April 7, 2019

We Rule the Night Blog Tour: Review


We Rule the Night 
Author: Claire Eliza BartlettGenre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 2, 2019 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
We Rule the Night is an action-packed young adult novel that will have you hooked right from the beginning. I'll start off by saying that I don't really enjoy books (or movies/TV, etc.) that focus on war. And that was basically the entirety of this story, with a few redeemable qualities for me. Although it focused mainly on war, the military, the training, and all of the other aspects involved - it also told a story of two very different girls who had to overcome their differences and learn to work together to save the Union. I liked both Revna and Linné as main characters and enjoyed seeing them have to learn to work together in order to succeed. I loved each of them individually for their own personal traits, and watching them change and grow as the novel went on.

The world building was very well done with lots of imagery and attention to detail, to the point where I felt I could close my eyes and see what Revna and Linné were seeing and doing. Another big plus for me was the different forms of magic throughout this world - the Weave, spark, and the strange metal with magical properties that was used for war machine parts as well as other things. All of that had me fully intrigued and I couldn't get enough of it. I loved learning about it all and how it worked - I definitely would've liked to have seen more of it throughout the book instead of so much military life and training. Overall, this was a good book that's well written and worth a read, especially if you're a fan of YA, fantasy, science fiction, and war related works.
Claire Bartlett lives in an enchanted forest apartment in Copenhagen with too many board games and too few cats.

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