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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…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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


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