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Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  9,712 ratings  ·  762 reviews
Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it's up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the mons
Paperback, 342 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Taschima Cullen
Nov 11, 2011 Taschima Cullen marked it as to-read
Okay, why do you have to essentially copy the cover of the Fallen series? When I look at this book I can only think "The Fallen Series" and that ain't a compliment. Originality is also highly valued by customers.

ALSO HOLD YOUR HORSES, is this summary strangely alike Julie Kagawa's new vampire series, The Immortal Rules? Dystopian world where vampires have control over the humans and humans have to give them their blood to survive?

I. AM. WATCHING. YOU... And I'm not amused.
Is dissapointing to see many readers judging the books because its cover is similar to the Fallen series.
I really hope this book is better than Fallen series (I'm not a fan of Lauren Kate, I was very frustrated to have spent my money in a book so bad written!). I do not expect so much from this one, even if is by another writer (Actually, I never expect anything from american literature...), but I hope it changes my POV.


Reading finished on June 1st.
Review upcoming.

So I'm just going to come out and say it. I loved this book. I loved everything about it: the characters, the plot, the dangerous world...everything.

Let me start with the world-building. I would consider DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN to be a post-apocalyptic/dystopian crossover, heavier on the post-apocalyptic.Many of the post-apocalyptic books that I've read have been vague in that respect. In DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN, you learn exactly what happened to bring about the bleak existence humans endure. I don'
Darkness Before Dawn.

Haha, the title is a pun on the heroine's name! How not cute.

The book started off with an ice-monster prologue that did relatively nothing to entice me and made me realize that the next 350 pages were going to be loooooooooooooong.

Let's start off with our main character, conveniently named Dawn. Dawn is the second-most boring female protagonist I've ever read, only behind Lucinda Price. The best internal line she had in the book was "He was a damn vampire!"


That's i
1.5 stars - spoilers

Seventeen year old Dawn Montgomery lives in the city of Denver surrounded by walls. The walls were built to keep vampires out after a 30 year war between humans and vampires devastated both sides. A treaty was forged between the two - in exchange for vampires not attacking the human, humans donated blood. After her parents death, Dawn is chosen to be the delegate between the city of Denver and the vampire, Lord Valentine. Hijinks ensues.

-I found most of the book to be largel
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
It's rather unfair, really. Any post-apocalyptic vampire fiction I read these days pales next to Julie Kagawa's series. Dawn (get it??!! Sunlight! Vampires! Ok, I'm done) is a likeable character. She has had to grow up pretty quickly, becoming the delegation to the city's vampire leader, Lord Valentine, at the very young and unrealistic age of 17. Her parents were killed in an ambush towards the beginning of the book, and it is hinted that Dawn is SPESHUL.

She's not.

I've finished the book and I d
Sophia Sardothien
Just another typical paranormal romance. OH "human and vampire relationships never end well" damn I know. The protagonist Dawn annoys the hell out of me, meanwhile I do like victor I just wanna punch Michael in the face. AND YEAH ITS A LOVE TRIANGLE DEAL WITH IT XD

Oh the romance is so forced...
Victor goes like : i Always wanna see the sun and once I though I saw the sun but it was a girl
Dawn: blushes

Overall this book doesn't make sense and the plot
Christen *Goldilox And The Three Weres*
Eh. Sorry to say I didn't really love Darkness Before Dawn. I thought as I was reading it that the reason I wasn't into it might be because I recently read, and adored, The Immortal Rules which is extremely similar. Its hard not to make comparisons between the two dystopian vampire books, and in the end The Immortal Rules wins hands down.

But my lack of enjoyment wasn't just because of the comparison. I just didn't like the story. I had very high expectations and am disappointed that this one fel
Natalie Monroe
Today started out as a really good day.

I didn't have any morning classes so I could sleep in late. I got some good news on the writing front and found out that a contest I entered had very few entrants, so more chances to win. Yay!

