Saturday Quickie: NIGHTFALL by Ellen Connor

Posted 18 June, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

Post-Apocalyptic Paranormal Romance (adult)
327 pages
Available now
First in a series
Review copy received from author
Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

Positive: Magic returns to the world. I enjoy stories where magic comes back to the planet (would be kinda cool if it could happen IRL though maybe not in the crazy-violent style of NIGHTFALL). This book’s the first in a trilogy, so the change-over’s just started. I’m interested to see what happens once the magic’s fully returned.
Positive: Jenna. Despite being kidnapped and dragged off to a remote cabin in the woods, she holds it together. She’s the one who forces Mason to open the door to some survivors and holds them all together when the beasts attack. She’s the one who pushes them all to survive, despite the odds. A strong, well-written character.
Positive: The tone of the whole story. It’s dark. Very dark. The magic’s back but those who are evil adjust to the magic first, leaving those who are good to fend for themselves against terrible beasts. Those who haven’t already changed are ripped to shreds and eaten or infected and left to die in hideous ways. Chances of survival are minimal (*rubs hands together* Excellent.).
Wish: That Mason were a bit more accessible. He’s constantly pushing Jenna and everyone else away. Sure, he’s had a rough life but there are some serious trust issues here. Therapy would have been a good option for the man (too bad all the therapists were eaten).
Overall: An awesome addition to the genre, and a great team effort by Ellen Connor, aka Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty.

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4 Responses to “Saturday Quickie: NIGHTFALL by Ellen Connor”

  1. I’ve been really curious about this one, I’m such a huge fan of Ann Aguirre so I figured this one would be pretty good:) I love how you set up your reviews Mary, it’s so easy to tell if a book is going to be for me or not!