Head ache tonight, took a nap after dinner and woke up past midnight. Posting review anyway. Enjoy!
Ellen Connor’s Nightfall is one of those books that I looked forward to because I wanted to see how one of the authors I really like’s style works with that of another author. I’d never read anything by Carrie Lofty before this, read the book entirely because of Ann Aguirre’s involvement. I enjoyed it a good deal in some parts, in others I wanted to scream at the main characters to sit down and talk instead of posturing and grousing at each other. This is the third or so time I’ve started writing this review. Each previous time I’ve tried to start with a plot summary without spoilers or ruining the ending. Each time I’ve failed miserably and wound up rambling about Jenna and Mason’s unresolved sexual tension for three paragraphs. It really wasn’t going anywhere, so I’m skipping the plot summary this week.
Both Jenna and Mason are damaged, though in different ways. She came from a home where her father was seldom around and expected her mother to drop everything for him when he was there. He was kid without a supportive family who fell in with, gasp, Jenna’s dad’s survival group and latched onto them. Both of them crave something approaching normal while the world ends around them, but neither will admit that they need the other. It got old pretty quickly, especially when Doctor Chris was introduced and Mason got territorial without saying anything about being attracted to Jenna. The magical demon dogs were a cool idea as well as a great twist on werewolves. The slow introduction of magic as something other than the demon dogs was interesting. The minor characters were pretty awesome when they got to be in the scenes. But never have I wanted so badly to whack the main characters.
I mentioned earlier that I had a tremendously difficult time trying to come up with a plot summary that wouldn’t spoil the ending. I didn’t lie, even just going off of what the blurb referred to I would have to skip so much that it would seem stiff and confused. Yes, Mason kidnaps Jenna to save her life and then more survivors show up. Yes, Jenna and Mason have some kind of passionate bond between them and whatever magic is happening changes Jenna. It’s more than that though. Nightfall sets up the next two books, including what I’m pretty sure is the set up for the final in the trilogy. It’s also a lot of navel gazing regarding why Jenna feels the need to defy Mason, why he’s drawn to her, and the nature of the new world.
So, how do I rate it? I’m giving Nightfall a three out of five. There was a bit much exposition for my taste and the explanations about what was going on got kind of repetitive, but I’m also going to read the next two to see what happens next.