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Nightfall Gardens (English Edition) van [Houston, Allen]
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Kindle, 8 mei 2013
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Lengte: 249 pagina's Verbeterd lettertype: Ingeschakeld Bladeren: Ingeschakeld
Taal: Engels

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Vain Lily Blackwood and her shy brother Silas wonder if their family will ever settle in one place long enough to lead a normal life. When a mysterious stranger arrives claiming to be their uncle, they discover their parents have been hiding a secret that turns their world upside down.

The two are kidnapped to Nightfall Gardens, the family’s ancestral home, a place shrouded in ancient mystery, where they meet their dying grandmother and learn of an age-old curse placed on Blackwood females.

Lily must take over as protector of the house and three haunted gardens that hold mythical beasts, fairy-tale nightmares and far worse. If she doesn’t, the evil trapped there will be unleashed and bring on a new dark age.

While she deals with malevolent ghosts inside the house, Silas is put to work in the gardens, where one wrong step means death.

Along the way, they search to unlock the secrets of the house and to stop the creatures in the gardens before time runs out and the world is destroyed.


  • Editie: Kindle-editie
  • Bestandsgrootte: 1029 KB
  • Printlengte: 249 pagina's
  • Uitgever: Flycatcher Books; 1 editie (8 mei 2013)
  • Verkocht door: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Taal: Engels
  • Tekst-naar-spraak: Ingeschakeld
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5.0 van 5 sterren Fabulous 30 mei 2015
door Kindle Customer - Gepubliceerd op
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This, the first in a trilogy, was one of the best books I've read in a long. Forget that it is supposed to be for young adults. The story is a twist on Pandora's Box, Pandora's descendants charged with protecting mankind from the evils she unleashed by holding them in three gardens on the Blackwood estate. Lily is the last female Blackwood, and when she dies the imprisoned nightmare beings and old gods will be loosed upon the world. Of course this means they are all trying to kill her and free themselves. The author has brought Nightfall Gardens to life. It remained vivid in my mind since reading it the first time. It is perfect for a dark and stormy night. Grab a bowl of popcorn, grab a flashlight and read it under the covers just like you did as a kid. Marvelous story, well developed and well deserving of five stars. And you'll want to pick up books two and (finally) three.
5.0 van 5 sterren Very pleasantly surprised how good this is! 26 juni 2016
door Responsibly Unashamed Lessa - Gepubliceerd op
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“Only later, when she was locked away at Nightfall Gardens, would Lily realize that the moment she saw the man with the wolf’s-head cloak was the beginning of the end of her old life.”

Fourteen year old Lily has dreams of being an actress on the famous stages of Paris. Her brother Silas is writing a play. Theirs is a family of the stage, their parents trying to make a go of a run-down theater in New Amsterdam.

Lily is a bit shallow and vain, Silas a bit of a dreamer, but as the story unfolds they both show they have more spunk and backbone that we might have thought. I liked them both. Silas especially is caring, empathetic and loyal. Lily isn’t as superficial as she comes across in the beginning. And they care about each other, which is nice.

This book starts out in New Amsterdam, which would be New York about 100 years prior to the Revolutionary War. I had thought it had a bit of a Victorian era feel, with carriages, etc. I was only off by a bit there. :D

Soon though the story moves on to Nightfall Gardens, the mysterious, spooky and exceedingly strange estate of the children’s dying grandmother.

Their uncle tells them, “I’ve done my duty keeping the dark at bay for 13 years, but it draws closer with each sip of Deiva’s faltering breath. Only a Blackwood daughter can keep the final night from coming.”

We get our first view of the house, “The ancient-looking palace rose out of nowhere to dominate the landscape. It was protected by a high stone wall that stretched to the horizon. He saw a jumble of towers, spires, and walls of windows that soared toward the heavens. Statues of gargoyles dominated the eaves.”

On the Blackwood estate it is always dusk or dark, never day. The gates only open to the outside world once a year for just a few days.

The house is strange, rooms move around, there are strange noises and sights. There are dangers for the unwary. The grounds, with the gardens, are strange and dangerous as well, full of odd, and bloodthirsty creatures determined to end the Blackwood line.

There are some grisly bits, and it’s definitely spooky, but would be fine for middle grade readers who can tolerate dark tales. Not for those sensitive, nightmare prone kiddies though. (Well, that depends too, I was one of those sensitive, nightmare prone kids and I would have liked it around the 8 – 12 age, but I would have been sleeping with the hall light on!)

