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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,918 ratings  ·  459 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain ...more
Hardcover, 439 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Faye, la Patata
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
A Drop of Night actually proved to be a pretty interesting book.

If you like a bit of everything in speculative fiction, then this book might just strike your fancy. It definitely has some drama, history, mystery, and a whole lot of science fiction and thriller, and I daresay that the book was able to mesh them well. Even though there were so many elements altogether, it never felt muddled or out of place or all over the place. And to be honest with you, for a book of this kind, that's rare.

Do ta
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Paige  Bookdragon

If I think about the whole plot of this book, I might give my usual wtf face because it's kinda weird in a way that makes you think this is the first time that someone do this

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I don't have anything negative to say about the book which is a first because I'm the Queen of Negativity but I love this. I like how you don't know what's going on, what the fuck is moving in that corner and what will be the ending.

Top 3 things that made me like the book are:

1. The heroine.
2. The fuckery
3. How this book w
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Amy Imogene Reads
3.5

You know when a book is objectively not very good, but you’re still trash for it? Yeah. This is a new favorite book. I loved this pile of weird mishmash and easy plot devices.

Concept: ★★★★★
Actual plot: ★★
Surprises:
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

A Drop of Night holds literally all of my favorite things. Welcome to my den of weird plot devices, underground labyrinths, twisted aristocracy, crazy old mansions with trap rooms, cat and mouse chases, the supernatural, and a heavy dose of 1700s France (
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“And a man is standing in the corner. Bleeding. Watching us.”



This was a YA thriller/mystery story about 5 teens lured to an underground palace, who then find themselves trapped in a sinister way.

I did like Anouk as a character, and she did come out with some funny lines, but she was also a bit prickly at times, and it took time to really understand her. I did sta
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Karen
Sep 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, adventure, horror
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

A Drop of Night was an interesting and creepy read. The story is told in two different timelines. The first timeline tells the story of Aurélie who is living in the late 1780. Her father is building a palace beneath his palace and it will harbor a dangerous secret. The second timeline is the story of Anouk in present day. Anouk just found the perfect way to get away from her family. She was invited to join an elite group of students to help unearth a pa
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Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I received review from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

The main problem that I have with this book is how misleading the synopsis is. After reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be an contemporary adventure book, but instead I got a fantasy horror book. As a result, I was thrown off-guard and wasn't able to completely appreciate the novel.

If I was given enough warning on what this book is really going to be about - which I can
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Meghan
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that, for me, I thought was best to go in completely blind to. I had no expectations for this book when I started it and it completely blew me away! The twists and turns throughout the entire book were incredible. I swore up and down that I knew the way things were going to go and then something else would happen or be revealed surprising me. I loved all the characters in this novel, the setting was creepy yet awe inspiring, and this book took me to places I would have never even ...more
Jaime
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Drop of Night was an adrenaline soaked thrill-ride from almost the beginning. While at first, I couldn't find any connection to any character, and just couldn't stand one, by the middle of the story I was rooting for them all. Stefan Bachmann has created an incredibly unique, intense YA thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat, heart-pounding.

I feel like so many of the books that I have reviewed lately have been almost impossible to talk about without revealing spoilers, and A Dro
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Danny
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I give this book a 3.5 stars (seriously why isn't half stars a thing yet)

I did like the book, but I wouldn't say I loved it. I'd define the book as more YA Horror than mystery, and there is a lot of creepy scenes in the books and not gonna lie I read it one night before bed and had a hard time falling asleep because of it haha

The characters are pretty forgettable, the only one I enjoyed were the main character and Lily. The book is definitely intriguing enough to keep you reading to find out wha
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KL (Cat)
Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

2 stars? 3 stars? Can't decide which one.

I don't know, it's just that I couldn't connect with any of the characters or fully appreciate the convoluted plot.

Review will be posted near the release date.

Update: scanned the book briefly and honestly I can't be bothered. It's just weird. Not good weird, mostly bad weird, but tbh a lot of confusing weird. minus 1 star
Arch Bala
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wtf, young-adult, arc
Reading this book is like entering the Twilight Zone while sleepwalking. Uhm, I know. Weird right? Like wtf because that doesn’t even make sense. Which I think is my first reaction after finishing the 400+-page book. I was like, what just happened with the story and more importantly – what have I just read?

