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Book Review: Black Dawn (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney

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Name: Black Dawn (Black Dawn #1) by Mallory McCartney
Date Published: February 14, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Magic
Goodreads Rating: 3.55/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. This in no way, influences my opinion below.

Goodreads Summary

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 upon Emory’s arrival 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.

Writing: ★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Romance: ★★★
Reading Level: ★★★
Ending: ★★★

My Overall Rating: ★★★

My Review:

I need to start this review by saying I had a very very hard time finding the right words to explain this book and I even considered writing 2 different reviews. Mallory McCarney throws the reader in at the start of the action with almost no explanation of what was going on. 4 times, I looked 4 different times to make sure there wasn’t a book 1 and I was reading the sequel or the 3rd book in a series. Nope. This is the 1st book. I’m also not sure why Emory had to go to Earth for this story to make sense. She could have easily just been forced to another part of their world or had her memories wiped. The entire “Earth” portion of the book was maybe 3 sentences long and the summary makes it sounds like it had a major impact on the story line.

With all of that said, there was so much potential for the plot of this book. It felt unique and I wanted to hear more. I just wish McCartney was able to explain everything better. There were points where I was very confused what was happening because there was nothing leading up to the new story line. It felt like McCartney had all these ideas in her head and she wasn’t able to fully describe them in the book. I do enjoy having the opportunity to use my imagination on what things look like or what people are thinking but I can’t spend the whole book doing that and I ran into that problem with this book.

This leads into problems with the romance aspect of the book. The reader is almost expected to support one couple but McCartney completely switches and I spent the entire book wondering why I was still trying to support the first couple.

Emory is thrown into this new world after her memories start to return and she automatically becomes their savior and their queen and she just accepts it. I don’t know about you but I would really have a hard time believing any of it even if my memories started to return.
This is where the second review comes in; I really, really wanted to love this book! I love the characters, the plot and the potential for this series. I want to read more and I want to recommend this book. However, I wish McCartney was able to explain everything better. I’m hoping she will write a book that takes place before this one and when the sequel comes out I hope she is able to pull everything together.

I’m sorry that was a very wishy-washy review but I can’t help it! What was there was fantastic! I just wish there was more to make it all flow together. I will be reading the second book, and I look forward to it.

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  • Nancy

    Black Dawn sounds like an interesting book – oh wow, who would’ve known that the character ended up being part of the royal line! I can relate to you when it comes to books with a lot of potentials. It’s a bummer that the execution wasn’t done right. Even then, at least the book was nice overall! :). Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • admin

      It was a very interesting book! I just wish I knew what was going on the whole time 😂 Thanks, Nancy!

  • Jenny in Neverland

    This sounds like an interesting book! I’m not one for Romance myself and don’t read an awful lot of Fantasy either but I do love YA 🙂 I like how you rate the individual aspects of the book, that’s a really good idea 🙂 Great review! xxx

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