Friday, July 21, 2017

Author Spotlight: Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 10:00 AM
Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY, and the sequels IGNITE and ENDURE. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband and their three children. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day (while mourning the demise of naptime) and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction. 

She’s online at www.SaraBLarson.com

Title: Dark Breaks the Dawn
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication: May 30th 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5

Oh, man. The entire time I was reading Dark Breaks the Dawn I kept thinking 'ooo I want to go watch the Swan Princess movies!' I had no idea that this book was a retelling of that story until the end. And boy, am I excited as crap to get to the next book.

Evelayn is forced to become Queen after the deaths of her father and mother. But her kingdom isn't like anything I've ever read about before.

The kingdoms have powers. The light and the dark. They are supposed to live together in harmony but the king of dark side refuses to. He wants to rule both sides and won't stop until he does. But he didn't count on Evelayn being a powerful, smart ruler at such a young age.  That is another thing about this kingdom. Age isn't exactly a factor in death. You can live to be 300 years old. That is a lot of time to get my TBR done.

Tanvir... he was such a likable character but I just knew he was hiding something from Evelayn. I knew it. And I knew it had to of been something tragic and horrible and backstabbing. But his reason for never coming clean was pretty acceptable... he literally CAN'T tell her now. And that is killing me.

So let's talk about the romance. There definitely was some but it wasn't over done and it didn't take away from the plot of the book. I cant tell you how many Fantasy books I have read that had a romance that completely took away from the plot and made the book a porno set in some kingdom somewhere.

With the help of Tanvir, Evelayn divulged a plan of attack against the dark king, King Bain. And, also with the help of a person I won't name or explain, they are able to plan their attack around the kings invasion.

The other thing I REALLY loved about this book was the fact that Evelayn's kingdom didn't use the King as the ruler situation. Oh, no. They used a Queen. The Queen was the ruler and i think that is fricken awesome. The Queen didn't just sit by her husband's side and serve him. Nope
 Nuh uh. SHE was the supreme ruler. As were her mother and grandmother.

I don't think that Evelayn should have even remotely trusted the New king of the dark side. He was a lot older and smarter than she was and knew his way around a pact. She really didn't have much of a choice in the matter though. She didn't want to kill him and risk the dark side not having a ruler but she also didn't want to trust him. Being a good person is really hard when you have tough decisions to make. I think she should have just left them in the dungeon to rot. But hey, that's just me.

In the end, I am harboring so many feelings and I don't know what to do. Is he REALLY dead? I really hope he isn't. But he probably is. What are the terms of Evelayn's 'punishment'? Can she turn back at night like the original Swan Lake story? Is there a way to save her? Ugh! I need to knnnooowww. Part of me wants to go read the authors other series.... Part of me doesn't want to interrupt my attention for this book. Either way, Sarah B. Larson is a very talented author and your should definitely check her out.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars. 


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