REVIEW: Dayhunter (Dark Days #2) by Jocelynn Drake

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/Vampires, Pages: 356, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“A new day dawns blood red

A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally- the human vampire hunter, Danaus- have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind… with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.

Banished for eons beyond the world’s boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth- and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira’s destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be…”

Secrecy is everywhere. There are more naturi around than Mira originally suspected, the Coven is acting strangely and Mira is the key to something, but she just doesn’t know what. Now Mira doesn’t know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, but she is determined to find out.

The second in the series, Dayhunter was better than Nightwalker. I’m still not a huge fan of Mira, but she is growing on me. Danaus, however, is very interesting and although he is not who I was hoping he would be, I still really like his character.

The vampire politics is interesting and I wish there was more on the vampire customs, for example, using the younger vampires as entertainment. The whole story is told from Mira’s point of view and she stays outside the Coven and away from most vampires.

The writing is decent but I think some editing could have eliminate maybe 50 pages of the book that I did not find interesting at all. For example:

“It was an interesting viewpoint that I had not considered. If I had not been at Machu Picchu, the naturi would have most likely opened the door and returned to the earth. Things would have been vastly different if I had not lived.”

I know it is meant to make Mira more real or sympathetic, but to me, it is just the author adding more pages. I don’t really care for this kind of introspection and there seems to be a lot of it. On the up side, it is not in italics. That is one of my pet peeves- characters having long monologues inside their head.

All in all, this is a decent read for those who love the new vampire stories- full of politics, sexy outfits and a wise cracking female lead.

Reviewed by Christina

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