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Beware the Night

(The Offering Series #1)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  562 ratings  ·  170 reviews
When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her grandfather and fight against injustice...even if it costs her the boy she loves.

On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful--as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Plot: 3/5 Characters: 3/5 Writing: 4/5

Beware the Night was an interesting read about a people fighting for their rights and a girl figuring out her place in the world.

On the island of Bellona their were three groups of people: the Dogio who ruled and lived lavish lives in luxury; the Basso who were oppressed by the Dogio and the Night- a secret organisation who supposedly reaped terror and stole away Basso people to the depths of darkness. As you can tell, the Basso were the worst off in this si
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopian
I won this ARC through a Goodreads Giveaway!

This was a fun read! I loved Fleck’s writing style. It flowed nicely, and her ability to write tension really kept me on the edge on my seat throughout this book. The concept of this story is unique, as it is set on an island where people worship the sun in exchange for protection against the night. It is a quick, fun, enjoyable read.

However, I feel like the plot of this story is one I have read many times before. It is really similar to Shatter Me, th
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
"Ad astra, to the stars, no trouble, be well. "

I was so excited for this book, it sounds like something that I would love. While I did really enjoy it, it didn't live up to my expectations exactly.

Beware The Night focuses around a clash of classes at it's core. We have the powerful Imperial /Doggio, the oppressed Basso that must follow all rules or suffer dire consequences and, of course, the rebels known as The Night. This is a pretty common set up for many dystopian novels, but I
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beware the Night is a bit good. I felt the novel had potential but it's potential was poorly executed.
They were parts in the novel that was nice and they were parts that were just off and confusing.
Finitha Jose
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I do love a good forbidden romance with all the class clash going around and so selecting this book was a no brainer. Set in Bellona, an island country where people worship the sun and is asked to be afraid of the night, the first book in this duology creates all the necessary angst and thrill for an adventure about to begin.
Let me start with the good bits. The staunch rivalry between the followers of Sun and Night (Moon) is quite appealing, owing to the brilliant narrative style which is a com
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Should have trusted my gut and given up at 21% but anyway, here's a bullet-point review of my thoughts (a more cohesive review may or may not come):

Note: I started skim-reading at the 24% mark.
- The beginning was dull and slow, events became marginally interesting at around the 21 to 24% mark, only to quickly regress into an unenjoyable mess.
- This is definitely NOT a quickly paced fantasy adventure.
- From the synopsis, the mythology sounded fascinating, but throughout the story itself, I remai
Jennifer H.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Beware the Night is a slow burn filled to the brim with lies, deception, and plot twists (oh, the plot twists)! Finely layered and structured, offering piece by piece as it slowly starts to take shape in front of you until suddenly you are nearing the end and you can't read fast enough. Sprinkled throughout are some sweet, tender, and swoon worthy moments that sets everything at a nice balance and doesn't allow itself to get too involved with one or the other.

Our main girl Veda is fierce, smart,
B.R. Myers
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the back drop of a Romanesque island society, Fleck effortlessly delivers an intricate narrative of two distinct yet closely knit classes on the verge of war through the eyes of the main character, Veda.

Born into the lowest ranking population, Veda and her grandfather live a simple yet grateful existence, owing all they require to survive from the Sun. But when a mysterious boy enters her life a chain of dramatic events propels Veda into a secret world that may hold the key to the island’s
Colleen Houck
I really like the relationship between the heroine and the two young men. The politics at play and how it's mingled into cultural norms is very interesting. Love the grandfather. He's an amazing character.
Aug 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
this cover is fkn gorg and it sounds rly cool gimme
Katelyn Jayne
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I see you are finished this book


Did you like it

*nod, nod*

Haha, if you read the book you might get the ^^ reference. But in all honesty I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, although some had their flaws, it also made them more realistic. As in not knowing what the right thing to do in a situation, I pick one way, they pick another, hey it is what it is. Also the world description was a little hard to follow (I got lost a few times when describing the underground) which also m
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
*Thank you so much Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
*This review will contain a separate spoiler section with a warning.

2.5 / 5 stars
Beware the Night follows life on the island of Bellona for seventeen-year-old Veda. The people of Bellona worship and praise the Sun for their island. Veda is part of the Basso’s who are essentially the contrasting people to the Dogio. The Basso are the poverish working class people who are controlle
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading The Castaways, Jessika Fleck’s debut novel, I’ve been eagerly awaiting her second book. When I found out that she was writing a fantasy, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Beware the Night was a fun, engaging read that had some great action and interesting characters.

The world was pretty well developed and I loved how vividly Fleck brought it to life. Her immersive writing was one of my favorite things about The Castaways and it just got better in this novel. The contrast b
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm going to be completely up front with you all, and let you know that this wasn't my favorite YA Fantasy I've read this year. However, and here's the part I'm excited to share with you, this book has a lot of a potential. In fact, Beware the Night is the kind of book that is a gateway for new readers who are making their way in the Fantasy genre. It's highly accessible, quick moving, and filled with characters who are easy to fall into step with. So keep in mind that while this wasn't my cup o ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I know how weird this is going to sound but the plot, characters and world development were an absolute hotmess. The entire second half of the book is the girl hoping from scene to scene inbetween two boys and somehow she always accidentally makes out with them. The book also ends in a super weird place and tone...and yes, I'll read the seauel
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! 😊 It was good, but not too special. I will read the next installment!
Nikole Clow
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beware the Night is a fun adventure filled with numerous plot twists, harrowing adventures, and countless truths and lies that are uncovered. This was a fantasy book that was unlike any other, with gorgeous prose and

What I liked about the book was the unique portrayal of Sun and Night. The Sun is viewed as a protector, similar to a god. And so is the Night, but the Night has a different view of the world and a prophecy that they believe will come to light.

