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(Nightlife #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  33 reviews
For centuries an ancient evil has slept beneath the streets of New Harbor. This Halloween, it wakes up.
An action-packed debut horror novel from talented new writer Matthew Quinn Martin, Nightlife pits a feisty bartender and a mysterious loner against bloodthirsty terrors as alluring as they are deadly.

Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Pocket Star
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
Updated: Interview with the author!

Nightlife takes readers to a New Harbor, Connecticut on Halloween night, where deep within its depths, an ancient breed of predator prepares to rise. The city's outcasts, the forgotten and the homeless are the first victims, but the creatures' hunger only grows. At New Harbor's popular nightclub, Beth Becker arrives for her job as a bartender on one of her busiest days of the year, unaware that her life is about to be c
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Fun, contemporary mainstream horror, with the scary sort of vampires.

It's set in an alternate New Haven, CT. Not sure why the names have been changed to protect the guilty. We're in the city of "New Harbor" - which has a university that's not called Yale, and a secret society that's The Order of Sormen, not Skull & Bones. I think anyone who's spent time in New Haven would get a kick out of this.

Beth is a bartender at the local nightclub (I'm certain it's based on a real place, and points ar
Heena Rathore P.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Nightlife by Mathew Quinn Martin. This book is a real page-turner from start to end. It was literally un-put-down-able!

The best part about this book and also the most impressive one was that this book showed Vampires in completely different light. I guess this is the first time someone has successfully pulled off portraying Vampires as really scary creatures. The concept behind the whole vampire mythology was explored beautifully and I was captivated by the autho
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Nightlife is a book that has a lot to offer, but it’s also filled with flaws. I will certainly point out at least some of those flaws, but I’ll never tell you that the book isn’t worth reading, because it is. The positives outweigh the negatives, and overall, Nightlife offers an enjoyable experience, as much as the horror genre can.

One can’t ignore the fact that Nightlife is poorly structured and often slightly amateurish. There are far too many points of view, which quickly becomes terribly di
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

With Halloween coming I decided to read NIGHTLIFE since based on its description it seemed like just the right scary suspenseful story to read in October on a dark rainy night. I was not disappointed and was met with an incredibly riveting, edge of your seat plot that was equal parts spooky mystery and gruesomely tragic horror novel. Horror works well when there are slow, quiet moments yet there is an underlining panic for what unknown evil is coming. N
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katy by: Partners in Crime Tours/NetGalley
Happy Halloween! To see the full blog tour post and take part in the giveaway for a chance to win this book, follow this link (giveaway ends Nov. 7).

Book Info: Genre: Horror
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Horror, those who like their vampires mean
Trigger Warnings: killing

My Thoughts: Have you been wanting vampires that are mean, nasty, eating machines? Tired of the glitter and sparkle and angst? Well, check this book out. These vampires are not at all pleasant, even if they occasion
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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Nightlife was a pretty kick ass take on the vampire story. There is nary a sparkle to be found in this book; the vamps are stone-cold killing machines. There were some very creepy aspects about them that served to set this tale apart from other vamp-centric stories, but the traditional elements that we've come to know and love in Urban Fantasy were also there - the smart and brave female lead, the darkly mysterious yet charismatic male
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author!

This book was both exactly what I expected and not at all what I expected, which is a rather strange sensation I’m sure you can imagine. I am always looking for a good vampire book but I want that vampire book to be something unique. That is why I am still giving this particular niche a chance, I want something different and new! In a sense, this book provided that. But also a
She-Wolf Reads
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
**I received an ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**

Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

Nightlife is a creepy new horror novel by author Matthew Quinn Martin. There’s a lot to recommend about this book, particularly the strong lead characters and Martin’s unsettling take on vampires. However, there were some issues I had with secondary characters and multiple POVs that kept Nightlife from really shining for me.

