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Dawnkeepers by Jessica Andersen
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Apr 20, 2012

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bookshelves: fated-mates, paranormal-romance, warriors, prophecy, dreams, bird-shifters, mayan-mythology, magic-and-witchcraft
Read from April 20 to 22, 2012

3.5 Stars

Nightkeepers Nate Blackhawk and Alexis Grey are destined to be together but Nate finds it difficult to surrender himself to fate while Alexis wants all or nothing. Can they reconcile long enough to fight beside each other at the next battle against the evil sect working to bring about the 2012 apocalypse?

The detailed mythology surrounding the 2012 apocalypse and the Mayan civilization as well as the search for the Mayan artifacts are the highlight of the book.

Unfortunately, the romance is lackluster and the lead characters not that likeable - Nate is an emotionally stunted jerk who refuses to accept Alexis as his mate, and Alexis is overly ambitious and for most of the book seems to embrace her relationship with Nate for what it can do for her politically. Their connection is based on sex and has very little substance.

The secondary characters are much better, especially Rabbit, Lucius and the elusive Sascha, all of whom are interesting enough to continue reading the series for. The villain, Iago, is suitably diabolical and unlike many evil characters in paranormal romance actually poses a significant threat. Anna, on the other hand, is seriously irritating. I have little patience for a woman who abandons her heritage because it is inconvenient and then to top it off goes back to a husband who cheats on her.

The writing is alright but there is still an annoying use of word contractions, especially "convo" instead of conversation.

All in all, an improvement on the first book and hopefully things will only get better.

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