Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Review: Nightfall - Ellen Connor

Series: Dark Age Dawning 1
Genre: Apocalyptic romance (That's how I see it)
Pages: 327
Published: June 6th 2011 Berkley Trade

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

My thoughts:
The authors behind this book are Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty, and together they have created an apocalyptic world that is going to hell, and they even manage to write in some hot passion while the beasts are howling.

Jenna lives in a world that is about to collapse. Europe is silent, parts of the US are silent, while the new government tells people everything is ok and that whatever happened there will not come here. Oh, no they didn't, that is stupid and people pay for their stupidity as horrible dogbeasts attack and kill people and technology fails and stops working. Yes the world ends in blood. But our heroine Jenna gets kidnapped before that happens. She was likeable even if she fought against him a bit too much, but then the world did end. Her kidnapper Mitch is a warrior in the true sense and he owes a debt and therefore he saved her. The chemistry is there at once and they will get to have a few hot moments when they are not fighting beasts.

There are also a few others. Little Penny who does not talk and Ange her mother who only wants to protect her. Tru a young kid who matures a lot and Chris a scientist they come across as Jenna wants to save them all.

But the best part is of course in my opinion the end of the world. Magic comes back and makes killer beasts, but magic can be good too as they find out. I liked the idea of a world changing from technology back to magic, even if it ends with a  big bang. There is also a lot of action and when it ends, well I do wonder if the world can get back on its feet.

Conclusion:
It was an interesting world and I do want to know what happens and would like to read the next book (takes place 3 years after this one). I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance, dystopia and in the end just all of you. Hot passion and action is promised.

Rating:
Good

Cover
Cool


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40 comments:

Anachronist said...

Apocalyptic romance? Lol I never knew such a thing existed. The dystopic elements might be interesting.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

It's always a good sign when you want to read the next book in a new series :)

Misha said...

The world created by the authors sounds scary! I've never been able to resist a post-apocalyptic book and this sounds like an interesting read.

Michelle Greathouse said...

B,

I am sooo looking forward to reading this book. :)

M

Jenny said...

I'm so excited for this book! I adore Ann Aguirre and this world sounds so interesting and dark:) Definitely buying this one this week!

Cherry said...

I'm wondering if the book ended with a climax or if it ended with a cliffhanger?

VampFanGirl said...

I so look forward to reading this one. It looks smokin' hot. Glad you enjoyed it, Blodeuedd!

Blodeuedd said...

@Cherry
Climax. It was all happy and good at the end, not counting the world ending that is ;) But not cliffhanger since the next book will not be bout these peeps

@Ana
Lol, well my own words. It's PNR but that did not fit with me.
Of course the passion and romance might turn you way.

@Mary
That is a really good sign :)

Blodeuedd said...

@Misha
Oh it was. Those killer beasts =scary! I would totally freak and hide. But I love it

@Michelle
I hope you enjoy it too!

@Jenny
I would never have know that it was written by two authors. So cool and yes if you like Aguirre then I am sure you will like this one too

@VFG
I hope you like it :D And yes great covers. All the books have such great covers

Anonymous said...

Usually, post-apocalyptic is not usually my thing. I do think I'd like Mason though.

Amused said...

Oh my goodness an apocalyptic romance?! Now that is intense!

serendipity_viv said...

The cover is really hot! I kinda like apocalyptic and the series sounds good.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'm not sure about all the dystopians but this sounds good!

Jenny Girl said...

HA! Trust no one and be self relient. or have a good escape plan :) Great review B

Chris said...

I love the categories you come up with. Yesterday, ice punk; today, apocalyptic romance. What will tomorrow bring??

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Wait a minute... which beasts are howling? Human or other?

LOL!

I think the cover is kind of sexy. Thanks for letting me know about this book.

Blodeuedd said...

@Carol
Dunno why I like when it all goes bad, perhaps cos it's nice to read about but I would never ever want to see it happen

@Amused
Finding love when the world ends, I would say so :)

@Vivienne
It's dark and almost zombies..almost since they are creepy dogs but you get the picture

Mandi said...

This book scared me - in a good way! LOL. Can't wait for the next one!

Blodeuedd said...

@Carrie
Perhaps cos this is a bit different and there is no big government standing behind saying what you should do like in dystopia books

@Chris
I am sad to say that tomorrow is just normal PNR and UF on the table ;)

@Jenny
I would say so. That plan..I need a plan, lol

@Missie
Lol, oh everyone is howling, but mostly the man eating dogs

Blodeuedd said...

@Mandi
Oh yes it would make one kick-ass movie. I kept thinking of the dogs in resident evil

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I just have started seeing this book around the blogosphere. I so need to read it. This one sounds so good. I like the cover too! :)

Staci said...

Still not my cup of tea but I'm glad that you can't wait for the next one!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Hhhhh, it figures I was just thinking and talking about this book with others on another site about a week or two ago. I really would like to get this one as well. And then you go and review it. ;D Sounds like one I think I need to get as it is already on the want list. :) Thanks for the great review.

Julie said...

*cries* I think I may be one of the only people who didn't connect with this one. I hate when that happens. It wasn't a bad book. I enjoyed their vision quite a bit. I have to sit on it for a few days before writing my review. I liked yours though. :)

The Bookworm said...

Apocalyptic romance? interesting!
and I like the cover.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

The combination of genres in this one is enough to tempt me! Great review! :)

Anonymous said...

I also like the idea of technology changing back to magic. Although, one way to look at it is that technology is humanity's attempt to imitate what is magical.

Blodeuedd said...

€Melissa
hot cover and yay heads! No headless bodies running around here.

@Staci
I do want to know if the world makes it

@Melissa
Hihi, I am always there hiding in the corner and jump out with a book, lol. But if sounded interesting then do give it a go

Blodeuedd said...

@Naida
Oh yes, the end of the world as we know it

@Melissa
It was hard to pin it down to one genre since it had a bit of everything

@Steph
I like that too :D Let's just hope that if it happens then it wont happen like this. And smart, it does look like that

@Julie
Don't be sad :( I guess you felt like I did with Dragon Bound. Good but I just did not fall liek everyone else. And yes sit down and think about it

Darlene said...

I do like end of the world books. I haven't read one in ages though. Glad you liked it - now you just have to wait for the next one!

Ann Aguirre said...

I'd love to give away a copy of NIGHTFALL here if anyone's interested. Blodeuedd, would you permit me to reward your commenters?

Blodeuedd said...

@Ann
That would be fun so of course I would permit that :D I hope you see this now. Took me long to moderate since I was gone most of the day yesterday ;)

Blodeuedd said...

@Darlene
It comes out already in September! :D

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Well Blodeuedd you know I'm in for the book from Ann! :D lol. I have to get me one of these.

SusiSunshine said...

This book is so far up on my wishlist. First the cover is wonderful and seriously who could at least resist the blurb alone. Want.

Anonymous said...

I've seen a few other people talking about this series. It sounds good but I don't know if I'd put it on my TBR list right now.

Blodeuedd said...

@Melissa
Lol, good luck. I do think you would enjoy it

@Susi
I know, so awesome! Both cover and blurb. I think I have a bit of a covercrush

@Dea
Read a few reviews and see :)

Aurian said...

I'm not into dystopian worlds, but you really make this one sound worth my wile! I do want to try it.

bittenbyromance said...

I may have to try this book.

Blodeuedd said...

@Aurian
Well if you go by strict dystopia definition then it's only a tiny bit of that ;)

@laurie
It was fun :)

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