Review: The Fading Dusk by Melissa Giorgio


Title: The Fading Dusk

Author: Melissa Giorgio

Published: 19th July 2015

Publisher: Createspace

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5 anythings

Goodreads Summary

In the gritty city of Dusk, seventeen-year-old Irina makes her living as the street magician Bantheir’s assistant. The job isn’t glamorous, but she loves the crowds, the shows, and most of all, the illusion of magic. But Irina’s world is shattered the night she is arrested and charged as Bantheir’s accomplice to murder-murder by magic. Real magic, the kind that’s been forbidden since the old wars. Irina finds the idea of flashy showman Bantheir using actual magic to kill someone laughable, but she’s the only one who sees how ridiculous the claim is. But how can she convince everyone Bantheir is innocent when they’ve already made up their minds? Desperate, Irina must decide who she can trust to help her win her freedom. Is the surly, handsome Captain Leonid telling the truth when he says he believes Irina is innocent, or is he just using her to get to Bantheir? What about Aden, the sweet soldier and longtime fan of Irina’s who claims he’s on her side? Irina said she wanted to know the truth, but when she stumbles across a dark secret that changes everything, will she be strong enough to survive?


I have left this review for so long (since last week) the points are becoming fuzzy in my mind but I will try my best. The Fading Dusk was in the okay category for me, there were some aspects I found annoying which I will list down below but wasn’t enough for me to discard this book completely. It was a close call for quite some time for me to DNF this book but I pushed through and made it to the end.

Things I did not like

  • I disliked Irina (what is up with me and hating on the heroines now). I found her to be annoying and a really useless heroine.
    • She thinks about other peoples physical appearances at the most inopportune moments. For example:
      • When interrogated by Leonid she thinks of how handsome he is and I just can’t wrap my head around it. If she complimented his looks later in the books after the interrogation and when they were alone and having an intimate moment then yeah but not during the interrogation because if it was me I would be scared shitless and be thinking about how to get my sorry ass out of the mess rather than thinking of how cute the interrogator was.
      • When Irina was escorted to her jail cell she saw Coreen’s hair and saw how beautiful it is and wished she had her hair instead of her own red hair and again I am like really? YOU IN JAIL WOMAN! You’d think she would think of something else by now? I really hope it was the shock talking.
    • She seemed more of a sidekick character than a heroine because she didn’t seem to be doing anything other than canoodling with Leonid and a bit of undercover work which let us be honest she didn’t pull off that well. I like my heroines to be bad ass and strong and smart but Irina is so caught up with what Leonid thinks about her and her slum background and I am like who gives a hot damn about your past and why does Leonid’s perception of you so important to you anyway? (I think this is my 23 y/o talking but when I think back to being 17 yeah okay I relate a bit, still annoying but fine)
    • This relates to the point above. She is supposed to be the heroine yet she seems more like a victim of circumstance. The only time she actually did what she wanted to do without outside factors is when she chose the dress and seduced Leonid.
  • The predictability of the plot and it being relatively tame
    • I say tame because the plot could have gone so much further to push boundaries which would lead to a more captivating plot. For example:
      • In the book, the author wrote instances of sexual assault and harassment which I found interesting and was wondering how she will handle this in the book and while I was glad she wrote it in, I was also disappointed it didn’t go anywhere. I was disappointed that it was wrapped too cleanly. Irina was sexually harassed/assaulted (?) by Aden and she was conveniently saved by Leonid who then beats Aden up into a pulp (I could smell Aden was a fishy character 10 miles away, too helpful, too fast too soon you know) and then that was it. There was another instance also where Leonid talked about how his mother was raped and he only knew years later and he took his revenge but there it was again, the whole wrapped neatly no loose ends. It didn’t delve completely into the matter to make it more captivating like for instance maybe the victim had PTSD or that the perpetrator didn’t know it was wrong. Stuff like that.
      • The part where Irina sneaked out to give the stone to Bantheir so Leonid will be safe was pretty predictable. I understand why she did it but at least have some sort of plan if you want to give yourself and the stone to him.

Things I Liked

  • The introduction of a gay character. I am interested to read more of said gay character in the subsequent books to see how the author handles his story.
  • The presence of sexual assault in the book

All in all this book has made me realize that I might be getting too old to read YA. At least YA where the heroine aren’t as bad ass as I thought they would be and is so caught up with how a guy perceives them etc. I just can’t relate anymore to these problems. But I do acknowledge that the writing and plot of this book holds promise and shows that the author does have talent (unlike me who cannot write anything longer than a paragraph) so I guess when I am up for it I will read the second book to see if there is any improvement.


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