Friday, July 31, 2015

Book Review: Daughter Of Dusk (Midnight Thief #2) by: Livia Blackburne

Release Date: August 4, 2015
from Disney Hyperion
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.

Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?

In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents."

My Thoughts:

I’m not going to lie; I’m a tad bit disappointed in this conclusion. Overall I liked the story and I enjoyed it, but I think I was hoping for a bit more. I just had a hard time staying invested at times and the plot never seemed to fully climax. It was just a lot of “this happens”, “we do this”, “and now this happens”, without a real central plot point. It was just a lot of little plots pulling in together. Honestly I wasn’t even sure where the story was trying to go until about the 40% mark.

When I read Midnight Thief, I loved Kyra but I struggled with her a bit in this one and I’m not really sure why. I just didn’t connect with her as much this time around. She wasn’t the same tough girl we met originally. She was still strong, but she was also more impulsive and that impulsiveness took away from her intelligence at times.

As for Tristam, well he wasn’t really the same either. I still liked him, but there was just something that held me back from absolutely loving him. My favorite character was actually James, as messed up as that is. He may not have always taken the best course of action, but he truly believed in his cause and he did want to make change for the better, which is a lot more than a lot of other people can say. Also, I fell for him in Poison Dance and I’ve never really been able to let that go.

As for the romance, it was kinda nonexistent in this one, which really bummed me out. I’m not a reader that needs romance in her books, but when you build up to it in the first book and then basically ignore it for the second book, I’m going to be mad. It was still there in parts, but the parts were few and I mean really really few. Like I said, this only upset me because I felt like it had been built up and then just conveniently ignored for a big part of the book. It’s hard to really root for a couple when you don’t get much of them together as a couple.

The world in Daughter of Dusk is still good and I did like the story for the most part, I just wish some things had been different and that the plot had been a bit more linear. I like complicated plots, but this one just felt like it was pulling from all over at times.

All in all, Daughter of Dusk was a likable conclusion to the series. It wraps everything up and gives you the answers you are looking for. I guess I was just hoping for a little bit more from this one.


5 comments:

  1. Aw, I really wanted to give the 1st book a try, but if the second one isn't as good, then I don't even wanna start the series. Ugh, yeah this seems like something I should skip.

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  2. Aw a non romance in a follow up would be a bummer

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  3. That's too bad. Series enders can be hit or miss for me. I'm sorry this one didn't work for you.

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  4. I wish Disney turns this into a series or movie

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  5. Man, sad to read this one was such a bummer for you. I hate that you struggled with Kyra; that you didn't connect with her as before. Makes me kind of sad as well. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit. I'll probably still read it ('cause I do want to know how it wraps up), but I'm not jumping to read it as much now.

    Thanks for you wonderful and honest review, my dear friend.

    Also, I hope you are well and having a great week! Hope life and books have been fabulous. :D

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