If the vampire genre and dystopian literature had a baby, its offspring would be the delightfully campy Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (pseudonym for mother-son team Jan and Alex Nowasky). This book had all the earmarks of an overwrought, overdone and under-performing paranormal romance — moody title, vampires, and a cover featuring the now-common “girl in a dress” image (in fact, one eerily similar to the covers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series).
But what I found within the pages of Darkness Before Dawn was anything but disappointing. It was one of the most surprisingly enjoyable books I’ve read all year!
Now, full disclosure: I’m always a sucker for vampire stories (pun most definitely intended) — but Darkness Before Dawn is a completely new entry into the genre with its smart and action-packed blending of a dystopian world in which vampires are the ruling elite, and humans maintain a delicate system in which they are allowed to live.
What this mother-son writing duo have done is create an engaging, entertaining, and sexy new entry in vampire lore. Darkness Before Dawn was just fun to read — and anyone who enjoys a good vampire story or a unique blending of genre (besides vampires & dystopian, this book even tosses in a dash of historical-like elements) will find themselves racing through each page to find out what happens next.
Darkness Before Dawn is in stores now. here is the official synopsis:
Only sunlight can save us.
We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.
After the death of my parents, it’s up to me–as the newest delegate for humanity–to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.
Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.