I thought the blurb was promising enough and it’s gonna be a YA-thriller more inclined with The Maze Runner route but the whole thing was just mysterious. Mysteriously odd that is.

Seventeen-ye
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Chapters read: 22

I read way more of A Drop of Night than I usually read on a DNF. I really liked the start, pleasantly surprised by Anouk's voice. She's the sort of outspoken female character I love, and I was impressed with Bachmann's writing of her. Even then, I had some issues, like my completely lack of interest in the historical plot line.

Flash forward a bit, the actual plot starts, resulting in me being more and more bored, which isn't a good sign. Basically, the moment they met "Perdu," m
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
I... don't completely understand this book. There were certain things I enjoyed about it, and then certain things that I simply didn't get. Parts got incredibly confusing, and took some turns that I both kind of saw coming, but still had no clue about why they were coming. I know that may not be super helpful, but remember, I am a little lost myself. And also, spoilers.

The Good: 

T
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Tonyalee
Lesson #1 - Don't read A Drop of Night alone.

Lesson #2 - Don't read alone at night, especially right before bed.

Lesson #3 - Just.. don't read it alone, okay?

A Drop of Night was so much more than I was expecting. It's a genre-mashing thrill ride that took my imagination to new heights. I swear, my body was covered in goosebumps while reading this book. There were times when I would shudder and set the book down because I was wholly freaked out. But yet, I loved it.

We actually get two stories told
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Jennifer
In A Drop of Night, Stefan Bachmann gives me the James Rollins/Cabin in the Woods mash-up I didn't even know I wanted. It's creepy and gory and a little bit nuts, and hugely, hugely fun.

Anouk Roijer-Peerenboom - on the spelling of whose last name I promise you will not be tested - fakes the signature of her inattentive adoptive parents on the permission forms for a once in a lifetime opportunity to join four other gifted teenagers in France to explore the long-forgotten underground Palais du Pap
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Anna
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
this was such a solid horror book. it was creepy, i liked the ending ((view spoiler)), the writing was great AND there was no stupid teen romances, just a friendship due to shared trauma that will last a lifetime :-) ...more
Cee
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5

Jesus, thoroughly creeped out, but I think I was into it?
Jillian Reynolds (Jillian Loves Books)
I don’t even have the time nor the patience to process my frustration right now.


Okay. Imagine a book about teenagers who secretly get flown across the country to solve a mystery of a hidden palace. That sounds interesting, doesn't it? That's probably why this book was sold with a similar synopsis.

But you know what this book really is? It's 400+ pages of dumb children fumbling around in the dark. That's it. That's the plot. That's literally it.



This is DEFINITELY this year's second installment of
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Alexa
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but what was this supposed to be? Horror? Thriller? Because I didn't feel either of them. This is a book about five teenagers who go through hell, yet the reader stays as emotionally detached as possible. I didn't care one bit about these characters and their fate.

And you know what? I think horror movies need to pull you in in some way, even if it's only a need to find out who the sadistic bad guys are in the end, or because you sympathize with the characters and want them to get out
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Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Originally Posted At: The Sassy Book Geek

3.5 Stars


Allow me to sum up “A Drop of Night” in one word: weird. Trust me though, it’s definitely a very good kind of weird! I’ve never read anything like it before and I doubt I ever will because it most certainly is VERY unique and one of the big reasons I enjoyed it. Also this is NOT a YA mystery/thriller it is very much a YA horror book.

In the description it says this book is perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and The Cabin in the Woods, boy is th
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Kelly Gunderman
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, edelweiss
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

This book was a tad bit...difficult for me to review. On one hand, I enjoyed it - the mystery, the creepy aspects of it, the way everything seemed to wrap up neatly. On the other hand, I spent the majority of it absolutely confused out of my mind, and no amount of backtracking (sometimes I miss things when I'm tired), re-reading, or explanations that this book had to offer were satisfying enough to help me figu
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Madly Jane
First, how to write a review of this book without spoiling it?

