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Beware the Night

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  66 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 enjoy th
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,
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.
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
Aug 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
this cover is fkn gorg and it sounds rly cool gimme
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
Jessica Rachow
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
Beware The Night is a bit of a slow burn, so you need to bare with the book on the beginning. Good stuff is coming, but it’s a bit slow to start.

There is some beautiful world building here, and Jessika Fleck has the ability to fill her writing with rich imagery that paints a beautiful world. The downside to this is that there are quite a few descriptions, but it is necessary to understand where the story is taking place. It provides backstory, history and gives the reader an idea of how the worl
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
My thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.

TL;DR: Predictable, didn't like the main character, but still want to see where it goes. 2.5/5 stars, it was OK.

Beware the Night is utterly predictable, down to the impetuous actions of our heroine, Veda. She is constantly told by everyone around her to wait, and listen, and go with her gut, because she's brand new to this whole thing and everyone else has been planning stuff for a long time. In the end, she listens to the first thing h
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC for review through a Goodreads giveaway.

I found the dystopian YA read Beware the Night to be a slow burn that took a while to get into. While the writing is excellent and the plot intriguing, after finishing the book I was left with the sense that it was nothing really new, same old same old, and therefore, predictable. Like many YA books at the moment, it's clearly going to be part of a series, which is getting tiring, there's a love triangle, and it all just see
Kim Smejkal
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Veda is a complex main character, with hang-ups and insecurities but so much inner strength. She's far from perfect, which makes her compelling and REAL. I might have cried... more than once... okay a lot.

The wait for book 2 will be killer!



I read an early draft and can't wait to reread it when it comes out!
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...
Elizabeth Mathis
⭐"The first in a series, this fantasy adventure is quickly paced with surprises at every turn and an ending that will leave teens breathless and awaiting more. Fleck has crafted a fully realized world complete with its own history and mythology to immerse her readers. Finely tuned and masterfully written, this is a must-purchase for all fantasy shelves." —School Library Journal, STARRED review

When her world divides, pitting light against dark, Veda must join a dangerous revolution to save her gr
Alexa BookwormFiles
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-order
Ok, to be fully transparent here, I didn't have super high hopes for this book. It sounded ok, but it also reminded me of dozens of other YA books I've read, most of which were poorly done and disappointing. It was an incredibly lovely surprise to be proven so wrong...I really enjoyed this book! Sure, the basic structure and foundation is similar to many others, but this book is full of interesting layers and dimensions that I don't usually find in YA like this, and it was really well done. The ...more
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
**3.5 Stars**

Beware the Night was an enjoyable fantasy slash dystopia novel with a lot of potential. While the trope it sets its plot on has been done many times before, there were still plenty of unique pieces to make it feel more of its own as it delved into the separation of classes on a small island. Fleck did a wonderful job at creating the backstory and history for a nation that has been isolated and fighting against itself for decades. With that and Fleck’s easy storytelling, I found my
Olivia Farr
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Beware the Night" was an intriguing YA fantasy that follows Veda, a seventeen-year-old Basso who lives on the island of Bellona. Bellona is divided strongly by socioeconomic status with the Basso being the oppressed poor and the Dogio are the wealthy, ruling class. The people are taught to worship the Sun and make routine sacrifices of life to the Sun to keep them safe from the Night. The Night is the rebellion who frequently attacks (only the Basso) and keeps taking Basso who are never seen ag ...more
Natalie ⭐
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I’m having a really, really difficult time rating this one. It’s a solid 3.5 stars for me, but I’m ultimately rounding down for... so much.
The mythology of this book was really cool—at least, in theory—but I felt like the plot only picked up in the last 50 pages or so. Which really, really sucks.
Despite being a relatively short read, I had so much difficulty getting through this book. I’d pretty much find excuses to start and finish other books while still only being a few pages into this one be
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover to Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck, I was drawn to the cover. There is something so beautiful about the contrast about of light and dark. But the cover isn’t the only reason why I wanted to read the book, so let me tell you why.

Beware the Night is about Veda, a young girl who lives in the Sun. Each society at war with each other, one deemed evil and dangerous. But an exploration of another world opens eyes, and an injustice needs to be corrected in a form of a revolution.

Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Received from Xpresso Book Tours

People on the island of Bellona are divided between two classes: Dogio - they are upper class, soldiers and rulers & Basso - oppressed one, living in poverty and forced to follow the rules. They worship the Sun, including offering lives in Offering in hopes that the Sun will protect them from the Night. People of Night come in the cloak of the night, kidnap people, ravage the homes.

We follow the life of Veda, seeming ordinary girl, Basso, living with her grand
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book gets a forward-leaning 3.5 stars because I liked the main character, Veda, and the writing is particularly good, but it's a plot that I've read dozens (if not a hundred) times and it loses points just because it includes one of my biggest pet-peeves, the much-dreaded love triangle plot point.
It's a story you've read many a time: a resilient girl who is part of a downtrodden and abused part of society has a best male friend who supports her despite their having no hope of being togethe
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Jessika Fleck is an 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. Her next YA novel, BEWARE THE NIGHT ( ...more