Welcome bookworms and happy Saturday! Today I'm so excited to be reviewing Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft! Click the button below to see content warnings for the book. Now let's dive in!
Violence, murder, death, drugging, medical procedures, war, torture, gore, corpses, kidnapping, medical procedures, death of a parent
Wren Southerland, a powerful healer in the Queen's Guard, has been dismissed after being called "reckless". But when she's sent a letter from a reclusive lord asking her to come to his estate and cure his servant from a mysterious illness, she jumps at the chance to redeem herself. But when she arrives she's shocked to find that the servant isn't a servant at all, but Hal Cavendish, the infamous Reaper of Vesria, her kingdom's sworn enemy. But as secrets start to unravel, the two must team up together if they want to save their kingdoms, and each other.
Where to start with this book? Let me first say that I absolutely loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the setting, the writing! Ugh fantastic! The overall dark and atmospheric writing really set an engaging tone throughout the book. The writing was so easy to fall into and kept me reading in anticipation. There were so many lines where I stopped and thought, wow that's beautiful. And others that hit me hard and explained some of my own feelings. I honestly have saved so many quotes from this book. Which is always a good indication that I adored it! The beautiful settings of all three kingdoms add even more to the book. From the descriptions I could vividly picture each place the characters were. It made me feel even more connected to them.
The plot was complex and included so many elements. It was a fantasy, romance, mystery, action packed novel all in one. It also surprised me with just how much could fit inside this 400 page book. There wasn't a dull scene throughout and I was constantly invested in the plot. Given how much happens, it was even more amazing that not once did it feel rushed, and each scene was well developed. Something else I'd like to mention was the beautiful interweaving of science and magic in this world. Never before have I seen such a seamless connection between the two. The magic system made so much sense to me (a biology major) and it was so interesting hearing Wren talk about her healing magic.
Now let's talk about one of my favourite aspects of the book. The characters! Don't get me started on how much I love these characters 😭. Wren is a fantastic main character. She's honest and real and makes mistakes but is ultimately fuelled by compassion and love. I absolutely love her and would love to be friends with her. She felt so relatable. I also liked the exploration of friendships in this book, Seeing all of Wren's friendships develop, and how she changed as a person was inspiring. I also HAVE to talk about Hal. He absolutely has become a new favourite book boyfriend of mine. Seeing how their relationship slowly developed was fantastic! I found myself smiling so much while reading. I also loved reading about how he changed as a person.
All in all I wouldn't change a thing about this book. I had an amazing time reading. I also listened to the audiobook which I HIGHLY recommend as the narrator was fantastic. Everyone go read this book so I can gush with you about it!
Down Comes the Night has become a new all time favourite of mine! Of course I gave it 5/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's all for my review of Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft! I hope you enjoyed it! Have you ever felt that a book has been made for you because of how much you loved it? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy Saturday bookworms! Today I'm excited to be reviewing You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus! I'd like to thank Penguin Teen Canada for sending me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review! Click the button below to see content warnings for the book. Be sure to pick up this book when it comes out on November 30th!
Murder, drugs, inappropriate relationships, kidnapping, guns
Ivy, Mateo, and Cal used to be best friends, that is until they grew apart. But when all three of them have a horrible beginning to their day and meet by chance, they decide to spontaneously ditch school and go for a day trip in the city. Except now that they're here they don't know what to say to each other. Until they see another classmate skipping and unintentionally follow him to the scene of his own murder. And it turns out all three of them have a connection to the dead kid, and some secrets of their own.
When I first heard about this book it was described as Ferris Bueller's Day Off but with murder and I was immediately sold. I love that movie and definitely could see similarities between the two. We have the three main characters going for a day trip in the city and segments of the book that are led by two students reporting on the school news. This book definitely sucked me in. I actually read 60% of it in one sitting! I've found that Karen M. McManus' books are really binge worthy and whenever I sit down to read them I get sucked into the plot. The mystery element was very intriguing and I have to say I didn't see the end coming. It felt very cohesive, with little bits of information scattered throughout that all came together in the end. I enjoyed learning about the main characters. I'd have to say that Matteo was my favourite out of the three. I admired his work ethic and overall loyalty to his family. However, I wish I got to know the side characters a little more. Since the book takes place over one day it also added a sense of urgency and excitement. We had some fun settings like a specialty donut place which is making me really hungry for a blueberry donut. It sounds so good!
I had a blast reading this book! Anyone that loves Ferris Bueller's Day Off will definitely enjoy this! I gave this book 4/5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
That's a wrap on my review of You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus. I hope you enjoyed it! What're some of your favourite 80s movies? Let me know in the comments below!
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