Nightlife by Rob Thurman – Review 4 of 5

Book description: There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I’ve known that since I can remember, just like I’ve always known I was one . . . Well, half of one, anyway.

Welcome to the Big Apple. There’s a troll under the Brooklyn Bridge, a boggle in Central Park, and a beautiful vampire in a penthouse on the Upper East Side – and that’s only the beginning. Of course, most humans are oblivious to the preternatural nightlife around them, but Cal Leandros is only half human.

His father’s dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares – and he and his entire otherworldly race are after Cal. Why? Cal hasn’t exactly wanted to stick around long enough to find out.

He and his half brother, Niko, have managed to stay a step ahead for four years, but now Cal’s dad has found them again. And Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they’ve always wanted him: He is the key to unleashing their hell on earth. The fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal’s life . . .

Review by Vicky: I really enjoyed the story and was impressed with the original take on the monsters, especially the troll! The descriptions of the monsters were very imaginative and added a darker feel to the world they live in.

Cal is a man who hasn’t had it easy. He has been on the run for most of his life from creatures that would feature in most people’s nightmares with only his older brother for support. Cal has a very cynical view of life and his constant baiting of his brother makes the story funny and entertaining.

Niko is a very stoic and controlled character who has a very strict attitude to keeping his brother safe. His brother is the most important thing to him and he has dedicated his life to protecting him and is willing to do anything to ensure his safety. The trust the brothers have for each other and their strong relationship is a really interesting and enjoyable part to the story. The strength of the bond between them is highlighted throughout the book and is a lovely contrast to the problems that they are facing.

I appreciated the fact that we learn about Cal and Niko’s history as the story went along. As there was no information dump at the start it felt like we were learning about everything at the same time as the characters which helped me feel involved with the story. The introduction of Robin Goodfellow added an entertaining element to the brothers’ lives and finally showed them that they can trust other people.

The twist in the middle was unexpected and provided a contrasting view of Cal. I have to admit that I was hoping throughout that he would be able to battle through and return to his normal sarcastic self, even if that meant remaining on the run for the rest of his life. The change in character voices were very clear and well done making it easy to keep a distinction between the two.

I was expecting a bit more of a dramatic ending after all the build up but this was my only disappointment throughout the whole story. Overall this is a very entertaining book and I would definitely recommend this to any UF fans!

Robyn Thurman, writing under the name Rob Thurman, is the author of the Cal Leandros Series of six novels: Nightlife, Moonshine, Madhouse, Deathwish, Roadkill, and Blackout. Buy her books here.

reat read and for that I give it 4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  hearts

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