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Review: BLACK DAWN

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Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 152
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life that is until two mysterious, and dare I say handsome soldiers show up at her apartment doorstep and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Coming from the magical and ravaged world of Kiero, Emory is brought back not realizing that both men are darkly woven in her past. Discovering she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line Emory is thrown into Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both lives clashing Emory uncovers hidden secrets from her past, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

AMAZON PB | AMAZON eBook | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the tour hosts in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

BLACK DAWN has a gorgeous cover and an exciting premise but the execution fell a bit short. At just over 150 pages, there wasn’t enough world-building or character development. The beginning, which quickly switched between different character’s points of view, was somewhat confusing and could have benefited from being fleshed out more.

The idea of a girl “savior” who is hidden in another world for her safety, whose memories are erased, and who is taken from that world into one that is in turmoil, where the rebellion is on the verge of collapse, and where the rebels and the villains have special powers, sounds incredible. But not enough history is introduced, the pacing is too quick, the writing is awkward, and not enough attention is paid to the development of story and characters or to the consistency throughout.

There are also problems with flow, imagery, syntax. And there are a number of instances where the characters’ reactions contradict their actions or where facts provided contradict other previously provided facts.

And instead of letting the reader experience certain emotions or actions, the author simply tells the reader. Instead of spending time building connections between the characters, or delving deeper into the characters’ thoughts and feelings about what’s going on, the author introduces unnecessary details.

Taking the time to smooth the transitions, expand the scenes, slow the pace, add more detail, make the grammatical fixes, would have allowed for a stronger bond with the story. It would have given readers a better sense of this new world and its citizens. And it might have made it a much more enjoyable and exciting read.

While some of the issues may be attributable to the fact that this is an advance readers copy, the story’s flaws are far too numerous to have been fully addressed in the finished version, as evidenced from the “look inside.”

BLACK DAWN has elements of fantasy, of a fairytale, of an X-Men superhero story. It has a diverse group of characters that are or could be rather interesting. It promises a sequel with potential that might introduce some or all of what was missing from this novel. Unfortunately, this first installment failed to meet expectations for an epic and thrilling read.

The Rating


BLACK DAWN Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Welcome to one of today’s two stops on the BLACK DAWN Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. If you haven’t yet heard of BLACK DAWN by Mallory McCartney, details about this first book in the author’s new series follow below.

The story offers multiple character POVs, a fast pace, action, a world in turmoil, abilities that range from shape-shifting to siphoning, and more.

For a chance to win a signed finished copy and some swag be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. And to check out the other stops on this tour scroll down to the schedule at the bottom of this post.


About BLACK DAWN

Add to Goodreads

Title: BLACK DAWN
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads
Pages: 152
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows.

AMAZON PB | AMAZON eBook | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


About Mallory McCartney

Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • Three (3) winners will receive a signed finished copy of BLACK DAWN + custom buttons – US & Canada only

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

2.6.17 | Literary Meanderings – Interview
2.6.17 | Literary Dust – Review

2.7.17 | Daniel Riding – Excerpt
2.7.17 | Bibliobibuli YA – Promo

2.8.17 | Books, Dreams, Life – Interview
2.8.17 | A Dream Within A Dream – Spotlight

2.9.17 | Don’t Judge, Read – Guest Post
2.9.17 | Book Briefs – Review

2.10.17 | Kayl’s Krazy Obsession – Excerpt
2.10.17 | Taking it One Book at a Time – Review

Week Two

2.13.17 | Two Chicks on Books – Interview
2.13.17 | YA and Wine – Promo

2.14.17 | Margie’s Must Reads – Excerpt
2.14.17 | Lost in Ever After – Promo

2.15.17 | The Autumn Bookshelf – Interview
2.15.17 | Fiktshun – Spotlight

2.16.17 | Wandering Bark Books – Guest Post
2.16.17 | Mundie Moms – Spotlight

2.17.17 | Captivated Reading – Excerpt
2.17.17 | Owl Always Be Reading – Review


The Trailers: May

They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

While I may have already included a couple of those May trailers in the April peeks, I just couldn’t resist including them again this month. And if you missed the early teaser peeks at The Golden Lily, be sure to check out the April Trailers post, HERE.

