Night Magic by Jenna Black

Night Magic

Jenna Black returns to the quarantined city of Philadelphia, where an unsuspecting seventeen-year-old has unknowingly unleashed a dark power that transforms the city into a monstrous hellscape in Night Magic.Philadelphia is locked in the grip of an evil magic that transforms its streets into a nightmare landscape the minute the sun sets each night. While most of the city h...

Title:Night Magic
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ISBN:0765380064
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

Night Magic Reviews

  • Stephanie Ward
    Jun 06, 2017

    'Night Magic' is the mesmerizing second novel in a thrilling YA fantasy series that readers are going to want to pick up. I'll say right off that you're going to want to read the first book before this one, or you'll be pretty lost and might miss out on some fantastic details. Every aspect of this novel was incredibly well thought out and executed. The entire idea of night magic and the Nightstruck was fascinating, and I loved learning all I could about it. It's really unique and allows the seri

    'Night Magic' is the mesmerizing second novel in a thrilling YA fantasy series that readers are going to want to pick up. I'll say right off that you're going to want to read the first book before this one, or you'll be pretty lost and might miss out on some fantastic details. Every aspect of this novel was incredibly well thought out and executed. The entire idea of night magic and the Nightstruck was fascinating, and I loved learning all I could about it. It's really unique and allows the series to stand out from others in the genre. I'm looking forward to learning even more in the next installment. The author uses wonderful attention to detail and vivid imagery to bring Becket's world to life for the reader right from the beginning. I easily slipped inside her world and didn't come back out until I had read the last word (which ended up being a few hours later since I couldn't put it down).

    Becket is an interesting main character for the book and series. She keeps changing and growing throughout the story, and I liked watching her come into her own. She was realistic and easy to connect with - despite being Nightstruck. The author uses the first person writing style for the book, and I'm sure that played a big part in my identifying with Becket. She's the narrator of the story, so we get to really know her on a personal level during the novel. There's some romance woven into the plot, which I really liked. It didn't overshadow the main storyline though, which was a huge plus for me. I enjoyed watching Becket and her relationships with the secondary characters like Aleric and Luke change and grow. Overall, this was a wonderful sequel in an awesome series, and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. Very highly recommended!

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sonja
    Jun 07, 2017

    Well, I'm done. I'm frustrated with this series because I love the entire idea here. From Becket's blood causing this to it having so much power. Everything that happens at night and the changes that occur in the darkness are just so damn awesome. And can't forget that I simply love Aleric. I really don't care that he's the twisted bad guy. But I HATE Becket, I HATE Luke, and I HATE this

    between the two of them.

    I mostly enjoyed the beginning of the book. It was great to have more Aleric an

    Well, I'm done. I'm frustrated with this series because I love the entire idea here. From Becket's blood causing this to it having so much power. Everything that happens at night and the changes that occur in the darkness are just so damn awesome. And can't forget that I simply love Aleric. I really don't care that he's the twisted bad guy. But I HATE Becket, I HATE Luke, and I HATE this

    between the two of them.

    I mostly enjoyed the beginning of the book. It was great to have more Aleric and to get more of everything nightstruck. Even though Becket was still a little annoying. She didn't change as much as everybody else at all. While she still feels like she would never want to go back to being normal, she doesn't exactly embrace this life either. Robbing, partying and watching people being killed doesn't bother her but at the same time she doesn't feel the desire to join in. Her and Aleric become a couple more or less with Aleric trying to get her to let go of her past life and become the queen he wants at his side. Together they even summon a night maker in order to create a space of darkness that doesn't disappear with the light. Unfortunately for Aleric, and for my entertainment, Becket just can't stop wanting Luke. She even is always going to his house in the middle of the night and when she brings the darkness to the day she sits at the border hoping to see and talk to him. Annoyed the hell out of me, but also Aleric. To the point he would send his creatures to keep an eye on her. Which only grated on Becket even more because Aleric hardly ever left her side at night.

    When we got to about 100 pages, I was out when Luke, the ever present knight in shining armor, takes it upon himself to remove Becket from the darkness by force. And I ended up doing something with this book that I never do....I

    it. Taking Becket back into the day brings her back to her old self. From there there's a lot talking to Luke, to his mom, to Becket's mom, and to Piper. Some running around to avoid Aleric, which only last so long until finds her each time. I only really read any part that dealt with Aleric because, come on, he's the most important thing going on here. He wants Becket back badly, but not because he loves her or anything. He needs her in order to spread his darkness and is willing to do anything to get her to come back to him.

    When Aleric captures Luke, Becket comes up with a stupid idea in hopes to get him back and for her to stay out of Aleric's hands. It fails wonderfully. Aleric had his own trap set that, while it didn't go quite as he planned, works out to his favor anyway. Until Becket does something and learns what could very well be his only weakness. And she's determined to use it to kill him.

