Sorry for my lack of blog posts…I have been very busy getting ready for college. If you’re interested in seeing what my posting schedule will be once college starts, check out the blog post before this one for info about what I’ll be doing during August and September.
So, today’s post is a guest post! And it’s a bit different than a usual guest post because it was written by my brother!
For those of you who didn’t see my posts on Twitter a few months ago, my brother has always read historical non-fiction or adult historical fiction. It’s been a struggle trying to get him to read YA books, even though I know that there are some that would be right up his alley. He likes reading the mass-market paperback historical fiction books from a certain author who uses a ghostwriter. As you all know, I’m the biggest advocate for YA books – I think that most of them are better-written than a lot of adult books, and I tried to tell my brother that. After a whole lot of persuading, he finally agreed to read one of my favorite books of 2019: WE RULE THE NIGHT by Claire Eliza Bartlett. Below are his honest thoughts on one of his first YA books. Everything was written by him, and I did not change or add anything to it.
I hope you enjoy reading a slightly different guest review from a young reader!
We Rule the Night review: by Sloan
I’ve never been a big fan of young adult books. I am more into historical nonfiction, biographies, and action/adventure novels, and I would rather read about the Maya or Aztec empires and the exploits of explorers than a YA book. My sister jokes that I skipped my generation and went right into the adult stage (which isn’t false). I have a bookcase filled up with history books and only one shelf devoted to fiction books. A few weeks ago my sister asked me if I would read one of her young adult books she really enjoyed called We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett. I had to think on this because some of the middle grade books she’s given me in the past I could just not get into. She kept telling me I would like it, so I decided I’d give one of my first YA books a shot.
I honestly was not looking forward to this very much. Usually, it is hard for me to get into YA books, so this one took some time. Sometime in the middle of the story I started getting into it much more than I had originally. Something just clicked halfway through. I finished it a few days later and I surprisingly enjoyed it! Not only was it written well, it had a very good and entertaining story that kept me wanting to read more.
The author did a very good job creating characters that people could relate to. There were four characters that stood out to me. Revna, one of the main heroines who wants to just stay alive, desperate to prove that she can fly despite the fact she lost both her legs. Next comes Linn, the second main character, who is more tom-boyish and stubborn, finding it hard to fit in with the girls after she went against her father, a general in the army, and joined up for infantry in the army. She is discovered and has to fly with Revna, somebody she dislikes and thinks of as a liability because of her legs. Linn is very guarded and keeps to herself, but there is still a softness to her. The next woman stood out to me because she is a fearless and strong woman flight commander. Finally, the last person who I found relatable was one of Linn’s old squad mates, now a member of the secret service called the Sakoravs. He is torn between his fondness for Linn and his duty.
It is a very entertaining story that left me on the edge of my seat. The author has a great writing style and is amazing at creating a story that readers will love. She crafts a complex world full of awesome characters and interesting places. The book is reminiscent of the groups of fliers in both world wars who had outdated planes and few supplies, but persevered. The author elevates it to another level by adding magic that is illegal to use into the mix. Even though it takes a few pages to get going, it is definitely on my favorites list. The end left me wondering what will happen (hopefully a second book). I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it, but this is a very good book. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone who likes action and excitement. This book made me consider reading more YA books.
I hope you enjoyed today’s guest post! I know it was a little different since this is a YA book blog, but I really am proud that my brother enjoyed this YA novel. There’s hope for him yet!
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