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Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock could not be more different, yet they all have something in common-deep and soul-searing pain. They are also all students at Streep Academy, a boarding school just one step away from juvie, where they've come to complete high school. The three have been relegated to Harvell House, the ...
Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders and Maryanne Hemlock could not be more different, yet they all have something in common-deep and soul-searing pain. They are also all students at Streep Academy, a boarding school just one step away from juvie, where they've come to complete high school. The three have been relegated to Harvell House, the residence reserved for the hardest cases, the so-called Rejects from Reject Row.
In the forbidden attic of the old Victorian house-turned-residence, the girls discover the diary of Connie Harvell, a young woman who was confined and abused there some 50 years ago. In the end, Connie's attic prison couldn't hold her-not completely. She found a way out. At least a dark part of her did. And after reading her diary, the girls discover they can escape at will too. A terrifying, thrilling flight from their bodies and their troubles.
But God help them, their pain isn't all they leave behind when they join with the night.
And God help anyone who's wronged them...
Posted January 31, 2013
I received 'Comes the Night' by Norah Wilson for free from the author in exchange for an honest, unbaised review, as a member of my Goodreads book club. All thoughts and opinions are mine, all mine.
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, battered and abused....and with no memory of how she got to be there, what happened, or who did these things to her. Alex is a hard-partying tough girl, staying at a boarding house called Harvell House while she finishes high school; but with this horrifying incident, she struggles just to make it through each day. She wants to change, start a fresh life - but can she overcome her fear and finally remember the details of that chilling encounter?
Brooke is a wise-cracking smartass and (not happy to be) fellow roommate of Alex.She is privileged and beautiful with a gritty exterior, but inside she is a frightened little girl, doing anything she can to get the affection and attention she craves so much. She moves to Harvell House in an effort to flee the confines of her home with her mother and strict new stepfather. After being used and then ceremonially dumped by Seth Walker, her heart is broken and she burns for revenge.
Maryanne is an enigma -- smart, quiet, a "good girl", with a family who loves her -- what the heck is she doing at Harvell House, or "Reject Row" as the town calls it? The truth is that she is in pain. Pain at the loss of her baby brother, and the crippling grief of her guilt. She ran from her home in an effort to not feel the sting of guilt in her parents' eyes everytime they looked at her.
Their shared pain is what brought these three girls together and made them unlikely friends. Their pain is kept secret and unshared, but they are all able to sense it within each other. They find a way to escape their pain together - with the help of long dead Connie Harvell.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.
That is all.
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Posted October 30, 2013
I received a free copy of Norah Wilson’s novel “Comes the Night” in exchange for an honest review.
It’s Alex Robbins’ senior year and she’s returning to Streep Academy, a boarding school. She’s been placed in Harvell House – a place that’s also known as Reject Row – with two other girls who couldn’t be more unlike her if possible and are fighting their own demons. Yet somehow the girls bond upon finding the diary of a woman named Connie Harvell, a woman who through reading her diary they get to know and learn of a world beyond the attic called “casting”, a world that’s thrilling yet dangerous.
Upon hearing “Casters”, I assumed this book would be a lot like “Beautiful Creatures” but boy, was I wrong. Not in a bad way though. I admit the book started off a little slower than I would have preferred – and to me, it was a little hard to get into as it jumped around from one girl’s perspective to another’s. However, midway through the book, I couldn’t it down. I felt drawn into the story of “casting” which, unlike my original assumptions of being able to cast spells, actually meant being able to leave their bodies and travel around almost unseen and without being harmed for the most part.
I loved how complex the characters got as the story progressed. Alex was battling her foggy memories of being attacked in the attic by an unknown man, Maryanne was dealing with the loss of her brother and her part in his death and Brooke was trying to regain her footing after her social status plummeted due to rejection and her need for revenge. I enjoyed watching three completely different girls bond over the diary and their newfound abilities to “escape”. And most of all, I loved how their bonded with Connie’s ghost and helped her find her peace after the horrific life she had led up to her death.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story and I’m happy that I didn’t give up on it in the beginning. It’s a definite must read for those who enjoy supernatural mysteries.
A quick warning, though. This book does include references to rape and violence.
Posted October 13, 2013
really enjoyed this book. my only complaint is that one of the characters calls herself the wrong name (in chapter 3 I think?). I actually got it to see if my 14 year
could read it and due to rape, sex, drug & alcohol use, and violence I wont recommend it to her but I'm glad I read it. look forward to reading book 2 to see the story
played out even more.
Posted October 11, 2013
Posted October 9, 2013
Posted May 26, 2013
What is the book about?
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!
Posted May 17, 2013
'Comes the Night' is the first book in a interesting New Adult/YA paranormal series that follows three main characters: Alex Robbins, Brooke Saunders, and Maryanne Hemlock. They are students at Streep Academy and are also roommates at the creepy old Harvell House. When Alex discovers an old diary by a young girl named Connie Harvell, who was kept locked in the attic of the house and basically tortured, she takes it with her and reads it with her roommates. What they discover is far more than they ever imagined. The diary details Connie's miserable life, along with her description of "casting out" into the night. Following the diary's details, the girls discover they can also cast out of their bodies and join with the night, although they have no idea exactly what they've gotten themselves into.
This was a really fascinating paranormal novel with an original plot. I loved reading about how the girls could cast out of their bodies along with all the history about the town and the Harvell House. The story is told in alternating viewpoints, between the three main characters. I found this approach to be good for the novel because I got to get a glimpse inside each girl's mind to see how they reacted to and felt about all the happenings in the story. It made for an interesting plot and the development throughout the book was definitely unique because of it. The plot itself was highly intriguing and brought some fresh air to the YA and New Adult paranormal genre. The writing was well done with a fast pace and good flow to the book. I did find it confusing at times to keep up with who was narrating at the time, but it wasn't a big deal and I ended up liking the differing POVs. Overall, this was a great start to what promises to be an interesting new YA paranormal series, and is definitely one that fans of the genre will want to pick up.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 24, 2013
Comes the Night (Casters) by Nora Wilson and Heather Doherty is the first book of the series that brings three very different personalities together in this paranormal mystery. The book seemed a little disconnected at first as the events begin to unfold and the characters are introduced. In fact, the experience of meeting the characters in the story was similar to the way the characters met one another and gradually became friends. As the characters mature through some very harsh events, their actions - both noble and not so noble - carry the reader through many emotions. The conclusion was bittersweet and set the stage for new adventures. This reader is looking forward to seeing more of this writer and the Casters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2013
This book really won me over, despite some misgivings I had in the beginning. This novel is at times dark, with elements that can seem implausible. There are several graphic scenes, made more so for being unexpected.
"Comes the Night" was a well-written joint effort that explores issues of trauma, self-esteem, depression, underage drinking and drug use, child neglect and friendship while managing to portray vibrant characters that really develop in a well-paced story. This coming of age novel features three protagonists thrown together at the beginning of the school year, each burdened with their own secret. After a couple of stunning discoveries, the girls bond over a diary that leads them to explore the night in ways we cannot imagine. This book is not a quick read. The heroine narration sequences break up the story nicely enough to encourage reading in manageable chunks. I look forward to the next book in the series.