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Blood-Kissed Sky (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,299 ratings  ·  251 reviews
There's nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies - they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood - until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they're worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by HarperTeen
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This was worse than the first book and that's saying a lot since that was utter rubbish. I only read this because my friend forced me so she'd have someone to talk to about it. What's fucked up is that she didn't even like the damn thing but the silly cow still insisted that I read it!!
Anyway, I'll start with the good things about the book:
1. It was short.
Now that's out of the way, I can start with the bad:
1. The boring plot
2. The rubbish world building
3. The bitch heroine
4. The perve
Jul 22, 2012 Nikki marked it as seriously-no
This looks EXACTLY LIKE a Fallen cover. -_-
Oh my.

Somewhere out there, in this multiverse, the FALLEN cover model is sitting by her vanity table, brushing her hair, staring at her own reflection, lamenting the day she posed for a DeviantArt submission and subsequently became THE unpaid stock model of every tragically clichéd YA Paranormal novel this decade has seen.

She could be going to her yoga classes; she could be checking out at Tesco; she could be happily minding her own business, walking along the street, when some sod grabs her by
With Day Walkers on the rise and the city in a panic, Dawn takes the night train to Los Angeles where Sin is from. Dawn is also hoping to learn about the Thirst. When vampires feed on each other it turns them into even more of a threat. After losing the war with vampires the United States was broke down into only a few fenced in cities. The only way to travel is by train. I loved getting a look and ride on the night train. Also awesome that Michael accompanied Dawn since I love him so much. Los ...more
Rosemary Kimmie
"I'm human because everything about Sin repels me. His desire to destroy an entire race of creatures is too horrible to contemplate. There has to be a way that we can all live together: Vampires, Day Walkers, Humans. Not one of us is better than the other."

OMG OMG OMG OMG...Holy Vampire Babies! .
Is it wrong for me to like this book so much? I'm hovering between a 4 and 5 star... EEK!I don't know what to do!!

Okay.. I think I'll just give it a full on 5 stars..

I don't understand why so many peop
*Lily's Labyrinth*
Holy Chipotle !!!!!!!!!
Love this series :)


Dawn Montgomery wakes up in a hospital two weeks after she fought off Brady her brother who is a vampire obsessed with drinking other vampire's blood making him infected with the Thirst. Victor helped kill him, and also bit Dawn and drank her blood to survive. So everyone ( Rachel, Jeff, Clive, Tegan, Michael, Victor, Faith, Richard and are worried about her, they visited her. She has dreams about
4.5 stars

Blood Kissed Sky is the second book in the Darkness Before Dawn series and it definitely was a fantastic sequel. I was disappointed to realise that Victor was going to be absent for a lot of this book, while Dawn goes to Los Angeles. And while I did really miss him, we got to see glimpses of him through dreams, and there was a lot going on with Dawn in LA to keep me glued to the pages.

Dawn heads to LA, a city that is completely free of vampires, to find out how they are dealing with the
Ari Scheidell
Plot twist!

Although it took a while for the book to actually get going, once it did, I couldn't stop reading. I never saw the end coming. It was the ultimate plot twist. Dawn and Victor's love story was complicated enough to make it seem more realistic, and I can't wait to read the next book to see how it turns out.
Okay I don't get the hate for this book, or for its predecesor.

I read the first one and thought it was a super fresh approach to a topic that has been beaten to death. The style of writing is poignant with dark undertones that help the bleakness of the setting really come across, and I had no idea that two people worked together to write these. Each scene is described well, the characters act realistically, and the romance between Victor and Dawn is slow building and believable, unlike some oth
I was afraid I would fall into a reading slump if I would start this book. Now I just feel like an idiot for thinking that.

This book was/is insane!! It gripped me right from the start.
The first 250 or so pages were fast paced and awesome, the last part was just crazy.
We started to have kind of a new moon/iron daughter situation, but at the same time it was very different. I should have seen some of the plot twists coming, but I didn’t. Other plot twists I did see coming, but was very surpris
Jenna Avid Reader Musings
Unfortunately, I'm going to have to DNF this book. It's a shame because I was really interested in it, BUT at page 187, the book veers off and I don't mean plot wise. Whoever assembled the book (or more likely, whoever was in charge of the machine that assembled the book) was drunk/high/fell asleep, because the pages stop being in order. I checked out the next 15 pages or so and it wasn't fixed, so I closed the book and chalked it up to $10 wasted, as I no longer have the receipt and also bought ...more
Hayden Casey
Jul 10, 2012 Hayden Casey marked it as want-plz
DAMMIT!!! I totally used that image for MY (self-made) cover. :(
Fernanda Brussi's art is too popular. Publishers need to go find another photomanipulator to fuck sideways.
E.M. Katherine
Holy damn! This book is amazing. I can't wait to read the last one... :X
Alice Entwisle
This book was amazing! I loved every minute of it!
Rosalie Williams
Good book, but paled in comparison to the first.

I waited forever for this book, because the hold list was a mile long! But when I finally got it, I was totally psyched... until I started reading. So I still gave it three stars, because I loved the first one, and this one didn't totally suck (Pun! See what I did there?). But it wasn't the mind-blowing awesomeness of the first, not even close.

Honestly, I couldn't tell you what happened the first half of the book. There's a major lack of romance,
I knew I was an instant fan after reading Darkness Before Dawn, but I’m even more in love with the series after reading Blood-Kissed Sky. From the very first page I was engrossed and couldn’t put this one down until the end.

