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Daybreak by Ellen Connor
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Feb 17, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: paranormal-romance, post-apocalypse, tortured-hero, kick-ass-heroines, feline-shifters
Read in May, 2012

4.5 Stars

As children, Penelope Sheehan and Tru Daughterly lived through the Change together but ultimately went their separate ways. Now, they have been reunited by chance and are subject to a passion that knows no bounds. But in a time of danger and uncertainty, Pen and Tru's love will be tested and they must decide whether to risk everything for each other and for humanity.

Pen and Tru were intriguing characters in the first book and their story does not disappoint.

Tru is an amalgamation of opposites in both his human and animal forms. He initially comes across as selfish, amoral and uncaring but this is merely a facade to conceal his fear of love and loss. In this respect, his character is merely an older version of the punk teen from book #1 who hid is insecurities behind a sarcastic attitude.

Pen is a powerful witch but she fears her abilities, and this makes her prone to misplaced martyrdom. The way in which she grows, learns and accepts that she is worthy of giving and receiving love makes her a wonderful heroine.

Together, Tru and Pen are extremely likeable although there are some questionable aspects to their sexual relationship (view spoiler). Nevertheless, they have a compelling chemistry and an all-encompassing passion and abiding love. They learn to accept each other without reservations and this makes them a truly remarkable couple.

The plot involving the struggle for survival in a changing world continues with the battle against a megalomaniac leader bent on garnering power and enslaving those who oppose him (reminiscent of The Postman with Kevin Costner). The villain, however, doesn't hold a candle to the smarmy Bethlehem in the movie. He is too remote an evil and as such never constitutes a significant threat.

The climax is action packed and exciting, and the conclusion very satisfying with some "aww" moments. It would have been even better if Mason and Jenna had been present.

Overall this is an excellent conclusion to an entertaining series, and I look forward to more from these authors.
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05/26/2012 page 171
53.0% "Love Tru and Pen."

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