Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck is a YA Fantasy story of sacrifice, survival, and division between the Moon and the Sun.
“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.“
With this book, I enjoyed the dark, fantasy feel . If you are a reader who loves to explore a sort of mystical, earthy tone to a whole new society, this book would be a great read to pick up.
We follow the main character who is a part of a split society between those who follow the Sun or the Moon. Throughout reading the story, I kept getting a lunar, almost astrological vibe to the world building, and it was honestly one of my favorite parts.
But then there is also a tragic moment when the main character’s family member is taken as the next sacrifice, and that is when the world comes crumbling down on her. Rebellion takes form, and dire moments leave you flying through the pages.
There are also a ton of romantic moments as she finds herself stuck between two male characters. Yes, this means there was a love triangle in the mix, which I wasn’t a huge fan of reading and at times seemed to take over the story.
Overall, I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. There is danger, love, and drive all packed into this book. The ending leaves an open gate for book 2 that would be interesting to see play out. I think if you are looking for a fantastic new world to explore or you just want to get all the feels with the characters, this book should be next on your TBR!
Published: 12 March 2019
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from Xpresso Book Tour
“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.”
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