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Night Shine

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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  114 reviews
An orphan girl must face untold danger and an ancient evil to save her kingdom’s prince in this lush, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Girls of Paper and Fire and Tess of the Road.

How can you live without your heart?

In the vast palace of the empress lives an orphan girl called Nothing. She slips within the shadows of the Court, unseen except by the Great Demon of the p
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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"I would destroy a thousand heart to find you, again and again."

Sapphic enemies to lovers romance, queer bodyguard and royalty romance, dark fairytale setting! Magic, gender and sexual fluidity, yearning! Demons, dragons, unicorns, lots of cute tiny creatures to love! Atmospheric, lush, purple prose perfection! Are any of these keywords getting you? Because I’m still ready to sell my soul for Tessa’s deleted scenes and notes! Okay, how about the
Helena Paris
Dec 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: magic, young-adult, arcs
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Update: not digging this cover, oof 😓

According to Tessa Gratton:

"A dark, queer Howl's Moving Castle. After a crown prince is kidnapped, an orphan named Nothing sets out to rescue him, and discovers all magic is a bargain.

The four MCs are three different dark love interest archetypes and a long-suffering bodyguard. Everybody is queer and/or genderqueer plus a fluid dragon, rival sorcerers, a tiny unicorn, and
Justina Ireland
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book that will get you to preorder it, devour it, and share it with all of your friends?

*Queer Howl's Moving Castle. Yes. Exactly.

*That cover is terrible and the publisher did this story wrong. Don't judge this beautiful book by that ultra meh cover. Read the first twenty five pages and THEN judge this book (it'll be too late, you'll be reading the whole thing).

*Sapphic relationships in fantasy that aren't ultra male gaze-y get short shrift, especially in YA spaces. Let
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

"I would destroy a thousand hearts to find you, again and again."

I am still very in awe that what will most probably be my favourite release of 2020 (and it has very tough competition) shares a birthday with me and it makes it feel a little extra special. I’m also still very in awe of what this book made me feel and how amazingly written it is. Even just going back to the quotes I highlighted made me feel emotional all over again, feeling everything like I did like the very first ti
May 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: witches who choose new names
Shelves: fantasy
First, thank you to reviewers who opened by asserting that this cover is not at all representative of the book, because this was fantastic and I would almost certainly have ignored it otherwise, assuming it to be yet another generic YA aimed at girls who want to be beautiful and marry princes. This is not that: this is for girl who want to be ferocious, see the world, and (eventually) marry inhuman sorceresses. The cover should be something like a collaboration of Kinuko Craft and Remedios Varo. ...more
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book: this mysterious, possibly evil character is known as The Sorceress Who Eats Girls
Acqua, immediately: 👀

Night Shine is, more than anything, a story about the importance of having a choice.
It follows a girl known as Nothing as she goes on a quest to rescue Kirin Dark-Smile, the prince and her closest friend, after he has been kidnapped by a Sorceress.
Hearing this premise, one might think they already know this story. They don't.

The first thing you should know about Night Shine is that i
Stephen Robert Collins
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the 1950s C. S Lewis created the Nania books to teach children about the joys of Christianity. Here Tessa Grafton has created a fantasy world series for young adults transgender in brilliant way.
This a book about Nothing yet it turns into something that was not expected. Of love and a man who is woman. Just like Lewis had a lion we have The Sorceress who isn't all you want in evil. Eating your heart eating your love.
Prince Kirin or is that Princess Kirin is not a nice person, but have to read
Caidyn (he/him/his)

I received an ARC from an ARC fairy and this is my honest review!

CW: some casual transphobia/lack of understanding about trans identities (challenged and the new way is learned), kidnapping, action scenes, mentions of kidnapped and killed children, and internalized self-doubt

Ever since I read Gratton's Strange Grace, I've been a fan of her work and have been eagerly awaiting her next YA book. And I'm so glad that it's this one. I will say, it took me a while to sink into. I actually had to r
Starr ❇✌❇
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: got-an-arc, reviewed

Nothing is good at only 2 things: being invisible to the rest of the palace, and being a good friend to the prince. But when something returns, tricking everyone else into believing it is the prince, she must call attention to herself to show them its falsity and get the prince back. It's a quest full of danger and secrecy- for they're heading to the Sorcerer Who Eats Girls, a powerful magic user who could kill any of them in an instant, and whose interest in Prince Kirin might cost him the t
Lea (drumsofautumn)
Jul 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Lea (drumsofautumn) by: Melanie

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Julie - One Book More
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Night Shine is an interesting fantasy story with an immersive setting, dynamic characters, and poignant messages. The world-building is incredible and lush, with a unique caste system and fascinating supernatural beings including witches, demons, goblins, and more. It is a captivating read, one that I was quickly caught up in. I also like the strong messages about being true to yourself, standing up for what you believe in, and fighting for those you love.

