Mila’s Shift (The Darkest Day #1) By Danielle Forrest Review!

 

Mila’s Shift (The Darkest Day #1) (2019) By Danielle Forrest is the first book in the series following on from Mila’s Flight, the prequel, which I recently read.

At the beginning of this book, Mila remeets her friend who is like a sister to her May but their meeting is short-lived when May is murdered. Mila takes over her identity and begins to live the life which was took away from her years ago. But it isn’t smooth-sailing from there.

She takes May’s place as a pilot but instantly she is the target of a secret murderer and suspicion about who she is and whether or not she is a shifter. But she finds some joy finding love with a Captain and friendship with others aboard the ship especially with Lucky.

Mila begins to investigate May’s death which adds a great suspense element to the story. We see both her vulnerability through her fears but her strength to keep going and not let her fears get in the way of her goals of survival and justice for May. I love a bit of romance and it was nice to see Mila find someone to support her through these times and seeing her with Tristan shows another side to Mila separate from the case and her career. He seems good for Mila and she seems good for him.

My favourite character was Lucky. She is not out of the closet as being trans yet so to the outside world she is currently known as Luke. The book can be quite heavy in parts and I find that Lucky brings some witty moments as she seems to have a naturally fun side to her personality. She is also super caring and loyal and always looks out for her new friend Mila. This book is told in third person so I didn’t think she needed to be called Luke and he in many parts. I could understand in the parts which Mila is talking to her because Lucky is not out yet but in other parts, I didn’t think it fit. Her story was shifting from Luke and he to Lucky and she a lot and I think she should have been just called Lucky and she unless it was from an outside perspective who didn’t know.

This book speaks about prejudice and the way people are treating Mila or talking about her when they don’t realise that a shifter is in their presence. It is very realistically written and in a fictional way, the author has conveyed how many groups of people are treated in real life and the adversity people face.

Again, a great read written very well and it was wonderful to catch up on Mila’s adventures and see how her life is now.

 

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Mila’s Flight (The Darkest Day, #0.5) By Danielle Forrest Review!

 

 

Mila’s Flight (The Darkest Day, #0.5) (2019) by Danielle Forrest is a wonderfully crafted book with pages which turn themselves.

The story follows the title character and protagonist 21-year-old Mila Dragomirov who wants to become a space pilot. We meet Mila after she has just received the news that she has passed the necessary qualifications to go about making her dream a reality. When she finds out her best friend May who is also like a twin to her has passed too, the pair go to a bar to have a good time and celebrate the news. But this is where things irrevocably change for Mila. She encounters some creepy, drunken men here who harass Mila and scare her to the degree that she shifts into a tiger in order to protect herself. Which naturally works and she gets rid of them but it leaves her in a state of panic as people who shape shift have a bleak future ahead with very little opportunity. She decides her military hopes are over and flees, leaving a letter open on the computer to May. She also leaves May an emergency phone number which she specifies clearly is only to be used in truly emergency circumstances.

After leaving home Mila finds herself homeless in Louisville. Out on the streets, she must find food and tackle the dangerous characters she encounters. She regularly goes to the volunteer food kitchen and she encounters some selfish people who stop the children from getting food. She also encounters some guy who attempts to shove her out of the line to get ahead but she deals with him. Soon though, she finds herself being followed by a man who is mysterious to her but who we know is Jackson who is a shape shifter too. He has recognized that she is from the strength she displayed in handling the twat who messed with her. He is trying to find her to protect her.

Meanwhile back home Mila’s mother Alyana is missing her daughter and holding out hope that she will return and that she is safe. May is missing her and it is affecting her love for her work. Alyana and May’s mother Sarah discuss how May is not holding up well and decide that neither are they so they agree together to meet with a therapist to discuss their inner feelings about Mila’s disappearance.

First of all, the writing style in this book is fantastic. It is very to the point which I like. There is a lot of important issues dealt with here. The book shows the harassment people face in both sexual and non-sexual ways. The author writes very well the fear which comes into a person when faced with the creeps and bullies of this world. Prejudice is also an important theme in the book. Mila realizes that she may not be able to keep her ‘difference’ under wraps and flees home where she finds herself homeless. This is sadly too common of a story for people deemed ‘different’ by society even in this day and age. Trust issues is also a hugely important issue in this book. Mila is very street-wise, very bright and she has also been through a lot so naturally she is going to find herself less trusting than maybe some other people. Her trust issues are both a fantastic protection mechanism when people are not to be trusted and a hindrance to her when she meets people like Jackson who understand her and are trying to help. But how would she know who to trust and who not to? I understood her apprehension to trust Jackson because we as readers knew his motives, Mila didn’t.

I liked all the main characters in this read but my favourite was Mila. She is a tough cookie who will not be walked on and is truly badass in the best possible sense of the word. She also has a massive heart filled with goodness displayed very much in her need to make sure May was alright and in her giving some of her food to the children who got none even though she hadn’t much for herself and as we later learn she needs more food as a shifter. She has a great balance of softness and strongness and I love that in a person so I thought she was great.

The plot is great. The characters are great And the story develops in an interesting and authentic way. I’m looking forward to reading what comes next in Mila’s story. There was a sneak peak at the end of the next book in the series Mila’s Shift (The Darkest Day, #1) which I look forward to reading.

Unputdownable!

 

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