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Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Release date: May 1, 2012

(harperteen)

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Revived by Cat Patrick

Release date: May 1, 2012

(LittleBrownBooks)

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Release date: May 1, 2012

(harperteen)

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Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

Release date: May 1, 2012

(MorganvilleTV) – U.K. Trailer

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Release date: May 8, 2012

(SimonSchusterVideos)

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Until I Die by Amy Plum

Release date: May 8, 2012

(harperteen)

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Endure by Carrie Jones

Release date: May 8, 2012

(BloomsburyPublishing)

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Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Release date: May 8, 2012

(harperteen)

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Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Release date: May 8, 2012

(fiercereads)

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A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Release date: May 15, 2012

(Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #1

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A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Release date: May 15, 2012

(Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #2

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Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Release date: May 22, 2012

(fiercereads)

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Fated by Alyson Noel

Release date: May 22, 2012

(authoralysonnoel)

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And for just a peek at what’s coming in June and August….

Arise by Tara Hudson

Release date: June 5, 2012

(harperteen)

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Release date: June 5, 2012

(fiercereads)

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Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Release date: June 5, 2012

(fiercereads)

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Surrender by Elana Johnson

Release date: June 5, 2012

(elanajohnson)

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Rapture by Lauren Kate

Release date: June 12, 2012

(RandomBooks)

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Release date: June 12, 2012

(BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #3

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Release date: June 12, 2012

(BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #4

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Release date: June 12, 2012

(BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #5

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The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Release date: June 12, 2012

(BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #6

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This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Release date: June 19, 2012

(StMartinsPress)

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: August 7, 2012

(bloomsburykids)

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Here’s what the authors are saying…

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

Release date: May 15, 2012

(harperteen) – the author talks about his book

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Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Release date: May 29, 2012

(susanecolasanti) – the author talks about her book

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Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

Release date: May 29, 2012

(cosproductions) – the author is interviewed about her book

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Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Release date: July 24, 2012

(harperteen) – the author talks about her book

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We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #70

Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of May 1st-May 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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Black Dawn by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by New American Library (NAL), the print edition is 384 pages.

Black Dawn is the twelfth book in author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series.

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I just keep falling farther and farther behind on this series! I think I have to have a Morganville Vampires readathon just to get caught up. I absolutely love this series and I keep buying all the books with the hope of reading them and yet I haven’t been able to. Must remedy that.

I miss Claire and Shane and Michael. And I want to head back to Morganville to find out what adventures they’ve been on, what enemies they’ve had to face and what has changed since I last visited.

Even though I’m not caught up on the series, I still can’t wait for Black Dawn to download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. And yes, I did take a peek at the description. And yes, I think this one sounds amazing. It promises that “…intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense” will be taken to new heights. I’m already intrigued and I love all of those things.

I really hope to catch up on the series through this latest installment before the next book in the series, Bitter Blood, is released later this year.

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

Shine is the third and final book in the Shade trilogy by author Jeri Smith-Ready.

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I had the chance to read Shine just a little bit early and I tried. I really, really tried. But I’m absolutely terrified of how this series is going to end. Just having read the beginning had me all tied up in knots with worry.

I’m horrible at reading series ending books. I’m almost never ready to say goodbye to my favorite characters. And I really, really don’t want to say goodbye to Logan Keeley. Shine will be downloading to my Kindle and I hope to muster up the courage to read it shortly after release, but I may try to prolong the inevitable for just a bit longer.

Although I really want to find out about Aura’s past. I want to know more about the Shift. I want to see just what happens to Zach. And I want to find out just what the description means when it says that Aura will have to betray her own heart.

I have heard this book is absolutely amazing by everyone who’s read it. So, if I can prepare myself for heartbreak, tears and an exciting but incredibly nerve-wracking read, I will be adding Shine back onto the pile in May.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 464 pages.

Sweet Evil is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is one of my original picks.

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I can’t believe it’s finally here! Sweet Evil will be releasing on Tuesday, which means I’ll have my eBook available to re-read on my Kindle on Monday Midnight. Though I really hope to receive my print copy on Tuesday, too.

Sweet Evil was my most anticipated 2012 debut and having read it (twice) and reviewed it, I already know just how awesome and well worth the wait it is. Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe are the characters to meet. She’s just so good and he’s just so very, very bad. And their story is wicked, addictive, exciting, nerve-wracking and riveting. All those things and so much more.

As I have already spotlighted Sweet Evil for my Book Watch post I won’t go on and on and on and on. Though I really, really want to. But I will just say that this story about children of the fallen is so very different and tantalizing and utterly fascinating. And I can’t wait to read it again.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 544 pages.

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent series by author Veronica Roth. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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I had the great fortune to read Insurgent just a bit early thanks to Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books, who loaned me their ARC. I’m still recovering. Still. And I will be for quite awhile.

I have the eBook pre-ordered to download from Amazon but I may have ordered a print copy to help free Four also. I guess I’ll find out on Tuesday.

