Monday, October 26, 2015

Nightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski and Some Other Wicked Reads

Title: Nightfall
Author: Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
Series: None
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Source: Publisher

If you love yourself a good horror story that will keep you on your toes, you will want to check out Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski.  It will mess with your head and make you wonder if there really IS something else out there.  Something that will only come out when the sky is dark and the moon is out...

The island of Bliss is an almost magical place to live.  The community lives more or less in peace, the landscape is beautiful, and the houses are gorgeous.  However, having all of this comes with a price, and rules.

Where the island of Bliss is on the world, the sun is up for 14 years straight.  While the sun is up, those who reside on the island can stay.  However, once the night come, and it will come for 14 years straight, the people who live there must leave.  They must leave their homes without stain and put them back how they were found only 150 years before.

That is right, the homes on Bliss were found.  No one was living in them.  They were perfect and already there, so the people moved in.  And they always tried to abide by the rules that were left for them...but sometimes things happen.  Sometimes people get left behind.

What I really liked about Nightfall was that is more of a psychological horror story.  You never quite know what is going on.  However, you can feel it lurking over on the next page waiting to get you.  It makes you see the night in a whole new way.

I felt that the whole story was very creatively done.  I enjoyed the characters a lot.  I wanted to yell at them each in turn for the stupid things they did - but that is the joy of being outside of the horror story - you can see the stupid.

What I didn't like is that it ended.  I am pretty sure that this is a stand alone book and is not meant to be a series.  It ends like it is, but I want to know more about these characters.  I have invested time into them.  I want to know more.  I want to see more of this world.  I WANT MORE.

This review is based on a copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Rating
4 stars!

Other Delightfully Wicked Reads

The good news is that when you have finished reading Nightfall, there are a couple other delightfully wicked reads that you may find yourself interested in.  The first is Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett.  It will change the way you feel about corn.  You can find my full review of it HERE.  And the second is The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle.  And while this one is a wicked read, I found it so beautiful and profound by the end of it that it made me cry.  I loved it that much.  You can find my full review of it HERE.


Also, if you are up for it there is a twitter contest going on.   You can write your own spooky story in 140 characters or less using #TwitterGhostStory to enter for the chance to win a prize pack of the featured Wicked Reads titles from Penguin Teen!  But you have to hurry.  The contest is only running from 10/26/2015 to 10/31/2015!!


  1. I want to read NIGHTFALL! It sounds sooo good! :)

    1. I was initially drawn to it because I thought it sounded like it was going to be a dystopian. It ended up not being that (not really), but I still enjoyed it quite a bit :)