Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi (Review + Playlist + Giveaway)

September 28, 2015 Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review 20 ★★★½

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi (Review + Playlist + Giveaway)
Nightfall by Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinksi
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Publisher: Penguin
Source: Blog Tour
Pages: 368
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Monsters, Survival Stories, Young Adult
The dark will bring your worst nightmares to light, in this gripping and eerie survival story, perfect for fans of James Dashner and Neil Gaiman.

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

And it may already be too late.

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– 14th September (Interview)
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Forever Young Adult – 17th September (Guest Post)
The Starry-Eyed Revue – 18th September (Top 10 List)
The Social Potato – 21st September (Guest Post)
Once Upon a Twilight –  22nd September (Book Playlist #1)
The Passionate Bookworms – 23rd September (25 Random Things)
Lili’s Reflections – 24th September (Interview)
The Young Folks – 25th September (Review & Giveaway)
Readers in Wonderland – 28th September (Book Playlist #2)
The Book Cellar – 29th September (Interview)
The Book Smugglers –  30th September (Review)
Winterhaven Books – 1st October (Interview)
A Reader Under the Sea – 2nd October(Review & Giveaway)


NIGHTFALL was not what I expected at all-in a good way! It tells an original story with a whole lot of imagination. With a a unique premise, situations that are full of suspense, immersive writing, and an unexpected conclusion, this is one that is worth checking out.

NIGHTFALL is more of a survival story than horror, but there are some moments that will raise the hair on the back of your neck, especially when paired with the mystery surrounding some events-what exactly happens at Night? Just like the characters in the novel, we are left in the dark (pun definitely intended).

After Fourteen Years of Day
Comes Fourteen Years of Night

A world that revolves around this concept of Night coming every fourteen years is an incredibly interesting one. Although I do wish some details were developed a little bit more and that we had some additional explanations overall I think the vagueness added to the air of mystery and fear.

The writing was fairly descriptive but not overly so, it fits well with this book because a majority of the novel relies on subtle tension and a lot of that has to be communicated through the text. However, I would say that the style of writing was more telling instead of showing, as it was very this happened, then this happened and so on.

The events leading up to the resolution were climactic but I did feel that the conclusion itself was a little lacking. It left me with a quite a few questions because some minor things just felt unresolved. Overall though, NIGHTFALL was a story I enjoyed.

I recommend reading this one at night for some extra eeriness.


Lullaby by The Cure

Running With the Wolves by AURORA

Here With Me by Susie Suh

Yellow Light by Of Monsters and Men

Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult


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Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

20 Responses to “Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinksi (Review + Playlist + Giveaway)”

    • Alise

      Sure! :D This one was so unexpected, it has great build up and then when everything is finally revealed it’s so surprising. Can’t blame you there!

  1. Vane J.

    You’re right! The concept sound sreally interesting! Too bad the writing was not the best, though. I like when it’s showing – telling makes it tedious. And God! How do you even do playlists?! I find it SO HARD to do one! It’s like I can’t pick any song, haha.
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    • Alise

      I agree, if this one had shown more rather than told I think it could have been a little creepier. I got really lucky because I already have a playlist of my favorites and when I went through them I found songs I thought matched really well aha

  2. ShootingStarsMag

    Nice playlist! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’m glad you liked the book for the most part and thought it was done well. Sorry you were left with a few questions though! The premise of this one is interesting.
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  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    This one definitely has caught my interest now, despite the lack of details and the ‘more telling than showing’ I think the premise sounds wholly unique and I do love a good chilling mystery! This is a new one for me as well but I’ll be checking it out for sure :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts Alise^^ ♥♥
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    • Alise

      It’s definitely unique, so it was so refreshing in that aspect. The explanation was one that I would have never guessed. I’m glad! Sure :D

    • Alise

      Definitely! I actually totally forgot it was Halloween in a month but this one would be great if you like to read creepy books during that time!

  4. Faye la Patata

    I was really expecting so much from this book. I mean, you liked it some, and 3.5 stars ain’t bad thinking about it, but I was really hoping this would scare the lights out of me, and that it wouldn’t be telling than showing :( Will still check it out though… hopefully the rest of the elements make it up for me!
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    • Alise

      It’s a good read, but definitely more of a survival story and mystery than a horror “I need to sleep with the lights on” kind of book. I would almost compare the scary feeling to one of Agatha’s Christie’s books, where they have that subtle tension of “I don’t know what is going on so I’m a little scared” rather than an in your face horror novel. If that makes sense.

    • Alise

      I would totally love it, as long as there was nothing like what happened in this book, aha! Yeah, it just seemed abrupt.

  5. Olivia

    Ooh, this book sounds perfectly creepy and that makes me happy! I need more chilling reads in my life and it seems like this one can give it to me. I like the idea of it being about survival and adventure because those two things work well with me – with plenty of action and suspense thrown in there. And the surprising conclusion adds the unpredictability to it all.
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