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Hi,  I'm Dani!  And I read, love, and blog about YA books!

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A Dawn Most Wicked by Susan Dennard

A Dawn Most Wicked - Susan Dennard

At just over 100 pages, A Dawn Most Wicked proves to be quite a meaty novella, both in size and in content.  Providing an interesting perspective into the back story of Daniel Sheridan, this particular moment in his history grants a lot of insight not only into Daniel’s decision at the end of Something Strange & Deadly *shakes fist*, but also allows the reader to see just how The Spirit Hunters were formed, and Joseph, Jie, and Daniel’s first adventure together.  This story takes place primarily as a flashback as Daniel visits Eleanor in the hospital in the aftermath of… spoilery stuff from the first book, and is wonderfully book-ended by present day Daniel’s thoughts and struggles as he wars with his feelings for Eleanor.  His memory, the story, itself is equally compelling and page-turning –  Daniel trying to outrun his dark past, loving a girl he shouldn’t, an ambitious race on the Mississippi in a steamboat haunted with terrifying ghosts.   Action, adventure, romance, horror, danger and heartache all artfully rolled into a small story that’s perfectly paced and well-executed. 

Though it’s not necessary for understanding the larger story line of this series it does yield some interesting possible foreshadowing into aspects of A Darkness Strange & Lovely, and gives the reader a rare glimpse beneath the gruff, tough exterior of Daniel Sheridan.  Character building, peeps.  It’s good stuff.  If you’re a fan of the series, I highly recommend this novella.

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