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Everyone in Dahlia’s world knows when they’re going to die. Except her.
Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect…and the time research that could bring him back to life.
Then she meets Farren Reed. She should hate him. He’s an enemy soldier, a cowardly deserter, and the most insufferable man Dahlia’s ever met. Still, she needs all the help she can get, and Farren is the only chance she has to find the man who murdered her father. But Farren has only twenty-seven days left on his watch.
In that time, Dahlia must recover her father’s time research, foil a psychotic general’s plot, and learn to survive in a world that will never be the same. But the research holds secrets more dangerous than she had ever imagined. She will have to choose what is most important: revenge, Farren’s life, or her own. And time is running out.
27 Days to Midnight is an intriguing and adventurous quick read full of romance, action, danger, and friendship.
Dahlia’s 18th birthday kick starts the entire plot, leading to many deaths (her father included), and many dangerous situations (getting captured, chased by robot dogs and bounty hunters). It’s action packed, full of adrenaline, and it makes your heart ache. Throughout all the danger and war and the chase, we read from multiple views, though some are only one or twice: Dahlia, Farren, Sebastion (I like his part because of how brilliant but mad he is), and Keet. Dahlia’s parts were my favorite because of the action and mystery and adventure that surrounds her. The writing makes it all flow in such a way that it feels like everything is natural, even the romance.
The romance was pretty good. I was rooting for them, and I was happy when Dahlia finally came clean about her feelings, but I was definitely doubtful that she would ever admit to them for a while. And while kissing and confessions weren’t until later in in the book, it was clear that the attraction and romance was there right from the start, giving it a slightly instant-love feel. I enjoyed it however, and it was cute and adorable, but also heart-breaking because of sacrifices characters made -or tried to make. You don’t think you’ll get attached, but you do and it can’t be helped.
The action is my favorite. It was brilliant, realistic, and it wasn’t rushed. Luck had little to do with winning or losing, it was all about skill and dirty tricks and rotting minds. There were no impossible endings, where this newfound rush of strength or energy or power would be let loose so they could win. It depended on their battle skills, and how quick their mind was. The action was also gorey and violent and lots of blood was spilled. It was awesome!
The world building was pretty good too. It’s a futuristic world, with robot guards and maids, cyborgs, and heavy duty weaponry. It makes destroying towns and people very, very easy. Which really helped amp up the fear and action during the chase.
Dahlia stood tall through it all. She fought back, came up with plans on how to end the danger, and she jumped straight into trouble to help out friends. She is kind and compassionate, but she is very good at pretending she doesn’t care. She didn’t break or moan about in self pity when her father died, or when she realized bad people were after her. Instead. She hopped right into action, getting Farren to help her exact her revenge. She still cries and fears and hurts though, so don’t worry: she’s not a robot.
The plot is great. It was predictable at times, but the intrigue and danger and overall adventure of it kept it from dragging. The adventure of it was ful of mystery, new discoveries, webs of lies or hidden truths unwound, and epic action. Each new twist and obstacle kept the pace moving nicely and had the perfect mix of unpredictable and predictable.
Overall, this is a fantastic story that keeps you on your toes!
About the Author
Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spent
designing cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to seventeen countries on five continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, exploring used book stores, and accidentally climbing mountains. To keep up with her adventures, follow Kristine on Twitter @kskruppa.
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