NIGHTFALL: Beware The Night

nightfallTitle: Nightfall 
Author:  Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski
Release Date: 8/22/15
Reviewed by: Haley

Legend has it—when Night falls, the monsters roam…

On the mystical island of Bliss, darkness does not fall every twenty-four hours.  It falls every fourteen years.

Marin and Kana, brother and sister, have never seen Night.  But the end of the fourteen year period of Day is fast approaching, and darkness is coming sooner than they had imagined.

Every household is tasked with a list to complete before departure to another land, filled with queer chores, such as setting the dinner table with oversized cast-iron plates, rearranging dusty old furniture, and sharpening butcher knives.  The elders feed the children stories of tradition and culture to explain these bizarre customs, but Marin can’t shake a nagging feeling that something is wrong—that the elders are leaving out a part of the story.

Just hours before departure, Marin’s friend Line goes missing.  She and Kana are desperate to find him before the ships set sail and Night descends—but they are too late.

Night has arrived; the ships long gone and the island changing.  Abandoned, the three are faced with a choice: surrender to the darkness—and the alien creatures that lurk within—or navigate the dangerous unknown to find a way off the island and reunite with their families.

But only one thing is for certain…

they are not alone.

Nightfall was a series of yes-es for me.  Tantalizing plot?  Yes!  Stunning writing?  Yes!  Authentic characters?  Yes!  Oh-my-gosh-that-did-not-just-happen moments?  100,000 x yes!!  In fact, I couldn’t put this book down.  When I first heard the premise of Nightfall, I was immediately sold on it.  And believe me, this book did not disappoint.  I can’t name a single thing I would change about it.  It’s an easy read and a standalone, which is so rare to find these days.  It’s the ever-so-elusive, “I am really busy and don’t have much time to read but I want to read an action-packed fantasy,” kind of book.  I wasn’t scared pants off—if you want a book like that, I suggest reading The Merciless by Danielle Vega—but I was always sitting at the edge of my seat.  For instance, I found it absolutely intriguing that the children of Bliss have been left completely in the, well, dark, about the truth of the island, and of what truly occurs during Night.  The whole mystery of it all kept me flipping its pages, impatient to uncover Bliss’s well-buried secrets.  And let me tell you, the truth of the island is as deliciously creepy as the book’s premise.

I cannot recommend Nightfall enough; but if you do read it, I must warn you…beware the Night.

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