Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

 Black Dawn
by Mallory McCartney

The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen

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.

Rated: DNF @ 50%
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication: February 14, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney

Such a beautiful cover and an amazing synopsis. Sadly, though, Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney just didn’t do it for me. I really tried to get into it, to power through and reach the end, but just, not enough happened to make me care about the characters, the world, the ending.

The world feels flimsy. We barely get any information about it except for the party line that gets crowed, there are powers, an Academy, murder, a bad guy/jilted man. All we know (in the first half of the book at least) is what gets told to Emory, which feels like the bare minimum. As a reader, I want to care about the world I’m reading about. I want to feel how high the stakes are and root one for the world to be saved. Yet, with so little information about Emory’s homeland given, it didn’t seem to matter to me.

The characters. Emory never feels like a potential Queen. We see her flounder, which would be great, if we get to feel her frustration, her desire to be what is needed. But we don’t get it (again, in the first half at least). We get someone in Emory who is barely there, barely a character. Then, Memphis. He just, I know he’s supposed to be the love interest, but he feels skeevy. He takes memories, gives memories because he’s selfish, secretly in love with her, leading another on. It’s just too much.

With a world and characters barely fleshed out in the first half of the book, I simply had no interest in finishing Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney, which is sad because I had such high hopes. Maybe it does pick up in the latter half of the book, but honestly, I shouldn’t have to reach the end of the book before caring about the story.

About Lulu

Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and the three cats with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.