Review: Darkest Before Dawn by Pippa DaCosta

darkest before dawnReviewed by Jen

Holy cow. If you tried book 1 in this series and it didn’t do it for you, don’t quit on the series. This book grabbed me with two hands and didn’t let go. There is so much going on –and what I love hate love about this series is that it messes with my mind. I think I know something, only to find out I really don’t. I think I understand someone and suddenly new sides of them are revealed. I am filled with feels and I care about the heroine, who has been through hell and back, shaped by the ugly experiences she’s survived, yet not defined by them. Yes, this is dark at times, but it’s engaging and gripping and –why didn’t I read this earlier?

So as the story begins, Muse is working freelance for the Institute and Stefan is on the run, still trying to come to grips with his demon after his stint in the netherworld. Muse is trying to build a new life in a new home, when Akil shows up, dumping a 9 year-old hybrid at her door. Muse immediately relates to the little girl. All that Muse endured, all of the torture and rejection, she wants to save this child from that. But the demons have other plans. Everyone wants Dawn, either for their own ends or simply to destroy her. Muse has to fight pretty much everyone in order to keep her safe.

Of course, it seems like the best person to help would be Stefan. As a hybrid, he would understand. Plus, Muse still loves him and wants to reconcile. But Stefan isn’t the same man he was in book 1, and that is a bitter pill for Muse (and for me) to swallow. It’s weird because I was so lukewarm about him at first. Now I just want them to make it work! He’s changed so much, though, and there is even more change to come. Speaking of change… Akil takes it to a new level here. I love this guy, then I hate him, then I love him. I don’t know what the hell is going on. I don’t know who Muse is supposed to be with. I don’t know who truly loves her or if either man is even capable of it.

On top of all the emotion, and sexual tension, there is great action too. There are big happenings with the demon princes and the balance between worlds. We learn more about the Initiative and big stuff happens there. The bad guys here are so epically bad, yet I love reading about them. And let’s not forget that nasty demon Damien who’s sharing space inside Muse’s body.

This book was good, y’all. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Rating: A-

Click to purchase: Amazon

Darkest Before Dawn
by Pippa DaCosta
Release Date: October 15, 2014

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