Veda has been raised one way her whole l
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

I feel like I’ve seen this book before. Young woman with a sad past, struggling to make ends meet in a dystopian world ends up joining the resistance. She loves two boys, one in the ruling class and one in the resistance, quel domage! Ok “love” might be too strong a word… she has tummy butterflies for these boys and they would be willing to die for her. Oh yeah, she is also the chosen one. It’s the Hunger Games
Shelby (Grace with Books)
I really loved the mythology and storytelling of this book! Fleck's writing style flowed really smoothly and I found myself unable to look away from the story! Veda's character was really wonderful, I love how she didn't just accept things because she was being told them, she was curious and a great heroine. The plot twists and slow burn romance just rounded out the story and made it a great read!
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
1.5 stars

This novel had a really strong premise, but terrible execution. The world building was weak and I was continually confused by the lore. The relationships were rushed and awkward. One minute she’s kissing Nico and then she’s kissing Dorian and back and forth so you can’t really root for one or the other because she flip flops so readily. It was unbelievable. Love triangles are supposed to be compelling and this was not.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 7, But Triangle
Talky Talk: Starter Fantasy
Bonus Factors: Revolutionaries, Kickass Gramps
Anti-Bonus Factor: Cliffhanger
Relationship Status: Mentorship

Read the full book report here.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways
I was hopeful for this book because I thought the premise sounded intriguing and the cover is beautiful, but I was disappointed. The best way I can think to describe the book is simplistic and formulaic.

(view spoiler)

And while I think the
Mary Thomas
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author, Jessika Fleck for sharing a review copy of BEWARE THE NIGHT.

This YA story follows Veda, a young girl who has grown up fearful of the Night, a rogue group who is said to have been kidnapping and torturing the sun-worshiping citizens of Bellona for years, though only the lower class citizens, the Basso, seem to be affected. The Dogio, who make up the superior class as well as the Imperi army caution Bellonian citizens against the night and sacrifice one Basso citizen a ye
Aug 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Can I just say...
This book sucked.
(mild spoilers???)
Honestly, I was reading it and kids were screaming all around me but I remember starting it and being intrigued. The writing was okay and the start was pretty solid. It was descriptive and kinda cool, basically the intro was good.
My advice for you new writers or readers is if you're starting a lore heavy world remember...(basics)
-there are details that are only for you authors to remember.
-all worlds have their limits.
Olivia Wildenstein
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun and pulse-pounding adventure with a sensitive and fearless main character, and two handsome contenders for her heart. Still can’t decide which one I like best...
I received this book via Netgalley (as a part of an Xpresso Book Tour) in exchange for an honest review!

It’s rare for me to finish a book & feel a sense of sorrow, because there are no more pages left to turn. Yet, Beware the Night had me wishing that it would never end — especially as I neared the final pages & came to the realization that there would be a cliff-hanger.

Right away, Beware the Night starts off with a bang & a flash of what’s to come. It’s in these opening pages that I just knew I
Kate Avery
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites-2019
I have to say I was so looking forward to reading this one, the blurb had me hooked in an instant and that cover too. I did have high hopes and it maybe didn’t fill them quite as I had expected but I wasn’t disappointed.

Beware The Night starts off slow but since it is a fantasy book and I know that there is a whole world needing to be built I’m never put off by that, I actually enjoy it because it gives me time to get to grips with everything. I love the whole concept of Bellona, the Sun and the
Joanna Bennett
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

On an island called Bellona, the night is something to fear. The Sun is to be worshipped and with sacrificial offerings, it will protect them from any harm. Veda’s world gets thrown upside down when her grandfather becomes an offering. A young man has the answers she is looking and she must decide if what she has been told her whole life is a lie.

I was hoping since this book had a beautiful cover and an interesting synopsis th
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I love Swoon Reads books. Their covers are divine and to date, I've been very happy with most of the books I've managed to read that they've published. I guess, they're just my kind of people ;)

In this universe, Day and Night are mortal enemies. The Day reigns supreme but yet the Night continues to resist. The people are oppressed and desperation will, sooner than later, sparks a revolution. This is the world that Veda Adelina was born into and in just a few days, she will enter her 17th year. D
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the general plot, love triangle, and cliche characters were familiar from so many other YA novels it didn't impede my enjoyment of this story. I liked the world of Bellona although I didn't get an entirely clear picture of it in my mind. The characters may have been the usual tropes but I was still interested in how they would relate and which boy Veda would pick. This is unsurprisingly not resolved and I imagine will carry over into the next book. Veda may have been the "special chosen on ...more
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Jessika Fleck is a YA & MG author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her YA debut, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled TEEN), is now available. As is her YA fantasy, BEWARE T ...more

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