So I was feeling pretty pumped by the time I got to class and relayed my good news to a guy friend of mine. Somehow, we got on the topic of his opinion on my writing, which I had let him read a while back. He frankly advised me to stop writing because of "spiritual war
I was really looking forward to reading Darkness Before Dawn so when I sat down on a Sunday afternoon to start this book it was with excitement and anticipation. But unfortunately, it couldn't hold my attention and the slightest little thing was distracting me. Thankfully, about a third of the way in, things really kicked up a notch and I was fully engrossed in the remainder of the book.

Dawn Montgomery is only 17 years old, when her parents are assassinated following a meeting with the head vam
Darkness Before Dawn introduces us to Dawn. Nine years after the end of a thirty-year war between humans and vampires, the death of Dawn's parents leads to her becoming the youngest Agency delegate. As a delegate she is responsible for meeting with "one of the most powerful vampires in the world: Lord Valentine" to discuss, well, blood.
As a part of the VampHu Treaty that ended the war, humans in the cities supply blood to the vampires on the outside. In return the vampires don't attack the ci
Similar Books: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

This was an interesting read for me. There were bits that I liked a lot, then some that didn't really impress me. Maybe I'm sick of vampires. Or dystopians. Or both. But I was a little disappointed with this one.

First things that I did like: the setting and worldbuilding. Honestly, that was my favorite part of the book. I liked the world that the "J.A. London" crafted here, with vampires pretty much ruling the world and
*An ARC was provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review*

When I first started this book I loved it. It had huge potential, was fast-paced, and kick-butt. And then it…wasn’t.

This book had everything going for it: plot, idea, setting, everything. And then, it kind of ruined it. The writing was never amazing, but I was willing to overlook that if the other aspects of the book lived up to their full potential. They didn’t. The idea was amazing. I loved the setting, a dystopian world w
Apr 12, 2012 Katelyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, own
I've got myself a new favorite read everybody! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough in this one. I can't say that I found this to be a surprise, but I was really excited to learn that despite all the hype that I was experiencing before getting my hands on a copy of this to read, I discovered that it wasn't in vain. This new title lived up to the jazz and then some.

J.A. London makes up the mother-son writing team of Jan and Alex Nowasky. Jan also writes under the name of Rachel Hawthorne and is
Thank you Harper Collins for sending me this book.

If I were a different person I probably would have enjoyed this book, but unfortunately this book did not fit my tastes in any way.

In this futuristic dystopian society in which humanity is reeling from a past war with Vampires that humans lost. As a result, a treaty was brokered between Lord Valentine, an Old Family vampire, and the humans. Walls were built in order to keep vampires out of cities, but in return humans were required to donate blo
I'm going to start right off with the world building because it was very well done and important to all other aspects of the story. There was a huge war with humans and vampires which left the world devastated. Vampires won as I guess would be expected so the VampHu treaty was put in place. The cities are all surrounded by huge walls. Vamps on the outside, humans on the inside. Technology has been destroyed. Little communication and travel between the cities. There is one train that goes through ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Estelle rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
Actual rating: 1.5 stars

I finished this book within a few hours after borrowing it from the library. It was probably a bad idea to read this after The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as both have pretty similar flaws, only they are even more emphasised here.

I could not care less for the plot and characters, and I felt nothing for Dawn as the main character (I had to look her name up because I had already forgotten it). The descriptions/writing made me roll my eyes so many times and there was nothing th
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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 h
Mimi Valentine
EDIT: Hmmm... It was kind of too standard for me -- standard romance, lack of chemistry, no surprises, okay main character -- but I felt no connection and it took me longer than expected to finish. Still, it was by no means a bad book! Just... not the greatest!

