Author: Jenna Black
Series: Nightstruck, #2
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Publisher: Tor Teen
Synopsis: Jenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape in Night Magic.
Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city hunkers down and hopes to survive the long winter nights, Becket Walker is roaming the darkened streets having the time of her life.
Once, the guilt of having inadvertently let the night magic into the city―and of having killed her onetime best friend―had threatened to destroy her. But now she’s been Nightstruck, and all her grief and guilt and terror have been swept away―along with her conscience. So what if she’s lost her friends, her family, and her home? And so what if her hot new boyfriend is super-controlling and downright malevolent?
Mesmerized by the power and freedom of not having to care about anyone but herself, Becket is sinking ever deeper into the night magic’s grasp. But those who love her refuse to give up on her―even if she’s given up on them. If they can’t find a way to help Becket break the night magic’s hold, the entire city might soon find itself shrouded in perpetual night. But the last thing Becket wants is to be “rescued” from her brand new life, and she will fight tooth and claw to stay exactly where she is.
Books that are considered horror are some of my favorites – and yet it’s really hard to find YA horror with a gripping plot, characters I actually love reading about, and scenes that kind of make me want to keep the lights on when I go to bed.
While Nightstruck and Night Magic definitely have the awesome story line and characters I enjoy reading about, it wasn’t really all that terrifying – in fact, I didn’t really get goosebumps even once while reading. I’m not counting that against the book though – some people might find some of the elements in this one scary, so just because I didn’t really think they were doesn’t mean that they weren’t!
If you have read Nightstruck, the first book in the series, you’re really going to enjoy this one, too. I read that a while ago when I bought it when it first came out, and it instantly became a favorite – the magic, the setting, and the characters were all elements that I really found myself drawn to an appreciating while reading.
If you did read Nightstruck, Night Magic picks up where all the action and enjoyment left off. Because when I review sequels I tend not to really talk about the plot due to the fact that a lot of people haven’t read the first book in the series yet, I’m going to give a basic rundown and then talk about the things that I really enjoyed about the book.
Night Magic takes readers back into the city of Philadelphia and into the world of magic and horrors, with all of our favorite characters present. Remember that scary as hell setting that we were introduced to in the first book? Yep, that’s back, and has plenty of spine tingling chills for us this time around, too.
The characters are also the same, so if you loved the main character in the first book, you’re going to really enjoy reading about her furthering her adventures in Night Magic. It’s got a really cool premise and I really found myself loving every chapter, from the very first to the last, like I did in the first book in the series.
There is a lot in terms of character development here, too – the main character, Becket, is completely torn about what happened to her best friend, and it shows during the story. I love that even though everything is frightening to most of the citizens, who have more or less all bunkered down in their homes in fear or the frightening things going on, has pretty much started to rely on more or less just enjoying herself and living her life to the fullest.
If you read the first book in the series, this is an absolutely essential follow up. It’s amazing, and it’s a nice treat back into the magical world that Jenna Black has created.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review – thank you!
Jenna Black is your typical writer. Which means she’s an “experience junkie.” She got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University.
Once upon a time, she dreamed she would be the next Jane Goodall, camping in the bush making fabulous discoveries about primate behavior. Then, during her senior year at Duke, she did some actual research in the field and made this shocking discovery: primates spend something like 80% of their time doing such exciting things as sleeping and eating.
Concluding that this discovery was her life’s work in the field of primatology, she then moved on to such varied pastimes as grooming dogs and writing technical documentation. Among her other experiences . . .
Traveling all seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica.
Becoming a Life Master in Bridge.
Singing in a barbershop chorus.
Read the true story of Jenna’s first trip out of the country by herself at the age of 16: Jenna’s Zaire Adventure. And remember, insanity is a good thing for a writer.
She’s also a proud member of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and would love for her readers to support her fellow authors!
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