her protagonist, Drake has composed a love letter to the vampire genre. I wish I’d written it.” (Vicki Pettersson)
“An intoxicating mix of jet-setting action and sparkling turns of phrase that let me taste the Nile and feel the British fog. NIGHTWALKER is a must-read addition to the urban fantasy genre, filled both with action and satisfying characters.” (Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of For a Few Demons More)
“NIGHTWALKER is an action-packed, stellar debut. Jocelynn Drake will have you coming back for more.” (Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of Halfway to the Grave)
About the Author
Jocelynn Drake is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Days series and lives in Florida. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found playing video games, watching movies, or hanging with her family.
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I felt like Dayhunter focused on Mira's personal problems a lot more than the larger war with the naturi. Seriously, everyone is out to get her, and it's like the war was put on the back burner so we could see how Mira manages to evade death numerous times. There's also more insight into her past as a human and as a new vampire. I'm normally okay with action subsiding for awhile so the characters can deal with internal and personal struggles, but I don't know Mira enough yet to care. We do get to know her better as the book moves forward, but for the most part I didn't have that connection to her and wanted to get back to the larger picture.
Dayhunter does give us the first sex scene! There's no romance yet, but I'm yearning for Mira and Danaus to get together! They don't in this one, but Mira does hook up with someone. I wasn't feeling it though. There was no passion, just two people (well, a vampire and a werewolf) looking for a release. It was like reading about the characters having lunch or something. This series does continue to remain action focused rather than becoming romance heavy, which is fine, but I'd rather there be no sex than boring sex.
Basically, a lot of Dayhunter felt like filler material. I'm glad to have gotten to know Mira better, since it'll be easier to connect with her in the later books. It was also nice to learn what Danaus really is, although that took away a bit of his mystery far too soon. The plot does really pick up in the last several chapters, and seems to be a solid set up for a huge conflict in Dawnbreaker.
So far, with just the first two books, this series has been a lesson in deception. It's very difficult for Mira, and the readers, to know who to trust. Probably done on purpose by Jocelynn Drake, this tactic forces both the readers and Mira to depend / trust Danaus. These two started out as enemies, but you can see through their interactions they are starting to soften towards one another more. The misconceptions they each had about the other are being proven not quite as true as they thought and I enjoy reading this realization come to light.
While things are not over between the Nightwalkers and the Naturi, there is definitely more closure at the end of this book than the first. I am very interested to see where our characters are taken in the next book Dawnbreaker. I'm really happy I started this book with the entire series complete. I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series before picking this one up. There's just to much that blurs over from that first book into this book.
The Naturi are supposed to be these unstoppable people and the only real threat seems to be from their numbers. This book has no character growth. Danaus whines about his beliefs not matching up with what he's seen recently. He's the most sheltered two thousand year old man I've read about. Mira keeps compromising her beliefs making her less than the strong rebellious vampire that she was in book 1. What's really getting old is Mira failing at everything and throwing a fit and going berserk when she stresses too much. For all the talk of her being the only chance she never actually does anything worth the praise. I keep waiting for Mira to break the mold and become something more but after this book I'm still waiting.
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Page turner right from the first chapter of book 1!