Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire

April 27th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 52 Comments

27th Apr
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
by Seanan McGuire
Published by: Tor
Genres: Paranormal
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

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I enjoy the writings of Seanan McGuire and those under her pen name Mira Grant. When I saw the book, DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY, I immediately one-clicked. McGuire offers a unique take on ghosts that took us from the cornfields of Kansas to the inner city streets of New York. A brilliant world and concept that left me hankering for more.

From its cool concept regarding ghosts and witches, I found myself wanting more of this world McGuire created.  We meet Jenna, who as a teen died after her sister Patty committed suicide. Jenna ends up living in New York. Without giving too much away, when a person passes before their “end date,” they become a ghost with a debt of time owed to this plane.  To move on, she must give time to humans. While most humans would gladly have their life extended by a week or even years, Jenna feels the time she gives must be earned. She volunteers at a suicide prevention hotline.

There are many supernatural creatures in this world who all avoid interacting with Witches. The witches can trap ghosts and are feared by them.  However, Jenna friends Delia, a corn witch who owns a local dinner. When all of the ghosts in the city suddenly go missing Jenna and Delia investigate.

McGuire’s story is rich, well written and as always fascinating. She mixed ghostly myths and beliefs while adding her own spin regarding spirits. I wish this tale were full-length, as so many scenes could have been expanded. I enjoyed DUSK OR DARK OR DAWN OR DAY but felt the ending was rushed and the climatic battle could have been so much more. The bits that were shared were brilliant, dark and had me holding my breath, but I wanted a full meal and was only treated to an appetizer. I am going to hope that this was only the beginning and that McGuire satisfies my appetite with a main course.

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About Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats. Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the “Velveteen vs.” superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

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52 Responses to “Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire”

  1. Ksenia

    I don’t read a lot of paranormal titles, but for me this premise sounds unique and interesting. Though looks like it suffers a little of novella syndrome – not enough pages for a fully satisfying story. I think I’ll wait if the author decide to write a continuation, thanks for putting this story on my radar, Kim!
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  2. Nadene

    It is for reasons like these why I am not a big fan of novellas. I realise that not all authors can pull it off without compromising the ending and certain events within the story. I am glad that inspite of the issues you encountered, you were still able to enjoy the story, whcih based on your review had lots of potential.
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  3. kindlemom1

    Wait, how did I not know that was her pen name? It is so hard for me to resist ghost stories and I don’t even know why. I really think I need to grab this one. I’m kind of nervous that you wanted more from the world but maybe if I’m not expecting too much it will work for me.
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  4. Michele & Mckenzie

    This sounds like such a great concept! It definitely seems like our kind of read; we’ll be adding this one to the TBR. Sorry it didn’t give you everything you wanted — maybe the author will write more about this world after all. Thanks for putting this one on our radar! 🙂
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  5. Jan

    I saw this book when it came out and meant to put it on my list to get sometime, but then forgot about it. Great review! I’m sorry it left you wanting more, but good to know and hope she writes more set in this world.
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  6. Lark

    Oh, it’s so frustrating when a book is good but rushed or leaves you feeling like there should have been more! Good review; you captured both that feeling and the things that really worked for you. I have heard such good things about McGuire’s books but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’ll probably start with the InCryptid series because I’ve been told it’s the lightest (and as you know, I don’t do dark very well.) But I’m also really intrigued by her Toby Daye series.
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  7. Leona

    Ghosts have never really been my thing but I am definitely intrigued by this story. You rarely ever get just ghosts and witches usually there’s a vampire mixed in somewhere. It’s also good know that she writes under Mira Grant, I’ll be checking out her work under both names. Thanks for the review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love her Grant books Leona, and usually, her novellas are well done, I just wanted more. The concept with the witches and particularly ghosts was unique.

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