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Blood Before Sunrise

(Shaede Assassin #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,175 ratings  ·  112 reviews
She needed a bargaining chip and this was it. Raif's daughter's life for hers. And he knew damn good and well I was right. Just like he'd assured me the night I'd killed Azriel, this was far from over. His daughter was alive. I knew it. And I was going to find her.

For months, Darian and her Shaede guardian, Raif, have searched for the Oracle who attempted to overthrow
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by NAL/Signet Eclipse
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Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Darian is possibly the dumbest female mc ever. I can't even. She has endless old as hell supernatural creatures all around her that would help her out at anytime and she employs none of them. Nothing. That's like trying to learn a foreign language and using a bilingual dictionary as a doorstop. She's such an idiot. I really hate her because of how she disregards everyone but herself. She just learned there were other supernatural creatures in the world a few months ago and now she thinks she can ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Is it possible for an author who writes a stellar ‘knock them out of the ballpark’ first book to write an equally good second installment? Yes. Yes it is. Amanda Bonilla has proven this with Blood Before Sunrise, the second book in her Shaede Assassin series.

Blood Before Sunrise starts a few months after Shaedes of Gray. Everything seems to be going well for Darian until she decides she wants to help Raif, a man who has quickly become a brother figure to
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mon avis en français

My English review

I really loved the first volume and I was more than curious to have the possibility to get into this new book. I confess I was a little anxious to be disappointed as it’s always a little complicated to surpass a book we really enjoyed. But WOW, I loved this one as well, it’s just amazing. When I think that I doubted about it, what nonsense!

This second volume perfectly follows the first one. Indeed, we find Darian who investigates about the Oracle, Delilah, as
I love badass heroines. I love the swagger, the snarky attitude, and the way that they hold their gun, sword, or other weapon of choice. One of my favorite badass heroines has got to be Darian Charles from Amanda Bonilla’s Shaede Assassin series.

In Blood Before Sunrise the second book of the series, Darian has made herself quite the “to-do” list. Topping her list is her quest to find Raif’s long lost daughter Brakae. There is also the matter of a mysterious green gem, the man from the ring, and
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MISS VAIN by: Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
"Fuck it. What was done was done. I'd walked through these gates a woman on a mission, bent on helping a friend and obsessed with discovering the truth. I walked out a fugitive."

Blood Before Sunrise begins shortly after the events that occurred in Shaedes of Gray. From the beginning I was completely immersed into the assassin world and felt completely captivated by the dark world Darian lives in. Amanda Bonilla has an exceptional knack for world building that captivating me from beginning to end
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Posted on Under the Covers

Darian’s to do list just keeps getting longer. In BLOOD BEFORE SUNRISE, Darian has her hands full as she tries to reacquaint Raif, the man whom she loves as a brother with his daughter. It sounds simple enough, right? However, things seldom are for Darian. Her boyfriend, Ty is attacked and things only begin to worsen from there...

Readers who loved SHAEDES OF GRAY will surely get a kick out of this book! I enjoyed the first book of this series, but I can truly s
Pamela / SpazP
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review is spoiler free, but assumes a basic familiarity with the first book.

Most of you know that the first Shaede Assassin book, Shaedes of Gray , was one of my favorite premier UF books of 2011, so I was chomping at the bit to get my eyeballs on the second book in the series, Blood Before Sunrise. I am pleased to say it totally lived up to my expectations.

Darian is working with her friend and Shaede guardian, Raif, to find the Oracle who she THOUGHT had been her friend, but who totally
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Shaedes of Gray made my top 5 fav books of 2011 list and as a result, I've been anxiously awaiting the release of Blood Before Sunrise ever since. In this installment, Bonilla continues to expand upon her Shaede Assassin universe which is an impressive feat in itself considering she already did this the first time around. Apparently, Amanda's imagination and creativity knows no bounds because Darian is back in full force and the ride is wilder than ever. Aside from the ex
Jen Davis
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy and you have not tried the Shaede Assassin books, you are really missing out. These books bowl me over with fantastic world building and characters I care deeply about. This book took me on a wild ride that kept me on the edge of my seat until the big emotional finish that left me shredded.

