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Queen of the Night

(This Is Shyness #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  712 ratings  ·  69 reviews
After six months, Nia cannot forget Wolfboy and their one night in Shyness. He calls, pulls her back to the sunless suburb of Shyness, where dreams and reality are difficult to separate. There, Doctor Gregory has disappeared, the Darkness is changing, Wolfboy's friend is in trouble. Nia becomes Wildgirl again, but the Darkness no longer sets them free. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 27th 2012 by Text Publishing
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
If This is Shyness was a portal into an unbelievable dream-world, Queen of the Night is the tender few moments suspended between that dream and reality. When I first read This is Shyness a few months back, I was exhilarated beyond belief at the remarkably original tale Hall had managed to create, yet, I never felt as if anything was missing. With Queen of the Night, however, Leanne Hall enables us to see just how much more there is to the unique world she imagined. While we are thrown, o ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: supernatural
First off, big thanks to Crystal for sharing this one with me.

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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Real quick:
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
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Six months is not enough time to forget someone. Not when you spent one memorable, hell-raising night with them in an impossible town of darkness chasing tarsiers and playing on a pink ukulele. But that’s just what Nia has been trying to do, ever since she left Wolfboy sleeping in his bed as she slipped out of Shyness…

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
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I was devouring This is Shyness a few weeks back (ok, maybe months), this song was being played on the radio quite a lot. I don't think there has ever been a better book/song coupling. Unfortunately, when I was reading Queen of the Night, I was either on a train or staying at my mum's and her taste in radio station differs slightly from mine. Ranty DJs with suspect opinions wasn't quite the soundtrack I had in mind when I started this one. But it mattered not a jot. Well, maybe a tiny littl ...more
Penni Russon
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
No one is writing anything quite like Leanne Hall in Australia at the moment. These books print themselves on you like graphic novels, as Hall takes you from frame to frame, moment to cinematic moment. She manages to conjure satisfying comic book archetypes, but imbue them with deeply convincing characterisation. The story rollocks along at a cracking pace and I was utterly absorbed.
I thought the ending was immensely satisfying, offering closure, though Shyness is a complex world, filled with na
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I've got to stay tight lipped about this because my review is waiting to be printed in the next issue of Viewpoint, however I will say that it's incredible. In fact, I liked it even more than This is Shyness, which I liked an awful lot. ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jo by: Everybody and their mother..
*takes a deep breath*


So good, review at some point next year.

Stacey Kym
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC kindly provided by Text Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


‘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

Clare Snow
I loved book 1, but this just wasn't the same. None of the questions from the first book were answered and the denouement was bland. ...more
Paula Weston
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent follow up to This is Shyness, which I also loved.

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
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

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!!
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant as expected. Can't wait for the launch! ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
Petris Schrodelis
Can't wait for this one! ...more
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Lovely: surreal, dark and dreamy. Plus, features my favourite psychedelic flower, the datura.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Nia and Jethro in a dull affair
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
Mariana  Nguyen
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Queen of the Night doesn’t let me down, as expected. While This is Shyness is full of oddness and strange things, this book is like a perfect mix between dream and awake.

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
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
"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
N.W. Moors
Jul 03, 2015 rated it liked it
First of all I did not read the first book and it took me a good part of the book to figure out who the characters were and what the story was about. It's not the fault of the author or publisher but I feel that this is one book where you need to read the series in order as there isn't much in the way of backstory here in the second book.
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The endless night that once brought Wildgirl and Wolfboy together is now the one thing holding them apart. The suburb of Shyness is changing, no longer filled with its dark creatures and strange happenings; it is now a place for the lost and the dreamers. But it is not just Shyness that has changed. Wildgirl has lost her spirit, her fearlessness that once brought her to Shyness and to Wolfboy. But Wolfboy too is changing, losing his howl and his identity along with it.

After six months Nia has gi
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I adored This Is Shyness, and have been looking forward to this immensely. I expected great things, which usually results in disappointment - but not this time. The entire time I was reading this, I was imagining it as an awesome graphic-novel-styled film - the setting is so ridiculously brilliant, and Shyness becomes even more magical in the sequel - the cardboard forest! the Queen of the Night's manor! the velodrome! I would very much like to steal all of Leanne Hall's wonderful ideas (when I ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong here? I'm fine with Wildgirl and Wolfboy finally getting some more time together (to get to know each other) other than that one abnormally long night they spent together. I'm also happy that this sequel is in the span of a few days instead of being in a span of one night. It makes it a little more "realistic". I'm also glad to see that the characters have somewhat matured! That's a good thing!

However, and this seems pretty typical with the series so far: I didn't like the en
Samantha-Ellen Bound
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hall’s first book (the Text Prize winner), This is Shyness, was one of my favourite reads in 2010. I thought it was brilliant and quirky and a stay-up-all-night read of the best sorts. Queen of the Night takes us back to this same world. The style, the hipness, the gorgeous dream-state is still there. Shyness is a fascinating world to get lost in, and Nia and Jethro (Wildgirl and Wolfie), are great characters to take us there.

I have found with Hall’s books that they are less about the plot and m
Rana Yousif

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
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Queen of the Night was a fun read, I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series, This is Shyness, perhaps because the story world is set up and there's less weirdness to get used to. I like the way Jethro and Nia continue to find out who they are and their loyalty to friends and each other. It's got a lot more mystery and intrigue to it than book one and sets up more intrigue to be unravelled in book three!

I'd say this is suitable for younger teens and up and is a fairly easy read that m
Romi (likes books)
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Thank you to Text Publishing for this review copy!

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
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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

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