Nightlife takes place in New Harbor, CT, a town that has a distinct
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Nightlife is the first installment in newbie author Matthew Quinn Martin’s Nightlife series. This is a vampire book but at the same time, it’s so much more. So many layers and so many aspects to the story make this a well crafted and intricate read.

I have to admit though that I sometimes found it a bit too intricate. Each chapter is told from a different person’s point of view which is good as it helps you relate all the more to the characters. But the
I started this one because it is October, and I wanted to incorporate some scary horror stories into my reading life in time for Halloween. I don't usually read

Before I begin, a technical issue: I find it intensely frustrating that some of these e-ARC PDFs are so tiny on my e-reader screen, because I cannot enlarge them enough to read easily without adding three or more clicks to the page-turning process. If I don't enlarge the image, I end up holding my reader at most three inches from the end
Maghon Thomas
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this one. It's perfect when you need an edge-of-your-set, totally unpredictable, slightly horror sided story with some awesome characters to keep you riveted. This one slightly blew my mind. I was thinking that it was going to be the worst, saddest ending, you know, those movies you watch where everyone sacrifices themselves to save the world. Yeah, I was expecting something along those lines. AND it's pretty damn close. I will say if you are a little sqeemish, maybe take care, bu ...more
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I usually don't read books from the horror genre, but since Halloween is one day away, I found myself in the mood for a good horror thriller, and Nightlife by author Matthew Quinn Martin did not disappoint me. Set in the college town of New Harbor, Connecticut, the story revolves around a legendary bloodthirsty creature who has been preying upon the unsuspecting townspeople, and an unlikely trio of strangers who embark on a quest to hunt the creature down.

After a close encounter with the evil cr
Ms. Nikki
Poetical overview~

A hunter stalks the things that go bump in the night.
They took away the things he cherished in life,
but didn't take away his will to fight.
There's a new kind of monster on the streets tonight,
they can possess your mind and cause you fright.
They are who you want them to be,
playing tricks with your sight.
They sap your will, move in to kill,
unless you're in light.
There's a different spin, you can win,
cuz salt does burn and maim.
This is a fight that Jack must win
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Whoa! This is like the ultimate Vampire book! No fluff here. This is not your modern, sexy, "I wanna get laid by a vampire" book - this was some scary stuff! I was sucked into this story so fast. This is like super hero and wonder woman meet sewer monsters. Good vs evil... will the good guys win and beat the scary bloodsucking creeps? It was hard to tell at first really, when your good guys are your average bar maid and reclusive homeless vigilante.

Loved, loved, loved the characters! I
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ancient creatures, once dormant under the streets of New Harbor, have woken and it is now time for the feeding frenzy. With an alluring appearance to lure humans into their grasp, the Night Angels (as the prophet calls them) are systematically eating their way through the denizens of New Harbor. It’s been Jack’s long-time mission to kill these bloodsucking monsters and now Beth has joined the fight after experiencing her own tragedy. Will all their efforts be enough to stop the evil or will they ...more
It took a while to get into this story. In some ways it is a homage to "Men In Black" with a heavy dollop of "Aliens" versus The Vampire Horde scenario. In that respect it didn't really offer anything new.

Many characters were cliche. There was Jack the lone Vampire tracker aka "The One", Gil the down on his luck ex Nam marine aka "The Prophet" and Beth the streetwise, kick butt heroine. Then there was the vampire "Night Angel" and the shadowy, clandestine "The Division".

I did enjoy the different
Meredith Page
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great job Matthew! Certainly kept my interest. Great twist on vampires and very imaginative. Not like any vampire book I have ever read. Stick to this genre, you have it down pat! Really looking forward to the second half of the story. Just make sure the dog stays alive. :)
It was awesome. A very original angle on Vampires, I would say a more grown up twist. Nightlife was fast paced, engaging, and mind-bending. I loved it and now am waiting impatiently for the next installment.
Jenny Orozco
Blood suckers, human parasites, the stuff of legend and nightmare...

