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Nightingale

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  167 reviews
At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn't be--independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark science fiction stories that consume her waking hours. But her parents only care about making June a better young woman. Her mother grooms her to be a perfect little homemaker while her father pushes h ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I am a tremendous fan of historical horror, and more specifically, historical horror set in asylums, so as soon as I read the synopsis of this one, I was intrigued. I really had no idea what to expect, but I appreciate that Lukavics has a twisted imagination and tends to go to much darker places than most YA horror authors are willing to explore, so my hopes were very high for Nightingale.

What if this entire nightmare has been a horror show of your own making? What if none of it is real and y
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Kendall
So.. I had to sit over this book for a day... because I was THAT confused. I'm not exactly sure what I just read?

I've heard fantastic things about Amy Lukavics and her horror novels. BUT, wow... this was NOT horror at all. I don't even know what I would categorize this as?..... Sci-fi ish/Science fictionish?

This book had SUCH potential to be an epic read... but damn was I completely lost on all accounts.

June Hardie is struggling to make something of herself in a typical suburban town. Yikes..
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Michelle
Read to to the 1/2 way point and then skimmed the rest.

It is safe to say that I was the wrong audience for this book. I really enjoyed the authors previous book Daughters Unto Devils so I didn't even hesitate to request a copy of this book. In my defense the blurb is really misleading. Horror this is not. Science Fiction, perhaps more likely, but even at that I don't think it's done particularly well here because it's just so confusing. I am not an avid reader of Science Fiction though so what
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I have a huge love for Lukavics and think her horror books, while YA, have a very mature and adult like read to them that keep me coming back and devouring all of her books. Anything dealing with asylums and I'm SOLD. GIMME!

We are set in 1951, the "Past Days", where June is about to graduate from high school and her parents have a very distinctive role for her to play and she just needs to be "better". Sigh. The author does a great job in giving us that trapped feeling where we feel the necessit
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Obsidian
Please note that I received this book for free via NetGalley. This did not impact my rating or review.

June Hardie is struggling to fit in. Too bad that her family starts to push for her to be more like other women in the time (1951) and the story weaves back and forth to a time before June was sent to an asylum to what takes place when she gets there.

I rooted for June, but thought most of the story was kind of a bore. Probably because going back and forth in the story didn't do a thing for me. P
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Cheyenne
Overall, I give this book 3 stars. If you’re interested in horror, particularly YA horror, I recommend that you give this book a read, and check out Amy Lukavics’ other works, as well. It was a fun spooky Halloween read that didn’t pull any punches and got me in the mood for even more horror!

Read my full review at https://cheyennereads.home.blog/2018/...
MarytheBookLover
My Opinion:

This sorry is about a girl in the 50's that has gotten lost in the woods at a really young age and something changes her. We don't find out the full extent of it until later in the book, but I can say that it was a pretty good book. I totally enjoyed the POV of June and for this time era, she was considered insane because of it. Which made it pretty horrific for me. I have always LOVED books with asylum type themes and this one did not disappoint for me. She tries very hard to conform
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Jenna Bookish
Well, this book was certainly… an adventure. What started out looking like a book about a young woman suffering from Capgras delusion (a belief that someone close to you has been replaced with an identical impostor) slowly delved into weirder and weirder science fiction territory. (Or perhaps not; June is an unreliable narrator and it’s possible that the science fiction elements are all the result of a broken mind. Who can say?) I don’t want to give too much away in terms of plot, but rest assur ...more
Emily
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale was my first Amy Lukavics book, and I am happy to say that I loved it! This book is about June, who graduates from high school & wants to grow up to be something besides her mother. I found June to be a relatable character - she loves things she isn't "supposed to" love (like sci-fi and writing), and she feels alone in her family because she doesn't match their standard of the idea girl. It's a lonely story, and I think many women will be able to relate to June. This book is grim ...more
Stacee
I have enjoyed the other books Amy has put out, so I’m pretty much all in for anything she writes. This was was a little odd and I’m not sure if 3 stars is too high.

I liked June. She’s tenacious and smart and I really liked how she rebelled in small ways. Her family is crap and I wanted to punch all of them in the face. There are lots of other characters, but spoilers.

Plot wise it was okay? My favorite part was the unreliable narrator aspect and honestly, the scariest part was the entire sett
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Rachel
I really like this author so I was excited that she had a new book coming out. I got to buddy read this with a friend on here and introduce her to Amy's writing :)

SO many things I like are in this book. I can't tell you all of them because that would be a bit spoiler-ish. One thing is that I love the strong female main character (June) and the historical fiction aspect. I love seeing women rebel and try to work together. The body horror aspect to the story was very cool and gruesome. I had a lot
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Latasha
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, library-books
This is the first book I've read by Amy Lukavics. a friend ask if anyone wanted to buddy read it, so I checked to see if it was on my to read list and it was. I didn't refresh my memory as to what it was about. Meet June, 18yrs. in 1951. Through her we see what was expected of girls in this era and how they were to behave, act, think, etc. thank god I missed this time. She is committed to an insane asylum. The book switches to time the before the asylum and to time in the institute. As it does, ...more
Melanie (mells_view)
Nightingale was my first read from this author, and it’s sort of a coming of age period sci-fi read. When I requested this galley it was based on the gorgeous cover. I assumed it would be dark, and some of the themes were, but this was more a young woman struggling with getting away from people who want her to do as they expect opposed to doing what she knows she’s meant for.