The story picks up several months after the events of Shaedes of Gray. Darian is happy and in love with Tyler. Together with Raif and Xander's men, they are searching for the
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4 ½ Stars

Blood Before Sunrise starts couple of months after the events in Shaedes of Gray. Darian and Raif have been searching for months for the Oracle, Delilah. When they finally find her her mind is not as once was, she is talking so much nonsense that is difficult to understand what she is really saying, but in one of her ramblings she says that Raif daughter, Brakae is not dead. Raif doesn’t want to hear anything about it; he has suffered for Brakae’s disappearance for years and won’t belie
Iris (InstagramREADS)
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Darian and her Shaede guardian Raif have searched for months to find the Oracle who attempted to kill Darian. But after they have found her Darian is determined to reunite Raif and the daughter he thought was dead. Of course you know Darian her single-minded hunt turns into an obsession and she finds herself caught between the man she loves like a brother, and her jinn Tyler whose love she can’t live without. 
My Thoughts 
Amanda Bonilla has done it again. Blood before Sunrise is
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
*Rating* 4.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review based on the ARC I received from the author*

"Neither Shaede nor Lyhten be - You are other. Dangerous to some, a savior to others. You will be the instrument of destruction. Creature of nothing and everything. He's coming for you."

Amanda Bonilla's "Blood Before Sunrise" is the second installment in her Shade Assassin series. The story picks up several months after the conclusion of "Shaedes of Gray" with Darian and crew searching high and low for Delilah,
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
THEME: Romance, Paranormal
RECEIVED: Review for Tour

I so love reading a second book in the series and loving it as much as I did the first book. Blood Before Sunrise, second book in the Shaede Assassin series by Amanda Bonilla rocked! It was full of everything I love about Urban Fantasies, the characters are better than ever, the action is always keeping me on my toes and of course the romance that turns the heat up. This series has
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Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I am a huge fan of Amanda Bonilla, and it's really not just her writing that I love. She is one of those authors who is very accessible to readers and I love that about her. But her writing is really awesome too. I really loved the first book in the series, and I really enjoyed the novella (seriously if authors keep putting out these great novellas I'm going to have to rethink my anti-novella stance). So I have bee
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
* * * 4.5 Stars * * *

Outstanding sequel! Fast-paced mystery with multiple story lines that are seamlessly woven together. It all leads to an interesting twist that reveals a purpose and obligation that Darian never knew she had.

Bonilla has really blown me away with her second installment in the Shaede Assassin series. The pages are filled with action and by the story's conclusion I was still left wanting more. More ass-kickings delivered by Darian, more jealous, irrational Tyler, more time with
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Last year, Amanda Bonilla captivated me with the first in her Shaede Assassin series, her debut release Shaedes of Gray featuring cold hearted, damaged, and lonely Darian making my top 5 favorites for 2011. Now she’s back with her second, Blood Before Sunrise, and I have to say that I absolutely love this series!

I’m completely fascinated by the world Ms. Bonilla has created. Set in Seattle, Fae, Shaedes (creatures of shadows), Lyhtans (creatures of light)
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really wished I hadn't waited about 2.5 years between reading Shaedes of Gray (book 1) and Blood Before Sunrise. It took me a while to get back into the feel of the world and remember what happened in Shaedes of Gray. But Amanda Bonilla did a good job of recapping some of the events in the first few chapters without it being an information dump. I won't wait as long to read the next book, that's for sure!

Bonilla took her world building from Shaedes of Gray and kicked it up a notch. There's more
Traci (Mad Hatter Reads)
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blood Before Sunrise is the second book in the Shaede Assassin series by Amanda Bonilla. Bonilla takes us back to the paranormal world in Seattle, WA where we find Darian adjusting to her new powers and her relationships with the love of her live and powerful Jinn, Tyler, her mentor, Raif, and the always trying Shaede King, Xander.

When Darian finally locates the missing Oracle who's betrayal nearly cost her her life in Shaedes of Gray, she receives a cryptic message that Raif's daughter, who he
Katherine McCarthy
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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My Thoughts

Urban Fantasy fans are going to be so happy with this novel. Everything that makes this genre fabulous is in this novel. Tons of action, great storylines, plot twists and turns, kick-ass heroine, sexy men, inner turmoil and more. Well-written, perfectly paced so not to overwhelm, outstanding character development, Shaede Assassin is definitely a new addition to my favorite UF series list.
About the story…
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blood Before Sunrise, Shaede Assassin #2, by Amanda Bonilla
Grade: A

“And when I’ve been offended, I’m not a runaway-and-cry-in-my-pillow type of girl. I’m a jab-someone-with something-sharp kind of girl, and is he wanted to be with me, he’d just have to get used to that.”

