Book Review

The Things That Go Bump In The Night

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They call us things with teeth. These words from Lily Rose Sullivan the night of her death haunts her seventeen-year-old sister, Finn, who has moved with her widowed father to his hometown of Fair Hollow, New York. After befriending a boy named Christie Hart and his best friend, Sylvie Whitethorn, Finn is invited to a lakeside party where she encounters the alluring Jack Fata, a member of the town’s mysterious Fata family. Despite Jack’s air of danger and his clever words, Finn learns they have things in common.

One day, while unpacking, Finn finds her sister’s journal, scrawled with descriptions of creatures that bear a sinister resemblance to Jack’s family. Finn dismisses these stories as fiction, but Jack’s family has a secret—the Fatas are the children of nothing and night, nomadic beings who have been preying on humanity for centuries—and Jack fears that his friendship with Finn has drawn the attention of the most dangerous members of his family—Reiko Fata and vicious Caliban, otherwise known as the white snake and the crooked dog.

Plagued with nightmares about her sister, Finn attempts to discover what happened to Lily Rose and begins to suspect that the Fatas are somehow tied to Lily Rose’s untimely death. Drawn to Jack, determined to solve the mystery of her sister’s suicide, Finn must navigate a dangerous world where nothing is as it seems.

Thorn Jack (Night and Nothing #1) by Katherine Harbour

Thorn Jack is not only the first book in a series by Katherine Harbour it’s also her first book and she did a hell of a job. Thorn Jack is a retelling of the famous ballad Tam Lin, which has been retold over time. It’s about a faerie queen who has stolen a man and the mortal girl (his true love) who tries to get him back.

Katherine creates a world of dark fantastical glamour of beauty and horror. It’s a rich gothic that is spellbinding and creepy as all hell. It’s a story about monsters and beauty, trickery and lies, fearfulness and bravery, what someone will go through for the people they love and so much more. Thorn reminds me a lot of Holly Black’s Tithe series except believe it or not it’s a lot more dark and sinister.

The story is told by a few characters, the most predominantly being Finn the heroine of the story that is meaningfully named after an Irish hero. Finn is going through a lot at the beginning, she just lost her sister and is moving to a new town. Finn is everything I wanted in a character, she is smart, curious, stubborn, good, brave and sassy. After the darkness she was in she pulls herself out of that to find friend, mystery and love. Finn finds herself with two best friends, Christie and Sylvie who are the best friends ever. Christie is a flirt, smart-ass, protective and quotes poetry. Sylvie is gothic and totally unique, she collects old stuff, caring, charming and loyal. These three go on weird, mystical and dangerous adventures together, Christie and Sylive back up Finn no matter what.

Overall 4 stars

Thorn Jack‘s plot is weird, these faeries are more like demons and things most definitely go really weird, crazy, confusing and deadly at times. However, I was constantly wondering what would happen next, what else could Finn get herself into and what would the faeries do next. Yes I am a big scaredy-cat so I don’t do really creepy books but I am glad I got this one (didn’t know it would be this creepy). After the ending of the first book in this series, I can’t wait to continue the series with the next book the Briar Queen.

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