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Nightlights (Nightlights)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Ajax Holdren didn't think his life could get much worse, until a pretty girl with a sword decided to fight a monster right outside his house. But it turns out the monster is after him, and she's what passes for a guardian angel, a Nightlight-- and Ajax is potentially the most powerful Nightlight ever. Once Ajax meets Natalie, he can't go back, can't pretend the monsters ar ...more
Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Published May 28th 2012 (first published August 8th 2011)
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This book goes a few steps beyond "urban fantasy"; an apt description here would be "anime fantasy". This book describes the group of troubled teenagers who fight the secret war against the invisible monsters that prey on humanity, all the while struggling to come to terms with their own feelings for each other.

The book felt a bit silly in places. Ajax's relationship with the marines was difficult to believe. (view spoiler)
Some people can see monsters, and some are continually attacked by them. But there is a force that is out there to defend us from the seemingly invisible monsters, and trained for centuries as guardians or Nightlights. Natalie and Seth, brother and sister raised on an alien world for this task, arrive in time to save a troubled young man named Ajax.

Ajax seems to be the stereotypical tortured boy nearly beyond redemption, and it seems like Natalie is the classic setup as the girl who will fix him
I'll lead with the best testament I can give this book: after buying it for Kindle and finishing it, I came back and bought the paperback version to give to a teenager I know who both loves fantasy and has hit some rough patches lately. I not only found the book thoroughly enjoyable as a simple imaginative escape, but also appreciated how it approaches the dismay, hollowness, and confusion many of us feel as we approach adulthood, both directly and metaphorically. Tzavelas manages to weave this ...more
Craig Mcleod
Like Bleach? Wish it wasn't so dumb? Here you are.

Nightlights is basically what I expected manga like Bleach to be; namely ghostbusters with swords. It has all the markings of your standard shonen story; Power of Friendship, secret organizations full with people with special powers that came from a precursor race and summoning of weapons and/or mental manifestations of one's self but knows to leave the stage before the audience is bored with it, something that the manga and anime it sprang from
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads giveaways.

An enjoyable sci-fi book with a detailed plot, complex characters, lots of action and monsters.

Ms. Tzavelas was able to grab my attention within the first few pages of the book. Her wirting is fast paced and very detailed. She was also successful in conveying the various psychological battles that every main character seemed to be battling with.

My only con about the book was that although I did find the characters likeable, the author's ability
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I grew up as an Air Force brat, so I read a lot, mostly from libraries. I started with animal stories and moved onto magical animal stories, and ended up in fantasy. I've also gone through science fiction phases but I find fantasy more consistently entertaining.

When I was a small child I wrote an earnest letter to the creators of He-Man, suggesting they give him a twin sister named She-Woman, with
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