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WHEN NIGHT BREAKS by Janella Angeles

The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return.

After awaking in darkness, Kallia has never felt more lost. Especially with Jack by her side, the magician with who has the answers but cannot be trusted. Together, they must navigate a dazzling world where mirrors show memories and illusions shadow every corner, one ruled by a powerful game master who could all too easily destroy the world she left behind — and the boy she can’t seem to forget. With time running out, Kallia must embrace her role in a darker destiny, or lose everyone she loves, forever. 

Title : When Night Breaks
Author : Janella Angeles
Series : Kingdom of Cards (book two)
Format : eARC
Page Count : 480
Genre : YA fantasy
Publisher : Wednesday Books
Release Date : October 5, 2021

Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ 

Hollis’ 2 star review

This reading experience could easily be swept under the slumpy and miserable rug — so, as always, take this with a grain of salt — but equally I know a really good engaging book, which I fully expected this to be, could’ve pulled me out of that. And instead..

This is a long book. And it felt like a long book because it didn’t feel like anything was happening; there’s so much uncertainty in light of how book one ended and we get even more things teased and tantalized and held just out of reach for so much of this book that by the time things actually started being explained, or started to happen, I just didn’t care. And this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year because I had enjoyed book one so much. Was that the fluke? Apparently I was in a slump during that read, too, but I persevered and managed to enjoy it nonetheless. Therefore, should any of this current disappointment be blamed on yet another slump? Who knows. What even is enjoyment.

What made so much of this harder to bear, too, was Kallia, our main protagonist, was just so.. unlikeable? Insufferable? I did not remember her to be this way at all in book one. And yes, her circumstances have changed, but.. yikes. I couldn’t even lose myself in her, or any, character when the plot was bogging me down. Overall this just didn’t win for me and I’m bummed.

That said, if you enjoyed book one, the magic, the competition, the romance, you’ll get most of that again in this follow up, but in a different way. I hope, if you are likewise holding your breath for this instalment, it works better for you than it did for me.

** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

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