Sunday, September 20, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Fight For Dawn" by Komali da Silva

She should've known better than to hope her life could be normal after losing her best friend Nate. It’s hard enough to deal with the loss but now she “sees” him everywhere. Add that to meeting Gabe, the new guy who sends her heart racing and Dawn is certainly spinning. It’s almost enough to make her forget the demons that lurk in the shadows. 
Unfortunately the many distractions aren’t enough to purge Angelo from her broken heart. Her hopes of ever being with him again have been dashed. He’s moving farther away and there is nothing she can do to stop it.Soon the demons Dawn wanted to forget about will remind her of their presence and she’ll have to abandon everything else. Not only is her life in danger, but the lives of everyone around her as well.

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

Once I finished Angels Dawn, I didn't take a moment's reprieve before starting Fight For Dawn. I had to know what would happen next for Dawn.
The story flowed easily between books, and I would recommend reading the first book before embarking on this journey. It will make it easier for you than to have to fill in the blanks.
Dawn's heart is shattered for more reasons than any teen girl should have to. Her emotions are palpable, you really feel them for yourself as you read. I admit there were moments when I teared up at her anguish, so I can imagine you all might need some tissues when you read this.
Gabe, the new character, was very interesting and a little hard to get used to. I think I was missing Nate too much to appreciate him for the first half of this book, but he really grew on me. I can see myself having him as a book boyfriend when I was sixteen. 
Dawn is not a typical teenager. She speaks and acts differently than American teenage girls do today, which is why I think I like her so much. She reminds me of myself. I spoke more eloquently when I was her age, I had an upbringing in the church like she did, and I didn't talk or act like a typical teen. I like that da Silva wrote in an atypical character. I hope she inspires teen readers to act different, speak differently (less "bae" and more "love", let's say), and be different. Be more like the teens of bygone years.  Others will disagree, but that's okay.
The plot was much more fast-paced, more emotional, and deeper. Angelo was a big part of the story again, but he had a slightly different role, and I think a lot of people might like him less after this story.
The writing was smooth, perhaps too smooth for a YA novel, but I liked it. It showed that YA can be intelligent and touching. I think da Silva could be a John Green for paranormal.

5/5--highly recommend it!

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