Book Review: Darkest Before Dawn (A Guardian’s Diary Book #1) by Amelia Hutchins


Going through an apocalyptic event doesn’t mean the end of the world. 

My dad is a modern day Noah, you know building an ark, trying to save folks and getting my brother, and I ready for the impending end of days – whatever that means. 

Nothing in his prepper manuals had us ready for what actually happened. 
I had nothing to prepare me for Jaeden and Lachlan. Heck, I don’t know of any girl that would have been prepared for those two.

There was nothing to prepare us for the things that go bump in the night or zombies, although now that I think on it, zombies might have been easier to deal with than what really happened. No, an apocalyptic event is just a set-up for things in our world to be shaken AND stirred. 

What will rise from the ruins remains to be seen.


5 Star Review

I’m going to start this review off by saying that a lot of people are going to compare this to Amelia’s other work, and you simply cant. They are 2 completely different times, worlds, and ways of life. To compare isn’t fair to either series or the author. I FLOVE the Fae Chronicles to the point of obsession. Darkest before Dawn I found to be just as epic and a class all in it’s own. It’s so different than anything I have ever read, and that’s what I like so much about it.

All of Emmas life people made fun of her with of her dad preparing for the “end of days”, until it happens and said people all expect to be saved. Now her dad has gone away and has left her in charge. She is innocent, compassionate, funny, sweet, caring and selfless. Putting everyone ahead of herself. She is also very smart, strict and feels the groups safety as well as the weight of the situation on her shoulders. I find her determination unwavering as she goes through whatever life throws at her. I think she is beautiful – inside and out – though she doesn’t see it herself. She is caught completely off guard when she meets Jaeden.

“His eyes and skin tone were hard to make out in the moonlight and shadows flickering off the bonfire behind me; It was creating an enchanted feeling inside of me”

Doomsday has arrived and Jaeden isn’t the only thing that goes bump in the night. He runs into Emma and is intrigued by her. He feel this instant pull to her and his need to protect her overwhelms him. He hates that he wants her so bad. I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with Jaeden so I’ll apologize to my husband right now (though he is no stranger to my ever growing list of BBFs). He is the total Alpha: sexy, overbearing, confident, mysterious, and so panty melting hot in a way that makes you wish he’ d throw you over his shoulder and do bad bad things. Even with all that, I love that he still respects Emma and her wishes and doesn’t push her into anything that she isn’t ready for.

“Even now she pulled at me, her soul knowing me as though she was fated to become mine, and it was f**king strong.”

The tension between them is smoking hot …. It may seem to some that Emma is playing hot and cold but I think its more because of her inner confliction. She wants him BAD but knows that she shouldn’t. She has so many pressures on herself that she isn’t willing to put herself first. It’s the difference between the 2, Jaeden knows what he wants and takes it, Emma knows what she wants but holds herself back. I love that she doesn’t just give it up and really makes him work for his prize. When they do get together, even in the slightest sense, its crazy hot and jaw dropping.

“That, sweet Emma, is how you tell the boys from men. Men know how to get a woman soaking wet without doing a single thing. Boys have to touch and caress with their hands.”

If you think Jaeden is delicious, hold on to your panties ladies because you haven’t even met hot to trot, sexy accent Lachlan. I mean really – Whats better than 1 Alpha male, you got it, 2. He’s also mysterious and feels a need to protect Emma and those she loves. There is no love loss between him and Jaeden and their constant head butting, chest thumping, cheeky banter will have you laughing. Addy, Emmas bestie is also adorable. She is Emmas confidante and protector. Addy is carefree, compassionate, and a total bad influence (In a good way). She says what she thinks and I love her sassy attitude.

There are a lot of plot twists, and its full of emotions. You’ll laugh at the one liners, and feel heartbroken over her circumstances, I also felt an enormous sense of pride for Emma and how she has taken charge, and the sexy scenes aren’t too shabby either *lol*.

For me it was a total page turner, I couldn’t get enough. I found it captivating and gripping. I was completely enthralled. This is why I love PNR because anything is possible and nothing is off limits. Cannot friggin wait for the next book, well done Amelia!

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