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Blog Tour: We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast

We Rule the Night

Author: Claire Eliza Bartlett
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 2nd 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.

Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.

We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.

ARC Review

I received a free copy for an honest review.

This was such a powerful book.

It’s books like this that remind me every day as a reader the true power and influence literature. This book is another young adult dystopian books, but the politics and message it is trying to convey – from feminism to government – are very meaningful, obvious, powerful, and definitely important.

This book was a very creative way to criticize government corruption and the unjust nature of sexism. The amazing dynamics of the cast and how well the characters were written is also phenomenally done.

Although I greatly appreciate the message the book is trying to give, the plot itself is unfortunately not very interesting. The story is not very fast paced, and although the pace was reasonable for the necessary plot development, I found myself having a bit of trouble getting myself through it. This is one of those cases where the book itself is not that bad – in fact, it’s really well-written – but it just failed to capture my interest.

So I’ll still give this book four stars out of five stars because of how well it’s written, but to be honest, that’s kind of a generous score because I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much. It’s still a great book though, and that’ the point I’m trying to make.

Rating: 4/5

Book playlist

“Who run the world (girls)” – Beyonce


“Woman” – Kesha


“Head Above Water”- Avril Lavigne


“Part of Me” – Katy Perry


Dream cast

Maia Mitchell – Revna

Katie Holmes – Revna’s Mother

Valorie Curry – Linne

Olivia Cooke – Olya

AnnaSophia Robb – Aysa

about the author

Claire Bartlett lives in an enchanted forest apartment in Copenhagen with too many board games and too few cats. Get more detailed information, like how many board games is too many, how many cats is too few, and what book-related beauties I’m working on by signing up for my newsletter.

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