October 18, 2019

The Night Weaver Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release Date: October 15, 2019



Shadow Grove isn't a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don't grieve, missing posters don't line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn't exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It's up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.

Praise for The Night Weaver:
“Stephen King’s It meets Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight in Snyman’s frightening story of horror and fantasy woven together to create a delectable tale of the macabre … romance and action. Snyman’s storytelling will have people lining up for the next book.” ~ School Library Journal

The Night Weaver is one of those rare books that leave me asking "What the heck did I just read?" Don't get me wrong - I don't mean that in a bad way at all. There was just a lot happening at once and none of it made sense - it was basically a warped mystery set in a horrific fantasy setting. I really love anything that's weird or not conventional, and this book definitely hit those marks. I can't really go into the plot too much without giving anything away and I honestly have no idea what I'd actually say. It was messed up, scary, full of folklore and myth, and basically awesome. I loved pretty much every aspect of the book - the characters, the setting, the plot, the secrets and mysteries. I really liked Rachel as the main character. She was realistic and easy to connect with right from the beginning. She has flaws and weaknesses just like everyone else, and she has to face a lot of obstacles and overcome her fears in order to survive and help others survive. I liked seeing her grow and change throughout the book. She gets braver, more courageous, thoughtful, determined to figure things out, and absolutely dedicated to fixing what's so horribly wrong in her town. The only thing that bothered me personally was the author's choice of writing style. The story is told in the third person point of view from Rachel's perspective. I'm not a big fan of this style and almost always prefer the first person POV because of the deeper connection the reader can establish with the narrator. I really wish that this had been written in the first person from Rachel's point of view. I would've been able to connect a lot more with her and could've fallen deeper into the world that the author created. This is just my own personal opinion and other readers definitely won't have the same issue as me. I just want to be completely honest and writing style is always a huge aspect of a book for me. Anyway, I really liked the book and I'm so excited that there's going to be a sequel. I can't wait to see where the author and the story will take us next. I definitely recommend this novel to fans of YA, fantasy, paranormal, folklore and mythology, contemporary, horror, and stories that stand out from the rest.
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.

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