Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Beware the Night hosted by Xpresso Tours.
- Book: Beware the Night
- Author: Jessika Fleck
- Published by: Swoon Reads
- Publication date: March 12th 2019
- Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
On the island of Bellona, they worship the sun. Seventeen-year-old Veda understands that keeping the sun content ensures plentiful crops, peace and harmony, and a thriving economy. But as a member of the Basso class, she never reaps those benefits.
Life as a Basso is one fraught with back-breaking work and imposing rules. Her close friendship with Nico is Veda’s one saving grace in a cruel world where the division between her people and the ruling Dogio is as wide and winding as the canals that snake through their island.
But when Veda’s grandfather is chosen as the next sacrificial offering to keep the sun’s favor, Veda is forced to see the injustice of her world. Turning away from the sun means she must join the night—and an underground revolution she’s been taught to fear all her life.
- Plot: 3/5
- Characters: 3/5
- Writing: 4/5
- Overall: 3/5
Beware the Night was an interesting read about a people fighting for their rights and a girl figuring out her place in the world.
On the island of Bellona their were three groups of people: the Dogio who ruled and lived lavish lives in luxury; the Basso who were oppressed by the Dogio and the Night- a secret organisation who supposedly reaped terror and stole away Basso people to the depths of darkness. As you can tell, the Basso were the worst off in this situation.
The main character, Veda, was a Basso girl who lived with her grandfather (her parents were killed by the Night) and who’s best friend was a high ranking Dogio boy called Nico. She also knew another Basso boy called Dorian. She was slowly drawn into joining the Night and realised that all the things she had thought to be true were lies and she had to relearn everything she thought she knew.
Veda was an alright character, I could tell she still wasn’t sure of herself and was figuring her life out. Gradually through the book she grew in character and became capable of making her own decisions.
There was a love triangle! *eye roll* I’m not a big fan of those. However, whilst I was reading I just thought that Veda must be lucky that two extremely nice guys were madly in love with her and it was way too good to be true. I really wanted her to make up her mind because it felt like she was stringing them both Nico and Dorian along.
I did like this book and there were some good ideas in it. I think the main reason it was a three star read was because it was incredibly slow paced and at some times the plot twists weren’t believable for me. I got lots of Red Queen and The Hunger Games vibes from it so I think people who are big fans of those books would really enjoy Beware the Night.
Thank you to Swoon Reads and Jessika Fleck for providing me with an e-arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author:
Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled TEEN), is now available. Her next YA novel, BEWARE THE NIGHT (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases March 12, 2019.
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