This is a good read, but I will say that it is confusing. It bounces back and forth between the recent past, dreams, and t
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Faith Simon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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Sarah Marie
Nightingale by Amy Lukavics

3.5 stars

June Hardie is your typical seventeen-year-old girl living in 1951. She has a boyfriend, comes from a good wholesome family, goes to school, and is learning how to cook. Except nothing is as it seems and the truth is her boyfriend is just another ploy for her father to have a booming business, her family is stilted and she hates her mother as much as her mother seems to hate her, all she wants is to go to college, and cooking doesn’t please her. Writing is her

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Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
As Always, Lukavics did not fail to disappoint. I really need to stop doing this to myself. Her books always have a fantastic premise which she just completely fails to deliver on. June could have been a strong character, but instead, she ended up being a rebel against everything (like personal hygiene??), instead of just the constraints of her society. That made her a poor protagonist, and one I found it impossible to connect with. Lukavics also relies far too heavily on body horror when a book ...more
Kelly
The first thing to know going in is that horror is not a genre; it's a MOOD. This means that horror transcends genre and that it can work its way into any genre.

So go in knowing that this is science fiction.

Set in 1951, the book follows June as she's institutionalized following a mental break. The book moves in two timelines: the one in the institution and the one laying out the events that lead to June ending up there.

And oh, June is a super unreliable narrator. Which makes those flashbacks
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Gayle Noble
In 1951 June Hardie is seventeen-years-old and wants to be a writer, however her parents want her to marry, settle down, and become a housewife. Her 'rebellious' behaviour results in her being sent to Burrow Place Asylum where strange things are happening. June and the other girls soon realise that things are not as they seem when the inmates start disappearing.

This sounded like a great read, I love dark books, but the execution of this one is horrible. There's no real sense of creeping menace j
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Kitkat
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I love her writing. It’s creepy but beautiful. I wish I could write as well as her. I love the characters and the way they got punished. I loved Elle and June. I loved the husband’s punishment because it’s ironic. I can’t wait to see another one of her book.
Danielle
I've read two other books by Amy Lukavics and have really liked both of them. I think that Amy does really good horror stories in the YA genre.

Overall though, I was a bit disappointed in Nightingale. I just don't think that this was her strongest work. I think I didn't enjoy it as much because I just couldn't understand it most of the time. June is a very unreliable narrator, which wasn't a problem for me, but I just could not understand what was going on. However, not being able to figure out w
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Jackie
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Ah the 1950s where everything was bright and pastel to hide the horrors of the world if you were even a little bit different.

“Nightingale” tells the story of June, a young woman who dreams of doing something more with her life than what rigid standards her parents and society have planned for her but she doesn’t get far when her family finds out her plans to explore writing after high school and lands herself in an asylum following a mysterious incident, but when the doctors are straight from a
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Tucker
I got an ARC of this from a giveaway and never said anything about it so I got a form letter from Goodreads telling me to review it. I still haven't read it but I hope to!
Donna Hines
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
June seems to be the perfect 1950's young lady as she's intelligent, ambitious, and well rounded. Yet her parents are not impressed and push her to be more and be better.
Conflicting parents groom her to be a housemaker in the mom's eyes while being marriage material in the father's eyes.
The father has the perfect guy in mind his business partner's domineering son but June refuses.
June's parents commit her to an asylum where she becomes more abused and isolated at the 'Institution'.
And she's not
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
I went into NIGHTINGALE expecting a historical fiction story. Instead the book is a cross between ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST and THE STEPFORD WIVES.

I interned at an over one-hundred-year-old state hospital with a history of doing lobotomies, which doctors believed could have been treatment for the mentally ill. Rosemary Kennedy’s biography talks about the devastating effects she experiences following hers.

During the 1950s, “difficult” (assertive) women could be involuntarily hospitalized by
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Domini Phillips ~My Bookish Friends~
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

June Hardie is struggling to become a young woman in a typical suburban town in 1951. However, June is not a typical young woman destined to marry, have children, keep house and worship at her husbands feet. No, she is bound for greatness and she knows it. Driven to obsession she works night and day on her story. A story to set her free turned into the thing that destroys her.
Now comm
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Mwinchester97
I won a copy of Nightingale the publisher and author so thank you!

Nightingale is the story of June Hardie. Set in the 1950s, June is expected to become the perfect housewife eventually. Her family discourages her dreams of being independent and being who she wants to be. When she fails to be who they want her to be and her reality changes forever she is committed to an Institution. At the Institution, she meets other women like her, including Eleanor. She soon discovers that everything is not as
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Bekka
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

That was good! Not at all what I was expecting. I wish I had a deeper connection to Eleanor, the romance, the side characters. But I really liked June, the story, the atmosphere. The scares were great.

Gruesome and gross and a striking, precise commentary on American culture.
Bunni
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m not even sure what I just read and I didn’t buy into the time period at all. Daughters Unto Devils was like her only decent book.
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Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.

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“June mused as she brushed her teeth in the en suite bathroom, how much she'd aged in the last two weeks. She was still seventeen but felt about forty. Is that how changing into an adult worked? Overnight, and with the weight of a million pounds? If so, June sorely wished somebody had warned her.” 0 likes
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