Diamond & Dawn
Mirage, triumphant in her coup of the Amber Empire, returns to the palais prepared to take her place as Empress. With the support of her friends, Luca and Lullaby, and a tentative, blossoming r ...more
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Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Diamond and Dawn suffers from the second book syndrome. It lacks the depth and substance of the first part. Especially in the second half of the book, which was rushed and underdeveloped. A huge disappointment!
I don't know when and how, but I need this book in my life. You know the deal: take my money and probably my firstborn, but give me the story I am craving.
She broke the Amber Empire. Now she must try to remake it. And dreams can be strange, deceptive, impossible things—especially when you achieve them.
This book glitters darker than A&D. Its gilt hides tarnish, its ...more
Diamond & Dawn is a story about innocence, about ruling, and power dynamics. If you were searching for the action and subterfuge you were used to from Amber & Dawn, then adjust your expectations. This sequel is equally satisfying even if it begins in a quieter fashion at the beginning. Mirage has to figure out how to be this new version of herself, the person who overthrew the Emp ...more
SUNDER IS FREAKING TORTURED AND IT BOTH PAINS and thrills ME. GUHHHHHHHHH. I love him and my heart breaks for him and I JUST... /SOBS/ I JUST WANT HIM TO REST. Is that too much to ask for omg I'm gonna skdjljasdkljaldjldlasjdlajdklasddaksjdj.
Diamond and Dawn wasn't as good as Amber and Dusk, tbh, but I still liked it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate to say this but Diamond & Dawn wasn't a very engaging book. The plot was kind of messy and more often than not I found myself confused. The writing is still beautiful but I think the book lacked clarifications. Where there were some, they felt disconnected- pieces of information were just popping up left ...more
Story (4/5): This was a decent conclusion to the Amber & Dusk series but feels a bit unfinished to me. When I got to the end I kept thinking that maybe there were going to be more books, but it sounds like this is it for the series. The story starts out a bit slow but picks up a lot when we get to the contest between Gavin and Mirage. The whole story is focused around Mirage keeping her throne ...more
No rating for this since I skimmed after 20ish percent til the end.
I liked the lyrical writing and some characters were great like Sunder and Bane but the heroine was just not doing it for me.
I understand she’s a greatly flawed character with her own perks which I can’t remember what they were but they were there. However.......couldn’t she have been a bit smarter? A bit stronger?
I dunno, I’m probably used to pretty strong heroines like Ael ...more
This book is a continuation of the first one and shows the trails, love and fear that our main character must face. She has overcome so much and has so far to go to go to see the dreams she has for her kingdom. I can't wait to see if there's a third book.
- I missed the court intrigue from book one.
- Mirage didn't bloom into the kick ass heroine I hoped she would be.
- The ending was disappointing. I would have loved a glimpse of Mirage’s progress re-building the city and the last moments between Mirage and Sunder I have no words (sad face). I was curious as well about the dark things Thibo had saw in the Dusklands and the darkness that was coming....
3.5 stars because I loved the fi ...more
Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content PG-13; Violence: PG-13;
BUYING ADVISORY: HS – OPTIONAL.
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Mirage has successfully overthrown the Amber Empire and defeated her cruel sister. Mirage’s troubles are far from over. Her sister is not dead, but in a coma and still a threat to Mirage’s power. Another threat comes from a distant cousin, Gavin d’Ars, who appears at court and se ...more
Things I really enjoyed: The mythology being integrated more into the world building ...more
I read the first book simply because I adored the cover of Diamond and Dawn and it was such a good decision. I'll admit that I struggled with the first book because I felt there were some crucial things missing in regards to Sylvie's character development. In reading this second book, I understand that it was entirely purposeful and also had meaning to me.
Once I began reading Diamond and Dawn, everything started making sense. Mirage w ...more
All that I hated about Mirage was front in center for most of this book. All of the court intrigue was also gone and never really came back. It was just Mirage making one bad choice after another. Sunder... my god poor Sunder! It was heart breaking and he deserved better! Lullaby story also bother me. She was really upset for no real reason for most of the book.
I was going to stop reading but I really hate dropping a book so I soldier on. Im glad I didnt. I liked ...more
I have two main problems with this book that I can’t really get around, so three stars it is. Neither of which are the horrible person protagonist (which I find very interesting) or the broody-broody love interest (which I find tolerable, if somewhat unrealistic as a character). It’s not the slow court-intrigue politics storyline (which I’m almost always a fan of) or even how borderline-absurdly rushed the last ha ...more
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