I'll start by telling what is so good about it.

1) I am not a big fan of 1st person present tense, for various reasons that cannot be discussed on Goodreads. But this is one of the best 1st person present tense stories I have EVER read, meaning how it is used as a technique to enhance the story. How it's lean and mean, aka the reader doesn't wander around in someone's head all the time, thinking too much. 1st person present tense stori
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Bárbara
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OH. MY. GOD.

This book was SO WILD. Most of the times, I had no idea what was happening. And it was great, it made me keep reading, my mind working until I could feel smoke coming out the top of my head... only to discover that the answers to my questions were much more spectacular and original and more elaborate than I could have imagined.

This was the kind of book you can't just happily slap a tag on it and move on. I think it belongs to more than one genre; it has, in the most general aspect,
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Lauren ✨ (TheBookishTwins)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy via Edelweiss for review purposes.

I was not really impressed with the first part of A Drop of Night, mostly because of the unlikeable, mean-girl protagonist, but I was quickly enthralled in the mystery of the Palais du Papillon, the Palace of the Butterfly.

A Drop of Night centres on five teenagers brought together on a mysterious excavation on an underground palace that was built with the intention to hide a French Duke and his aristocratic family from the clu
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ReadWriteLove28
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rev-on-amazon
This book was really boring. It was 450pages and tbh I was considering DNFing it, but by the time I had that thought, I was halfway through and figured that it might make more sense to just finish it. I managed to read it in one hour. Don't ask- I don't know.

From the synopsis, I thought there was going to be a group of teens going on an expenditure together and...Nope. It was a group of teens who were drugged and then they were stuck underground in this mansion with lots of traps and places to
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K.
I.........don't quite know what to make of this book. First of all, the blurb is a little bit deceptive. It reads like it's straight up action/adventure archaeological high jinks. And instead, this is...probably 30% action/adventure, 30% historical fiction, and 30% paranormal/horror-y something??

It's incredibly fast paced, yes. But it's full of characters who aren't particularly likeable. The main character, Anouk, is kind of a raging bitch. Yes, she ultimately reveals that she has very valid r
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Amber
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
Definitely not what I was expecting, buy enjoyable all the same. This contemporary thriller has a paranormal twist to it that isn’t easily discernible by the synopsis. For readers who don’t generally enjoy paranormal, I still suggest you read this because it’s a light kind of twist. I myself find I steer away from paranormal titles lately and absolutely none of the normal reasons why I don’t like to read it were in these pages.

See the rest of the review here: http://www.memyshelfandi.com/2016/02
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Kirsti
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is kind of a hot mess, but I liked it! I finished and tried describing the plot out loud to my boyfriend and out loud it sounded completely cracked but I guess the difference was that I enjoyed the ride. Most of the time I felt like I was running toward a completely unknown end along with the characters, who remained as utterly clueless as I was!

But this book is FUN. It's all action, running across rooms filled with moving wires, getting chased by random trackers and shooting things. L
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Donna
This was a hell of an interesting and original book that I just could not put down. Bachmann gave enough details as the plot progressed to keep me intrigued but didn’t deny me too much that I became annoyed. He struck a good balance between intrigue and trickling information in enough to keep the reader turning the pages.

I wasn’t that big of a fan of Anouk as a character. She comes off brash and unlikeable with a really bad attitude. They all kind of do, actually, except Lilly. But she’s annoyin
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⭐Anni⭐ (Book Princess)
3.5 stars
A Drop of Night was an exciting and very quick read with elements of many different genres - the author mixes mystery (almost with a touch of horror) with science fiction and, surprisingly, it works. I liked this book, but I didn't love it.

What I liked was the fact that I couldn't put it down. It was fast paced, with many twists, lots of things going on and it has this creepy factor - you always want to know what's going on but at the same time, you're a bit frightened (scared might be
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Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and spent of most of his childhood in Switzerland, where he graduated from the Zürich University of Arts with degrees in musical composition and theory. He's lived in Tokyo, Prague, and Berlin, and now divides his time between Zürich and a small town on the Dutch border.

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