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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Review of Darker Shade of Dawn by Aimee Roseland - 4/5

Darker Shade of Dawn is a paranormal romance/erotica story in the Beneath the Veil series, which I have not read.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4/5 stars. Here is my breakdown:

Characters: 5/5. The characters in this story were interesting and engaging.  Aimee has taken the ancient legends of succubi and incubi and turned them into people that we care about.  I loved Roschana and identified deeply with Noah, romantics both.  Thank you.

Plot/Storyline: 4/5. The storyline revolves around an ancient evil that only a human can defeat - a classic, almost cliched idea- , but is full of character development and rich world building.  The climactic battle seems a little short and the whole book ends too quickly for my taste, but, overall, it was an exciting, fast-paced ride through a world that I was tickled to enter.

Flow: 4/5. The point of view shifts were handled well and the plot flowed smoothly.  I never felt pulled out of the storyline or environment, and I never lost my suspension of disbelief.  Any book that keeps me turning the pages (or pressing the Page Down key) without wanting to break away and grab a snack is worthwhile.  

Spelling/Grammar/Layout: 4/5. Because I was reading this for a review, I noted anytime that the grammar stuttered or there was a spelling or punctuation error.  The book was not error-free, but that said, if you let a couple of proofreading mistakes turn you away you're missing out on an excellent read.

Overall: 4/5. Engaging.  Stimulating.  Fascinating.  Darker Shade of Dawn is all these and more, and I will be picking up the rest of the series soon.  Thank you for an excellent read!

Jason P. Crawford
Author of Chains of Prophecy and The Drifter