The characters are richly developed, es
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
BOY did this live up to the pitch. It’s like Howl’s Moving Castle meets Princess Mononoke with some Spirited Away vibes, tbh. The worldbuilding is incredible and gorgeous and so unique. The characters are fantastic and complicated. And it’s beautifully, unapologetically queer.
Original reaction:
soooo this has been pitched as darker, queerer Howl's Moving Castle?? uhm heLLO??!!!!
Cami L. González
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, me-encantó
I got this arc from the author herself. So thank you so much, Tessa, for give us the chance to read your new book. English isn't my first language, so sorry if I can't write this review well.

This book is weird, but honestly is what I expected it to be, I think. Full of magic, and representation of non binary and queer characters.

Nothing just appeared in the castle. She doesn't have parents, only Kirin, the prince and he gave her the name of Nothing. When he was take away from the Sorceres Who Ea
Sierra The Book Addict
So this was a buddy read with @biancareads94 on twitter and biancareads on YouTube.

This was interesting, I liked the characters but I felt that the plot was middle range, I felt like it lacked something plot wise. The concept was cool I just felt like the delivery was very off.

World building was cool, but I felt like there is still a lack of what it could have been.

As for the relationship aspect of the book I enjoyed it was interesting and dynamic.

Overall it was enjoyable but I don’t think I
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall, I am now screaming about this book and need to start diving headfirst into more of Tessa Gratton's backlist.

Spoiler-free Review:

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.
Jul 21, 2020 marked it as to-read-wishlist  ·  review of another edition
this book did not deserve this monstrosity of a cover
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: yarc
This book was really frustrating. The initial pitch was super exciting, but alas I came to realize fairly soon after I started this book that I just did not care at all. It was super atmospheric, but altogether too plotty for my liking. And I really didn't like much of the plot.
Nevertheless, I think this is a well-written book, and I'm sure many people will like this so much more than I did.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't judge it by the awful cover lol, just ride the queer Howl's Moving Castle wave and trust me on this. I had the opportunity to receive an e-ARC of "Night Shine", and it is GOOD. It was one of those books that's going to stick with me, because in a beautiful and lyrical way, Tessa Gratton showed me a quietly powerful perspective on gender I don't think I fully understood before. I'm grateful for that.

Gratton kept the energy and tension up throughout, and I loved every character and the overl
linnea h.
Releases 9/8/20 and you REALLY should go preorder it I am JUST saying.

I rarely have adequate enough words for a Gratton book, but this one might be vying for my favorite, and I feel whole and molten and all of the best things.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Not sure if it’s a 4 or 3.5
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: don-t-own-tbr
This book is EVERYTHING! Tessa Gratton’s writing is just stunning and her books are like nothing I’ve ever read before 💜
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the only things more vivid than the physical descriptions in this delicious dark tale are the emotions - in the right hands, this would make a gorgeous graphic novel.
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: Night Shine

Author: Tessa Gratton

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Standalone

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.

Tessa Gratton is one of my very favorite authors, so when I saw that she had a brand-new book coming out, I ordered it from my local library. I decided to read it as soon as I was finished reading The Burning. This book might be my favorite in Gratton’s entire body of work: A dark, gorgeous fairy tale wit
Hannah (Ink & Myths)
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

Night Shine is a beautifully written and imagined book, both familiar and utterly unique, and it had me so easily enchanted from the start: the Howl's Moving Castle inspired and overall Ghibli-esque world full of sorcerers and spirits, demons and witches; how the world was so incredibly vivid and atmospheric, full of gorgeous palaces and mountains as houses, rain forests and mirror lakes.

Nothing, the protagonist, won my heart over easily, too. She’s stubborn and persistent, she’s kind,
Quality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Two Stars

◆ Thanks to the author for this eBook copy for review ◆

I loved another of Gratton's novels, The Queens of Innis Lear, when I read it a few years ago and while I can see the stylistic similarities, Night Shine was not for me in the end. I was unsure to begin with but gave it a good chance, and then another, and another; I kept pushing through to halfway, but when I got to that midway point and felt like my original concerns were still very muc
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Night Shine was an incredible read, I couldn't put the book down and finished it within 2 days. I'll be honest, what intrigued me was the premise of the enemies-to-lovers romance between the main character, Nothing, and her enemy, The Sorceress Who Eats Girls. The book starts out with her setting out with Sky, to save the prince, Kirin.

I loved how queer this book was. It wasn't just the f/f romance but literally almost every single character here was queer in a way. Nothing had a few instances
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Let me type a review for this book before I take too long, and then have absolutely no coherent thoughts left in my head.

I’m going to go simple here. I really really loved this book. It was MAGICAL.

I was essentially living vicariously through Nothing throughout this book. I felt everything she felt. When she was feral and happy, I felt the same. When she was angry and sad, I felt the same. Ugh. Truly, so good.

All of Nothing’s relationships with other characters were soooo goooood! Her and Sky
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Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now ...more

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