Night Star by Alyson Noel: Book Review

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I loved the turn that Night Star took – the antagonist in this book was honestly one I didn’t see coming (at least until maybe the book before, and even so it was a surprise). And seriously, the ending really threw me for a loop. I did not see it ending that way…and I love twists and surprises!

Now, another critique of this series – the author uses italics way too much. I read some of her sentences (particularly in dialogue) very oddly because of this, and I think it often conveys a meaning that’s really not supposed to be there.

The (somewhat) newfound tension between Ever and Haven is particularly well done; I liked the moral questions that came up in this book with regards to how much you can do about another person’s behavior or problems. However, I was again left confused and feeling like there are some inconsistencies with the elixir and how the mechanics of immortality work in this universe. What is the difference between addiction to it, and the normal level of dependency any immortal has? Why does consuming so much of it for a newly turned immortal have such strange effects? Why would they want to consume so much in the first place?

I found some of the description or settings to be lacking. There were more than a few times where I wound up totally confused as to where things were taking place or who all was there.

Another interesting plot twist this book took was the surfacing of more of Damen’s and Ever’s shared past, which certainly brought up some interesting tension between the two of them. Ever’s tendency to jump to conclusions is not only probably pretty realistic for a teenager, but also tends to lend itself quite well to creating tension and suspense within the story, since she (as the narrator) is not always 100% reliable.

Overall I enjoyed this book – I intended to set it down well before I did as I neared the end, but of course, I had to know what happened next and how it ended! – Anne ⭐️⭐️⭐️


 

Night Star has some pretty interesting conflicts and tension between characters.

I still have quite a lot of questions about immortals versus rogue immortals, one version of the elixir versus another, and overall what’s going on in Summerland.

The tension built up all the way to the end of this book, which was great! I honestly didn’t know what to expect during the last several chapters. Although, I had my suspicions about what might happen in a particular scene…and my guess turned out to be correct.

In some ways, the tropes of this series are very predictable, but that didn’t really take anything away from my overall enjoyment.

The italics are still out of control in Night Star -probably even more rampant in this book than previous ones. Or maybe I’m just super aware of them now.

I found some of the chapter transitions to be too abrupt, which left me puzzled. Ever will sometimes go back and explain in the middle of a chapter what happened, which helps with some of the gaps but not always.

There are also times when terminology is misused, and I’m fairly surprised that this got by the editor. When it happens, it sticks out a lot.

Lastly, there are three side characters that (in my opinion) are not really well developed. They come across a little flat and I hardly feel like I know much about any of them; they seem like they could be explored more. Maybe this will happen in the next book.

Overall, an enjoyable read! I would love to create cocktail recipes based on the immortal elixirs. – Jake ⭐️⭐️⭐️



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