    Like I said, I'm done with this series. As much as I want to see more of Aleric, I don't like where this story is going (Why can't the bad guys EVER win??) and I am so over Becket and her immature thinking. More over, Aleric had it right when he called Luke a vanilla boy scout wanting to be a hero. I didn't like Luke the last book because he was too perfect, and this one made me dislike him more. I can't stand the "relationship" between him and Becket and don't want to read a single thing more about it. Too bad such an awesome world has more characters that I hate in it than I can deal with and a story that just ticks me off....

  • Jessica
    May 23, 2017

    Night Magic by Jenna Black is the sequel to Nightstruck. We continue the story with Becket in the still quarantined Philadelphia - after she unknowingly unleashed a darkness that transforms the city into a hell-like state. I was so excited to dive back into this creepy horror!

    After Becket has become one of the Nighstruck, she is roaming the monstrous streets and having the time of her life. The rest of the city hunkers down and tries to survive the evil that transforms everything at night into a

    Night Magic by Jenna Black is the sequel to Nightstruck. We continue the story with Becket in the still quarantined Philadelphia - after she unknowingly unleashed a darkness that transforms the city into a hell-like state. I was so excited to dive back into this creepy horror!

    After Becket has become one of the Nighstruck, she is roaming the monstrous streets and having the time of her life. The rest of the city hunkers down and tries to survive the evil that transforms everything at night into a living nightmare. The guilt about her loved ones, that had originally been eating away at her, is completely gone. She has come to terms with having let this terror loose and with the leaving of her guilt, so also seems to lose her conscience. Consumed by the power and freedom of not having a care in the world, Becket continues to fall deeper into the darkness of Night Magic. Her friends and family refuse to give up on her, but will they be able to when she is fighting to keep herself exactly where she is?

    I haven't really found a YA horror that was actually creepy or had true horror elements. Usually it's really watered down horror with predictable scares. Nightstruck and Night Magic have a really unique quality to them and how the city transforms is amazing. I loved the parts describing the city at night (both in Nightstruck and Night Magic) and how it transforms. While the scares weren't all that predictable, the movement of the plot was, but I still enjoyed it! I'm curious to see where the story continues and will definitely keep up with the series. If you want a lighter horror story with paranormal elements mixed in, then I would highly recommend this one to you! I was impressed that I liked the sequel just as much as the first book.

    I give this 5/5 stars!

    Thanks to Tor Books for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    May 22, 2017

    Becket is back but this time she's Nightstruck and no longer is carrying around the guilt of bringing the night magic into Philadelphia. Instead she is running around with Aleric, not a care in the world, and selfishly trying to make this new life easier. She causes further damage to the city and her relationships but her loved ones won't give up on her. She knows she doesn't want to be "saved". But she knows Aleric doesn't have the hold on her that he does on the rest of the Nightstruck. So whe

    Becket is back but this time she's Nightstruck and no longer is carrying around the guilt of bringing the night magic into Philadelphia. Instead she is running around with Aleric, not a care in the world, and selfishly trying to make this new life easier. She causes further damage to the city and her relationships but her loved ones won't give up on her. She knows she doesn't want to be "saved". But she knows Aleric doesn't have the hold on her that he does on the rest of the Nightstruck. So where does this leave her? She doesn't feel like she quite belongs in either world.

    As an avid horror fan, I can see how some might feel this isn't scary at all. However, I don't think YA books in this genre typically SCARE, but the horror elements are there. A paranormal evil man who was the start to the night magic, a city that comes to life at night - statues come to life in a truly horrific way, benches become mouths that feed on flesh and lamp posts become head posts, etc. etc.. I love this other world! I definitely prefer Nightstruck Becket, but I do find her a bit annoying either way to be honest. I also did find the book to be somewhat predictable and has your typical YA elements. However.... something about this book and this world Jenna Black has created has completely drawn me in. I like where the series is going and I'm so curious as to where the next book will lead to. I don't see many YA books in the horror genre that pull me in the way that this series has. A fantastic two books into an extremely promising series. I give it a full 5 stars because as soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to know more. If you like YA and you like paranormal horror in the lighter sense, I recommend giving this series a chance!

    If you had the chance to live in a world where you never felt guilt, remorse or grief and gave into your basic instincts (basically becoming your ID), would you?

  • Michele(mluker) Luker
    May 29, 2017

    NightStruck left us with one painful cliffhanger.

    Night Magic continues full throttle.

    Becket fought with everything she had to stay away from the grasp of the night. After she was tricked, and stuck outside during transition, she became Nightstruck....and she was enjoying herself. No pain, no heartache, she doesn't know why she didn't become Knightstruck sooner. However, the guilt she had, is just under the surface, and she wonders how devoted she truly is to the night.

    Aleric has made her his que

    NightStruck left us with one painful cliffhanger.

    Night Magic continues full throttle.

    Becket fought with everything she had to stay away from the grasp of the night. After she was tricked, and stuck outside during transition, she became Nightstruck....and she was enjoying herself. No pain, no heartache, she doesn't know why she didn't become Knightstruck sooner. However, the guilt she had, is just under the surface, and she wonders how devoted she truly is to the night.