But, I wouldn’t classify it as firmly middle grade, in spite of the ages of the main characters. It’s more complex in story and in writing than is typical for middle grade books. I’d recommend this from older middle grade to young adult readers, and even adult readers who can enjoy stories with young protagonists.

The story incorporates the myth of Pandora in an ingenious way, making it family history rather than myth. There are plants with magical properties such as healing or protection from evil creatures. The use of Greek myths, folklore, and other strange creatures, was reminiscent of Harry Potter. Although the plot is very imaginative and original and not anything like Harry Potter. I was very impressed, I can’t remember reading a book with a similar plotline.

A dark fantasy, also may appeal to fans of ghost stories, haunted house tales, and dark fairy tales. This is not a ghost story or fairy tale, but some of those elements are here.
Fair warning, the book does end with a cliffhanger.

I’ve already purchased and started reading the next book in the series.
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4.0 van 5 sterren Dark, Exciting, Compelling 5 november 2013
door Pop Bop - Gepubliceerd op
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Don't be fooled or discouraged; this book starts slowly. Our heroine Lily is a vain dreamer. Her brother Silas is an almost pathologically shy and weak presence. Dad is ineffectual; Mom is exasperated, and the whole family runs a sad, failing traveling theater troop. Then, Uncle Jonquil shows up, kidnaps Lily, and undertakes to return her, the last female in the Blackwood line, to her rightful place as the mistress of Nightfall House and as master of the gardens and of the in-between place where evil abounds. Bam, the story takes off like a rocket into the darkness and the suspense and action and creepy mystery never let up. The characters all turn in to someone admirable and compelling - heroine Lily takes charge, Silas grows up overnight, even Mom and Dad become avengers searching for their children.

And get this, the writing is top notch. Beautiful descriptions underscore the gloom and despair that surrounds Nightfall. The carriage ride that sweeps Lily and her kidnapper to Nightfall rivals the original carriage ride that carried Jonathan Harker to Count Dracula's Castle. It's that good and that evocative.

Early on, the book switches between mysterious ambiguity and sharp bits of exposition that arc like lightening through the gloom. Once the background of the Blackwood curse is explained and the nature of Nightfall starts to become clear, the tale proceeds in earnest on multiple fronts. Nightfall is ageless, mythic, eternal and damned, and the reader is drawn in to and repulsed by the story. This is gripping stuff.

There are lots of middle grade and YA books featuring gatekeepers and kids called upon to battle darkness. But this one is richly imagined and covers the whole range, from grand Pandora inspired myth to the day to day details of keeping bad things imprisoned in the gardens. The supporting characters are all well developed, down to innkeepers and servants. The evil creatures are complete, easily visualized, and effectively scary. Everything - dialogue, character, settings, action sequences - is enhanced by an eye to the telling detail or assured description, and it all feels consistent, with a uniform tone and style that helps make the fantastic seem real and convincing.

This is ripping stuff - well told, well written, well conceived and rewarding. A remarkable find.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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5.0 van 5 sterren Truly Tale-Spinning 15 december 2014
door The Haunted Reading Room - Gepubliceerd op
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Oh, what a wonderful book! This book ( and series) appeals to that deep part of my soul that was enraptured by THE SECRET GARDEN as a child, and by the concept of Brigadoon (appearing only centennially). WHO cannot love a living, sentient, always mutable house? Or gardens full of shapeshifters, monsters, and the Dead? I am always magnetized by stories of family curses and a family chosen to hold back evil, throughout their generations. Here there are two such lineages. And the characters!! The housekeeper weaves a web and cocoons herself every night; long-deceased Grandfather periodically rides his steed near the house, to check up. Brother Silas is quintessential Hero; and Sister Lily is beautiful and vain, but has potential. I can't wait to read the next two in the series.
5.0 van 5 sterren Lots of fun 23 oktober 2016
door Kindle Customer - Gepubliceerd op
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I bought this one on a whim because I liked the cover. I ended up liking it a lot. It kinda brought to mind the Munsters/Addams family house meets The Dark is Rising. I'll be getting the second book soon. If it helps anyone figuring the time period....New York was called New Amsterdam during the early 1600s. There were a few phrases that seemed a bit anachronistic but nothing too bad to take you out of the story.

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