ARC Review: Bright Burns the Night – Sara B. Larson

Thank you to Sara for hosting the donations for Hurricane Maria last year, and it was really meaningful! I’m glad to be able to contribute to the American community :)

This is an ARC that I have received from Sara as a gift from Sara’s auction, and after five/six months, I’ve finally brought myself to read it :)


Name: Bright Burns the Night
Author: Sara B. Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release May 29, 2018


Ten years ago, King Lorcan of the Dark Kingdom Dorjhalon defeated Queen Evelayn and cut her conduit stone from her. Since then, he has kept her trapped in her swan form. With the loss of balance between Dark and Light, winter has descended and the Draíolon of Éadrolan lose more power every day. But once a year, Lorcan transforms her back to her Draíolon form and offers a truce. And every year Evelayn refuses — for he requires her to Bind herself to him for life.

But now, with an Ancient power bearing down upon them, everything may change. Evelayn will learn that the truths she once believed have shattered, and that she may need her enemies even more than her allies. Lorcan and Evelayn become partners in a desperate quest to return the balance of power to Lachalonia. How far will this partnership go? Can friendship — perhaps even love — bloom where hatred has taken root?Sara B. Larson delivers a thrillingly romantic and hauntingly satisfying end to this extraordinary duology.

Book Cover Comments

I like how these two books have a matching cover and design to go with, but I must pick on the fact that the black accents on red doesn’t seem as elegant as the red on black frmo book 1? And I’m sorry to say but the hawk’s wings are very unnatural XD

The Actual Review

First impressions:

I’m still sorry to say that I see some similarities and that it bugged me XD But hey

First thing I kind of struggled in the beginning was, it was mildly weird that all of the events in Book 2 takes place ten years later. To me, the characters still seem so young, and the book itself is also targeted for a younger audience, so it just seemed somewhat off for me, and my imagination and illusions have simply decided to take me the way I WANT IT to be. (Sorry Sara)

The story starts off with a good development that follows up from the previous book, and despite how little number of pages there are in this book, I didn’t feel that it was rushed at all, and that the pacing was just right. Nothing felt too slow, nothing felt too fast.

The highlight of this book is definitely the growing relationships between each other, but Evelayn and Lorcan just kind of fell into place in a bit of too much of an automatic way. (This is not spoilers, read the synopsis please) I mean I personally don’t mind Evelayn finding new happiness and I probably should have saw this coming in the previous book, but-

The romance is really tough to talk about after all the revelations you’re getting in the book. Not to mention how Lorcan seems to resemble a certain High Lord from another book universe… I mean not to offend or anything, I love Lorcan a lot, but it does hurt to see this boy sacrificing himself every single time something comes up and takes allllll the blame to himself. But its all about that vulnerable side that makes people swoon over him.

It’s also sad how there was less romance involved in this book, not that there aren’t, but I suppose it was more focused on the development of trying to wrap up the story, universe, history and an adventure. That, in which, I have absolutely no problem with, because I myself love a good adventure. We get to see the most interesting part of Lachalonia, the Undead Forest and the secrets lurking within, more revelations to come in this adventure.

The final build up, while Deus ex Machina, felt, what should I say, “expected”? I mean as avid readers I think most endings by now are pretty predictable, and Bright Burns the Night is no exception of that, but I do like how the book ended and the choices the characters made in order to restore balance to the World. This part, I do like and is my favorite.

If you’re searching for a Swan Lake retelling that will literally have zero resemblance with Swan Lake, then Dark Breaks the Dawn is the perfect trilogy for you: from an innocent romance to a terrible cliffhanger, as Bright Burns the Night to reveal the escalating love and the grande revelation and resolution.

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Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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