Author: Carina Adly MacKenzie
Pages: 319 pages
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Paper Lantern Lit
Received From: e-book from NetGalley
Synopsis (from Paper Lantern Lit):
There are gods among us….
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 new drama, “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.
Eternal Night is not the type of book you'd think you'd get hooked on. The synopsis itself sounds like a cliche love story of immortals falling in love and fighting for love while dealing with bad immortals and saving humans (*cough Vampire Diaries cough*). But this book is so much more than that.
The story is about six gods of Greek and Norse mythology who end up banding together to find out how to stop the end of the world after the death of their friend Nadia, the last goddess of Hope. The problem? The gods realize their facing forces more ancient and powerful than them, and they haven't been able to use their own powers for thousands of years.
There was a lot if dramatic angst I found with some of the characters (Dean, Nike and Mark specifically for me), and I felt like their cold attitude with each other was unbearable to begin with. However as the story progressed, I started liking the characters more, despite their flaws. Almost like the characters in a new television show that I'm just starting. It's a slow burn, but it's nice seeing the characters go from their lowest points to their natural form.
Personally, I didn't like how the story felt like an actual show with all the back and forth perspective, and all the little descriptions that I felt like weren't needed. BUT like an actual show, all those little bits and pieces came together by the end of the story and made sense.
I liked how this novel IS a standalone, but there is a bit of an open ending, but I'm okay with how it ended. But there were times I felt like the plot just seemed like it was just dragging on and that more problems were being added on, and I actually felt hopeless and that the suffering was never going to end for the characters.
But it was a good story, and it will keep your mind working and guessing. From the angsty god of wine to the loveless goddess of love, Eternal Night leaves you craving for more!