Review to come :)

I just found out that part of J.A. London is part Rachel Hawthorne, who wrote the Dark Guardian series! Cool, right?? :)
Oh my, this book was a bit of a catastrophe. I saw the cover and thought "Hmmm, another entertaining albiet generic paranormal romance" Was it generic? Yes. Entertaining? No. I got about 40 pages in before realizing that the writing was too terrible to be enjoyed, it was horribly cheesy and frankly, a little bit annoying.
T. Edmund
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 Vamp
As far as YA vampire books go, Darkness Before Dawn was fairly decent. I don't really feel as though it was amazing, but it was an enjoyable read. It mentions several vampire related series in the synopsis, all of which I haven't read yet, so I don't really know if it pulls many elements from them or not. But of the Vampire books I have read, I easily spotted quite a few similarities. I feel like the mother son duo did a good job making the story their own though, even though I didn't really pic ...more
Shweta Choudhary
The story starts with a couple getting killed with some secrets not yet revealed. This book got me hooked from the starting. The story,the characters , the concepts of vampires is so new and refreshing. It deals with the war that went for 30 years between vampires and humans and ultimately vampires won and the whole world was divided into small places and Old family ruling over them . The humans have to give blood voluntarily and the vampires would keep them safe but even then the problem rises. ...more
I rate this book 4.5 stars :) I thought it was amazing! The cover, the characters, and the premise did not disappoint.

I've seen some reviews where the reviewer is judging the book based on the premise of the story. Comparing it to other books. I say, give a book a chance before you go into it. Go in to reading it with an open mind, because this book did not disappoint me whatsoever! I loved it :)

Vampires have won the war and are now ruling the world. How awesome is that! Something different. The
Schemes, politics, desire for power, envy, jealousy and love, all entangled in a great story.

Darkness before Dawn is a great vampire story. Probably one of the best I've read lately.

It is set in the city of Denver in a future where humans are very aware of the existence of vampires. Actually, they've been coexisting since the war thanks to a treaty. This treaty said that vampires would be away of the cities as long as humans donate blood to keep them satisfied. Of course, that didn't last long a
Shambhawi P.
Bleh. I don't know how this book made me feel. When I started this book and was introduced to the dystopian world of human cattle and Vampire overlords I just had two things in mind -- The Morganville Vampires and The Immortal Rules; which I definitely think is not a good sign. The story was quite different from these books but still it felt utterly unoriginal.

It was not a horrible book. It did not make me want to tear my hair apart and break something hard. It was, in all notions, a formula boo
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Oh gosh, when I saw this, I thought, "Another vampire novel?" Sometimes I get burned out on vampires but thought I'd read this anyway.

From the first page I knew I was going to enjoy this story. It just had this unique feel to it that got to me.

We are introduced to Dawn who just lost her parents and has been appointed delegate between the humans and the vampires in the city. What this means is, she must look out for the human rights but also must meet with the head of the vampires, L
I had high hopes for this book. Being a reader who’s over vampires, I needed this book to wow me, dazzle me and not irritate me. Darkness Before Dawn did not disappoint! I was actually surprised at how good it was!

I really liked the writing style in this one. It wove simplistic descriptions with beautiful imagery and I thought the whole book read like a movie. Or at least it did for me! I saw everything play out perfectly in my head.

As for the main character, Dawn, I was actually quite fond of
When Vampires revealed themselves to humans it started a 30 year war for supremacy. The war ended and the VampHu treaty was signed. Humans have to donate blood to Vampires and Vampires will stay out of the cities. The Humans built a wall and nobody except the delegate is allowed outside.

Dawn is only young when her parents are killed. They were the Vampire delegates to Lord Valentine. Now the job falls to Dawn to become the new delegate.

Tegan, Dawns best friend, decides one night to go to a par
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 4 stars
*Genre* YA Paranormal/Dystopian

J.A. London’s Darkness before Dawn is the first novel in a promising new series that features a world where vampires have won the 30 year war against humans and now live by an agreement called the Vamp-Hu Treaty. In accordance with the treaty, humans are required to provide blood to the vampires and in return, the vampires agreed not to attack any of the remaining US cities. Not all humans are agreeable to the treaty which leads to complications. Th
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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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