Tuesday, June 7, 2011




This is going to be a challenging review for me. Last month Author Anne Aguirre put a call out on twitter. She was offering to send a cop of Ellen Connor's new book Night Fall to 10 bloggers. I'm a huge fan of Anne's so I immediately sent an email and I got the book a few days ago and .. it's wonderful!!!!
My challenge is I don't want to give too much away! One of the most enjoyable things about this book was I had no preconceived notions of what it was about or where the narrative was going. I just hung on and become totally engrossed  in this novel .


Ellen Connor is the pen name of Anne Aguirre and Carrie Lofty ( how clueless was I!). The first in a trilogy the book is set in a contemporary setting with Paranormal and Romance elements.
It begins in the East Coast. Power grids go down strange rumors begin to circulate. Machinery shuts down refusing to work: Televisions Cellphones, Cars  fail and strange creatures walk the lands. In the city of Culver Jenna is far removed from the troubles on the East Coast so she thinks. After a lifetime of her fathers rantings and research into his theories about  the worlds collapse, his predictions have come to fruition.


Jenna finds herself abducted by a scarred ex-marine called Mason. he is keeping a promise to her deceased father to keep Jenna safe. Safety to Mason is a remote cabin in the woods stocked with enough food and ammunition for two people to last a brutal winter. Mason has prepared for everything except for the overwhelming physical attraction he feels towards Jenna and the strange power that grows between them.
He pushes his feelings down focus on the task at hand: Survival. Things change dramatically when five strangers find their way to the desolate cabin and Jenna makes the decision to let them into their refuge. Now resources strained they must move out into to surrounding area hunting for food . This is no random meeting. As the group forms an uneasy alliance and shared goals Jenna begins to remember her fathers strange predictions that seem to be tied to each of the members of her group.
This book is a perfect blend of action and romance. This new world is populated by terrifying bloodthirsty creatures intent of consuming our small band . I loved the romance between Jenna and Mason . Their attraction ripples of the pages and there are some really hot romantic interludes finely balanced with conflict and uncertainty. I love a good romance where the tension between the two characters builds and build so that you are anxiously awaiting their first kiss as much as they are ;)
Anne and Carrie are a seamless writing pair. Their are the hallmarks of many other Aguirre books: Strong, capable heroines and heart racing action, but their is also introspective moments between these characters that move their relationship forward.


So many twists and turns . I really was fearful for the fate of this group, I'll admit to a little anxious  peeking at the end pages to see if things were going to end they way I wanted them to!  I'm sooo looking forward to the next two books in the series:


A little tip though don't read the cover blurbs of the next two books until you've read this one it gives away a little bit of the plots for the characters introduced in this book.
Thanks so much to Ann for the opportunity to review this book, Learn More about them HERE

Ann has offered to send one lucky winner a copy!





Ann Aguirre said...

I'll donate the book, Kai! You don't have to give yours away. Unless I misunderstood your post. So glad you liked the book!

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Aaaa!!! I want to win a copy! :) I've been chatting with others on different venues of this book and series. I have it on my want list and with enjoying Ann's books so much, I think I need this one too! :)

Oh, and look how kind Ann is! :)

Please add me to entering for this one!


Jamie Kline said...

I would love to win this book, it sounds amazing! Thanks for hosting the giveaway and thanks to Ann for being so generous!


alanajoli said...

Oooh! I've never read Carrie Lofty, but I love Ann's books. Please enter me!

Christine said...

Ah! This book has been on my TBR list for quite some time, so I can't believe it's almost out! *excited flails*


Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

Though I haven't read any of Carrie Lofty's previous novels, I am a huge fan of Ann Aguirre, and I'm really excited for Nightfall and the collaboration!

PolarisGreen at gmail dot com

Cate said...

Please count me in on the giveaway. I'd love to try to read the book. From your review it sounds like a good one. Thanks!

Bethany C. said...

Thanks for the tip about the cover blurbs- I hate spoilers!


mbreakfield said...

Great review and the book sounds awesome. Please enter me in the giveaway.

amber said...

Oh, this sounds really interesting! Please count me in for the giveaway.


Tore said...

I really want this book. Since I saw it I have been wanting to read it. I didn't realize there was a series. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

Sara M said...

I'm really excited for this new series! Glad you enjoyed it!

Sara M
sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

Paper Cut Reviewer said...

Hi Ann! Hi Kai! This series sounds very interesting. Not to mention the covers are fabulous=) I would love to enter this giveaway and thanks for introducing a new author and series to me;)

Steph M.

Kara_Malinczak said...

I hope it's not too late to enter! I've been wanting to read this series since I heard about it! I loved Enclave so much!


Maria (pronounced Mariah) I blame my mother... said...

Sounds like another great series I could dive into!

Thanks for the chance!
mmafsmith at gmail dot com

LorettaLynn said...

Looks really good,Thank you for the giveaway:)