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Almost Night (Tales of Morcah) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2014
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About the Author
Emily White is a nerd. She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bowties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she's creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous situations. Check out her YA Space Opera series starting with Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012), continuing with Fae (February 2014), and ending in 2015 with DESTRUCTOR. She's also authored a collection of Steampunk (zombie, werebot romance) flash fiction, if you're into those kinds of things, titled "To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World." Also her YA Contemporary Fantasy, ALMOST NIGHT (May 5, 2014)
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Something special lays within the pages of this book. White created something that I personally have never seen before. She created a story in which the Unicorn is not only dangerous but it is a teenage girl, and unaware of the power she holds. I found that it was hard to not hold me breath at times and hope that what I thought was coming wasn't coming. The world that Lily herself lived in was something that you could expect, but the alternate world that she wove into it was not. The world beyond the one we know was not walked in but through Lily we got to catch glimpses of it. There were times that even with the wonderful crafted world I wished the pace would move a little faster, but honestly this did not happen often. For the most part the pacing was fantastic and the lulls were shadowed, and swallowed by the creative and unique story.
When I first met Lily, I was really having a hard time connecting with her. I could get that she was isolated being an albino but she didn't seem to have any fight, any backbone. To start it seemed that her relationship with her best friend Maggie was the only thing that kept her going. Once that ended and the storm within Lily's life started to gain momentum that she truly shined. It took losing everything for Lily to gain what she always had inside of her, for her to reach the potential that was deep inside of her. Once she found some new friends and the something special that was within her, she changed...everything changed. There is no denying that by the end of the book I found myself thinking that Lily has strength, and it's going to take a lot more than a s***ty best friend and some evil looks to stop her.
There is something fun about the romance in this book. Some parts are hot and some parts frustrating but it all rolled into something I liked. I think what I really liked was Ian. He was not quite a knight in shining armer but he was the dragon fighting for the princess. Okay... So he wasn't fighting for her but there was something between the two that is undeniable. I am still to this moment not quite sure where Lily and Ian stand, but in my defence I am not sure they do either. Not because they are a terrible love roller coaster, but because at this point there is no real way to define what is between them. I have hopes of where White will go with the romance but I also feel that with what she has created, almost anything will go.
Though I have wanted to pick up Emily White's other books, I have not yet had the chance and Almost Night makes me regret that. I really look forward to the next book in this series and seeing where everything goes...well that and another stunning cover. There are so many unique elements working together in this novel, and I believe that White did this in a way that no one else could. If you are a fan of fantasy I suggest that you give this one a try, you might just find your next favourite read!
Human, Dragons, Tree Sprites, Hags, one lonely Unicorn, and world about to change forever. Lily Grey's life has never been easy, has never been normal, but the life she's struggled to live for the past fourteen years is about to get turned on it's axis and the past will look simple compared to her future.
I've never been much of a fantasy reader, but I can say that with every one of Emily White's books I read I become more and more interested in this genre. She is able to weave vivid worlds and write characters that have an undeniable substance to them.
Case in point, this book is so much more than simply a fantasy novel. It's a book that brings some truly painful aspects of teen life to the surface.
A glimpse into Lily Grey's life brought me to tears. The pain and suffering she deals with from being 'different' in her short years of life made me ache for her. Yet while she struggles she's amazingly strong, fighting to carry on. Everything changes for her though when she enters high school. back to being face to face with her middle school tormentors, dealing with her best friend, Maggie, slipping away from her as Maggie works to climb the social ladder (to say I wanted to have a stern talking to with Maggie would be an understatement.) leaving Lily to struggle through each day with no support. But as the world she's known (her one safety net, Maggie) crumbles around her a (pretty kick butt, if I do say so myself) goth girl Nat, and a reluctant boy, Ian, storm into her life and truly change everything forever.
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