Monday, May 15, 2017

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson - ADVISABLE

Larson, Sara B.  Dark Breaks the Dawn, 320 pgs.  Scholastic Press, 2017.  $17.99  Content: Language: G; Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG.  

Evelayn is the Princess of the Light Kingdom and has just turned eighteen, so she is granted her full powers.  The Dark Kingdom has been waging war against the Light Kingdom for a decade, in an attempt to control the whole kingdom’s powers.  Evelayn’s mother is on the war front while Evelayn is back at the castle trying to train and hone her powers with the help of her mother’s trusted advisor, Kel, and Lord Tanvir.  Evelayn and Lord Tanvir like each other, but Evelayn is paranoid that he just likes her because she is the princess.  When the war takes a turn for the worse, Evelayn has to rely on Kel and Lord Tanvir to protect her kingdom.  

The fantasy world is creative and Evelayn and Lord Tanvir are very likable.  The book is supposed to be a re -imagining of Swan Lake, but it takes the whole book and the HUGE cliffhanger to even begin to compare to Swan Lake.  The violence is not descriptive but it’s upsetting and the mature content is passionate kissing.

MS, HS - ADVISABLE.  Reviewer, C. Peterson     

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