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Briar Queen: A Night and Nothing Novel (Night and Nothing Novels) Paperback – June 2, 2015
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“The lilting, whimsical new adult fantasy, balanced by impressively detailed and dark vignettes, is fueled by a goth-emo-scenester aesthetic...The magic is mysterious, the drama is aching, and the people are beautiful.” -- Booklist
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From the Back Cover
The dark, moody, and mystical fantasy begun in Thorn Jack, the first novel in the Night and Nothing series, continues in this bewitching follow-up—an intriguing blend of Twilight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alice in Wonderland, and A Midsummer Night's Dream—in which Finn Sullivan discovers that the town of Fair Hollow borders a dangerous otherworld . . .
Serafina Sullivan and her father left San Francisco to escape the painful memory of her older sister Lily Rose's suicide. But soon after she arrived in the bohemian Fair Hollow, New York, Finn realized that the placid surface of this picture-perfect town concealed an eerie supernatural world—and at its center, the wealthy, beautiful, and terrifying Fata family.
Though the striking and mysterious Jack Fata tried to push Finn away to protect her, their attraction was too powerful to resist. To save him, Finn banished a cabal of malevolent enemies to the shadows, freeing them both from their diabolical grip.
Now the rhythm of life in Fair Hollow is beginning to feel a little closer to ordinary. But Finn knows better—it's just the calm before the storm. For soon, a chance encounter outside the magical Brambleberry Books will lead her down a rabbit hole, into a fairy world of secrets and legacies . . . straight toward the shocking truth about her sister's death.
- Publisher : Harper Voyager (June 2, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062286765
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062286765
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 1.1 x 6.7 x 8.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Harbour is literary, lyrical, and is a gifted painter of images. Her rich imagery and lyricism made her books a major treat for me to read. She reminds me of a darker Patricia McKillip. While I enjoy the gothic genre and am an addict of Celtic myth, these are not the things that may make her a great writer. It's, as noted, the imagery. Her bio noted she had spent a little time working at being a painter (not house). She's still a painter, but it's done with words. She provides something like a soundtrack to represent each book, so far, suggesting she's musically oriented. It shows in her lyricism. And any lover of literature will enjoy her use of literary references and quotations.
I hope I haven't made her writing sound as if it is accessible only to adult readers. I think these books have a special appeal to teens (and to us older teens past retirement age).
Finn and Jack's unlikely romance continues but is offset with an adventure in this installment that will remind the reader of Narnia and the Wizard of Oz books which makes for a nice spin. New characters are introduced (Hello Moth!) and I quite enjoyed that Christie and Sylvie were given more to do and that their characters are taking on more development and we find that they themselves have been in the crosshairs of the Fatas for quite some time. Harbour spaces her story lines well which is good because it helps her Night and Nothing novels avoid being catagorized in the sinkhole of Twilight comparisons. Had she focused to heavily on Finn and Jack this could happen because Finn on her own is a mousy, irrational and quite annoying thing. Harbour seems to have Finn in a set pattern of doing three very stupid things followed by one really smart thing and reading Finn can be like running your knuckles across a cheese grater - more annoying than painful. Thankfully the stage is widely set with so many more entertaining and beguiling characters that really do seem to burst off the page.
Naturally this adventure ends in true fairytale fashion: something is gained and something is lost which perfectly sets the stage for the Third installment to which I very much look forward too.
Thank you, Ms. Harbour for these great reads!