ARC Review: Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark, #3) by Gena Showalter

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:41 PM
It's been a long time since I last posted a review but please bear with me. My exams are in five weeks and will last about two weeks. After that there'll be major changes at my blog with many giveaways!!!

Without further ado..

Burning Dawn (Angels of the Dark #3)

By Gena Showalter

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fav Scene: "Trembling fingers stroked over his feathers in a single, innocent moment of communion, flooding him with sensations he'd never before experienced. Sultry heat arced through his wings, spread through hid body. His blood crackled and fizzed with something akin to contentment. An impossible contentment."- Thane

I’m literally out of words. I love Gena soooo much and her works never disappoint. Burning Dawn just became one of my favorite books. For real, this was one of her best books and having read most of her books I know what I’m talking about! I’ve been waiting so long for this book. Ever since I read Beauty Awakened I’ve been “patiently” waiting for this one.

Kendra, a powerful seductive Phoenix, has captured Thane and is using him as a slave, bound to do everything she wishes. Elin sweet Elin, is also a slave to the Phoenix camp and seeing Thane gives her hope that she’ll one day be free. So, Elin decides to free Thane thinking he’ll rescue her as well. Elin gets her wish but Thane is consumed by his need to revenge the phoenix. Not just Kendra but all of them…

I loved, loved this book. Thane was nothing as I expected him to be. His consumed by his need for revenge but at the same time he wants to win Elin’s affection. He was such an “ambiguous character”. He’s strong, determined, unpredictable, scarred, will do anything to get his revenge but he’s also admirable, led by his love for Elin and his friends, Bjorn and Xerxes. Above all he’s loyal and he’d sacrifice his own happiness if that meant his friends would find their own. Thane is not the monster he thinks he is. In my opinion, I think that he’s perfect. He tries so hard to be good for the people he loves that he doesn’t realize how “noble” he is.

On the other hand, Elin was not the typical “Gena-heroine”. She wasn’t that strong, she wan’t that powerful and she wasn’t that brave. When I first read about her I was like “You’ve got to be kidding me! That’s not Thane’s match”. However, as I kept reading I realized that she indeed was. Elin changes throughout the book. I can’t even compare the Elin in the beginning of the book and the Elin in the end of it. She was independent, strong and funny. I felt so bad for her, for the horrors she had to endure. But that made her stronger and more compassionate.

Gena did well with Thane and Elin’s pairing. They completed each other and in the end healed themselves.

As far as the secondary characters are concerned, I loved Xerxes and Bjorn. They were loyal to each other and they shared the same past with Thane. They had to endure horrible things, but managed to escape and survive together. They were major part of the book and they totally supported each other. I loved the fact that they were all so “united”.

Fav chat:
Bjorn: Distracted?

Thane: Yes!

Xerxes: May I suggest knitting? It’s very relaxing.

Thane: No reason to suggest it. I’m already knitting a night-shirt for your mother.

Bjorn: Mother jokes? How low the sophisticated Thane has fallen.

I also liked the Multiple Scorgasms, Elin’s “gang”, Octavia, Chanel, Bellorie and Savanna. A vampire, a fae, a harpy and a siren. I loved the girls and was also very curious about Adrian, the bodyguard.

Fav chat:
Bellorie: So, get this. A gorgeous were-shifter stumbled into the bar. He was already drunk, and paused to stare at me like he’d never seen anything more beautiful. Because, of course, he hadn’t.

Savy: Until I walked in.

Octavia: I must have had the day off.

Chanel: I’m pretty effing sure I was hanging out with Octavia.

Bellorie: Wow. Could you guys be any more narcissistic?

Chanel: I’m not narcissistic. I’m perfect.

Bellorie: Anyway. He kissed me, only to pull back and mutter an apology. He said he thought I was his wife, cause I look just like her. I kneed him in the balls, and called him a lying, cheating son of a troll. He then said I sounded just like his wife.

Octavia: I bet you told him to bring the female with him the next time he visited the club, because she had to be the wittiest, smartest person ever.

Bellorie: So you were there? 

In Burning Dawn get to see the Lords of the Underworld as well.

One thing that really bothered me was the miscommunication between Thane and Elin but it was easy to look over.

The book gripped me from page one till the very end and I just cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have read it. I really loved it and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series (pls be about Xerxes and Cario).

Highly recommended.

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

(from Goodreads)

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Angels of the Dark tale about a winged warrior renowned for his ruthlessness, and the woman who becomes his obsession...

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies.
He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy's clutches—a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. 
But Thane's unwavering determination to protect her means she must face her greatest fears—and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

Sofia T.
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  1. I love Gena and am so looking forward to reading this book.

    1. Believe me you won't be disappointed!! :)


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