Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning Series #1)

Nightfall (Dark Age Dawning Series #1)

by Ellen Connor

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ISBN-13: 9781101528969
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: A Dark Age Dawning Novel , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 170,245
File size: 346 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ellen Connor is a pseudonym for Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty, two acclaimed romance authors. Ann Aguirre lives in Mexico. Carrie Lofty lives in Wisconsin.

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Nightfall 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Liz4984 More than 1 year ago
LOVED it!!! Was surprised becuase I wasnt expecting such a great story from an author I hadn't ever heard about. Well worth the money! Cant wait for book two!
Maureen Muir More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Fast paced. New twist on story lines. It is a must
scouty54 More than 1 year ago
This book had everything going for it--great writing, Hunky Alpha-Man good with weapons, and a Kick-Patootie Heroine! If you've followed the Skin books by Ava Gray AKA Ann Aguirre, then you know half of this author, Ellen Connor, is Ann Aguirre, and therein lies the wonderful writing. The survival situation these two characters find themselves in is such a challenge, and the monster dogs raise it up a notch as well. But all these things happening do not overwhelm the "romance" found in this book--weird, huh. Jenna and John. John and Jenna. When these two look at each other, you can feel the heat and the vulnerability between them. I soo loved this book. I highly recommend Nightfall, and can't wait for Book 2 of 3.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the middle of the twenty-first century, the first power grid failed in Eastern Europe; soon others followed as the east coast of America went dark while the wave continued to cross the broken country. Some claimed the End of Days Rapture had begun; while others insisted nuclear meltdowns and WMDs as the causes. Her late dad predicted the end of days as the demise of technology followed by the Change, but Jenna Barclay thought her father was a survivalist lunatic. In Oregon the grid still works, but for how much longer? Former Marine John Mason owes a life debt to Jenna's late father and pays the first installment by kidnapping his deceased guru's daughter to take her to safety in the remote wild just before the magical change begins. Jenna thinks her abductor is as crazy as her dad was until mutant dogs attack them followed by meeting three adults and two children fleeing violent inhuman predators. Neither Jenna nor John is prepared for the Change that comes to them. The first Dark Age Dawning thriller starts off as a science fiction collapse of civilization but deftly switches into a post-apocalyptic survivor fantasy reminiscent of Sterling E. Lanier's Hiero's Journey. The story line is fast-paced from the moment John takes Jenna to the cabin her father prepared for her. Aptly titled as Nightfall has fallen putting out the lights of civilization though pockets of packs change yet retain the essence of what is human in the new lethal world. Harriet
bookowl828 More than 1 year ago
When I started this book, I could not put it down. It was fast paced and has a little bit of everything in it. It was beautiful, romantic and heartbreaking. It is well worth checking out!
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Entertaining in an action-adventure sort of way and I could tell that the authors had fun writing it, which was both charming and an indication that I wasn't fully engaged in the story. The world building was interesting and I liked the concept of the characters, but I kind of felt like I was watching people playing a shoot-em-up video game at times. I don't know. Pretty well done, but I wish I'd been able to get into the story more.
ReginaR on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I attempted to read this book several months ago. Ultimately, this book was not for me despite the fact that I love Ann Aguirre as an author, I love post-apoc books and I had marked this as highly anticipated almost a year before its release. I ended up not finishing this book and abandoning it after about 20%. There are some things I did like about the book. I liked the idea of it, I liked a few parts but other parts just did not work -- to me this may have been as a result of the collaborative effort between two writers. But I could be wrong. The set-up is perfect for so many of us that love survivalist based books -- the world is failing, technology and science are collapsing and a magic world is on the rise. With this shift, comes zombie like creatures that are terrifying and on the hunt. A group of survivors is thrown together, some have military training and others do not. Together they work together to survive. Okay, that is where I stopped liking this book. The story did not adequately develop the characters and the relationships, in my opinion. Things seemed to happen only because perhaps in a movie or this type of book they might be expected to happen, but there was absolutely no backbone to the development of these things. For example, there are female bonding scenes that come out of nowhere and sexual relationships that just seem to happen with no connection or development. There are cliched character types (dark brooding sarcastic teen male, etc.) and cliched relationships (two females get drunk, talk about sex even though there is absolutely no lead up to their friendship).In the end though, I know there are many readers who loved this book and I am disappointed that I was not one of them.
