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Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: Edge of Dawn (Midnight Breed #11) by Lara Adrian

Edge of Dawn 
(Midnight Breed #11) 
By Lara Adrian 

Narrator: Hillary Huber

Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn—when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them—the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost.

Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift—and even lethal—justice. But the one thing she desires more than the Order’s hard-won acceptance is Kellan Archer, a sexy but troubled Breed fighter. In love with him since childhood, Mira once broke through his tough exterior during an unexpected night of rapture, but the next day he mysteriously disappeared, never to return.

Kellan didn't think he would ever see Mira again—or have to confront the truth of why he left. After abandoning the Order years ago, he now leads a band of human rebels intent on carrying out their own vigilante rule of law. Yet a high-profile kidnapping assignment brings him face-to-face with the past he sought to avoid, and the striking woman he has tried desperately to forget. And as tensions mount and the risk of bloodshed grows, Kellan and Mira must take sides—between the competing missions that dominate their lives, and the electrifying passion that claims their hearts.

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Viviana's Review: 
I'd been itching to get my hands on this book since it was first announced. "Edge of Dawn" jumps 20 years into the future from the events of Darker After Midnight (Midnight Breed, #10), now known as "First Dawn". The world knows vampires exists and humans and the Breed have been fighting many wars during those 20 years. Due to this jump of 20 years, "Edge of Dawn" can be read as a stand alone or even as the start of a new series, technically. However, why would you want to. The Midnight Breed series is truly a great series. 
"Edge of Dawn" is Mira (age 9 when introduced in "Veil of Midnight" as a child) and Kellen (age 14 when introducced in "Taken by Midnight") story. They met when they were children and Mira ensured they became friends. Those feelings soon morphed into more and they eventually got together romantically only to lose one another. That loss has shaped Mira's life and as a warrior of the Order, motivates her every time she is out battling the enemy.

Lots of events have unfolded that lead to the events in "Edge of Dawn". As in the previous books, this one is filled with action. We are introduced to the new generation as many of the Order members and their Breed Mates, we've come to know and love have had children. I am extremely excited and looking forward to getting to know these new characters. I was happy to see that we will still be getting the chance to hang out with the characters from the original arc of the story. Lara has done a fantastic job of bring the past to the present and making us love the new characters as much as we loved the original ones. 

"Edge of Dawn" had it all, romance, suspense, all things we love about Lara's writing style, yet still has a breath of fresh air and a slight difference or rather tweak to what we have known thus far. Mira's and Kellan's story is one I had been looking forward to reading since they first met. You got that feeling of "ohhhh there's a story and more to come here!!". This did not disappoint! There's a new enemy, with a new set of heroes and heroines eager to find them and destroy them. 

Over all, a great read that I couldn't put down. Characters you'll fall in love with as well as stories that will have you rooting for the good guys! 

Rating: 4.5 stars - Really LOVED It

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