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Nightfall Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 124 user ratings
ISBN:0399175806
LANGUAGE:English

"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.

" 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.

"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.

"Well, what a predicament. Nightfall was nothing like I thought it would be, and while I'm generally ok with being pleasantly surprised, I truly wanted more from this book. I was expecting horror, creeping dread, and something truly frightening for our protagonists to face off against. What I got was...well...only snippets and glimpses of those things.

That's not to say that Nightfall is a bad book. It isn't. The premise is truly unique, and the first third of the book is genuinely engaging, albeit a little emotionless. We are introduced to all three main characters pretty quickly, and as night begins to fall, they become surrogates for the reader as their world dissolves into turmoil. We don't know what's going on, because they don't know what's going on. In fact, there's really no summary or exposition to set the tone...we just meet the characters and follow them through the events as they unfold. And even if all three of them read similarly, the initial mystery is distracting enough to carry the tale. The bizarre rituals, strange markings, and ominous warnings are all interesting (and potentially terrifying), and I found myself eagerly awaiting the reveals: the WHY'S to the mysterious WHAT'S. When our characters first encounter the danger on the island, the menace, and their fear of it, is palpable. It’s very addicting stuff, and I burned through the first third of the book in one sitting.

Unfortunately, the initial mysteries are the only things that try to hook the audience. And while I am ok with a little ambiguity, just about NONE of the mysteries get answered by the end of the tale. Or if they do, it’s basically with a “just because”. And that was honestly not good enough for me. The stage was set for some really interesting and dark revelations, and they just didn’t come. Everything else was just kind of…meh. As I stated earlier, the characters don’t read much differently, except for maybe Kana, and that’s to be expected. Things just kind of happen, and our characters just kind of react to them. The threats on the island are menacing at first, but then are far less so as they are revealed further. Who or what are they? Dunno. Why the EXACT rules that the inhabitants of Bliss must follow? Dunno…just cuz. (On a side note, if the people of Bliss aren’t on the island during the dark, and the…”Others” don’t come around during the day, what are the Others really going to do about it if the rules are broken?). Why try to kill our main characters at first, and then be content to torment and trap them later? Dunno.

There are a couple of reveals that may surprise some readers, but they were telegraphed so early on that I wasn’t caught off guard. They were worthy reveals, and added weight to the story, but they weren’t handled as well as they could have been. In fact, that’s probably my biggest gripe. There were so many cool concepts and mysteries in place, and they really weren’t as impactful as they could have been. Maybe that’s why I seem so down on this book…so much potential, and so little of it used.

Despite all my negatives, I still managed to enjoy the book. Maybe I went into it with too high of expectations based off the initial reviews. If so, that’s my bad, and no fault of the authors. The world was unique, the story started strong, and the writing was acceptable. I am hoping that the authors learn from this, and can up the ante for their next collaboration.
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" (I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)I didn't love the main character in this, but she was alright.This was an okay read, but it wasn't as good as I was expecting. The first part of it bored me in quite a few places, and although it got better in the second half, it still wasn't a book that I loved.Overall, An okay read. " said.

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Reminiscent of M. Night Shyamalan's stories, especially The Village, due to its dark, lush atmosphere (wonderfully done) and hard-to-place time period (confusing because the world doesn't seem to be Earth, however the teenagers tend to use American sayings). Unfortunately I could see the twisty elements of the plot early on, which wouldn't have mattered so much had there been more character depth and exploration on which to focus instead.
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