Queen of the Night
Everything on the street is still. No wind, no sound. It's as if the earth itself has stopped breathing.*Long, wistful sigh*
If entering the world of This Is Shyness was like wandering into a darkened hall of mirrors, returning to it in Queen of the Night is like sliding from wakefulness back into a welcome dream. Hall continues to gently twist the seam between fantasy and reality, creating an alternate version of Melbourne that is shaded with the fanciful and strange, the curious and biza ...more
Almost immediately after finishing the first book and leaving Shyness, I found myself thinking, "We have to go back!" This Is Shyness (and okay, Wolfboy) pulled me into its trance with its strange, enchanting lullaby and I awoke from the dreamy, all night adventure with a contented smile. When you have a night that special, that magical, it's safer to keep it encased in your memory. There, it's protected an ...more
Now, onto this hot mess.
So, while I was attempting to read this one, I had several spare moments where I could have chose to sit down and finish the story, but instead of reading I chose to do other things like laundry, dishes and watch re-runs. Yeah, not a very good sign for this book folks. When I enjoy a book, nothing, come hell-or-high-water is going to stop me from sitting down and finishing it. I will stay up late, take a longer ...more
This is Shyness required the reader to participate in a lot of leaps. With the out-there elements of the setting, the figurative distance between the protagonists' lives, and the general quirks of the premise there was a lot of ground that had to be covered in the first book. I was more than willing to make the jumps and ended up really liking the book a lot.
By The Queen of the Night, I was ALL IN. And rewarded big time. Spending more time with Nia and Wolfboy just felt so RIGHT. The ...more
Six months later and Wolfboy (aka ‘Jethro’) never called Nia (alias ‘Wildgirl’) after their hedonistic night. So Nia moved on. She went back to her dull Panwood life, and tried to ...more
I thought the ending was immensely satisfying, offering closure, though Shyness is a complex world, filled with na ...more
‘Queen of the Night’ was a novel I had high hopes for. After reading the first novel, 'This is Shyness', and rating it a measly three star on my behalf, I really hoped for this novel would change my opnion of this series. There is something indescribable about it that captures the reader’s attention. It's so...mysterious and different yet completely wonderful at the same time. Yet for some reason...more
It's got all the things that made the first novel so good: strong characters, off-beat romance, original plot, evocative imagery, and a great mix of darkness, humour and snappy dialogue...
Queen of the Night builds on those strengths to further flesh out the world of Shyness and show us new sides of Wildgirl and Wolfboy.
I like that Wildgirl and Wolfboy's relationship is complicated - and that it moves into new territory. There's also a de ...more
This was a great follow up to This is Shyness. Wildgirl (Nia) and Wolfboy (Jethro) are back along with this place called Shyness, a place where the sun doesn't rise. I find it really hard to describe this book but words like quirky, off-beat, imaginative come to mind. When I read these books I really just disappear into a different world and when I have finished I come crashing back to reality. A great read!! ...more
This is book 2 after “This is Shyness,” which won the 2009 Text Publishing Award in Australia.
Here in alternative chapters, we read the viewpoints of Nia and Jethro. Nia is hardly ever called Wildgirl in Book 2, and Jethro is called Wolfboy only by Nia. If this transition is meant to signify something it might be that Nia has gotten over the bullying problems at her old school and so is not such a Wildgirl anymore. Wolfboy, however, while less hairy, is still carry ...more
The story picks up six months after where it left us in This is Shyness. The only problem is, our Nia and Jethro haven’t spoken to each other ever since they said goodbye. No text, no phone call, and that make Nia very frustrated. She moved back to her life, found a new job at a vintage clothes shop, and tried her best to forget ...more
"Not the feeling that we were just two stars in the endless night sky, as dazzling and dwarfed and stupendous and insignificant as that made us. I let my guard down with Wolfboy, and I think he did the same with me. I like to think that I'm a good judge of people, but I guess I'm not."
Jethro and Nia are back, but different from before.
They are both living outside of Shyness, the suburb that is mysteriously sunless. The world is different there.
After spending a night together in Shyness, Nia an ...more
So the two main characters are Wolfboy (Jethro or Jet-Ro) and Wildgirl (Nia).. Wildboy lives in Shyness, a town that is under perpetual night, while Nia lives i ...more
After six months Nia has gi ...more
However, and this seems pretty typical with the series so far: I didn't like the en ...more
I have found with Hall’s books that they are less about the plot and m ...more
I liked the first book and this one is no different. To be honest, till now I still am not how the world of this book is. I can't really picture it in my head. Well, I have an idea but I am not sure if it is the right one.
Both characters are one of my favorite of all times, I mean I just love them. I like how it is written and the plot of it. It is confusing in a good way. In my head the world, where this book is sit, is spooky, dark-ish, grey-ish and all alley like, really. It is as if they are ...more
I'd say this is suitable for younger teens and up and is a fairly easy read that m ...more
I was, honestly, a bit disappointed in Queen of the Night from memory, though apoarenty not so that I would not give it a 5 star review. I didn't understand what had happened between This is Shyness's ending and Queen of the Night's beginning, and for a time I didn't understand why things were the way they were, and there was much more tension in this book, romantic tension at that, and it felt a little unnecessary. Still, it was an enjoyable boo ...more
Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children’s fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia ...more