Book Review: Darkest Dawn by Katlyn Duncan

Darkest DawnDarkest Dawn by Katlyn Duncan
Genre: YA Paranormal
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Published on September 17th, 2015
One desperate journey for the truth
Returning to Willows Lake eleven years after her mother’s tragic death, Sloane Baker knows she will finally get the answers she needs! She always suspected that there was something more sinister at the heart of the accident that claimed her mother’s life, but a cryptic note could be the key to her past…
Two lives changed forever
The small town has always seemed safe to Brianna Taylor – until a mysterious new girl arrives who looks exactly like Bri! Now everything Bri knew has been thrown into question and Sloane’s arrival has changed the world of Willows Lake forever.
Strange things are happening in Willows Lake. But when they turn deadly, Bri and Sloane must find a way to save each other or risk losing everything they hold dear…
About the Author:
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.
Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.
Twitter: @katlyn_duncan
My Review:
I have to say that I really enjoyed Darkest Dawn! It started out fast paced and exciting! The story is full of action, murder, mystery, romance, and paranormal goodness! It was just a really refreshing read!
I did think that Darkest Dawn had it’s more slower moments. Nothing that really took away from the book, but I thought that a lot more could have happened and that certain moments were stretched a little too far. For example, I thought that we could have seen more between Bri and her love interest…especially since I adored them. I was a little put off by the fact that I’m not going to get to see that until probably the next book.
Bri and Sloane were amazing main characters because they had such different personalities. Bri is more soft and sweet, while Sloane is more rough and in charge. That was an essential component to the story since the girls were essentially the same. I’ll be honest, though, sometimes Bri got on my nerves…
Unfortunately, for me, I did think that Darkest Dawn had a few middle grade moments…especially at the end. I don’t overly enjoy MG books. Now, this isn’t an MG book. Don’t go thinking that!  But it did have its moments. The last 15-20% of the book was geared a little younger, which made me drop my rating to 3 stars.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t take me long at all to finish it. I fully anticipate reading the second one when it releases. Darkest Dawn is a quick, refreshing read that I highly encourage YA/MG paranormal fans to read!
[rating: 3]
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