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27 October 2015

❤❤DARKEST BEFORE DAWN by Maya Banks review and release day ❤❤

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

THE ALL-NEW KGI NOVEL from the “incredibly awesome" (Jaci Burton) #1 New York Times bestselling author of When Day Breaks.
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business.

Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background.
Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can’t...

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.” 

I'm sitting here after finishing this book and pondering, why the hell did this take me two and a half days to read? I can read 380 pages in a day- what's going on with me? Am I entering a funk? So I've sat here and digested this book for hours and I think I've found the root of my frustrations. The words. And not just the words themselves, but the amount of words. The repetition of words. Scenes that shouldn't take 10 pages, took 10 pages. It was drawn out, way too wordy. I felt like there was too Much information in the book. Now don't get me wrong, there's a time when extra detail pays off, but in this case it took away from the story or scene. 

Now with that being said, because let's be honest people skim in these scenarios, the storyline was great. It was good to see Hancock get his story. It was fabulous to see him turn from murderous mercenary to a man. It was heartbreak to watch them shatter. It was hard to read what Honor went through and survived each time. But it was also kind of awesome to see something beautiful between them grow in spite of what was going on. It was awesome to see Hancock change. It was so sad when the ambush happened. Each one of his team members grows on you as you see them interact with Honor. And your love for this woman, this kick ass strong female lead character grows with every page. There was so much drama and angst with where they were and what they were trying to accomplish, I was anxious to see how it played out. 

I think this was a good story. And I love Maya banks. If we could just cut down on the drawn out scenes and cut out all the unnecessary words, it would've been so much better.. The first 20% of the book just dragggggged out. Then it picked up and only had certain spots of quicksand. Then we were right back to fast paced, high action plot lines. 

3.5 stars for me! 


DARKEST BEFORE DAWN is published by Penguin. 
In the early 1930’s, most publishers thought the market for quality books was limited to a handful of elite readers. Allen Lane, then managing director of the Bodley Head, a British publishing company, had other ideas. While searching for something to read on his trip back to London after visiting Agatha Christie—and only finding popular magazines and reprints of Victorian novels in the railway station kiosk—he was convinced that there was a need for moderately priced editions of good-quality contemporary writing.
Setting up his business in the crypt of London’s Trinity Church, he began to reprint quality fiction and nonfiction in low-cost paperback editions. In July 1935, he revolutionized publishing with the introduction of the first ten Penguin paperbacks. Within a year, more than one hundred titles were in print and one million Penguin books had been sold. In 1946, Allen Lane published classical scholar E.V. Rieu‘s translation of The Odyssey which went on to sell three million copies worldwide. That was the beginning of the Penguin Classics. Lane then asked Rieu to commission translations of other works for the new series. Little did Lane realize the impact his “paperback revolution” had on reading—today, almost 80 years later, more than 600 million paperbacks are sold annually worldwide. Now Penguin and Penguin Classics trade paperbacks and eBooks carry the most recognized logo of any book publisher in the world, with a list as stimulating and diverse as readers themselves.
Covering such subjects as literature, biography, memoir, history, science, business, psychology, popular reference, poetry and self-help, the Penguin list now has more than 3,000 books in print in the United States.
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