BOOK REVIEWS

Nightfall Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 124 user ratings
ISBN:0399175806
LANGUAGE:English

" Well, that was certainly an interesting and super quick read. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book and found it slightly creepy at some points. It was not at all what I was expecting but... yeah. " said.

" I loved this book! It was very suspenseful and with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing! It was a great quick read and kept me awake thinking.PopSugar 2017: Book with an Eccentric Character(Multiple characters fit this description in this book, to be honest). " said.

" This book was the best book I have ever read. I know I say that a lot, and there will probably be more to come, but it was a truly amazing book. With the drama, romance, mystery and emotion, Nightfall is by far the best book I have read this entire year. You can borrow this book from me if you want, but I will always need it back. :) " said.

"2.5 Stars - I didn't like this one nearly as much as I thought I would. Nightfall is a interesting blend between fantasy and thriller, but I really didn't feel anything toward the characters. The characters were pretty much shells for the most part with little personality to the point where I would forget whose 3rd person POV I was reading from and have to check. The pacing is incredibly fast at times and yet for the most part, this book drags and flip flops genres like it's not quite sure what kind of novel it truly is." said.

"For those of you that don't know, I'm a huge horror enthusiastic. I take my scary stuff very seriously. What better way for a booklover to spend her (or his) Halloween, then to stay inside and read! Along the lines of Stephen King, Mary Downing Hahn and other well known horror authors, reading horror and ghost stories is something I'm very much frightened out by and yet I keep doing it! Let me introduce to you today... Nightfall by Jake Halpern.

Take this warning very seriously and do not read this book at night! I REPEAT: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK AT NIGHT. I usually never start a review with my final and closing thoughts but I figured this would be an easy way of convincing people to read this book. This book is terrifyingly scary. If I didn't know any better, this book is just an adaptation of a really gripping horror movie that was released a while ago. I cannot get over the fact at how scared I was in the process of reading the book and a long while after. Guys, guys, I think I've found my new horror author interests! Ladies and gentlemen, give a round of applause to Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.

When you read this book, you'll find yourself paranoid and always looking behind you to make sure nothing odd is there. That's how chilling this book is. I immediately found myself engrossed in the world of this story. In any alternate universe, this book could be an exact reflection of how our future will turnout to be. You will see that you finally begin to take notice of those small noises that occur when you sleep. It's the smallest things that will freak you out, and it will be all because of this book.

The story is simple and that's what I love about it. The authors took time to focus on the creepy aspect of this book rather than abide by professional book technicalities and complex language. It's an easy and quick read that any horror book-lover's hunger for terrifying literature.

There is more to the story than these kids being stuck on an island filled with darkness. Anyone who has ever been left on the island has not survived and no one would expect a bunch of kids to survive the fall of darkness, so why should they have faith in themselves? As the reader, you're taken through their story of being left on the island and having no knowledge, whatsoever, of where to begin with staying warm and staying alive. Your supposed to be the one by their side, figuring it all out for the first time. In some ways, I found it new and enlightening to find that we were on the same level of knowledge as the narrators were.

If you're not a big fan of horror, I would still suggest you read this to make sure you 100% aren't liking the genre! This book might just change your mind (I promise).
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" Nightfall was nothing like I was expecting. I was expecting and ready to be scared. I imagined creepy people and/or animals crawling out of the book. " said.

"Wat ik verwachtte was een horror/thriller-achtig verhaal met monsters en een bloedstollende ontsnapping. Het idee van dit boek sprak me enorm aan en ik was dus ook best wel enthousiast om erin te beginnen. Dat werd al gauw minder. De aanloop naar het echte verhaal was zo lang, dat ik al op een derde van het boek was voor het enigszins spannend begon te worden. Daarna kabbelde het hele verhaal voort zonder een echt goede spanningsboog. Wel leuk: een plottwist. Maar op het moment dat de plottwist een plottwist begint te worden, ben ik zo langzamerhand wel klaar met het verhaal. Gauw uitlezen en op naar de volgende. " said.

"3.5 Stars-
Nightfall is a story that really portrays our deepest paranoia when night-time comes, in a thrilling and grotesque way. It brings our meaningless fears to life in the form of clawed beasts who are out to get anyone remaining on the island.

Nightfall is a YA novel, and in some ways this limits the novel, as it has so much potential to be truly horrific and terrifying. There were only a handful of times where I was freaked out by the goings on (and as an extremely paranoid person, I get scared easily), i really had hoped the story would be scary, and well, a horror, as its very rare I have the guts to delve into anything dubbed a horror.

The story is good, and focuses on the three main characters Marin, Line(???) And Kana's survival. The fact that they were solely focused on survival I loved, as they weren't plagued by unnecessary romances and the occasional plot twist, which in definitely added to the story. For me, it did lack excitement, the novel wasn't bad, but it wasn't especially amazing, its just..good. I loved that the story ended on Kana and Marin consolidating each other's questions on their being siblings, instead of a weak ending with a failed random romance with Line. This focus I loved, as it made it different from all your typical dramatic YA novels that focus on romance etc.

I do hope there is a sequel, as I wish to learn more about the characters and the world as the conclusion merely concluded their escape and not much else.
Overall, a fairly enjoyable read!
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