    Aleric has made her his queen of sorts, giving her everything and keeping her happy. However, he has an alternate plan up his sleeve, to spread the night and take over.

    However, people from her past seem to creep slowly back into her mind, and she can't help but worry about their safety.

    Dark, menacing, and spellbinding, this second novel of the series never slips a fraction of an inch with twists and turns. Not only is Becket battling the evil in the night, she is also battling the internal torment she feels she is responsible for.

    I have fallen deeply for this world that Jenna has created. The world she has created with the transformation of a city during the night is mesmerizing with creative imagination. I couldn't help but fall for the characters, having that love/hate feeling for me makes the characters so life like you can't help but feel their emotions. It really is a fast paced read, with never a dull moment in sight. I highly recommend this story if you want to tickle your imagination with dark magic.

  • Katrina Marie
    May 31, 2017

    This book was as gripping, if not more, than Nightstruck. I was engrossed in this book from the very beginning. It picks up right where Nightstruck left off. Becket is adjusting to her new nightly routine. But she isn't like the others that have succumbed to the darkness. I loved seeing the dynamic between her, Luke, Aleric, and a few others. She has to find her way, and get used to the fact that she has a darkness inside her.

    Beckett

    This book was as gripping, if not more, than Nightstruck. I was engrossed in this book from the very beginning. It picks up right where Nightstruck left off. Becket is adjusting to her new nightly routine. But she isn't like the others that have succumbed to the darkness. I loved seeing the dynamic between her, Luke, Aleric, and a few others. She has to find her way, and get used to the fact that she has a darkness inside her.

    Beckett has to figure out a way to stop the Nightstruck, but learns she can't do it all on her own. The scenes in this sequel are just as creepy. I definitely did not want to go outside after finishing it.

    After the way it ended, I'm curious if there is going to be a third. I hope so because I want to know what happens next.

  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    Jun 08, 2017

    OMG! Jenna Black has done it again!! Night Magic is the second installment in this terror filled series! And it HAS to be a trilogy at least because OMG THAT ENDING!!!!

    We pick things up nearly right where the left off, if you remember Philadelphia has been taken over by Night Magic. Every night once the sun goes down, shadows and monstrous things take over the city, leading the charge is the mysterious Aleric. It's not really clear on what he is, I'm suspecting a demon of some kind. Since Becket

    OMG! Jenna Black has done it again!! Night Magic is the second installment in this terror filled series! And it HAS to be a trilogy at least because OMG THAT ENDING!!!!

    We pick things up nearly right where the left off, if you remember Philadelphia has been taken over by Night Magic. Every night once the sun goes down, shadows and monstrous things take over the city, leading the charge is the mysterious Aleric. It's not really clear on what he is, I'm suspecting a demon of some kind. Since Becket was tricked into being outside during the transition and her emotions were all over the place after having shot her best friend, after she had had her father killed, Becket became Nightstruck.

    She and Aleric are basically having the time of their lives causing chaos and inciting terror. But it seems there's still a part of the old Becket in her. She doesn't always cater to Aleric's whims or bow to his will. She's no ordinary Nightstruck. It becomes clear when with Aleric's help they are able to create little pockets of eternal darkness in Philadelphia with the use of Becket's blood. Then Luke walks back into the picture and he's determined to bring Becket to the side of the light, literally!

    I feel like in this one, we get a better understanding of the creepiness of the Nightstruck. Since we get Becket's point of view, it was rather interesting seeing her side of things since she's joined the enemy, however unwillingly. At times she realizes what she's doing is wrong, but the darkness that has basically taken her over, can't quite care. Even when trying to join the other Nightstruck with their merriment, she often finds herself going off on her own. And that's when she ends up going back to Luke for really awkward conversations. Lol.

    Even though the book seems rather short at 288 pages, I must say, a LOT happens! Night Magic is one jammed pack kind of read! The first part I would say is a learning experience of the Nightstruck and then the second part is all about the action...because I won't get into those details because spoilers! Needless to say this was one rockin read!!!

    The pacing to this one was incredible! I'll admit we do have some downtime moments, but they don't really drag down the story. Those moments help to enhance some great character development! And did I mention Luke is back?! Now I'm all for bad boys in books, but I am completely falling for the golden boy next door!

    The ending to this one you guys...ooohhh deary me!! It's one heck of a gut-punching ending! If you thought the cliffhanger in Nightstruck was killer, just wait until you get a read of this one! If you're looking for that positively creepy read filled with amazingly real characters than I highly recommend this series!! It's a pure delight...and just a little bit of fright!

    Overall Rating 5/5 stars

  • Sabrina
    Jun 02, 2017

    I read a lot of horror books mostly adult as I like to get scared. Even though this book didn't scare me I did enjoy it. It has some crazy elements to it and is on the lighter side of horror but it is YA. I got pulled into this crazy world and I am excited to see where this series goes next. I highly recommend this book to any horror fan. 4/5 Bloody Fangs


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