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We Own the Night

(Radio Hearts #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  85 reviews
"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way
ebook, 250 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Bloomsbury Spark
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2.5 stars

I loved the idea of this book and that cover, so I was eager to start reading it.

Ingrid is a decent MC. She's smart and has an idea of what she wants to do, but doesn't go after it. She's struggling with some things, so I get that she's stressed out, but she was quite a push over.

I loved LD and Billie, but Micah was just meh. What I didn't understand was how this group of friends because friends. I would have liked just a bit more on the history side.

The plot was good and I was inter
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
D'AWWWW! That's what this was. We Own the Night is cute, sweet, and short. It is a delightful, heartfelt little romance that is perfect for kicking off the real start of summer. It is heartwarming, funny, surprisingly surprising (see what I did there?), and overall just a wonderful read. I'm in love.

Full of clever writing, dark and brooding characters, and an overall sense of quirkiness, We Own the Night is a light-hearted and unique summer adventure.
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
OH MY GOODNESS! This book is a delight, and I am still kind of grinning silly over how it ends. While I do have a few personal reservations, I still wound up enjoying it overall. Perfect contemporary to indulge in during summertime!
Zoey Talbon
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm going to get straight to the point here: We Own the Night probably isn't the kind of contemporary that I would read over and over again like, say, Anna and the French Kiss or My Life Next Door, but it's fun, it's quick, and surprisingly emotional. As in I almost cried a few times.

Ingrid North is trapped. In her tiny town, in her life, in her head. She feels like she's stuck in Nebraska working in a store where she's miserable forever, and while her friends are moving on, she feels left behin
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot believe there isn’t a third in this series. I mean, what the heck?! Oh, this book had me at the radio show and Sleepless In Seattle! I just love this story to death. If you’re looking for a light, summer-y read, love music, and stories with a HEA, this is a good one.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Ashley has a gift with contemporary YA, and the characters in this one are especially amazing. Add this to your to-read lists for sure, because I really couldn't put it down. :D ...more
We Own the Night is the second book in the Radio Hearts series by Ashley Poston. The Radio Hearts series is a young adult contemporary romance series. I never read the first book in the Radio Hearts series, and I wasn't lost so I believe each of these books can be read as standalones. I believe they each focus on a different member of the friend group. We Own the Night was a super cute, fun and heartwarming story. I really enjoyed it and when I was done I had a big smile on my face. My only wish ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fluff
Dear finding-a-new-book-to-read search engines, would you please add filters to exclude books containing any of the following story points:

1) Emphasizing protagonist's appearance as being not thin and pretty.
2) Insecure characters as a direct result of repeatedly placing shallow importance on appearance.
3) Mean girl tropes.
4) Whiny characters feeling stuck in their lives with no future, when every circumstance around them is aligning to give them a golden ticket out.
5) Martyr characters who use

4 “Golden Boy” STARS

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Bloomsbury Spark

So this was a pleasant surprise.

I have to confess that “We Own the Night” was one of those books I requested because of its beautiful cover. The blurb was pretty cool, too, but I hadn’t heard anything about the story or the author prior to seeing it on NetGalley. This time, the cover didn’t steer me wrong.

The book promised a fun and cute read and it delivered just that. Not to say that it didn’t have some serious and heartbreaking m
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one's a fun one, full of geeky references and Sleepless-in-Seattle-ness. Pretty predictable, but enjoyable all the same! ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was a cute insight to deeper topics, fresh with pop culture references and cute romance as well as coming-of-age realizations and questions of morality and moving forward.

To start off... A few random things I specifically liked and want to mention:
-You get the idea that Ingrid is on the chubby side, but she doesn't care. I love that.
-Ingrid's best friend, LD, is a really well-thought out character, and her development alongside Ingrid was wonderful.
-The last 25% of the book took a sort
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, bloomsbury
WOW! WOW! WOW! We Own the Night is the perfect summery read. It is definitely an attention-grabbing and fast-paced novel (I read it in less than 5 hours, maybe 4), with heart-pounding moments, and a main character worth rooting for. From the first page, we are introduced to a young radio deejay named NiteOwl, who is going through the many motions of crushes, teenage life dilemmas, and graduating high school. NiteOwl turns out to be the main character, Ingrid North, a small town Nebraska native w ...more
Lefty Reads
I definitely didn't know what to expect going into this novel. I'm not sure why, but I just kinda thought it would be not-great, and I wasn't actually looking forward to reading it. But WOWZA BUDDY WAS I WRONG. I'm incredibly impressed by this novel. I loved every second of it!

So, I had a tough time thinking up a rating of this book, because it isn't necessarily the most original story, and it's probably not a book that I'm going to constantly fangirl over and shove in people's hands. This is t
Just Another Bookish Blog
If I had to choose one word to describe We Own the Night, it’s cute. This was such a cute, relatable story, from A to Z and back. More than the story, which was sweet, what stood out to me was the characters.

