Review: Edge of Dawn by Lara Adrian

edge of dawnReviewed by Jen

I have very mixed feelings about this book.  Darker After Midnight felt like a natural ending to this series and I was genuinely curious as to where Lara Adrian would take the story from there. I’m actually pretty good with the direction she is going in. We’ve jumped about 20 years in the future and in many ways, the series has become “Midnight Breeds: The Next Generation.” All the children and babies from the original stories are all grown up and ready to become heroes and heroines in their own right, with all of our familiar folks still an active part of the series.  This totally works for me –and I was really excited to see that Mira and Kellan were the lead characters.

Unfortunately, their romance was the worst part of the book… and not just by a little, but by a lot. There were so many things wrong with their story, but I think the biggest issue I had was with the very premise we started with.  We missed them falling in love. It happened all off page. And as the story begins Mira is still mourning Kellan’s death from EIGHT YEARS AGO. Obviously, he’s not dead. But he let her believe he has been dead all this time as he lead a group of rebels under an assumed name. He would have never revealed himself to her, had she not been involved in one of his missions.

I absolutely could not get over the idea that Kellan let her believe him dead all of this time.  Not only that, but when they are finally reunited, he is a totally unfeeling dick towards her. Yes, he thought he was somehow saving her from a terrible fate, but his thinking was revoltingly flawed. And after reading through the plot, you see his boneheaded plans land him in the very situation he was hoping to avoid.  He did not deserve Mira, even a little.

Sadly, I can’t even say I was a fan of Mira either.  I understand and appreciate the fact that she loved Kellan so much that she mourned him nearly a decade. But she needed to have a little more self respect than what I saw from her when she reunited with him. The way she fell into his arms when he really deserved a kick in the ‘nads absolutely made my blood boil. Especially after seeing him at another woman’s vein.  Seriously. This romance sucked.

What didn’t suck:

  • Nathan.
  • The sons and daughters of the original Order.
  • Rune.
  • And the set-up for a new big bad. I am interested to see where that is going.  I will definitely keep reading, but this book was more of a miss than a hit for me.

Rating: C/C-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Edge of Dawn
by Lara Adrian
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Random House

Comments

  1. I loved the “original” series, but really disliked this book. I didn’t pick up the next one. I’ll wait for your review and see.

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