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy NIGHTFALL is the first in a new Paranormal Romance trilogy from Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty (who combined Ellen Ripley from Alien and Sarah Connor from The Terminator to create their pen name Ellen Connor). Co-writers can be hit or miss for me. Ilona and Gordon Andrews, and also Clay and Susan Griffith combine the strengths of both writers to produce books that are better than one writer could pen by themselves. But others tend to be a clash of ideas that produce uneven stories. NIGHTFALL lands right in the middle of that spectrum. The story grabbed me right away. The world is slowly changing, succumbing to a devastating `Change¿ that defies explanation. The death of technology begins crawling across our country. People push further and further west to escape it. Rumors and speculations run rampant. Desperate new governments emerge, but the world as we know it still ends. Mason, one of the few who knows what¿s coming, literally kidnaps Jenna and flees with her. He plans to hole up with her in a remote cabin while the first wave of devastation hits. After that killer setup, the plot didn¿t develop quite the way I expected for a paranormal romance. Just when things are about to explode between Jenna and Mason, a group of new characters got dumped into the mix. I resented them for their intrusion, specifically the sulky teen, Tru, and it took me a long time to adjust to everyone. If you¿ve watched the first season of The Walking Dead, NIGHTFALL is very reminiscent the the last few episodes of the season. A ragtag group of survivors end up in a bunker with a doctor and try and survive the end of the world. Overall, NIGHTFALL was a fun fast read, combining thrilling danger and steamy romance in a magical post-apocalyptic world. Some of the supporting characters grate at times and I do wish the sudden introduction of magic into our world had been explained more, but the two leads were perfectly matched and their love story was exciting from start to finish. I¿m already looking forward to the next two Dark Age Dawning books which will both be released later this year and feature characters introduced in NIGHTFALL. MIDNIGHT in September, and then concluding with DAYBREAK in December. Sexual Content: A few graphic sex scenes.
blodeuedd on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My thoughts:The authors behind this book are Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty, and together they have created an apocalyptic world that is going to hell, and they even manage to write in some hot passion while the beasts are howling.Jenna lives in a world that is about to collapse. Europe is silent, parts of the US are silent, while the new government tells people everything is ok and that whatever happened there will not come here. Oh, no they didn't, that is stupid and people pay for their stupidity as horrible dogbeasts attack and kill people and technology fails and stops working. Yes the world ends in blood. But our heroine Jenna gets kidnapped before that happens. She was likeable even if she fought against him a bit too much, but then the world did end. Her kidnapper Mitch is a warrior in the true sense and he owes a debt and therefore he saved her. The chemistry is there at once and they will get to have a few hot moments when they are not fighting beasts.There are also a few others. Little Penny who does not talk and Ange her mother who only wants to protect her. Tru a young kid who matures a lot and Chris a scientist they come across as Jenna wants to save them all.But the best part is of course in my opinion the end of the world. Magic comes back and makes killer beasts, but magic can be good too as they find out. I liked the idea of a world changing from technology back to magic, even if it ends with a big bang. There is also a lot of action and when it ends, well I do wonder if the world can get back on its feet.Conclusion:It was an interesting world and I do want to know what happens and would like to read the next book (takes place 3 years after this one). I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance, dystopia and in the end just all of you. Hot passion and action is promised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very predictable and boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the author is quite ready with this book. I feel a few more revisions would be helpful with some of the transitions. But the story has potential!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was alright. I almost stopped reading it during the first half and I never stop a book in the middle (except Allegiant since I heard I was better off making up my own ending). The beginning is really weird and almost too prophetical for me. I was mostly confused at the beginning, and it felt like it summarized a large chunk of the story that could have been a helpful building block to other things. There is a lot of straight out attraction, certain characters getting boners... and in the middle of a crisis it felt too artificial. Either by the end I was getting used to it or I felt like they actually had enough history and safety to warrant such desires, I felt like it did get better. Nightfall isn't a bad book, but it isn't great either. I enjoyed the second half of the book a LOT more than the first half. It's fine to read if you just want something simple, but if you're looking for something deep, sweet and meaningful this isn't really the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked by the end of the first page. The author creates a very real scary place that has you on the edge of your seat. With a perfect blend of suspence, intrigue, and romance this book hits a perfect five stars. Will definately be reading more of her in the future.
