Midnight Sky is the sequel to Crimson Sky, which I received free for review at the same time from Xpresso Book Tours.
After acclimating with Crimson Sky, I was much more hopeful going into Midnight Sky. Alas, it was revealed this is probably not the series for me though it's still recommendable to others.
Series: Dark Sky #2
Genre: Gaslamp, Romance,
Format: Ebook, 338 pgs.
Source: Xpresso reads
Rating: 2 Stars
Recommendable? Yes, Conditionally
There are secrets, there are betrayals, and there are sacrifices…
The Behemoth has been destroyed, and the bloodthirsty Hellions seem to have left Westraven. But Claire Abernathy’s mind is not at ease. A terrible disease plagues her sister, appearing to have been brought on the Vesper, the leader of the Hellions beyond the tear between worlds– the Breach.
To save Abby and stop the Hellions for good, Claire must find the machine her parents built before the attacks, and fix it before the monsters return. To do so, she needs the help of her crew, and must ignore the secrets and rivalries between her captain and the man she saved.
Because the Hellions are not the only dangers following Claire. Twisted humans and old enemies surface to stop her and destroy all she loves. While she is determined to endure the trials, a single betrayal could shatter the hope of a better world, and force Claire to make a choice that will cost her dearly…
|The Good||The Bad & The Other|
|+ Going through traumatic shit has physical and mental consequences||-Saw Riley’s twist coming|
|+ Love triangle is resolved instead of dragged out for another book||- Frustrated with Claire missing the obvious, especially when it came to Sawyer|
|+Interesting end point to hook readers to continue||-Angsty, jealous love triangle used to prolong the book and move the plot forward|
|+Find out what happened with Claire’s parents and the rider’s past||-Typical turn of events, formulaic|
|+Explores more of the setting with new places and people|
|+More Gaslamp magic|
It took a while to warm up to Claire and Sawyer in the first installment, Crimson Sky and all the progress I made evaporated with the general obtuseness of the characters amid an obvious plot and typical love triangle. I was exhausted with Claire not getting Sawyer despite it being crystal clear and how the whole crew blundered from problem to problem.
Even Claire’s sweet dedication to her sister Abigail was affected by this. I’m torn. Intellectually I forgive them for not understand what was happening because they didn’t know any better but my emotional reading experience is summed up with “omfg, come ON!”
I really wanted to enjoy Midnight Sky. There IS plenty to enjoy with the new world, its take on vampires and all the action. It explores it strong points, shores up the overarching plot, and the characters continue on evolving paths.
No matter what was happening, I loved Claire’s plans and last minute save the day antics. I usually couldn’t figure out where her mind was going and enjoyed her work. I wish she was more like her crisis mode in the day-to-day. That’s when she’s decisive, committed, and doesn’t get in her own damn way.
I wish I could recommend Midnight Sky wholeheartedly but it’s not meant to be; this series isn’t for me. However, I think other people, especially Gaslamp and paranormal romance fans, will enjoy it more than me because it has so many popular elements. It’s not bad, but I couldn’t get past my own hang ups with foreseeing the plot and romance issues to sit back and enjoy the ride.
If you enjoyed Crimson Sky, you should continue the series. If you were in the middle of the pack like I when rating, it’s a 50-50 shot. If you have issues with typical love triangles dominating interactions and propelling the plot or can’t become absorbed in a formulaic plot, I wouldn’t recommend this book.