[eARC Review] Eternal Night by Carina Adly Mackenzie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Title: Eternal Night
Author: Carina Adly Mackenzie
Series: Standalone for now
Genre: YA Mythology, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
Source: eARC received from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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There are gods among us...

Six young gods are hiding in plain sight among mortals, living secretly in cities across the world. From lavish penthouse soirees to pulsing underground clubs, for them, the party literally never ends. Until now.

On a hot June morning, the body of a beautiful girl is found floating in the rooftop pool of the Jefferson Hotel, her white-ink tattoos revealing the story of a life much longer than seems possible. Only the immortals know the truth: Nadia was the goddess of hope. Now she’s gone, and the world as they know it is ending. The Hudson River has turned blood red. Storms rage overhead. Mania is rapidly spreading across the globe.

It is up to the remaining gods—Lola, Dean, Weston, Mark, Nike and Peitha—to put aside centuries of betrayal and heartbreak, and stop the mysterious source of darkness that is taking over… before the sun sets forever.

Carina Adly MacKenzie, writer for The CW's hit series "The Originals," has penned a steamy, romantic, and ultimately redemptive story of forgotten gods, the persistence of hope, and the power of love to save us.


I am a sucker for all things mythology so when I read the synopsis for Eternal Night I knew I wanted to read it. And I got even more excited when I saw who the author was and the projects she was involved in since I was a huge fan of them. But sadly the more I read the more I began to dislike this book.

I loved the concept of the book, having Greek Gods living in the real world without their powers seemed like a great idea. But for me there were just way too many characters for me to read. i felt overwhelmed by all of theme and got very confused more than once because I forgot which one had which storyline. And to be very honest I had a hard time connecting with any character so when something happened to them I honestly didn't feel for them when I really wanted to. I will say that there were a few characters that I liked more than others and I connected with them a lot more than the others.

The writing for me was an issue because there were so many long winded descriptions that I kept glazing over most of it because I didn't find it helpful to the story. There were a lot of descriptions of clothes and setting but it went too far. It distracted from my enjoyment of the book itself and I wanted so much more dialogue because I always think that when characters talk to each other to find out more about them, and in this instance I didn't get that.

Overall Eternal Night had a great concept and would make a great tv show or movie but as a book it was too much. There were too many character and too many pointless descriptions. And as for the end of the book, although we got some answers and I liked that, there was just too much crammed into a short period of time. I felt overwhelmed by all the info I was getting. In the end this book was just not for me.

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