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Dawn's End, #1

Nicole Newman is still recovering from her boyfriend's cheating ways, just going through the motions of life when a mysterious dream man invites her to come with him to Dawn's End. Deciding to take a chance, she follows him into Dawn's End and takes part in his quest to stop Nightfall, a terrible period in Dawn's End when normal people and animals are transformed into demons, and who may stay that way if Nightfall is not driven back.

Dawn's End is a fairly standard alternate world of dreams travel story, with romance and some adventure. Time flows a bit like Narnia between the real world and the wardrobe, so Nicole can experience weeks of adventure in Dawn's End and return with only a day having passed in the real world. Though the sexual expression between the main characters is fairly limited and not explicit, the book felt like it was written for younger readers than the young adult target audience. As a quest story, Dawn's End succeeds, but the dialogue is flat and the characters are stereotypes with simple solutions to their problems.

Book Blurb for Nightfall

Betrayed by her fiancé, Nicole Newman has put her love life on hold. She loses herself in fantasy, becoming isolated and despondent. When a voice from the woods identifies himself as the man of her dreams and asks for her help, Nicole is unsure whether he is stalking her or about to take her on the adventure of a lifetime. Who, or what, is this mysterious being?

Dawn’s End, a place of simplicity and goodness, is being overcome by a gruesome darkness. Possessing bits of information, Nicole and the dark man know only that they must complete their quest before Nightfall becomes permanent. How far can she trust this not-quite-human? Can they save a world, possibly two, when Nicole isn’t sure she can save herself?

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2011 3.50