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Book of Night, by Holly Black

kelsthurman's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

midnight_rose_reads's review

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dark emotional funny mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix

3.0

Book of Night is the first Adult book from fantasy author Holly Black. It’s about Charlie Hall and her life as a con artist. In the world of the book shadows play a huge part, and she’s tasked with stealing a book called the Liber Noctem or ‘Book of Blights’ for an eccentric billionaire named Lionel Salt. She has a past history with Salt as you learn while reading, as well as how her boyfriend Vince DaMamino is connected to him as well.

The first portion of the book is hard to get into (you’re essentially dropped into the world where you scramble to understand its mythology) and it wasn’t until after about 55 pages into it that things started to pick up. Definitely the later half, and particularly towards the end is when things get interesting. It took me way longer to read than it should have (the book is only 304 pages). Not sure if I will be continuing this series even though the last scene specifically was intriguing. If I do I will listen to it on audio or borrow it from the library.

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ksenia_'s review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

This book kept me reading through the night. I guess I really like rough around the edges heroines. Charlie is a con artist trying to keep out of trouble and live a normal life, but trouble keeps finding her. I liked the detective story with a couple of heists thrown in structure of this book. The magic system is not very well thought out, but I didn't really need it to be.

hannahsmanyhobbies's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

chloebear21's review

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25


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silialiest's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

teddyrosa's review

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mysterious medium-paced

2.5

sgeron's review

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4.0

I went into Book of Night thinking I was reading a stand-alone and halfway through I knew there must be a second book coming. The end is going to have me reeling the rest of the day.

whybecky's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

thepencilhead's review

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25