Welcome to my stop on the TBR and Beyond Tours Book Tour for Born at Dawn by Christina Davis. I was so excited when we scheduled this tour and couldn’t wait to start. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to see the tour schedule for other content creators.
Meet Christina Davis
Christina Davis was raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a California girl at heart. She spent much of her childhood in and out of hospitals and embraced reading as an escape. After being home-schooled through high school, she graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University and attended NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute before embarking on a decade-long career in journalism. She enjoys chocolate, cosplay, coffee, and board games, but not necessarily in that order. She now lives in beautiful Monterey County with her husband and daughter.
About Born at Dawn
Title: Born at Dawn
Series: Da’Valia Trilogy #1
Author: Christina Davis
Publishing Date: November 15, 2020
Page Length: 304
Age Range: YA
Synopisis: When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva’s powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she’s in trouble.
Neva has always hidden her Da’Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family’s tavern, but she won’t be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother’s people to gain control over her emerging powers.
The Da’Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god of war, and the austere Da’Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan’s ruthless leader.
Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud.
Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe?
Wow did this book ever deliver! I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the description, but I am beyond happy with what I read!
Neva is a strong character that has a hidden powers/identity. She is strong willed, quick to learn, and has a tendency to be a sarcastic, smart-ass. I absolutely love her! Astiand is by far my favourite of the male characters! He is dark, brooding, and had a tendency to try to put Neva in her place! Emiliand, on the other had, understands Neva on a level that no one else seems to be able to. He is strong and seems sweet and charming, but he wasn’t my favourite. Honestly, I wanted less of Emilian and Adam (friend from home) and more time with Astiand! Neva and Astiand’s tension has a will they/wont they quality that I absolutely love and spend so much time screaming “just f*** already!!!!”
Davis’ writing was easy to read and provided a lot of atmosphere to the book. We felt everything that Neva felt and could hear/smell what she was hearing/smelling – although there is one scene that I would have loved to not have that experience lol. It was face-paced, but not overly so. At no point did I feel lost or confused. The magic system made sense and we learned along side Neva – instead of her knowing it all and us trying to catch up.
The journal entries took me a while to understand their importance and I think I may have liked them as being part of the story – reading along with Neva – instead of having them at the beginning of each chapter. There were points where I didn’t understand what they were referring to and why I would care. But once we got further into the story, more and more of the previous entries made sense.
This book was action packed and full of sexual tension (some I rooted for whole-heartedly). I highly recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy with a character with hidden history/power. Neva reminds me of a mix of characters – Nina, Mia, oh and I’m sure many other bad ass female characters that I can’t picture at the moment. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!!!!
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