*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.
Lovers of YA who enjoy slower-paced, suspenseful, creepy books.