Lighthouse Nights

Lighthouse Nights

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by Jake Vander Ark
     
 

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Jules and Trevor take advantage of potential suicide victims by encouraging them and profiting off their deaths. When Jules falls in love with their seventh target, she's forced to make a series of life-or-death decisions and a single, impossible change. "Lighthouse Nights" is a frightening fairytale about haunting regret, maniacal hatred, the longing to create, and

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Jules and Trevor take advantage of potential suicide victims by encouraging them and profiting off their deaths. When Jules falls in love with their seventh target, she's forced to make a series of life-or-death decisions and a single, impossible change. "Lighthouse Nights" is a frightening fairytale about haunting regret, maniacal hatred, the longing to create, and ultimate redemption. This fast-paced story is as touching as it is twisted, and highlights a disturbing new trend among teens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781257824830
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
03/30/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
731,072
File size:
130 KB

Meet the Author

"I want to offend my readers. I want them to fall in love, to lose their minds, to think and feel and dream. If they're not shellshocked and hungry by the final page, I haven't done my job." Whether it's a modern-day fairytale or hardcore science fiction, Jake Vander Ark attacks every story with brutal realism and down-to-earth characters. No subject is taboo. Truth is paramount. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago influenced the experimental quirks of his stories, while his pursuits in Hollywood hammered the importance of traditional storytelling. This unique fusion of structure and innovation gave life to the most beautiful girl in the world in THE ACCIDENTAL SIREN, the gritty morality tale of LIGHTHOUSE NIGHTS, the cryptic prologue of THE BRANDYWINE PROPHET, and the mind-melting climax of THE DAY I WORE PURPLE. When Jake isn't writing, he's building rustic furniture for his small business, engaging with his readers online, and livin' it up with his wife and dogs. For writing tips, politically-incorrect rants, or TV show recommendations, check out his blog at JakeVanderArk.com.

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Lighthouse Nights 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark yet heart warmingly beautiful, LIGHTHOUSE NIGHTS takes readers on a journey that leaves them breathless. Five stars. Absolutely FLAWLESS.
MelissaByrnes More than 1 year ago
This book gets a 5 because yet again, Jake Vander Ark has managed to leave me speechless. When I read the synopsis for this book, I thought to myself,"There is no possible way he can swing this story and not have it turn out badly! The subject is so taboo, that everyone avoids it or slams it. People will never be receptive to this type of thing." I thought that surely I was going to have a hard time swallowing this book, and admittedly, it was a rather hard read for me at first. For as long as I can remember, Suicide has been a dirty word, and I'm sure it always will be. It happens all the time but we try to rationalize it away because it makes us uncomfortable and we want to forget. It has personally touched me in many a different way and I was afraid that my personal views were going to prejudice my opinion of the book. Turns out that it didn't. This book didn't glorify suicide, it just made you look at it in a different light. A realistic light. One that doesn't try to sway you. It just is what it is. I commend JVA for taking on something so touchy. He walked us through quite a few different perspectives in the course of this book and they all were relatively spot on. For instance, I had to choke down the douchebaggery that was Trevor, the psychopath, and remind myself that he was fictitious. He seriously needed to see the inside of a gas chamber. Just sayin'! Jules - that poor girl - was horribly broken and insecure. She was the typical battered woman who hung on to a dream that was never going to come true. Trevor preyed on her just like all the others he victimized. Constantly kept her down and doubting herself and he used her love for him as a bargaining tool. It was disgusting and so realistic. I didn't really like Jules till the middle of the book. She was an enabler and had little to no respect for human life. She was self destructive until she met Gabe. Gabe was her respite. A place for her to be free of all the stress and death in her life - a place to blossom. I'd venture to say he was the only good thing in her life, ever. Gabe saved her and she destroyed him. She did redeem herself later on however and I just fell in love with her. Gabe was probably my favorite character in the book. Even when he face dove into prickville, I still loved him. I don't think that he could have been a greater character, honestly. :) As for the book as a whole, I LOVED every single minute of it! So dark and sinister and just twisted - it was almost like an adult Alice in Wonderland but instead of chasing the white rabbit, they were chasing the lives of others. It makes me shiver just thinking about it! I strongly encourage EVERYONE to pick up this book and be open to not only the story, but to the people within it. You just may know an Emma or John or Blake and this book could be the reason you listen, when you might otherwise have not. Just think about that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I found it lacking a certain amount of depth. Also, one has to suspend reality a bit to really get into the story. I think that the teenage audience would probably be really fond of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
different. i think it would appeal to a tween audience. those reviewers who gave it 5 stars obviously aren't widely read. ok for a freebie. didn't like the lack of capitalization....seems the author is trying too hard.
shelcheesy More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story!! After I got past the lack of conventional capitalization, I was drawn in and hooked. This story is written in a way that is unique, twisted, and dark in its examination of suicide, as compared to the few young adult books that only scratch the surface, or focus on one voice at a time. It doesn't condemn suicide as you would expect from a young adult novel, nor does it glorify it. This story simply approaches it differently - providing a more realistic view. We are treated to multiple voices in this story, that all work together to flesh out details that a limited POV would be unable to provide readers. These three characters, along with a few minor characters, were so fully developed for such a short story, which was very impressive and satisfying. A dark read that will give you chills and simultaneously tug on your heart strings, I highly recommend this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twisted page turner! I had to read it twice in a row it was so good. Once you get past the lack of capitalization, it is the best book I have ever read. I am 21. Perfect for this age range. I recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was my first time ever reading Jake Vander Ark but after reading Lighthouse Nights, I am so thrilled to read more by him! I was entranced by the entire plot as well as the detail that he goes in as he creates the characters. I can honestly say at no point could I predict the outcome of the book. 5 stars! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good short book. It kept my attention and was hard to put down. The story was a dark one, but i would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lack of capitalization was obnoxious at first, however I did get over that quickly as I continued to read the book. The characters are bland, predictable and not much depth to them, same can be said for the story. Over all its was ok, however, I think that was because the book was short and free.
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Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day and finished with now being disturbingly aware of teen crisis. Definately a worthy read.
Mrs_Gump More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at the high level of character development in such a short book. It was an absolute page turned with a pretty unique storyline. It's funny, I just finished a 300 page novel before I read this that I really couldn't care less what happened to the characters because they were faceless, by chance I read a 117 page book and become completely absorbed into the characters. Although the grammar here and there could use some work in this book, it really was refreshing to read something you just can't put down.
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I really liked the lack of capitalization in this book. I found it to be soothing. The story was captivating and i read this story in one (long) sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book was supremely weird, it wasn't a bad read. It touches on a subject most people think is taboo but should be talking more about. I'm glad someone's addressing it but as a reader be prepared. Worth the read if you can handle the subject.
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What a wonderful read! It is a dark subject but the author makes up for it with memorable characters. I do hope to read MORE from him.
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