Queen of the Night
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Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2012
In the sequel to the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness, the dark is dangerous. So are your dreams.
For six months Nia has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she met in Shyness. The boy who said he’d call but didn’t.
Then, one night, her phone rings. The things Wolfboy says draw her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. The Darkness is changing and Wolfboy’s friend is in trouble. And Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more.
As dreamy, funny and real as This Is Shyness.
'I loved this book. I didn't think it was possible for Leanne Hall to write a better novel than the flawless This is Shyness and, in fact, I was a bit hesitant to even read this, worried it might spoil the magic….Luckily, Hall brings the goods. If anything, Queen of the Night is even darker, more atmospheric and more deliciously gothic than its predecessor…. Queen of the Night feels like a comic book on the page, but it's more than that. It has the wit and edginess of Scott Pilgrim, mixed with the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. It is an intensely poetic book, but it never feels pretentious or ‘literary’. It has elements of the paranormal, but this is no Twilight wannabe. It is fiercely unique and bravely innovative and I cannot wait for the next instalment so I can walk once more with Wolfboy and Wildgirl into the darkness.’ Mostly Reading YA Blog
‘Queen of the Night is everything fans are hoping of a follow-up to the mad-cap surrealism of This is Shyness. Leanne Hall returns triumphant with her delectable prose and whimsical storytelling, pulling readers back into the darkness to know what happened after Wolfboy and Wildgirl’s not-quite-happily-ever-after.’ Alpha Reader
‘The fantastical is where Hall’s strength lies. Her world-building is phenomenal and she makes the extraordinary tangible in a way that echoes the likes of Isobelle Carmody and Penni Russon. Queen of the Night builds on This Is Shyness in a way that is natural and beautiful...The little details and layers of history added to Shyness are an absolute pleasure to read, and I just want more, more, more!’ Read Alert (Centre for Youth Literature)
Mysterious and different yet absolutely wonderful!
ARC kindly provided by Text Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Queen of the Night’ was a novel I had high hopes for. After reading the first novel, 'This is Shyness', and rating it a measly three star on my behalf, I really hoped for this novel would change my opnion of this series. There is something indescribable about it that captures the reader’s attention. It's so...mysterious and different yet completely wonderful at the same time. Yet for some reason I could not attach to ‘This is Shyness’.
The characters were REALLY engaging. They're all quirky in a way, but they’re also creatures of habit, and to return to them was awesome. Wolfboy is still my favourite by far of him and Wildgirl. Wolfboy's world is so much more vivid and strange yet also fragile. Wildgirl is the typical teenage girl who has problems with school and home so her world is not nearly as much fun to read.
There was great character development and dynamics. I got to discover more about Paul, Wolfboy's best buddy! I REALLY liked that the author had a variety of ethnic backgrounds for her characters: E.g. Paul who’s half Korean and half Anglo. I really enjoyed reading about Diana, Wolfboy's neice. She was such a spirited creature and reminded me of my own cousin SO much! I instantly felt attached to her! (I have a weakness for little kids in novels. They are always so damn adorable!) My only regret was that she didn't appear often enough for my liking.
'Queen of the Night' is also different from 'This is Shyness' because Wolfboy's world and Wildgirl's world is no longer separate. After Wildgirl leaves at the end of 'This is Shyness' things change in the strange little town. People are starting to leave it, the older Kidds are nowhere to be found and Paul, Wolfboy's trusty friend, seems to have become lost. During multiple occasions do Wolfboy and Wildgirl venture out of their own worlds and into each other's. I found this great to see as I often wondered what would happen to the pair if the two existed outside their own worlds.
For some reason this novel gave me a case of melancholia. I was so sad and doom and gloom after it! Lol, even my family noticed! This novel seems to really concentrate on the peacefulness and quietness of grief, sadness and trouble. In a way it created a sense of isolation and exclusion from those around you even when you are not alone. For example take Paul. Paul is heartbroken and wants to forget, so as a result he ends up caught in bad stuff. He becomes part of this blue group (they wear blue uniforms) and even though there are many of them, I get the sense that he is still alone and lonely. This novel really tugged at my heart strings.
I believe this novel should make its way into the list of diverse books that have taken the Young-Adult community by storm. It seems to feature a key aspect of many of those types of novels: mental conditions. Mental illnesses seem to be a recurring feature in the series. So many townspeople of Shyness are affected by a different form! For example, the Kidds are sugar crazed/addicted children who have run away from their parents and commit acts of stealing and other horrible stuff in order to get their next fix and sugar-rush. The blue people all wear uniforms and seem to want to lose themselves in the past. The Dreamers are people who want to dream and sleep rather than live and stay awake. They resort to taking massive amounts of sleeping pills in order to sleep and dream their days away in the darkness. There is also the villainous and corrupt Doctor Gregory who is probably at the centre of all these problems and likely the cause of them. I'm not sure how this all escaped me in the first novel but it I am now grateful that I have had the chance to read this sequel.
One thing I noticed were the many formatting problems with my ARC version of 'Queen of the Night'. It was confusing to read and the capital letters in pronouns were missing, so sometimes it was hard to tell what characters were talking about. New chapter also didn’t start on a new page.
The ending was once again beautiful. Leanne Hall has this way of ending a story but somehow also leaving it open for possibilities. I was filled with a rush of satisfaction once I finished reading and I really don't regret picking up this series.
Congratulations to Leanne Hall on publishing a lovely sequel to her debut! Can't wait for your future works!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!