Book of Night By Holly Black

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Book/Novel Author: Holly Black

Book/Novel Title: Book of Night

 

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“A delicious, dark, adrenaline rush of a book. I’m already dying to see Charlie Hall’s next con.” – New York Times bestselling author, Alix E. Harrow#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her stunning adult debut with Book of Night, a modern dark fantasy of betrayals, secret societies, and a dissolute thief of shadows, in the vein of Neil Gaiman and Erin Morgenstern.Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall.Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but getting out isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that Charlie’s shadowless, and possibly soulless, boyfriend has been hiding things from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends into a maelstrom of murder and lies.Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world—all trying to steal a secret that will give them vast and terrible power.At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
I was so excited about this book- all the way through. It kept me guessing and wanting more. And then I got to the ending. It was horrible and it ruined the entire book for me.
The story was really cool. It took me longer to read than other’s I’ve read by Holly Black which I think might be because it wasn’t written in a way I could easily follow along. I was confused at first about the multiple names used for certain characters but once I understood what was happening I was interested to know what would happen next. The book really picks up and gets interesting about 2/3 into it. The last 100 pages were fast paced and really interesting. I would definitely read a sequel if one came out.
Charlie Hall was raised to be a thief and a con, with a history of bad and worse decisions. It took a bit in the novel to world build the shadows. Then it was riveting. The ending is satisfying, but also a beginning. Charlie Hall will never be the same. I look forward to a sequel to this book.
Holly Black is the latest YA Author to pen an adult fiction novel. Hers is the tale of Charlie Hall, whose past comes back to haunt her. She’s a bartender and low level thief on the side living with her boyfriend Vincent Damiano and her younger sister Poppy. Though she’s barely scraping by, Charlie refuses to take on the big cons that she used to after one close call. However, her past has a way of refusing to remain in the rear view as someone she thought she would never see again pops up. His appearance starts a chain of events that unearths the truth which sends Charlie’s life in a tailspin.The only part of the story that I didn’t like is that I wanted to know more about Vincent and Red.I’m so happy that today I learned that Book of Night is a duology. Book one is worth four out of five stars in my opinion. Holly Black is not only the Queen of Faeries. I think that’s she’s also becoming one of the Queens of Adult Fantasy as well.
I really wanted to like this book. Listened to it & forced myself to finish. The main character was supposed to be so brilliant but kept doing stupid things, her younger sister annoying as hell, & pretty much everything else in the book was tedious & repetitive. A big waste of time.
The premise just didn’t work for me. I did eventually come to like the protagonist, a c!ever little thief, but the plot was essentially silly.

 

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