Book Review: Midnight Dawn by Jocelyn Adams (DNF)

Addison Beckett has three days to save the world. The wraith king is hot on her tail, and she has no choice but to enlist the help of a cranky sentinel named Asher Green. But there’s a slight problem: Asher erased all of her memories to keep her alive and now Addison can’t remember how to find the sanctuary that’s the key to stopping the wraith king. If trying to figure out a solution to that little problem wasn’t enough, she can’t help but feel like she and Asher had a much more complicated relationship than he’ll admit. When she must decide whether or not to have Asher at her side when she fights for the survival of Earth, her choice will have consequences that impact the future of humanity.

I received this book back in July to review, and I’ve been struggling to get through it ever since. One thing I pride myself on is finishing the books I start. Usually I can soldier on and finish.

But Midnight Dawn was a different story. When I applied to read and review it, I didn’t realize that it was actually the second book in a series. That fact quickly became apparent within the first ten pages. Jocelyn Adams established the world of the story in the first novel and didn’t include all that information in the second book to do that again. While that’s understandable, it simply means that a reader can’t start the series at book two.

That’s not to say that the writing wasn’t good. I thought the main characters, Addison and Asher, had awesome chemistry. Plus the description of the setting made it very easy to visualize the world around the characters. I even really liked the idea of Addison seeming to remember a relationship of some sort with Asher (even if the book blurb spoiled how that was going to turn out).

I just couldn’t get into the story’s universe, and the writing was much too dense for me to feel like I was making any progress when I sat down to read. So I decided to add Midnight Dawn to my DNF list and to start the books that I’ve been putting off because I wanted to finish this one.

If you’re interested in reading Midnight Dawn or simply checking it out, I’d suggest that you read the first book in the series Darkside Sun first.

Midnight Dawn by Jocelyn Adams is published by Entangled Publishing and is available as an eBook.

**I received an advanced copy of this book in return for an unbiased review.

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