Today on the blog, I have a spotlight for our 11th place finisher in last year’s Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA)! These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden is a romantic dystopian that promises a lot of twists and turns. It sounds like it would be a wild ride and definitely has me intrigued! Before I tell you more about the book, though, let me give you more info on BBNYA.
BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or Twitter @bbnya_official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.
Now, let’s get to today’s spotlight!
- Title: These Violent Nights
- Author: Rebecca Crunden
- Publication date: November 10th 2020
- Publisher: Self-published
- Length: 620 pages
- Genre: Romantic Dystopian, Fantasy
- Age group: Upper Young Adult, New Adult
- Content/Trigger Warnings: For a list of potential content and trigger warnings, check out this book’s page on BookTriggerWarnings.com
Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.
War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.
Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.
And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.
But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.
Rebecca Crunden is an indie author of fantasy and science fiction who lives in Ireland.