Author: Matthew Quinn Martin
Reviewer: Gikany and Una
What We’re Talking About:
Gikany and Una were pleasantly surprised by this first novel in the Night Angels series. We were reminded of being teenagers, sneaking in Dean R. Koontz or Stephen King so we could read and scare ourselves…right before bed. Mr. Martin delivers the same chilling suspense in Nightlife.
Nightlife is a true urban fantasy novel that has a strong central core of suspense. We must warn you: do not read this before going to bed. Una had nightmares the first night and had to stop reading it before bed. The imagery is powerful and takes root easily in your subconscious. There is graphic violence; this is a suspense/horror type urban fantasy. It is a very dark world we are being shown. Mr. Martin expertly weaves his tale: slowly building the world, the creatures, everything with a subtle rhythm that makes it almost impossible to put down. Nightlife is a nail-biting page turner that hooks you from the beginning. The story is told from multiple points of view. However the transitions are done so seamlessly that the reader is not lost.
We loved the mythology. The physiology of the creatures, coined Night Angels or more commonly referred to as vampires, was absolutely fascinating. We thoroughly enjoyed this fresh and frightening mythology. Even after we finished it, we kept asking ourselves questions about what was real and what was creature induced. The vampires are not your Twilight or Black Dagger Brotherhood sort – they are creatures. They are the predator and we humans are the prey. We cannot wait to find out more about them in the next novel.
As we said, we are left with many questions we hope to see answered in the next novel. We do not understand the Division – are they good or evil? What is their true place in the world? What role will the Order of Solomon play? How will the creature hunters find the next group of vampires? Even though we are left with so many questions – they came as after thoughts as we were discussing the review. This leads us to believe more will come and we eagerly look forward to it.
So much happens, and the best part of Nightlife is how intricately and expertly it is woven. Gikany and Una would be utterly bereft if were to spoil any of it for you. Therefore trust us, the story flows fluidly, the characters and world are engrossing. If you enjoy a little horror, a good dose of suspense in a dark urban fantasy, you must pick up Nightlife. (Just do not read before bed…seriously).
About the Book:
Nightclub bartender and serial heartbreaker Beth Becker might be a cynic. But when her best friend goes missing Halloween night, Beth knows it’s up to her to find out what happened.
Her quest will take her on an odyssey through the crumbling city of New Harbor, Connecticut. Along the way she meets a homeless prophet warning of something he calls the “Night Angel”-a bloodthirsty creature that feeds on the forgotten. And she will form an unlikely bond with a hunted stranger who knows all too well what stalks the streets at night.
Release Date: October 21, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Series: Nightlife or Night Angels #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Source: Author/NetGalley
Nightlife (Nightlife #1)