This follow up is absolutely amazing. I don’t think the author could have done a better job building upon her characters and her world for this sequel. As I have already reviewed it, I won’t continue to ramble too much. But yes, war is looming as the description promises. Yes, it is a “thrill ride.” And yes, there are most definitely “heartbreaks” and “twists.” Oh those twists. They’re killer.

I can’t wait to re-read Insurgent when I get my finished copy. I’d love to sneak it in later this week if I can somehow find the time. Because I am not quite ready to say goodbye for another year until book three’s release.

Destined by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

Destined is the fourth and final book in the Wings series by author Aprilynne Pike.

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I hated saying goodbye to the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. I hadn’t known that Destined was the last book in the series when I first added it to my reading pile. But I am happy to have the finished copy scheduled to download to my Kindle to join the first three books in the series this week. I just wish there were a few more books as I’m sad to see this series end.

This has been such a magical series. And Destined is no exception, though it was much more action-packed than the earlier books. Which I loved. I was fortunate to get an ARC through a trade, which I just had to read and review early because I just couldn’t wait to find out how this series ended.

As I have read it and can’t guess as to what might happen with Tamani, David and Laurel and just what Avalon’s fate is, since I already know what happened, I will simply reveal what I can about Destined….

It’s bittersweet. Definitely bittersweet. There is loss. There is heartbreak. There is action, action and so much more action. And there’s an ending that wraps things up without any real loose ends. I thought it ended perfectly. But tormenting? Oh yes. The entire read puts your emotions on one huge roller coaster. And the ending, well… I’ll leave that a mystery.

I agree with the description that it’s a “stunning conclusion” and I can’t wait to re-read this entire series in the near future.

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Ace, the print edition is 336 pages.

Deadlocked is the twelfth book in the Southern Vampires series by author Charlaine Harris.

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I’m sneaking in a non-YA title into the post because I am such a fan of this series, though I don’t always list my non-YA book purchases on the blog. But I am so excited this next book in the Southern Vampires series is releasing this week I just couldn’t help myself.

I will be reading Deadlocked on release day when it downloads to my eReader because I have to find out just what happens next with… you guessed it… Eric Northman. Especially since he seems to be in some trouble in this next installment with a body turning up in his yard.

I’m even more worried that Sookie and Bill seem to be teaming up to solve the crime. Very, very worried, actually.

I can’t wait to find out who Sookie’s newest enemy is, or if it’s an old enemy that’s come back into the picture. I can’t wait to see where things go with Sookie and Eric and I hope, hope, hope that nothing rekindles between her and Bill.

This series has gotten a bit darker with each book, so I can’t wait to find out if this one is even more grim. And I will most definitely be devouring it this week.

Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

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I am so curious about this book. I first heard about Wanted when I was offered a copy in a trade. And even though I haven’t yet read the ARC, I still decided to pre-order it for my Kindle. Because it sounds awesome.

I don’t believe I’ve ever read a story about a teenage bookie. And I most certainly have not read one that has elements of a Robin Hood story thrown into the mix. I can’t wait to meet Michal, the bookie who goes against her better judgment and places a bet. A losing bet which pushes her to crime in order to repay it.

This book sounds dark, it sounds exciting, it sounds thrilling. And I can’t wait to check it out this month.

Revived by Cat Patrick will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

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I received an early copy of Revived as a gift from another blogger. I thought I had all the time in the world to read it, but apparently I didn’t. I haven’t yet read it and with release date right around the corner I may end up reading the Kindle version I have pre-ordered instead.

I think this story sounds absolutely creepy, though I have a feeling it will also be quite thought provoking. A government manufacturing a drug that will bring people back from the dead is totally creepy and it gives me the chills. And just knowing that the main character, Daisy Appleby, has been Revived several times in the past few years makes me a little bit horrified for her.

I can’t wait to find out what the bigger picture is and whether morality will win out in the end. I’m not too hopeful, but I am curious. And I’m dying to find out just what will happen to Daisy who’s had to reinvent herself time and time again.

I really hope to read this in the coming weeks, though I haven’t decided whether or not to read the ARC or the finished copy.

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Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth #3) by Stacey Kade

Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

Published by: Dial

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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This is the second of three huge release weeks in a row. I don’t know how I’m going to make a dent in my TBR pile if I continue adding this many books each week. While I only have eight books pre-ordered, the two books of note I’ve mentioned in this post are books that I will be buying, I just haven’t pre-ordered them.

Fortunately I have read a few of the books releasing this week. The only problem is that while they’re not technically TBR, a couple of them are books I want to re-read. So that means the pile is still pretty high.

Maybe I should take a short break from making any new bookish purchases. Though I don’t think it’s a very realistic goal for me. I suppose I’ll just have to read faster….

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As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


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