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Beware the Night

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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  122 reviews
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 protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda ...more
Published March 12th 2019 by Macmillan Young Listeners
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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
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s
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 that tro
Jennifer H.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 fi
Adah Udechukwu
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 t
B.R. Myers
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jayne M.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 desc
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  ·  review of another edition
this cover is fkn gorg and it sounds rly cool gimme
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*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 a
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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. Th
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
Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
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  ·  review of another edition
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 ra
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 Gam
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!
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
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.
Mary Thomas
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olivia Wildenstein
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 th
Kate Avery
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joanna Bennett
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
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
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The work week in my house is crazy, but hubby helps to ensure I get some precious moments in the morning for reading and self care. Many thanks to for this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is for those who loved Hunger Games and The Host (that includes me lol). It’s heavy on the romance - and I needed that for my Spring reading mood. The backdrop of this novel is a world where class separates, where resources and protections are
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
Kim Smejkal
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
KayCee K
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5!!! Review to come!
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 list
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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, BEWA ...more

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