Sunday, September 20, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Angels Dawn" by Komali da Silva

Dawn Huntington wants what every girl wants, a sweet sixteen birthday party with her friends, family, and some hot boys, but fate has other plans. On the night of Dawn's sixteenth birthday, she witnesses a crime she can't turn her back on, and the decisions she makes that night will change her life forever. Never having been confronted with such violence, Dawn turns to a mysterious and beautiful boy named Angelo, only she can't remember what happens that night. To make things more complicated, Dawn is in a relationship with Angelo's complete opposite, Nate. Dawn doesn't want to hurt Nate, yet she can't shake her feelings for Angelo, even when she can't help but feel he's hiding something from her, and it could be something dark. Why is Angelo acting so weird around Bonita? Are they together? Are they really only friends? Angelo may be trouble, but Dawn can't ignore her feelings for him. Dawn is at a crossroads. Should she choose love? Or friendship? Once Dawn finally finds the courage to choose, she thinks the drama is over. But Dawn wasn't expecting her choices to have such dire consequences. Do you believe in love at first sight? But can one trust someone blindly? Can love overcome all the obstacles? Is friendship just the beginning of love?

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the world of YA paranormal, it is possible to become generic or watered down. Being repetitive is almost a requirement now. Angels Dawn is none of that.
The characters, which are what I usually notice first, had a bit of a generic feel to them, but it worked in the greater scheme of things. Especially Dawn, because the reader got to watch her grow and develop more over the course of the book.
The paranormal elements of the plot took a while to become noticeable, but when you go back and reread the book (which I did), you will see little hidden gems where it is prevalent. The book always had a twist or a little surprise waiting for the reader, nothing too shocking but always interesting.
There are a lot of emotions in the story, and I can imagine getting feels over it. I came close many times, and I do know that by the time I was done, I genuinely cared about these characters and their well-being.
The plot moved along at a good pace, always engaging you. da Silva's writing skills shine in continuity. While there are choppier sentences, I like them. It fit the story and she managed to keep it going, especially during parts that could have fallen flat. Some descriptions are repeated a bit too much, but that's more of a personal preference as opposed to general criticism.
The ending left you wanting more, and I started reading book two as soon as I was done with this one.
A lot of fun, emotional, and interesting.

4.5/5--a great book!

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