Martin has rewritten the vampire in his own clever way in Nightlife. There is no glamour, no glitter, no Hollywood elegance.

Interesting twist on the Nosferatu. Fast paced read. Finished in one sitting.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Quinn Martin's NIGHTLIFE blends hideous creatures and gorgeous prose, making it look easy. But the creatures in question don't always look hideous. In fact, they're quite alluring to the victims of New Harbor, making it difficult to pin them down. What I like most about the novel is that it's genuinely unsettling and scary...without the need for rampant gore. Rather than a splatter-fest, the author instead showers the reader with killer language, memorable characters, and genuine thrills ...more
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: genre horror/vampire fans
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

3.5 stars actually

Quick take: A fast-paced, action-packed horror story that has a monster akin to the scary vampires in The Passage. Also includes the iconic vampire allure found in Dracula but with its own special and disgusting twist.

Description: Set in a current-day New Harbor, Boston, a breeding horror lies under the town’s old buildings and inside their underground drainage system. These monsters are coming up and feeding on the citizens, unbeknow
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
This was the debut novel for Mathew Quinn Martin and even though I did find it interesting I am not sure I found it to be as action packed as they say it is. It’s also a pocket star novel so I thought there might be some romance in the middle of a horror style novel, but there wasn’t. Though since it is the first in a series I am thinking that maybe the romance will come later.

Nightlife is about Jack Jackson, he is a hunter of what he calls nightmares. The prophet calls them ‘Night Angels’ and t
Michael Beeman
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Quinn Martin hits the reset button to give the vampire genre a much-needed overhaul in the first installment of what will hopefully become a very long series.

Imagine being afraid of vampires (instead of annoyed by or attracted to them). This is what made Nightlife stand out immediately: Martin's vampires are actually frightening. Instead of offering the usual paint-by-number cliches, he reinvents the well-worn trope, recasting vampires as actual monsters while creating his own Lovecrafti
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
by Matthew Quinn Martin
“They know not Time. Not as we do. They know not hours, days, or years. Rather their lives are broken into seasons. There is a season for sleeping when they burrow deep into the earth, all but dead for what we deem decades. There is a season for feeding, when they creep from their dens to feast upon blood, storing what they need to rest, to grow, to mature in time for the next season.
The mating season”
This is probably one of the scariest books I have read in a l
William Bentrim
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nightlife By Matthew Quinn Martin

This is a vampire tale and it isn't. It is a tale of a millennium old conspiracy, complete with a host of identical agents of a secret agency. It is also a love story. This is the first book. Nightlife Night Terrors was the first one I read but not the first book.
This is too was an interesting book. Jack and Beth are introduced in this book. Jack is on a quest to destroy evil and Beth is the bartender at a seedy bar. Getting the two of them together is difficul
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Quinn Martin nailed it with this crazy, creepy page-turner! In a world of blood-sucking vampires and seen it before monsters he was able to create something terrifying and new to scare his readers. And it's not just a scary story, Matthew Quinn Martin was able to nail the character and story development. Beth and Jack are both fabulously flawed, like every good character should be. They carry with them the strength and nuances that keep us rooting for them and fighting with them througho ...more
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Everyone is rewriting the vampire these days. Quinn has rewritten the vampire as walking slugs with human faces that appear as mirages to their victims and project white blood when injured or killed. I was not feeling it whatsoever. This book was like watching paint dry for me. I kept thinking it would get better but it never got up off the ground for me.

I truly disliked how the vampires appeared as mirages or other characters in the book, which I found confusing at times. The main characters J
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
(Did not finish) It took me about 6 months to get halfway through the book and finally decided I couldn't finish this one. Although I cannot pin point the exact reasons why. I just couldn't connect with the story.

It is about an infestation of monsters and the 2 most unlikely people who come together to fight. The writing is not bad, it was more of the plot and characters that I didn't mesh with.
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Matthew Quinn Martin was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut. However, it wasn’t until he moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet.