These Violent Nights Book Review

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to be reviewing These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden, who kindly sent me a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Before I get into the review, I would like to thank her for this opportunity. I was also lucky enough to interview her, and you can view that here.

Rating: ✯✯✯✯

These Violent Nights is an action packed fantasy set in a universe where there are three different planets, which are all very different from each other. The story begins in the protagonist, Thorn’s, Earth, where humans are hunted by the magical Surrias, and the first part follows her and her best friend (Thistle) as they navigate this life and move in with two Surrias (Kol and Nithin) – after Thistle’s engagement. Eventually we come to see all three different planets and are introduced to a great cast of characters!

These Violent Nights was definitely one of my favourite fantasy reads of the year so far. I haven’t actually had much luck in fantasy recently, and had only enjoyed one prior to this book, and I’d been avoiding my TBR for this genre for that reason. However, I think it’s safe to say that These Violent Nights has now turned my mindset around, and I can’t wait to get back to this genre again!

I think one of my favourite things about the book was definitely the world building. In some fantasties information tends to be chucked at the reader in massive chunks but this was far from the case here. Crunden created a really good sense of the planets without overwhelming the reader, and I really admired the way she slipped crucial details into conversations and interactions between the characters, which definitely made it a lot easier to digest. She also successfully slipped in other information, for instance the fact that humans were not allowed to listen to music, which really added an extra something.

I also really liked Thorn and Thistle’s relationship – to begin with, that is. I really admired the way Thorn looked out for Thistle, particularly concerning her engagement to Nithin. What I wasn’t a fan of, however, was how mean and spiteful they could be to each other at points, although it was nice to see them make up and put everything behind them in the second half.

This definitely made for some great character development, particularly on Thorn’s part. At the beginning I kind of hated her character and how pessimistic and close minded she was, but by the end she had come on leaps and bounds and I liked her a lot more. I really enjoyed watching her progress and become more selfless and open to changing her attitude towards the Surrias, and coming to terms with the idea of not all of them being evil.

Of course, Kol helped her a lot with that. Kol was definitely one of my favourite characters in the whole book and I loved reading about the way he constantly took care of Thorn and saw to her needs. He was definitely one of the kindest characters in the book, and I also really enjoyed reading about his species, the Frai (a type of Surria). Kol definitely stood out from the other characters and he was genuinely a really likeable character!

Lucien was another character which I really liked. I really loved how loyal and forgiving he was and he generally came across a really nice person and father figure to Ginny. Lucien was another of my favourite characters and I preferred his character a lot more than Thorn’s, with the two of them being the main protagonists through which the story was told.

I also loved the overall strong sense of friendship throughout. I loved reading about Thorn’s interactions with the other humans, as well as Nithin and Kol, and there were definitely some really lovely ones in there. I particularly enjoyed the bond between Thorn and Nithin at the end, which was made all the more lovelier by the fact that it had taken so long for them to get to that point.

Of course, friendship wasn’t the only strong relationship explored in the book – there was also romance. I really enjoyed both Thorn and Kol and Lucien and Nik’s relationship, which were both fraught with obstacles to overcome. Both of these relationships featured a human and a Surria, and watching their different struggles regarding this was really interesting to read. Both of these relationships also made up a good chunk of the book, so it definitely has its fair share of romance!

The book was also split up into four different parts, with a different focus in each one. The first and biggest part explored Thorn’s time at Nithin’s house, with the second introducing a new character (Lucien) as a protagonist as well as another planet where humans ruled over Surrias. I found it so interesting and intriguing to read about how different the two Earths were and it really helped with not seeing all of the Surrias in a negative light. I don’t want to give too much away about the other two parts but they were definitely just as interesting as the first two!

I also really enjoyed Crunden’s style of writing. She managed to strike just the right balance between being too descriptive and not being descriptive enough, which really added to the ease of readability. Once I got into it I whizzed through it and read the majority of it in a couple of days! I think this would also be a great book to dip in and out of, too, as that’s what I started off by doing, until it completely hooked me in!

The twists were also amazing. I definitely didn’t see the big twist coming, and it’s safe to say that it left me really surprised. It was definitely really clever of Crunden and the last two parts were full of surprises that left me reeling!

However, that’s not to say that I enjoyed everything about this book. I definitely liked the first part a lot less than the other three, which was partly due to how annoying Thorn’s character was and also how slow moving it was to begin with. That being said, I wouldn’t let that put you off as the other three parts really make up for it and are generally a lot faster paced, as well as having lots of chapters exploring Lucien, who I really liked.

I also felt like there were too many characters, although that could just be me. There was, admittedly, a really great range of characters in this book but I definitely think some of them could’ve been removed and it wouldn’t have made any real difference to the plot and the overall outcome.

Overall, I would recommend These Violent Nights for anyone searching for a deeply engaging fantasy with lots of strong friendships and characters. I would also recommend it to any fan of romance, as there are two main couples in the story which are well developed, with their relationships being fully delved into.

I hope you enjoyed this review, and thanks again to Rebecca for the copy!

