- Series: Casters
- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Something Shiny Press; 1 edition (December 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987803794
- ISBN-13: 978-0987803795
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comes the Night (Casters) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 9, 2012
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I do think the girls were just a little stereotyped. The Wholesome Nice Girl, the Misunderstood Bad Girl, and the Stuck Up Rich Girl become friends in spite of their differences? A little cliche.
However, the ending brought it together in a very shocking, exciting way. I loved the scene in the basement.
Still, at the very end, one of the girls, in my opinion, crosses the line in a very major way, and loses all my sympathy. Mild spoiler: Brooke wasn't raped, and she had no right to take such extreme revenge. If you kill everyone who is mean to you, you're going to rack up quite a body count by the time you get through life.
I will read the next two books, because I think it's a great story. But I hope there is some justice along the way.
Streep Academy is a boarding school for the troubled and out of control teenagers. Alex Robbins, Maryanne Hemlock, and Brooke Saunders find an old diary in the attic of the Harvell House their school dorm, which is known as having the worst of the worst.
It's the diary of Connie, an abused young girl who was locked in the attic by her stepfather and abused constantly. Alex, Maryanne, and Brooke all have their own issues that they are trying to cope with as well. Connie's method of coping is very unique, she calls it "casting out," and the girls eventually learn how to practice casting out as well.
What did I think of the book?
I would definitely consider this to be a very dark book that would only be meant for a more mature teenager. This book kind of reminds me of V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic).
The whole concept of Connie's "casting" is such an intriguing hook, I couldn't put the book down. Just when you think you know the direction the book is taking, you'll be thrown in the complete opposite direction. Don't worry, it's a great thing to find a book with a new and interesting concept.
Who wouldn't want the powers that they possess? The only thing that might hold you back is the consequences to your actions are unknown. I highly recommend this book to any mature young adult who can handle reading about topics like rape and torture of young girls. I give this book 5/5!
Alex, Maryanne, and Brooke attend Streep Academy, best described as a boarding school for troubled and out of control teens. They live in Harvell House, aka the house of the worst of the worst. As it turns out, Harvell was also Connie's prison -- she was locked in the attic by her stepfather.
COMES THE NIGHT is definitely a dark book for mature teens. There are some things that may be triggers for readers, such as rape, incest, and child neglect. The book starts with Alex waking up after being raped, and her struggles to remember what happened that night are a big part of the story, even though she keeps it a secret. Maryanne and Brooke have their own issues they're working through; I'll let you discover them on your own.
Connie's method of coping turns out to be a type of astral projection, something she and the other girls call "casting." It leads to the three girls haunting the town, almost as if they are living ghosts. I was really curious about casting, and would have liked to learn more about it. Why it's possible, how Connie discovered it, etc. I do understand the girls didn't have those answers, so hopefully more shows up in the next book. COMES THE NIGHT is the first in a trilogy, the Casters Series.
I enjoyed reading COMES THE NIGHT, although the book didn't grab me. It was well-written, with an intriguing hook -- the casting -- and also, I liked that the authors weren't afraid to harm their characters. There was a part where I wasn't sure if one of the main characters would wake up from a serious injury -- I like having worry moments like that. But I figured out most of the story early on; there was perhaps a bit much foreshadowing. The way the girls acted while out casting bugged me sometimes -- they were kind of juvenile and petty -- but I also am sure that's how lots of teens would act with such a power in their hands.
The main stories within COMES THE NIGHT are wrapped up by the end of the book, and I am curious to see where the authors will take the characters in the next book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.