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Beware the Night

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  35 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
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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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
Aug 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
this cover is fkn gorg and it sounds rly cool gimme
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
Samantha Hastings
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Prepare to be hooked by this beautiful book! The characters are the bait and they will lure you into their story from chapter one.

What I loved 🖤:

1. Roman Society + Post Apocalyptic = Unique and Compelling World-building.
2. Forbidden love and budding new romance.
3. The main character, Veda, is so relatable as she traverses societal prejudices and complex family dynamics. But she also feels fresh and different from all the other heroines in the YA sea.
4. The Night, a mysterious group that may be
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc, teen-card
#BewaretheNight #Edelweiss
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the E-arc copy of this novel. Since the release of this novel is a little further away, I’m giving a summary. I think that this is a beautiful and exciting novel that will find a huge audience. Veda has grown up hearing tales of sacrifice keep the entirety of their people safe, but when it affects her family she begins to wonder how much is too to pay. The novel touches on so many emotions and how to we deal with the greater
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The world in Beware the Night is divided between those who worship the Sun and those in thrive in the night. The world has a very fierce divide not only between the Sun and the Night, but between the Dogio, the wealthy elite, and the Basso, the poor masses. So the things I found the most interesting are the relationships and secrets that bridge this divide. Whether it be Veda's ch
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beware the Night is very well written and has a solid main character in Veda, but a few things prevented me from fully enjoying the book. The first is the love triangle, a tired YA cliche that just doesn’t do it for me. The second is the honorific ‘Lunalette’ which is used repeatedly and sounds to me like a menstruation product, being quite similar to Lunette menstrual cups. Finally, there was one aspect to the story that I perceived to be quite a major plot hole. I don’t like to leave spoilers ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received this ARC from the publisher at NYCC *

This had a great story, but just wasn't executed as well as it could have been. The whole love triangle part (why does every YA fantasy novel need one of those?) was a definite weakness and almost made Veda unlikable. I also felt she came to terms with things way too easily. There are parts of the plot that were also reminiscent of The Hunger Games (but this is not a RIP off in any way). Even with the flawsin this book, I'll still be looking forwa
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y'ALL. This was absolutely my favorite dystopian I've read in a long time. Jessika Fleck has created such a lush, interesting world that I cannot wait to live in for more books. The MC, Veda, is fierce, vibrant, and strong. Each of the characters are fully fleshed out and established. Also, side note, I 1000% need this book from Nico's perspective. He was everything. Add this one to your TBR stat. March can't come soon enough!
Samantha Mielke
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am picky with my five star ratings, but this one earned it. I really enjoyed the premise of the book and the development of the characters. I recieved an ARC of this book at SDCC. Since it doesn't release until March 2019, apologies for this vague review. I liked the use of the unknown to introduce the novel as well as the development of the resistance. My fav part had to do with one of the characters learning how to handle a weapon for the first time. Give this one a shot! :)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to read this book before the impending release. It's tense, dramatic, and full of characters who come to life from their very first interactions. The storyline is gripping and it pulls you in and doesn't let you go. A must read for people who are fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and any big fantasy novel. Actually, let me amend that: a must read for everyone!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
The cover is gorgeous, the blurb amazing, but the love triangle ruins it all.
I wanted to love this book. The plot and creativity was so well thought out that I read it in one day. I enjoyed the development of each character, except the main. She did not grow, she did not learn, and she was beyond indecisive/annoying and that for me ruined it.
Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

Because I really enjoyed this book. Literally the only thing I don’t like is the love triangle. I hate love triangles and this one sucks because unlike where I’m clearly team one of the dudes or team eff you both, I actually like BOTH of the guys?

Aaahhhh. I don’t like messy love triangle feelings 😭😭
MIriam Spitzer Frankllin
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Veda was an intriguing character and I wanted to root for her from the start. I don't usually read dystopian but this one I couldn't put down. Beautiful writing, well-thought out world building, and most of all, the story captured my heart.
K.L. Hallam
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written and suspenseful book that’s full of imagination--you won’t be able to put it down. I’m not a high fantasy enthusiast, but with its fast pace and vivid world, this book and its characters, held me captive.
Vicky Skinner
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swoonsquad
This book was such a pleasant surprise! So unique, so voice driven, so exciting! Part Hunger Games, part The Village, with a tiny bit of a Star Wars feel, I got so sucked in by the characters and the twists and by the end, my heart was aching! HIGHLY recommend this one!
Take Me Away To A Great Read
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book exceeded my expectations and left me with such a book-hangover! If you love Marie Lu's Legend series then I recommend this book for you.

Wendy MacKnight
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
A thrilling tale, full of twists and turns, beautifully told!
Sam Taylor
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great new YA fantasy founded on some intriguing mythology, unique to this story world. I loved following Veda as she comes to terms with a world (and friends) that is not at all as it seems.
Sarah Stith
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. The engrossing story keeps you on your toes and Veda's journey is full unexpected twists and turns. I finished up the book wishing I had book 2 on the shelf already!
Isabelle Joshua
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the characters. The inner conflict about her love for Nico and the struggle with her place in their society and the forbidden nature of the friendship. Then the introduction of Dorian and The Night. The Offering and depiction of the brutality and merciless nature of the society were thrilling and heartwrenching. I can't wait to read book two. I loved it, and I want to know what happens next. I didn't want it to end!!!

For readers that love Fantasy, this is a great YA Fantasy book, for those
Loved the premise and set up of this book and it gave me Hunger Games vibes in the best way. I think the second half just wasn't what I was looking for at the time, but I have no doubt it will be super popular!
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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