Ceri

101 thoughts on “These Violent Nights Book Review

  1. This sounds like a very interesting book from your review! I haven’t had much luck with fantasy this year either, so I am adding this to my reading list! Love the idea of three different worlds!

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    1. It really is, I’d definitely recommend! Fantasy can definitely be quite tricky to navigate – hope this one works out for you! So do I, it was so interesting. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. I love great character development, and although I’m not usually one for this genre I will definitely take a look. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. This sounds like a really fun fantasy read! I like how you mentioned that it’s easy to follow along. Sometimes with fantasy, it can be easy to get lost and I’m glad Crunden doesn’t overwhelm the reader. Wonderful review! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This sounds like a fun read! I am glad you enjoyed it! I notice too when there are a lot of extra characters that are not really needed but other people like that – it gives more variety. So I guess it just depends on the reader!

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  5. I often have a hate/love relationship with fantasy novels, but looks like you had fun reading this! I love stories about strong friendships and character development. Will give it a try! Thanks for sharing a great review x

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  6. Your review is great! Generlly, I am not a fan of fantasy books so possibly I will not read it, but I liked the job you did with sharing all key points you liked and disliked about it.
    Thank you!

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  7. Great review, so glad you liked it – I’m the same with bad books putting me off a genre a while, it’s always a relief when they turn out good, especially when they have strong characters and relationships

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  8. It sounds like this fantasy is really unique! I like the names of the characters – particularly Thorn and Thistle. That’s so cute! And I’m always down for a bunch of worlds in one story. I’d like to see how it all comes together. I’ll have to add this one to my TBR soon 🙂

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    1. It definitely is, it really stood out from other books in the genre I’ve read this year! I agree haha, their names are great! The different worlds was definitely super interesting! Hope you enjoy, thanks for commenting 🙂

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  9. I’m not usually one for reading fantasy but you’ve done a really great job on this review and I can see other fantasy lover wanting to read this book based on your review!

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  10. Great review! Fantasy books are always so difficult for me because it’s hard for me to into and really enjoy, but the minute I learn to love a fantasy series, I end up absolutely loving it. Fantasy can be a heavy read, so I can see why you may have avoided it for a little while. Info-dumping can be a huge issue for fantasy novels, so I’m glad the author could easily slide in information without making it too much at once. Thanks for sharing once again!

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    1. Thank you! I definitely agree with that, it can be difficult to get into but once I do I’m so invested! I was definitely impressed by the lack of info dumping, most other fantasies I’ve read this year have had a tendency to overload and overwhelm with information. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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  11. Great review, another book I need to add to my reading list. I love the way you have fleshed out the characters, and I like your style in the review; I will keep checking back for more book reviews.

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    1. Thank you, I really hope you enjoy! Thank you so much, that means to the world to me – I’m so glad to hear that you’re enjoying them! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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  12. Great review! I’m slightly put off when it is slow to begin with because you never know if that will be the tone for the rest of the book or if it will pick up. I do love fantasy and this book sounds quite interesting! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. I definitely agree with that, it always makes me slightly worried about what the rest of the book will be like but luckily it wasn’t for this particular one! I’d definitely recommend it if you like fantasy. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment your thoughts!

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  13. Glad you enjoyed this one! I’m not a huge fantasy reader but I do love strong characters, so this one might win me over. I totally get what you were saying about being cautious with your TBR when you’re struggling through a genre. I had that with contemporary fiction earlier this year where every book I picked up wasn’t working for me. So nice to find a book that breaks the spell!

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    1. Same, fantasy is definitely my least read genre but the characters in this really caught my attention! I’m so glad you can agree with that haha, it’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one. It’s such a great feeling when you can finally break it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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  14. Hello! What a great and in depth review of these violent nights. I’ll be honest, I don’t always read fantasy because I prefer the movie (ahh i said it) just because I find it hard to imagine what the reader is creating. Great review! Alicia

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    1. Thank you so much! I completely understand that, I personally always read the book before the film but I can understand how the other way can be helpful! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    1. Yeah, they both have very similar titles – Chloe Gong wrote These Violent Delights, which is also on my tbr! It definitely is, I’m so excited to read the other one too as that will be very interesting. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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    1. It definitely is, I’d really recommend it! I definitely agree, it’s tough writing at the best of times and the author did a really great job of creating a different universe. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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  15. I’m really glad you’ve found a fantasy novel that you enjoy – fantasy is one of my favourite genres, but like you I’m quite picky and only enjoy certain authors/styles. Hopefully you’ll find lots more, now! This one sounds amazing and I love that it has strong themes of friendship. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I think fantasy is definitely my least read genre, but I’m hoping that’ll change and I’ll grow to love it like you! It’s definitely a great read, I’d really recommend it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment!

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  16. This book seems like nothing I’ve ever read. What a cool concept! And the names are so unique, the characters seem really well-done. Thanks for this review!

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  17. This certainly sounds like a book that brings novelty to the table! So glad you reviewed it! Although it’s not necessarily something I would read, from your review I already have in mind a few people I could recommend this to 🙂

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