#BookReview: NightHawks by Kaitlin Corvus @KaitlinCorvus @bookroar_tweets
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a read I picked up via a review site. I haven’t come across this writer before, but I’ll be checking out more books by Kaitlin Corvus >>>
About the Book:
The night Dara and Trinity find a boy hanging from the ceiling of Owensboro’s abandoned hospital, covered head to foot in bitemarks, Dara knows something is not quite right in her town. With a bit of digging, she discovers it’s not just one body, or two, but a dead parade trailing back for years. Ludicrously, people whisper of vampires, monsters, and the cult that worships them.
Trinity doesn’t care as much as Dara does. Doesn’t see it. She’s caught in her own mind. She loves all things bad for her, starting with Jai Sylvia. They play a game of cat and mouse, run just as fast and just as dangerous. Even when she knows she’s being herded into the dark, Trinity stumbles on, thinking she’s desperate for the conclusion.
When the danger changes direction and Dara and Trinity find themselves facing down a foe so much worse than they previously imagined, they have to make a choice: blissful ignorance, or violence.
An intense and dark supernatural/fantasy read.
I picked up this read via a book review site. This author is new to me, but the blurb and the cover pulled me in, and I’m glad I grabbed a copy.
Initially, I felt put off by one of the main characters, Trinity, who the story opened with. She’s dark and confused and trouble with a capital T. However, as the book progressed, and I got to know her better, I felt for her and connected with her. Once I understood her life up to that point, I understood why she was the way she was.
The other main character, Dara, on the other hand, was everything Trinity wasn’t. I loved the depth of the friendship between these two young women, and how far they would go to protect and support one another. Some bits of the narrative were confusing, in that I struggled to know who’s head we were in. Also, spelling issues interrupted the flow for me with things such as: “breaks” instead of “brakes”, “Yea” instead of “Yeah”, etc., and instances of missing words such as “hollowing out way people do”.
One of the characters left me confused as to who or, rather, what he was. Much of the narrative painted him as a vampire, but by the end, it had become unclear. Something else entirely was responsible for the horrific deaths. With Jai’s penchant for biting and bruising and egging Trinity on to have sex with various men and then give him all the gruesome details for his gratification, this level of coercion and control strongly implied he was a vampire. If so, he didn’t have an obvious role from that angle. He did have a similar role as another character in funnelling victims to a certain place (can’t say more without spoilers!) but I don’t get the rest of the characterisation.
With all of that said, the descriptive quality of the writing is great, and here are some lines which stood out for me …
“Has she been disguising pleas of help as bluntness all this time?”
“She’s a small garden ornament, insignificant, lost in the tall grass.”
“Trinity walks through it with the confidence of a woman who has already been attacked that night and doesn’t expect the world will be so cruel twice in a row.”
With the exception of Jai, the denouement was satisfying with all the ends tied up. Once I connected with Trinity and Dara, I struggled to put this book down and read into the early hours a couple of nights.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …