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So Sang The Dawn

4.71  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Aurora Ballern has never had quite a normal life. As an orphaned ward of the state, she’s been sent to live out her existence at the city’s most prestigious boarding school while waiting to be adopted. The only family she’s ever known is her best friend and boarding school roommate, Raine Fording. As the two girls approach their final year of school, ...more
Kindle Edition, 734 pages
Published November 23rd 2017
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Savannah Jezowski
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book. I can’t. I can’t review it right now. I need to bask in its awesomeness for a week and then I will come back. Review to Come.


WOW. This book was so huge, so deep, so intense…I had to take a week off after reading it before I could coherently review it. This is an amazing novel from debut author, Miss Ann Marie Pavese. Did I mention how HUGE it is? I love big books personally, so the size did not daunt me in the least bit. The first couple of chapters were a little slow, but
Annie Twitchell
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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um, no review right now, too busy crying, good cry, don't worry, LOVED the book, it's beautiful.

OKAY. deep breath.

So I'm procrastinating on an article by writing this, but at least I'm writing, right? Yeah, anyway.

I don't know that I've read a book like this in a while. This one really needs like seven out of five stars. The last time I remember reading a book in such pell-mell haste and reaching the end and just---hanging---was when I read Moonraker's Bride for the first
Meredith Burton
Jan 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
My computer will not let me rate books on this site, but I give So Sang the Dawn five stars!

So Sang the Dawn is a mesmerizing tour de force. Not shying away from harshness but never degenerating into out-and-out violence, the story is a riveting tale of two friends, Aurora and Raine, who have grown up together in a boarding school. There circumstances change drastically, however, when Aurora is threatened by a mysterious man who claims she is more than she seems. Aurora and Raine are captured
Laura A. Grace
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

That was quite the journey. Aurora's choices knew how to make my heart ache, cringe, grieve, and repeat the whole emotional process all over again as I read.

With a book as large as this one (seriously, this is one of the longest books I've read), it's hard what to say. So much takes place that I don't think I could pinpoint one thing that made this a remarkable story. It was long, yes, but it was a deep story of love, forgiveness, and hope.

I do want to mention that the world building
CS Taylor
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Read it. That’s all I have to say.
I can’t tell you what you’re going to get out of this book. I have a feeling it would be very different for each person who reads it.
But I can tell you this—reading this book was one of the best time investments I’ve made in reading fiction.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 out of five stars.
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll have a more detailed review to come. I finished it nearly a week ago and haven't finished processing everything yet. That may be due to the fact that I read the last 300 pages for five hours straight one afternoon xD
Windy Darlington
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Built like Game of Thrones, reads like a delightfully enticing blend of Chronicles of Narnia and Hunger Games, dusted with a sugary coat of Viking ruggedness. You'll come for the promise of a thrilling adventure and stay for the earnest desire to learn if Aurora and her friend can survive this harsh new world they've been thrust into through no will of their own. If you love a long read and curling up under warm covers or in a comfy chair beside a crackling fire, this is the perfect book for ...more
Janice Verhoog
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING!!! So much conflict and characters that were easy to relate with. I loved the theme of hope AnnMarie weaved throughout, it was soo good.

Also, if there's a sign-up sheet to become a ljren, I call dibs.
Rebecca Pavis
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is just...... Wow. Such a beautiful story with inspirational characters! It's such an entrancing novel, and I would so much love to erase my mind just so I could read it over again for the first time!! I'm so proud of my beautiful and amazing cousin!! Keep writing!!
Gabriella Slade
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new favorite for me! I'm so glad I joined in AnnMarie's month-long readathon for her book. At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to fit in this 700+ page book into my schedule, but it was SO good, and I loved it SO much!
(I don't even know where to start XD)
So, I loved the characters--especially Aurora and Rain. Their friendship dynamic was amazing, and was giving me vibes with me and my bestie! I think AnnMarie did a great job making sure to establish Aurora's motivation was
Melissa Gravitis
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-faves
Wow. Where to begin?

I think I'll start off by saying, this is not your average book. There is much more than the author hitting all the plot points, the climax, and dark night of the soul, then sitting back and saying she's finished. I hesitate to call it a story in a conventional sense -- it's a journey. A 700+ page journey that took me several months to get through, but goodness, it was worth it.

AnnMarie doesn't pamper her characters. Aurora and Raine lose everything. EVERYTHING. Without
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Sang the Dawn is a story that, at its heart, is about friendship. It is also a coming-of-age and much fantasy. Set on our own world, but in a magically hidden fantastical realm set in Antarctica, the main characters get kidnapped and brought there against their will and are then imprisoned and forced to become gladiators for the main villain. Snow, ice, friendship, gladiators, and magic? What more could you want? This is one of those books where you dive deep into the POV of a single ...more
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AnnMarie Pavese lives in the mountains of Arizona, which were a huge inspiration in the creation of So Sang The Dawn. A former waitress and web designer, she unashamedly skipped college in order to pursue writing full-time. She spends her days writing, dog-momming, and mentoring other girls as they pursue their own writing dreams. She is obsessed with the woods and the cold and always writes best ...more