Monday, July 4, 2011

DawnKeepers by Jessica Andersen

Title:  Dawn Keepers
Author: Jessica Andersen
My Rating: B

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Series: NightKeepers #2
Main Characters: Alexis & Nate
Release Date: January 2009
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $7.99
Borders- $6.39
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:

The countdown to the end of days has begun—and Only the Nightkeepers can stop the annihilation of all mankind...
Though a Nightkeeper, Nate Blackhawk refuses to allow others to control his fate. The gods have even tried to influence his love life, sending him visions of Alexis Gray, a sleek blonde who is everything he's ever wanted in a woman.
The two warriors can't deny their attraction. But a frightening vision leads Nate to distance himself in spite of the intense passion he feels. Thrown together once more, they must reassemble seven Mayan artifacts that hold the key to preventing the end of the world…

My Review:
This book moved a lot slower for me than the other two that I have read in this series. I don't know how much of that was the story line and how much of that was because I didn't personally connect with the 2 main characters in this one.

Alexis has been raised by her very aggressive and opportunistic winikin. As a result, she comes across as a very fake, brown-nosing, and power-hungry person which is not appealing in a character to me at all.

Nate, on the other hand, was not raised by anyone at all. His winikin died very early in Nate's toddler years and Nate was left to the social system where he was raised in a mix of foster homes, juvenile detentions, and eventually jail before he straightened up and started his own computer gaming company. The only person in Nate's life that he cares about is himself. He has learned that the only person he can count on is him, regardless of the fact that he "saw" Alexis 4 years before they met and that his best-selling video game heroine is identical to her.

So, as you can see, neither one of these characters are people that you want to get behind and pull first, but being in Skywatch and with the NightKeepers, things start to change for both of them. They begin to realize that there is a great greater good that they are working towards. In addition, they start to care for each other and the team's goals and suddenly their focus starts to move outward rather than inward. It's fun to watch each of their personal growth and how that affects the team as a whole.

These books are very complex. There is a LOT happening with the entire NightKeepers team in all the books. With each book, the worlds, the prophesies, and the story lines become that much more complex and layered. It's amazing to think that this is all fiction has come out of Jessica Andersen's imagination and creativity. She is an amazing story writer and world builder.

Onward to book #3...

The series:
1. NightKeepers- reviewed HERE (A rating)
2. DawnKeepers- this review (B rating)
3. SkyKeepers- review coming this week (A- rating)
4. DemonKeepers- review coming this week (A- rating)
5. Blood Spells- review coming this week (A- rating)
6. Storm Kissed- reviewed HERE (A rating)
7. ??? January, 2012 (Sven's book)
8. ??? September, 2012 (Anna's book)
9. ??? October, 2012 (Rabbit's book)

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