The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise #1) by Aly Martinez – 2.5 Stars
Another book where I just don’t seem to understand the hype.
I don’t want to get into too many details about the plot because if people do decide to read this, I don’t want to spoil anything. I read a few reviews after I finished this book and most reviews seem to have the same idea; it’s best to go into this story blind.
While this had some well written and very emotional parts, I didn’t connect with it the way other reviewers seem to have. I didn’t sob and my heart did not pound. Maybe because I felt Charlotte and Porter’s relationship was too deep too fast for my liking. Insta love/lust just isn’t my thing. Maybe because I found the whole “light/dark” bit really repetitive.
But I think my biggest issue was the fact that I was expecting my jaw to hit the floor from the “crazy ending” I kept seeing everyone reference. However, I guessed the plot twist very early on so I wasn’t surprised or shocked at all. I actually told myself my guess was probably wrong because it was just way too obvious. In all honesty, I found the lead up to the plot twist a little blasé, and was hoping the “crazy” ending would save the story for me. And while I’m sure it will make for an interesting story line for book 2, I think the fact that I knew where this was going all along made it hard for me to be truly blown away.
I know everyone loves this author’s writing, but for me her stories tend to lack that “wow” factor I am always looking for.
All in all an okay read but underwhelming for me.