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Night Witches

(City Five #5)

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  23 reviews
TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation of science and fact ruled by the all knowing Aura, where the belief in witches or any type of superstition is outlawed. Rain's regiment is made up of only teenage girls and their role is vital to the war effort against the Crux, a nation of faith and belief, wher ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2013 by Hachette Children's
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Teenage fighter pilots. Did you read what I just wrote? Because I’m not kidding here: Teenage. Fighter. Pilots.

Can I end my review here?

Because really, those three words should be enough to make any living soul desperate to read Night witches. Teenagers are flying planes and fighting wars people, facing enemies both human and supernatural. For those of you who don’t know, night witches were Soviet female military aviators in World War II. L.J. Adlington, inspired by their story, created a whol
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Erleen Alvarez
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Witches by LJ Adlington doesn't need aerial flips and maneuvers to become my favorite. Its spellbinding story, kick-ass female characters, and richly imagined world-building are more than enough reasons for it to land a spot in my favorite book of 2013 list.

Rain Aranoza live in a world where superstitious beliefs and witchcraft are shunned and where science and logic thrive. But war is threatening to destroy her land of Rodina by the sun-worshippers called Crux. So she, along with her cous
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Chantaal
For a summary that promises lots of awesome action and a cover that gorgeous, Night Witches was a let down.

It has all the tired cliches of a dystopian romance, and none of the interesting aspects were strong enough to overcome that. There was a lot of time spent on the more awesome parts - the night bombing badassery - but that was overshadowed by Rain's naivety and confusion about how she was changing. If I had to see "witches don't exist!" one more time, I was going to punch someone. (And see
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Nicole Silverlance
3.5/5 ? Maybe
It's ok, not much happens, the fact that her parents just simply believe this random girl Haze that she is their real daughter without questioning anything and then they want Rain dead is just too much for me. That moment is impossible, no matter what you try. Are you telling me they're just going to accept that thing so easily, without hearing Rain's side of the story, without properly looking into all this? And then this whole thing is left in the air. Do they still consider her t
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Suzanne Rooyen
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! Amazing! Original! Enthralling!

I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up at the library. The cover immediately caught my attention (hooray for a PoC MC on the cover!) and then that blurb. Teenage bomber pilots? Sign me up! This book was astonishingly good, the perfect blend of science and fantasy starring a sympathetic MC who I adored, but really, the secondary characters stole the show here, including a genderqueer pilot.

What really had me captivated though wasn't the MC, or
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Imillar
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Night witches were the teenage Russian female pilots who used to bomb the Germans at the end of the war, and this nugget of WWII history is the starting point for a terrific sci fi fantasy with strong female characters and a vivid look at a country at war with itself. Pip, our heroine, is summoned to fight for a country that only believes in technology. What she finds out in her raids against the Crux, a neighbouring country of magic practitioners, is that she too has supernatural powers, and sh ...more
Vinny
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Night Witches is fast-paced from the outset (and keeps it up!), and introduces an intriguing story mixing a number of great themes and ideas that really do come together to keep you hooked from the first page until the very last. A pleasure to have had a chance to read a proof copy from Hodder, I couldn't recommend Night Witches enough!
Chris Jestin-Thoraval
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Alexa☾
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
For the ones who happen to cross paths with this book, here are a few thinks that you need to know.

It is an amazing fantasy world. If you are obsessed with steampunk, electricpunk and all that (like I am) then this is the book for you. It has a very vast universe and the details are amazing.

Futurist and electricity and technology? YES, PLEASE.
Worshipping, witches, gods and light. HELL, YEAH.
Both combined?? SOLD, TAKE MY MONEY.

