ARC Review: A Drop of Night

Title: A Drop of Night
Author: Stefan Bachman
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy
Publication Date: March 15th, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: Kindle, 384 pages
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Five gifted teenagers are selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace was sealed after the aristocrats fled there. No one has set foot in it for over two centuries.

Now, in the present day, the teenagers enter with cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art security, scientists and chaperones. And then a brutal accident occurs. No way out. Caught in the dark.

They will have to fight to survive. But are they really alone in the depths? 

  I was given a review copy of this book by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  The main problem that I have with this book is how misleading the synopsis is. After reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be an contemporary adventure book, but instead I got a fantasy horror book. As a result, I was thrown off-guard and wasn't able to completely appreciate the novel.

  If I was given enough warning on what this book is really going to be about - which I can't tell you because it might become somewhat of a spoiler (I'm not really sure.) - I might not have picked this book up because I generally don't enjoy these types of books. But if I still chose to read this, then I wouldn't have been as confused as I was when I was reading this, and I would actually be able to appreciate the story.

"There's this special talent humans have that they can be unhappy no matter where they are. But humans have another special talent: We can be happy almost anywhere, too. We can be happy because we're not alone."

  That said, after learning what this book is really about, I tried to change my mindset to finish the novel. And I must say, I do appreciate the unique plot. The writing style is unique and the novel is well-paced. It's as interesting as I thought it would be, only in a different manner. I really liked their teamwork and the friendships that blossomed. However, I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters. I imagine that I would enjoy this better as a movie than as a book, but I also might be creeped out by it haha!

  Overall, this just seriously not what I expected. I don't fully blame the book nor the author for the low rating, but I blame the misleading synopsis because I would not likely have picked this up otherwise. However, I cannot fully say that I regret reading this book, because I really love the idea.

2.5 unexpected stars

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