Sunday, August 3, 2014

Book Review: Midnight Dawn by Jocelyn Adams

Midnight Dawn (The Mortal Machine #2)
Author:  Jocelyn Adams
Publisher:  Entangled Embrace, 380 pages
Expected Publication Date:  August 4, 2014
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads (Spoilers for Darkside Sun):
Her soul remembers his touch, even if she doesn’t. With only three days until the wraith king turns the earth into an all-you-can-eat buffet, Addison Beckett is forced to enlist brooding sentinel Asher Green’s help to unlock the Mortal Machine. According to the founder, all she has to do is find the sanctuary—the same sanctuary she can’t remember because Asher erased her memories.  Trying to save humanity while navigating Asher’s lies is a royal pain. But the more time she and Asher spend together, the harder her soul tries to remind her what else he’s made her forget—that he loves her, wants her, needs her.When she’s trapped by the wraith king and forced to pick who will stand by her in the coming battle, Addison is faced with an impossible choice: the sentinel she loves who refuses to love her back, or a powerful stranger who insists they’re meant to be together. Her decision will decide the fate of humanity, and once decided, can’t be undone.

Review (Spoilers for Darkside Sun):
After that heartbreaking ending to Darkside Sun, I was so excited to read Midnight Dawn and it did not disappoint.  I loved it, but at the same time I was so frustrated by Asher.  It's obvious that what he did was wrong and that they're meant to be together so I really wanted to scream at him.  Addison doesn't know why she feels such attraction to Asher (although we do), and it was definitely different to read a book where the main character doesn't know anything and we know everything.  To be honest, I was a little confused with how much Addison remembered since it's been awhile since I read Darkside Sun.  Does she only have three weeks worth of memories? How does that work?  She still has to have basic knowledge about the world, how to do things, etc.  That could have been made more clear.  

Jocelyn Adams writes such amazing characters.  Addison is strong, funny, and feisty and Asher is the strong silent type, although he purposefully acts like a jerk to Addison to keep her away.  Great secondary characters as well.  

There's plenty of action as the group deals with a new villain (or is he?) and I liked the way the author made it unclear who the Sentinels should trust.  The wraith king seems to be telling them the truth and Izan, their leader, is definitely keeping things from them.  Things are not black and white and there are many twists and turns to the plot as secrets come out.  And the ending completely surprised me, I was not expecting that at all.  

If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it.  

Posted by:  Pam


  1. I'm having trouble remembering your review of the first book, I'll have to go back and check it out and make sure this one is on my tbr. I'm always happy to hear when a sequel lives up to the first book.

    1. I've really enjoyed this series so far and it's nice to read a NA series that's paranormal. ~Pam