Darkest Before the Dark Knight (Gotham: Dawn of Darkness – A Book Review)

Gotham: Dawn of Darkness
Author: Jason Starr
Published: 2017

Gotham

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Before the twisted city of Gotham came to know James Gordon, Bruce Wayne, and its greatest foes there was Thomas Wayne: a great man with dark secrets, Harvey Bullock: a hard drinking, dirty cop, and Alfred who was still adjusting to life as a butler.

A break-in at Wayne Manor stirs up trouble in Gotham. Thomas is afraid that it’s connected to his old colleague, Hugo Strange, but Harvey isn’t so sure and he doesn’t really care. Lazily, he chases after the case sure that Thomas should just give it up. The deeper the two of them delve into the crime, the more danger there is. There are criminals lurking on every corner of Gotham and there’s more at risk than their own lives.

Gotham

While this book was on the shelf with those quick-fix romances and animal themed mysteries, I was extremely thrilled to read it. For fans of Gotham, this is the ultimate prequel before James Gordon came onto the scene of the dark city of Gotham. This is the look at Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father, that I’ve been waiting for. And to discover that he has a part of his past that he’s not proud of much like most of Gotham? That truly put him on an equal playing field with the city, as dark and dangerous secrets are a part of what makes Gotham.

Also, there were new details and stories about each of the characters that were focused on here that I didn’t learn about from the show, which was really cool. It gave me a stronger appreciation for all of it, characters, setting, and the show in its entirety.

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The tone of the novel changed with each character’s POV and that was a major reason why I loved it. Each character on the page was true to the one on the TV screen. I swear I could hear their voices, like they were sitting on my shoulder, as I read. Very strong and enticing. Having a powerful voice is very important to me when I read. If you can carry me with that then I’m sucked in.

To see what life was like with the Wayne parents alive was intriguing and it grew even more so to see how they took care of Bruce and how they handled their affairs. They weren’t the perfect parents. Even they had disagreements. Seeing their day to day life and how they, for lack of a better term, survived in the twisted, Gothic city of Gotham was like getting a peek behind the curtain of the great wizard of Oz.

The book is action and tense from start to finish. Though a casual mass market, I enjoyed it very much. If you love Batman and/or Gotham then give this a read.

 

Quotables:

“…Any two people can read the same book and have vastly different views of it. But science and math are precise—there’s only one answer, and if you search hard enough, you can always find it.” (Bruce, 43)

“…if you want to be a cop in Gotham, you gotta know how to play the game. People who don’t know how to play the game end up with worms in their brains.” (Harvey to Amanda, p. 90)

“Wake up. This is Gotham. There are no good guys.” (Harvey to Amanda, p. 91)

“It’s never right to take joy from someone else’s suffering.” (Alfred to Bruce, p. 157)

“…I think the ability to fight and not kill is what separates us from animals.” (Bruce to Alfred, p. 302)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark by Fall Out Boy.

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Midnight Tease

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Hello, bookworms! I have the monthly Midnight Tease. Basically what I’m reading, going to read and what it up on the chopping block for reviews.

Reading is a serious passion and I know I can’t be the only one, which is why I share what I read and my thoughts. As always, I’m thankful to those of you who are following me on my reading escapades which sometimes are sassy and sometimes they’re sarcastic or maybe just a little head over heels. Whichever it is, I have an update on my book queue and I’ve brought to you during this late hour because, who needs sleep?

 

Coming soon…

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History of the Future-Goodreads

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.
Author: A.S. King

I’ve heard some good things about this author. The obscure title has me curious and being curious is so much fun.

 

The Legion

The Legion series
Author: Kami Garcia

A co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, I’m very interested. Her style is long and dense, wild and detailed. I can’t believe that every author is capable of this and have the ability to keep the reader captivated, but she did well. Don’t let me down with this one, Kami.

 

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The Cabin
Author: Natasha Preston

I have heard do much hub-bub about this author and I’m deeply impressed to see writers coming from little spaces like Fanfiction.net and Wattpad. So many creative geniuses come from hidden corners like this and are just waiting to be discovered.

 

Triple Moon

Triple Moon
Author: Melissa De La Cruz

The author of Isle of the Lost also created The Witches of East End and in this book there’s also an excerpt for the finale of the TV show since it ended abruptly.

 

Currently…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

(This gif is a splendid hint to how I’m feeling with this book so far.)

 

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I Know What You Did Last Summer
Author: Lois Duncan

 

Up for review…

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The Librarians

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp
Author: Greg Cox

 

Charlie St. Cloud

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
Author: Ben Sherwood

 

Night World

Night World No. 1
Author: L.J. Smith

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Tell me in the comment section! I’m always looking for a book to add to my queue.

Seeing Red and Silver (Red Queen – A Book Review)

Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Published: 2015

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Power is a dangerous game…

 

This does contain a bit of spoilers I believe.

Mare Barrows, the black sheep of her family because of her thieving ways, lives in the Stilts where all lowly Reds live while Silvers live in diamond halls like Gods. All of that quickly changes when it’s discovered that she is closer to being a Silver than a Red. Nothing is what it seems in the lavish life of Silvers however. You can’t trust anybody and Mare has to fight to stay alive and more importantly to keep her family alive. She’s not completely alone in the city of Silvers. Two princes vie for her attention while every other Silver can’t decide if she’s a threat or not to their existence.

This book was one of my nightstand reads so I got to revel in it for a month (reading a chapter or two at night). My mom got it for me for Christmas and I was a little wary because I have trouble getting into books with high castles and knights etc. Red Queen was nothing like that. Stone was in fact diamonds and high rises. The imagery of that alone was mesmerizing. And then, there were the God-like abilities that Silvers were born with. Aveyard certainly has a way with extraordinary scenery and keeping a steady fast pace in this book. I thought of the saying, don’t look back or you’ll miss what’s next, when I read this book.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Mare isn’t the underdog hero, not even for an ounce. She isn’t trying to save everybody. She only wants to protect her family and do something good for once. We’ve all experienced this in our lives and it’s selfishly beautiful. It’s sacrifice at its core. She is strong and a fighter and that is my kind of character.

All in all? I look forward to continuing on with this series because that ending! And no, I won’t tell you, but it’s fantastic and surprising, and I’m not one who likes surprises often.

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. The song today? Take on the World by You Me At Six Well, when I heard it (and put it on repeat) I thought of this book, actually.