Blood Before Sunrise is the second book in Amanda Bonilla’s amazing urban fantasy series Shaede Assassin and her heroine Darian. This books picks up a few months after Shaedes of Grey with Darian, Raif and Tyler still looking for
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

If you love an angst-y read, Blood Before Sunrise is for you.

Get wrapped up in yelling at the heroine making infuriating and dangerous decisions? You’ll love Blood Before Sunrise.

Enjoy seeing a heroine handing big tough men their asses in fights? Oh, you need Blood Before Sunrise.

In the Shaedes of Gray, heroine Darian discovered she wasn’t the only one of her kind. She started to learn not only who she is but also what she is. Just as she be
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sometimes those things that we must love are realized just as they are gone. Sometimes it is darkest just before the dawn, and this may soon become Darian's darkest time. Blood Before Sunrise is a story riddled with good intention gone array and a thirst for power that overcomes just about any obstacles.

Darian fights against her past while avoiding her future, as the same time she embraces lies that may destroy her. Darian is keeping Tyler away from her causing unrest between them as she trie
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am taking my time with this one! Love this series and don't want too much time to pass between my 'Darian fixes'

I absolutely loved this book! Darian is one kick ass heroine. This series keeps getting better and better!!! Keep 'em coming, Amanda.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait for the next book in the series!! Putting this one on my keeper shelf.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the Shaede Assassin series.
My actual rating is closer to 4.5 but I rounded up.
I will have to grab the next one soon!
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Favorite Quote: “I truly had a knack for getting the shitty end of the stick. “

Note: There are some spoilers from book one below, so read at your own risk.

Recap from Shaedes Of Gray: Darian spent the first half of her life as an abused wife. When a friend of her husband’s appears on the scene, he frees her from her life of pain and transforms her into a Shaede – a creature able to transform from solid to shadow. Her lover keeps her wel
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Also posted at my blog, the TBR Mountain Range.

If you love Urban Fantasy, then this series deserves a spot in your immediate to-be-read pile. Fascinating world-building with love-to-hate villains, you're never quite sure if the lead couple and their friends will live through the evil that's determined to destroy them.

In the beginning, we are reunited with Shaede Assassin Darian, her friend and mentor, Raif, and her boyfriend, Tyler, while they're searching for the elusive Oracle. The Oracle caus
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
I am not that crazy about this book... :P

I read the first one as a buddy read with Ashleigh last December and I thought it had promise! The world was fun to read about and a couple of the main characters were really well written (eg Raif, Alexander, etc). Now D was this tortured thing in the first book, who still managed to pull through and survive. Her ordeals had made her skin thicker, but she still showed some wickness which made her more relatable. Now she's just annoying! She whines all the
Sarah Bromley
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I am close friends with Amanda and one of her critique partners.

I'm not going into a whole synopsis of what happens in BLOOD BEFORE SUNRISE. Suffice to say, I enjoy the complications in Darian and Tyler's relationship, and I think Darian's character is evolving. She is still headstrong and wants things done her way, but she also has to think long and hard about the ramifications of her actions in regards to other people and their feelings.

Also, Raif is my favorite character in t
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one
Oh boy.. Where to start...

I've begun to read this series because I seriously thought the MC, Darian, was a badass girl, much similar to Kate Daniels or even Mercy Thompson. And I have to admit, Darian is awesome in the action department, but the similarities ends there.

I didn't enjoy the first book, mostly because I hated Darian for the get go! But I thought that, since it was the first book, she would change and be..., let's say, more! So I moved along to the second book.

Worst mistake I ever ma
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Amanda Bonilla lives in rural Idaho with her husband and two kids. She’s a part-time pet wrangler, a full-time sun worshipper, and only goes out into the cold when coerced. When she’s not writing she’s either reading or talking about her favorite books.

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