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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Let’s talk about Nevernight. I have a lot of feelings about this one, so let’s jump right into my review.

Mia Corvere narrowly escaped her father’s failed rebellion. Unfortunately, her father wasn’t as lucky. When the Senate executed him, Mia swore revenge. She was left alone and on the run from the Senate that wants to take her life as well. Fortunately, Mia is darkin and the shadows lead her to the door of a retired killer. He took Mia under his wing and trained her for the Red Church. Now she is an apprentice to the Republic’s deadliest assasins. She has two goals in mind, become a Blade of the Lady of Blessed Murder and vengeance.

My Thoughts on Nevernight

If that synopsis sounds like a lot, its because it is. A lot happens in this book. I picked it up back in February, and I was overwhelmed. The world was so different from anything I have ever read. The writing was different as well. The footnotes felt overwhelming and info dumpy. I made it to chapter six and then I put it down. I didn’t think it was for me.

At the start of September, it felt like Nevernight kept calling me. I found another copy that I loved at Barnes and Noble, and for some reason I bought it. When I picked it back up I fell in love.

I was hooked when Mia reached the Red Church. I loved the world building. Kristoff painted a clear picture of what it was like to be an acolyte in a school perpetually shrouded in darkness. The classes were also very interesting. Each Shahiid (professor) and class had it’s own distinct feeling. I felt like I was in class with Mia.

My biggest problem with my first attempt was the footnotes. It felt like they were throwing information at me. I was completely lost. I started to get used to them the more I read. Eventually, I started enjoying them. There was a lot of humor incorporated into the book through them. I really enjoyed the juxtaposition between the witty footnotes and the intense action filled moments.

Kristoff’s wit also reflected on Mia. I loved her. She was witty and determined. And of course, the best part of the whole book was Mr. Kindly. He is so sarcastic and I love it.

Final Thoughts

I loved Nevernight. I had to get used to the writing style, but when I did it was great. Now I have another fandom to join. Nevernight felt like coming home. It rekindled my love of fantasy. Now give me Godsgrave.

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The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James Review

I have been loving thrillers lately. When I read the synopsis of The Sun Down Motel I knew it was perfect for me. I took it to Savannah and devoured it when we were on the beach.

1982. Viv Delaney is headed to New York City to pursue an acting career. When she makes an unexpected stop at The Sun Down Motel she decides to take a job as the night clerk to help finance her dreams. Quickly, she find out that there are some horrible secrets lurking at the motel.

2017. Carly Kirk wants to solve the mystery of her Aunt Viv’s disappearance. When she visits The Sun Down Motel she learns things have not changed since 1982. She ends up in wrapped up in the same secrets and mysteries that captivated her aunt so many years earlier.

My Thoughts on The Sun Down Motel

For the most part, I loved this story. The dual timelines were interesting. There were a few times where Viv would be researching something and the answer would be revealed in Carly’s timeline. Then we would see Viv live the results out. The research/reveal aspects were handled in a unique way.

Toward the middle of the book I did feel like there was a lull in the action. There were less pieces of the puzzle that fit together. I felt myself losing interest until a major plot twist happened and all the puzzle pieces began to make sense again.

I’m glad the paranormal elements were included. I love a good haunted motel story. This one gave me the creeps.

The Sun Down Motel was a well executed mystery told in an interesting way. I want to talk about the ending, but I don’t want to spoil it. I will just say that the ending was satisfying. It took a different direction than I expected.

My Rating: 4/5

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