Blood-Kissed Sky starts off right after Darkness Before Dawn and ever since what happened right at the end of the last book, Dawn is noticing some changes going on inside her. The secret of her past and who she really is comes out in a big way and even though I kind of suspec
This is the sequel to "Darkness Before Dawn", a nice beginning to a trilogy that mixes vampires and a post-apocalyptic world of sorts. In this second installment to the trilogy, Dawn Montgomery has to face the aftermath of the Day Walkers' reveal and what it means for humans of Denver. However, the day Walkers led by Sin are not the only issue she has to face. There is also the Thirst, which affects vampires who drink vampire blood and turn into crazed monsters. In order to learn more about the ...more
So... still a great series, I love Dawn and Victor. Though I wish there was more of him in the book I do understand why he was not in it that much. The events in the book needed to happen to bridge between book one and three and I think for a middle book it was great. So why the four out of five? Teagan & Michael, who I loved in the first book, really got on my nerves in this book and I really wanted this story to be more Dawn and less her side kicks. I felt they were a huge hinderance and n ...more
After the deadly ending of Darkness Before Dawn we see Dawn in hospital, the citizens of Denver are panicking and not donating blood and Sin is gone for the time been. When Dawn is released she realises the extent of damage the events at the Teen Initiative Party had. Its now being called Hell Night. A lot of kids lost their lives and more are missing. People are blaming Dawn and have no faith in her anymore.

Very few in Denver are donating blood and Dawn knows that if they don't The Thirst will
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
FIRST....THIS COVER IS GORGEOUS!!! What a breathtakingly beautiful cover!!! I am one of those people that will read a book just for the cover and WOW...This would have been a first choice!!!

Ok I LOVED Darkness Before Dawn. I love vampires stories and this one was great. It was a refreshing take on young adult vampire stories. That being said...I DIVED into Blood-Kissed Sky and it did not disappoint. Again we find ourselves immersed into the love story of Victor and Dawn and their impossible true
Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me a copy of Blood-Kissed Sky through Goodreads First Reads. In no way did this affect my opinion of the book.

*Contains spoilers for Darkness Before Dawn*

"She is awakening," the vampire, as ancient as the rocks that surrounded him, announced.
HAHAHAHAHA! The above is the first line of the prologue of Blood-Kissed Sky, and seriously? That line was so ridiculously cliched that I literally burst out laughing. On continuation of reading the prologue, it didn't

I decided to try and read it anyways, I just love this series. Its so original and definitly shocked me with some of the twists. Usually I see them coming but this time i didnt. I really like that JA London goes out of the way to not create a love triangle, just deal with the fall out of the relationship. I cant wait to read the next book, hopefully its not just a trilogy but I think it is.

-1 STAR for the awful assembly of this book.


Well both copies I received were produced in-correct
4.0 stars

All loose ends and questions are answered THANK GOD. Part of the reason the first book bugged me was that it left so many unanswered questions. I mean, I can handle a good cliffhanger but it's overwhelming trying to solve a million mysteries while trying to enjoy the story. But this book was definitely satisfying in revelations.--We finally get to know Sin's plans; who killed Dawn's parents; more details about Day Walkers and the Thirst phenomenon; and more importantly, why Dawn is so "
Kim Smiley
Another good read and excellent second installment in this trilogy. Although I have to admit I did miss Victor in this story, (he wasn't around too much) the story moved with flow and purpose.

As Dawn wakes up in the hospital and figures out that Victor didn't turn her when he took her blood, she is both grateful and a little disappointed. When visted by Tegan, Tegan tells her how she can't sleep at night due to nightmares of Sin, who is still out there somewhere. Then Michael visits and she ends
Kim Hepburn
2.5 stars to be exact. The book started average but then got better, until I got to page 184 when all the pages had been printed out of order!!! I mean a chapter starting one page then a completely different part of the story on the next page, so I missed out on the middle part of the book and that made me loose interest in the story.
I'd suggest getting the ebook if you want to read it and leave the paperback alone
Julia Herondale
"Blood-Kissed Sky" incorporates romance, action, drama, adventure, and suspense into a breathtakingly phenomenal sequel that is full of unexpected turns of events! The conclusion had me screaming for the next novel,"After Daybreak," and I will painstakingly be waiting for it to release!
Kelsey Mitchell
The Thirst is a serious problem, along with Daylighters. Not to mention Sin got away, but he makes it very clear that he wants Dawn- and he's willing to do anything to get her. Clive sends Dawn to Los Angles to see if she can find out more on the Thirst. Except the things Dawn learns there threaten to shatter her world, and provide new dangers for vampire and humans alike. She knows the only way to stop this is if humans and vampires work together, but now she has to try to convince them to do s ...more
Wow, just awesome, now book 3 LOL
I couldn't finish this book. I liked the first one but this time Dawn BFF (can't remember her name) but she is so annoying, happy, and nosey that I couldn't. Not my type of book.
Nancy Haddock
Now I've read the first two books and am searching for the final book in the trilogy! Excellent!

Update. The third book After Daybreak, comes out in late June!
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“He turns to leave, stops, looks back at me. "Just so you know: What you did for Victor means a lot to us. You could have left him to die."
"No, Richard, I couldn't."
I see in his eyes that he understands. I didn't save Victor because I knew that his being alive was best for Denver. I gave him my blood because I didn't want to live in a world without him in it.”
“I've always thought that if I bury my feelings now, I can dig them up later when I have time to deal with them.” 4 likes
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