Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2024) Featured Review: In Nightfall by Suzanne Young

  • In Nightfall
  • by Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by Elena Rey
  • Books on Tape | Listening Library
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780593667934

After their parents’ divorce, Theo and her brother Marco are packed into a car to spend the summer in their father’s hometown of Nightfall, Oregon. The rainy little town is cute in a touristy way, but Theo still misses her friends, the sunshine of Arizona and her mother- even if they aren’t speaking. When the siblings meet their strange, antisocial grandmother she says she has only one rule: be home by dark. On that first day, Marco and Theo meet a group of beautiful, fun girls. Minnow and the other girls seem to take a liking to the siblings and at first, it seems like it won’t be a completely boring summer. But soon, Theo discovers that her grandmother’s warnings weren’t just superstition: the streets of town and its residents change once darkness falls. And when Marco gets pulled into the glamour of their new friends, Theo realizes that she’ll have to be the one to keep her family safe. 

Young’s vampire story is full of an eerie ambiance. Readers who enjoy spooky tales and vampires will be pulled into the story. Rey’s narration keeps the reader engaged, enhances the chilling atmosphere and portrays a realistic teen point of view. Great for readers who enjoyed The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig, The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters and the classic vampire film The Lost Boys.

–Natalie LaRocque

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Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534426139

Mena is one of a select crop of elite girls chosen to be trained at Innovations Academy, the foreboding site of former Innovations Tech company. Girls are trained by male professors, Guardians, analysts and doctors to be beautiful, behave pleasantly and make themselves ready for graduation, when they will be turned over to a prospective buyer. Girls start going missing and secrets unravel, propelling Mena and her friends down a dark path to uncover the truth behind their lives. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 10 Edition