Title: Beware the Night
Author: Jessika Fleck
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: March 12th 2019
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her grandfather and fight against injustice…even if it costs her the boy she loves.
On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful–as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda follows the rules, she will be safe.
But when Veda’s grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun’s favor, she starts to see that the safety she’s been promised comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below.
With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real–or dangerous lies.
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. More at www.jessikafleck.com.
“The story is different and amazingly entertaining, with characters that draw you in and make it impossible to put the book down. A mixture of The Hunger Games and Throne of Glass.” —Claire Keiffer
“I was enthralled with this story. I enjoyed everything about it: the details of the culture, the back story, the twists, the dialogue, and definitely the ROMANCE!” —MJBC
“The author has a true voice. Veda is interesting and has depth. Fleck writes in layers, leaving nothing unsurfaced.” —Tricia Norling
“I love it and I’m desperate to read the next one! It’s like a cross between The Hunger Games and Divergent.” —BirdBeast03
“A gripping read, start to finish. The world-building feels whole, the action is fast-paced, and I can’t wait to read more from this author!” —Daisy
“And I know quite well that believing in something makes it very real.”
“And maybe it’s not so much about the secrets. Maybe it’s all about knowing you can tell another person anything. Knowing that you can be vulnerable and safe. Trusting — without doubt or fear.”
“Ad astra, to the stars, no trouble, be well. “
Beware the Night is a fun adventure filled with numerous plot twists, harrowing adventures, and countless truths and lies that are uncovered. This was a fantasy book that was unlike any other, with gorgeous prose and
What I liked about the book was the unique portrayal of Sun and Night. The Sun is viewed as a protector, similar to a god. And so is the Night, but the Night has a different view of the world and a prophecy that they believe will come to light.
Veda has been raised one way her whole life: the people of the Night are murderers, people who killed her parents. But what if that wasn’t the full truth? What if there was an important piece missing from the puzzle? At the beginning of the story, it becomes apparent that there are certain aspects of Veda’s life that are missing pieces. She wants them either to stay buried or to be filled in. But some secrets are better left unsaid. And soon enough Veda realizes that not everything in her life is what it seems.
Veda’s character development was interesting, as her character was constantly developing, like it should be for any main character. She comes to understand the realness of her world and the lies mixed in that cloud her judgment. The journey she goes on is not just to see the world differently but for her to discover exactly who she is and what she is made of.
When it comes to the two main men in Veda’s life (besides Poppy), Dorian and Nico, I couldn’t have picked two better people to fight for Veda. Though if I’m being honest, I absolutely adored Dorian and mainly just tolerated Nico. Dorian was easy to relate to and he felt like the type of friend Veda needed at certain times. Then there’s Nico, her best friend and the person she is in love with. However, Nico has no idea what goes on in Veda’s life and the hardships she has to face as a Basso. As Nico is a Bagio, he doesn’t have to worry about food on the table or safety from the Night. But Veda does, and she wants that to change. And yet, Nico seemed to be the type of character that said he would try but wouldn’t follow through and that just made him very bland to me. I’m not saying I didn’t like his character, I just didn’t like the type of person he became.
As Beware the Night was the first book, I look forward to reading the next book and seeing where Veda’s journey goes.
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