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Alyssa_Riverina_Romantics More than 1 year ago
Posted At: Riverina Romantics My Rating: 4 out of 5 * Hotness Rating: 3 out of 5 <3 What a world! I have never read about a more captivating world than the one built in this novel. Granted, I’ve never read a post-apocalyptic book before, but I’ve read my fair share of paranormals. Some of the things that happen in this book shocked me. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this, but it sure wasn’t what I got. The ride was so worth it, though. The story begins with the heroine, Jenna, being kidnapped by the hero, Mason, because he promised Jenna’s father that he’d make sure she survived the apocalypse. Like any normal person, Jenna didn’t believe him, but she wanted to sooth the crazy, so she tried to do whatever she could to talk him out of kidnapping her. Too bad it didn’t work. She ends up locked in a cabin in the middle of nowhere while technology begins to fail, and magic begins to infect the human population. Only then, after witnessing Mason fight off a couple of human-morphed hellhounds, does she believe. This book was very pleasantly surprising. I was trying to figure out how the author was going to spin a love story into the midst of an apocalypse. By the end of the book, it ended up working out, but for the beginning half I found it hard to get behind the developing relationship. Mason was too shut off from emotion. Normally I dig the whole ‘I’m-scarred-I-detach-myself-to-protect-myself’ persona, but there was something about Mason that was too detached. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but because of it, I found it hard to believe their budding romance. Jenna in the beginning was a little bit all over the place. It was like she couldn’t make up her mind over what to do or how to feel about Mason and the events around her. I know it’d be difficult to adjust to for anyone, I mean, the world is chaotically ending! But she seemed almost bipolar about it. “He’s crazy. – He’s rational. – He’s hot. –He’s a jerk. –He’s kinda sweet. –He’s so cold.” I almost wanted to tell her to make up her mind. However, despite these things, it didn’t take away from the story at all. The supporting characters were really well done. I found myself really pulling for them when they moved from the cabin to a building further in the city being chased and hunted by human-mutated hellhounds. The action had enough flavor to keep the book quite interesting. It also was interesting how halfway through the book, Jenna and Mason go through a kind of role reversal. He suddenly has all these feelings for her, and she wants to make sure the mission is accomplished. It was like she was softening him up at the same time he was hardening her because of the danger. Of course, this ‘colder’ Jenna disappears soon after and they both become lovey dovey people. I was expecting some really hot stuff because, when I’m on the biggest adrenaline rush ever cause the world is overrun with homicidal hellhounds, I want some hot raunchy loving. Unfortunately, that didn't really happen. It was hot, but it lacked the steam that goes with it. I felt like Jenna wasn’t the type of woman to like what Mason was offering. I’m not sure, but it really didn’t click with me. It felt a little rushed, but by the end of the book, I was convinced the relationship was real. It just needed a bit more of a spark. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. It’s definitely worth checking out, if only for the world building. I would recommend it simply for that. I know I’ll be checking out the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this! Such a good story and hot romance!
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I love it when I find a new author that is awesome! This book gives a new twist to the paranormal suspense. Love the characters, I love that I could picture this so well while reading, has a walking dead or falling skies feel but in book form. Totally worth the money! Reading the next book in the trilogy asap!
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Love this book! I can't wait to read the next installment of this series.
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