The story is a bit cliché, but it has a nice beginning. I related
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Nancy Smith
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on the 'Night Witches' of Soviet fame. A fantasy novel set on a different planet but uses imagery and historical elements of WW2 era Soviet Union. It's main character - Rain - flies a plane much like the real one flown in the Soviet Union. But Rain is different in a world that does not tolerate differences and so she must chose what it is she wants to be.
This novel reads much like 'The Hunger Games' a teenage protagonist thrown into a conflict not of her choosing but ready t
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Nicola Cann
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but I found the end a bit rushed :)
Sarah
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFiction

I'd been using a Night Witches promotional bookmark all summer after picking it up at Leakycon, so I was really excited when the author got in touch with me after discovering we were both from the same city! She very kindly offered me the chance to read and review the book. Night Witches follows Rain as she trains to become a fighter pilot as the war be
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Sally
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Although I’ve given this book a lower score, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have merit. This book is enchanting, I especially loved the way it was set in an easily relatable world where you could believe that it was more future fiction than fantasy fiction. This made the whole premise easier to accept and follow.
We follow Rain Aranoza as she embarks upon an exciting new career within the armed forces, flying fighter planes against the banned religious enemy, the Crux. She comes up against a num
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Kirsty Bicknell
In Night Witches L J Adlington lays a breadcrumb trail for the reader, only for us to realise that to reach the heart of the story we have to climb a few obstacles and follow false paths.
L J Adlington cleverly combines fact with fiction revising the true life history of Russian women who flew as part of their Air force in World War II. She honours them in Night Witches, a story of war in a technological era, a world in which the Aura controls all. Unusually the fighting, death and destruction ar
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Kate’s Book Spot
Firstly I’d like to thank Hachette for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. I was so intrigued by the blurb, it sounded different to anything I’ve read before and I was very much looking forward to getting started.

The first few pages were exciting and grabbed my attention quickly. There were mentions of ‘Aura’ which was something I didn’t understand at that point but as the story progressed all became clear. Rain’s world seemed rather strange to me but I must say that I really
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Kristina
Parts of this really worked for me in terms of great characters. When it came to the plot points, however, I kept feeling like I was missing parts of the story.

I kept wondering about the background or thinking that there was another book I was supposed to have read first so I could understand this one better. I was left with a lot of questions I had hoped would be answered and while some were, I still wish I knew more about this world.

Overall, the book had some high points that I really enjoyed.
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Tim Gray
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Captain W.E. Johns is sitting quietly writing one of the early Camel Squadron books, when through a time warp drop Let the Right One in, The Hunger Games and he already had Grimms Fairy tales to hand. Actually it's better than a combination of bits from other books - it felt like an early Neil Stephenson, a fast gripping read, but you are learning stuff at the same time. Don't get me wrong, this is original and clever not derivative. Read it, enter it's world, enjoy. The Nacht Hexen are waiti ...more
Munro's Kids
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dystopia/fantasy mix that draws from Russian history and folklore to build its world (a communist society, world war ii inspired fighter pilots, Baba Yaga, changelings, an enchanted woods). Builds and maintains tension very well as Pip struggles with the understanding that she is different, hiding her powers from her fellow pilots. Although it is sometimes a little too heavy handed, for the most part the author handles the narrative skillfully and knows when to trust the reader. This is a well ...more
P๏€cɨℓią* ~SLiTsRead
Disappointed.... but could be because I'm having hangover from my last book.
I liked maybe last 8% of the book. The flying and action scenes were pretty exciting. Other than that, I felt bored most of the time. I especially didn't get the love interest(s). They just ... hmmm.... mysteriously fell in "love".
To be fair, I should mention that the futuristic world the author created was quite interesting. The plot was ok and the ending was a happy ending.
If you are interested in a futuristic world a
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Amanda Nan Dillon
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-author
This book surprised me! I knew hardly anything about it, but saw it keep popping up on feeds here and there. Rain + Reef forever. Also, super-loved the afterword. I love finding about about where an author gets an idea.
Courtney
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal
Jessica
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-public
Well written, fast paced and averts a lot of the tired tropes of YA fiction with a diverse cast and an awesome historically accurate premise.
Manvinder
This is a wonderful sci fi book and I would love a sequel!!
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