*I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Okay so before we get too far into this y'all (please excuse the southern drawl this quarantine is getting to me) need to know I loved it so much I read from chapter 3 to the end in one day and then woke up the next morning with the crazy idea to cosplay the female main character Reagan.
So I dyed my hair blue...sort-of. I'm pretty dark-haired naturally so the blue didn't really stand out but hey, I tried. I was trying to look "cool" and "authoritative" but I came off looking more like an emo middle schooler. However, I am both the same height and age as Reagan so it might be accurate...(feel free to just scroll past the photos to the review) (also for my mom's sake all the piercing and tattoos are fake just temporary tattoos or drawn on with eyeliner and eyeshadow I promise)
Alrighty, let's get down to business.
Dawn Till Dusk is book one of the Genesis Crystal Saga by Tyffany Hackett and Becky Moynihan. You may recognize Tyffany's name from the reviews I did of her books Imber and Tellus; if you like those don't be afraid to bring in high expectations of Dawn Till Dusk because she will meet them. This is the first book I've read from Becky Moynihan but she was also very impressive and she's been super sweet every time I've talked with her. She has written the Elite Trials trilogy.
Reagan, written by Tyffany, is a lion shifter and the daughter of the most important man in Nathra City. She works as the Night Enforcer keeping the distance between the Fae and Shifters until Tarik's nightly fights go too far. Tarik, written by Becky, is a Fae who fights to forget by literally getting in fights with Shifters every night. When some shifters attempt to kill him Reagan takes it upon herself to help him clean up his life. She gets more than she expected when trying to simply help a broken Fae. Evil plots are revealed that shake even her view of the world.
Shifters rule the city and Faes are seen as lesser creatures meant only for the most menial tasks. Reagan pays a great price for breaking the class barrier and reaching out to help the Fae. There are very direct statements and smaller slights that show the abuse and racism "I trembled in fear, in horror, as he met my eyes and said, "We do not help the Fae." " The characters are very well built, their views of the world align to their status and the situations they were raised in while still allowing for growth and beauty.
While the book does talk about serious issues such as racism and abuse it also has some really adorable/ridiculous one-liners. While building the enemies-to-lovers part of the story my debatably favorite line of the story is thought by Tarik about Reagan. "I bet she has a catnip plant stashed in her bedroom." In the midst of all the horror and devastation brought on their lives, they still manage to find love and find such simple but effective ways to tease each other. A good reminder that no matter what you're facing you can still find joy in the little things.
Dawn Till Dusk is available for pre-order and will be released on May 26th, 2020.
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