*I received a free ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I was so excited when I saw this book because I LOVE the night, and I’ve always believed there’s magic in the night. So magic taking over and everything changing once the sun goes down was a completely irresistible premise to me. It didn’t matter that bad things were happening, it was still magic in the night!
And what the description promises (and what the cover shows) is exactly what happens. Some of the weirdness was pretty creative too. I was actually kind of freaked out during a couple scenes, just enough that it was fun, though the fact that I was alone in a dark room at night probably helped ;-)
The way the characters, and society as a whole, reacted to the crazy night magic was pretty realistic, so I also appreciated that. The main character made some questionable decisions sometimes, but that’s what teenagers do, and they were the kind of decisions you couldn’t really blame her for. The love interest was also a great person and easy to like. I think my favorite thing about the characters though was that this was a YA book that actually did NOT suffer from Crappy Parent Syndrome. Becket and her father didn’t always get along perfectly, but he was involved, and they loved each other, and I loved their relationship.
The thing about book though is that it just didn’t reach out and grab me. But I think this is one of those personal preference kind of things because it was not a poorly written book. It was just that the book was kind of subdued, middle-of-the-road, and I like books that are dark, intense, more towards the extremes. I thought this book would be somewhat like that (as much as YA ever is, at least), but instead it was fairly slow-paced and focused on suspense and creepiness—which is not a bad thing, just not quite my thing.
The main characters were also a little too likeable and perfect for my taste. They weren’t so perfect that it was unbearable, I just happen to like my characters broken, flawed, and/or brooding.
So overall, even though this book wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be, it had a great premise and some fun, creepy scenes (not give-you-nightmares creepy, just ooh-what’s-going-to-happen creepy) and was enjoyable to read.
The start of a paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black.
The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.
Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents’ divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents’ ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.
Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.
The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.
Book Author: Jenna Black
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Pennsylvania, USA