The story is simple enough - Ingrid and her friends, Micah, Billie and LD graduate from highschool and try to figure out themselves over the summer. Ingrid keeps a secret, one she’s not willing to tell anyone. The book is about trust, friendship and family.

Ingrid is the kind of person who
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.*

As of this late, contemporary, post-high school, pre-college books are officially my thing. Saying goodbye to the past, embracing the future, and experiencing new things are all part of my near future as I prepare to graduate from high school (I'm graduating today, actually!) and leave to college next year, as they are part of Ingrid North's life in this novel. While our lives are very different (I attended a large sch
Cheyanne Young
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so well written, funny, and heartwarming! I haven't read the first book in this series but now I'm going to. I loved how all of the characters felt real and they all had their own stuff going on. Ingrid was a great MC, literally, both as a book character and on the radio. The radio bits were my FAVORITE parts of this book. You don't normally see teen characters having those sorts of jobs, and I thought it was fascinating.

Dark and Brooding kept me guessing throughout the entire boo
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was rooting for Ingrid as she faced the challenges throughout the book. Ingrid and her friends have just graduated high school and this book borders on the upper limits of YA. This is the kind of great immersive romance novel that invokes the unbelievable coincidences that we see in movies but the reader can get caught up in the drama anyway. Not entirely believable but a great story anyway. I read the companion novel "The Sound of Us" right afterward and highly recommend it also. ...more
Eric Smith
Dec 20, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult

Seriously. I need it.
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Super cute and filled with feels. This is a strong 3.5 stars for me. Review to come.
Megan » Hello Book Bird
"The daylight is for all those other normal people. For all the blunt, round edges in life. But the night? We own the night."

Eighteen-year-old Ingrid North can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Despite what the cover says, We Own the Night isn’t really a romance.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have a strong romantic plot line. It does. But what We Own the Night really is, is a book about learning to believe in yourself and chase your dreams.

It definitely took me a little while to get into We Own the Night. I went into it expecting what was on the tin (something like The Sound of Us) - a swoony, maybe goofy romance. And that’s definitely not what We Own the Night is. But once I tossed my
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was such a fun and amazing read. I absolutely loved the fact that it took place in a small town and all the characters were so close and you could feel the atmosphere... hard to explain but I got the same vibe from watching One Tree Hill. I guess it's a small town kind of thing.

It was nice to read about Ingrid being Niteowl, radio host by night and normal Ingrid by day. After a while they sort of meshed together and became one to be Ingrid North who follows her dreams and stands up for hers
Eve beinguniquebooks
LD, Billie, Micah and Ingrid are best friends who know how to party hard when we meet them first.

The stoey focuses on Ingrid as we learn about her, she got into NYU for her future studies but stays at home being her grandma's carer.

Of the group, Billie and Ingrid are close, with him often talking about his dad with her. They also share a maze together as a hideaway as well as a tower pointing North alike Billie's nickname for her.

Yet, Micah and Ingrid kissed before and Ingrid likes him while he
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-reviewed
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Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Billie Flaming
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This really surprised me. The romance was unbelievably sweet, but there were a lot of hurdles that needed to be dealt with before things got to happen. A lot of the plot twisted in unconventional ways, which I LOVED. The things you expect upon reading the cover/summary don’t happen, which is fun and sort of rare if you read as much stuff as I do.
I can’t give the moments of friendship in here enough props. Micah was kind of meh, and if I have a problem with the book it’s
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-realistic
While I enjoy Ashley Poston’s writing style and characters, there are some aspects about her book that make me wonder. I honestly don’t know if she thinks her readers are stupid, or her characters are. She has plot points that make me say “there’s no way in hell that she (character) doesn’t know this.” Overall, an enjoyable read with some really nice moments; I particularly liked them talking about giving up (unrequited) love to the stars.
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
wow, finally done with this after a month and a half. must be the fact that I don’t use public transport more than once a week during these sad times. what to say about this novel?
a predictable and a bit weak YA novel, not really bad for any reason, just skippable and forgettable. I even skipped some parts towards the ending. been really long since I was a teen so I might have been less patient with it. really nothing special to say about this, glad to be moving along!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, coming_of_age
I spent many high school and college nights listening to late night radio and falling asleep with headphones on, so this had a natural appeal to me. (I do wish there'd been more radio stuff.) Very strong, authentic dialogue. The plot ambles along rather slowly (it IS set in Nebraska) but pays off in the long run. ...more
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this om Scribd, loved it. The story was som adicting its insane. I dont really like how we didnt really get to know what happened to the Main character tho. Its kind of funny how I did not know this was the second book in a series. It seems like companion novels rather than a series, but still.
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