Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: We Own the Night by Ashley Poston

We Own the Night
By: Ashley Poston
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Series: Radio Hearts #2

"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."

As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.

But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn't timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She's the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy's manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular-- Dark and Brooding--whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she's in love with Micah or anything. Cause she's not.

As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.


A Note From the Publisher

This is a book about taking risks, growing up and finding yourself.  Ashley Poston did an amazing job writing this story of four friends who couldn’t be more different from one another but who will always be intertwined with memories.  The main focus of Ingrid North was a story I could relate to on some levels, and I definitely was immediately invested in her and all the feels that came along with her story.  This book was a wonderfully written and I haven’t read anything this good that kept me so captivated that I couldn’t put it down.  

We meet Ingrid North who is about to graduate high school and has that unknowing scary feeling and decision of what to do after high school, do I go, or do I stay?  Then she has other things to consider, such as other people in her life that she is just not ready to let go of.  It’s a tough decision and Ashley Poston did an amazing job of exporting us into this little farm town in Nebraska and helping us live the lives of Ingrid, Billie, LD and Micah.  There are so many things I would want to discuss in regards to this book but I really don’t want to ruin it for you, it’s really something you should pick up and read.

I loved the dynamic between all the characters.  My heart hurt for Ingrid in regards to her love life.  But I have to say it was an entertaining ride to say the least.  I love that it wasn’t instant love, it was something that was brewing over the years.  There was unrequited love, new love, revealing love and most importantly family and friend love.  Ingrid was going through a tough time throughout this book and it hit on some important real life situations, such as bullying, small town life, and most importantly a the very serious deteriorating disease of Alzheimer’s.  It was sad and heartbreaking at times but still it kept you interested.

I really adored the radio shows, wish there were longer transcripts because the conversation between Nightowl and Dark and Brooding were quite addicting.  I loved every aspect of this book, there was a great story line, excellent writing and absolutely fantastic characters.  This was a really good addition to any summer reading because it had depth and heart.  I’ve never read anything by Ashley Poston, but I think I’m going to go search for the first book in this series and give that a quick read.  She’s definitely an author to watch out for in the contemporary world.

The cover was quite striking as well with the cityscape made out of sound wave bars and the title with the little microphone to dot the i.  This is definitely a book I would pick up when seeing it in a store just to find out more about it, doesn’t hurt that I love music so much and again this plot definitely sounded like something I would pick up and read, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this one, because now I too am a fangirl. 

I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury Spark, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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