You know how sometimes you read a book that’s just so incredibly amazing and then you kind of don’t know what to do with yourself afterwards? I felt that way when I read Where Dreams Descend last year and it happened again when I finished When Night Breaks. Thank you so much to Wednesday books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book! Make sure y’all go out and grab this one tomorrow (and if you haven’t read Where Dreams Descend yet, make sure you grab that one first since it’s the first book in the duology and you’ll 100% be lost without it).
When Night Breaks 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Janella Angeles is such a masterful writer. I love her writing style and how I always seem to get sucked into her stories right from the beginning. This book starts out being told from alternating points of with, with Kallia in the world where she’s been taken to through the mirror from book one and Daron in the normal world doing everything he can to find her. I love how we got to see so many of our favorites from book one and got to meet even more favorites in this book (your girl is a big fan of the Diamond Rings). There was even a great redemption arc for a character we all love to hate (I’m looking at you Jack). Plot wise, there was all the action we could have asked for- Daron’s chapters seemed a little less action filled, but we did get to see a lot more of the inner workings of the Patrons and understand more about Glorian, so that was nice. Kallia’s chapters had all the magical action and her trying to get her magic back while also trying to seem as ruthless as possible and take down the big, bad, evil guy- all the things you want from your heroine! I honestly loved everything about this book and can see it (and Where Dreams Descend) becoming part of my books to reread every few years self! Also, before I forget, Wednesday Books completely outdid themselves with this cover. It’s so incredibly gorgeous and I can’t wait to see it sitting on my shelf!