Today is my stop on the Beware the Night blog tour!
Beware the Night
by 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.
Beware The Night is a bit of a slow burn, so you need to bare with the book on the beginning. Good stuff is coming, but it’s a bit slow to start.
There is some beautiful world building here, and Jessika Fleck has the ability to fill her writing with rich imagery that paints a beautiful world. The downside to this is that there are quite a few descriptions, but it is necessary to understand where the story is taking place. It provides backstory, history and gives the reader an idea of how the world works.
I like Veda. She is down-to-earth, and well rounded. I read I Reviews criticizing the “chosen one” trope, but I don’t really mind it. Honestly, I just read to get lost in a story. It’s worth mentioning though.
Overall, this is a good start to a series I would like to continue reading. I recommend checking it out, because I think the story line is only going to get better from here!
Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
Print copy of Beware the Night
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
Let me know what you think!