Into the Night

Rated 3.93/5 based on 14 reviews
Logan has found the perfect job, but any job will do, because he needs one desperately. Told he will be helping to display a unique collection, it isn’t until Logan gets the job that he finds out exactly what he has signed up for. The unique collection is actually a group of supernatural creatures. And to display them, he will have to fight them in an arena for the entertainment of the rich. More

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About Jade Fowler

Jade Fowler has always had a passion for both writing and reading. At the age of ten, she wrote her first horror story and has been writing ever since. She buys way too many books, watches way too much TV, and loves her dog, Nessie. Into the Night is her debut novel.

About the Series: Into the Night
Into the Night is a young adult paranormal fantasy series. It's filled with psychics, witches, werewolves, vampires and zombies, and is suitable for readers sixteen years and older.

Book One and Two in the series - Into the Night & From the Ashes - are available in ebook format.

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Review by: Brenda Ayala on May 3, 2013 :
Into the Night was way better than I expected it to be. I'm a bit apprehensive reading books about so many supernatural beings because in the past I haven't seen it done very well. There's often no solid story, or the characters don't actually have any characteristics.

In this case, there was a bit of the author telling me what was happening rather than showing me. And maybe I missed it, but I don't actually remember getting a description of many of the characters, including Logan. Even Gerard I only remember his eyes being described and later on his accent. It doesn't bother me too much because I just constructed what they looked like in my head, but for those who want to know exactly how the characters are supposed to look might get ticked off.

One other thing that bothered me too is that when Logan first witnesses the fights, the first description of each person is how he couldn't really see what was different about them, yet he still believes they're supernatural. Like the zombie, yet after being so doubtful about everything once he steps in the arena and someone tells him that the regular looking person is a zombie then he's a believer.

Those (actually quite small) issues aside, I really enjoyed Into the Night. I thought every single character was portrayed excellently; they had specific characteristics and they stuck to them. I hate it when books will change a person's traits just to fit the situation (cough cough Mockingjay) so I was super ridiculously excited about everyone staying true to what and who they were here.

I had strong opinions about basically all the characters, which means I cared. I thought Zane was depressing. Not because he himself is depressing, but because his whole love for Penny and how that manifests itself and why Penny rebuffs his advances. It was sad, and while I thought he was a bit creepy at times with how he interacted with her the basic reason for it was sweet. Penny irritated me beyond belief with all her secrets, but I actually really liked her quite a bit. I'm just no good at keeping secrets that could potentially kill someone. Gena was sweet but misguided, and again I really liked her. She tried so hard to do the right thing and help everyone, even if she didn't know she was going about it the wrong way. Plus I give her a lot of credit with how she dealt with the information Penny gave her later on in the novel. AJ was too spiteful, but I understand why. She went her entire life never trusting anyone, and then the moment she does something bad happens. It makes sense, and I can't say that I blame her, but for the sake of survival I wish she'd at least let it lay to rest. But the thing is, I still really liked all the characters. Even Gerard and Jackson are well done. I hated them, absolutely hated them. Gerard for what he has done and Jackson for what I know we will find out he's done later on. I know there's something there, and I have a theory, but I'll keep it to myself in case I spoil it for anyone (or myself).

As far as the plot goes, I was satisfied. I actually figured that the entire first book would just be an emphasis on life in general at the estate. I thought we would see Logan's first fight, and that he would end up in the infirmary, and only see him just barely beginning to be unhappy there. Instead, Into the Night just jumped way ahead of me (which I'm extremely okay with, I liked it way better than what I was expecting!) and made it way more awesome than I expected. And while the first portion of the book is mostly talking and descriptions, the second half is quite a bit of action, and I appreciate that. I've seen my share of movies and read my fair share of books with gore, so I like a little action and blood in my stories.

I even got emotional. Which is huge. I haven't gotten emotional over a book in so long. The way Logan's past was done was excellent. While I knew something obviously tragic happened, it wasn't until the story progressed that I found out why. Most notably with his reaction to Penny, of course. But when he finally reveals it to everyone, I definitely got emotional. That whole little scene where everyone reveals their past was magnificent. I loved it. Especially his parents.

I give this 4 stars instead of 5 only because I'm so mad about the cliffhanger! I got sucked into the story and even got all teary eyed at one point (which hasn't happened in a while) and then it just ends and I'm so not a patient person and I want to see what happens and I'm mad at the author for making such an excellent cliffhanger. Veiled compliment I suppose, because I wasn't ready for the book to end and now I am dying to read the second! I'm going to keep an eye out for the second one, and I am very anxious to find out what happens..... I hate waiting.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
Review by: tanya wilson on April 14, 2013 :
his review is for Into the Dark Vol 1-4.

I received this as an ebook from the Author for Read 4 Review.

The story is about Emily Baxter who from age 13 has suffered from seizures and during these seizures she enters a parallel universe where Misery-makers are hunting her. When Emily starts at Oxford things change, truths are revealed.

I liked the concept of the story but I found some things to be confusing and others not to make sense.
I'm not sure why the book was split into 4 separate volumes?
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: tanya wilson on April 14, 2013 : (no rating)
his review is for Into the Dark Vol 1-4.

I received this as an ebook from the Author for Read 4 Review.

The story is about Emily Baxter who from age 13 has suffered from seizures and during these seizures she enters a parallel universe where Misery-makers are hunting her. When Emily starts at Oxford things change, truths are revealed.

I liked the concept of the story but I found some things to be confusing and others not to make sense.
I'm not sure why the book was split into 4 separate volumes?
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Review by: Amanda Drummond on April 13, 2013 :
WOW
this is one of the most amazing and most wonderfully original debuts i have read in ages. i admit i found the beginning a tad slow and i would giggle quietly to myself at every mention of smell because no other book i have read describes smell quite as much as this one But it did not take long before i was anxiously turning the pages to discover what happens next. This story is a story of modern day gladiators and of course killing wild animals is boring so instead they go up against some of the scariest paranormal creatures ever to haunt nightmares. highly recommended for lovers of The hunger games and paranormal fiction (duh). The characters were deep with even the minor characters having their quirks and back-stories while the main characters had secrets so deep they managed to keep them from each other and me as the reader, the story would often take turns so unexpected that i tripped in my haste to follow them but i was always pleasantly surprised as to where they led. While Logan's stupidity at taking the job in the first place surprises me it is Almost believable given his circumstances. the ending was cruel even if deep inside me i did expect it... although mixed with this cruelty there was one kindness there is a sequel.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Rose Wallin on April 12, 2013 :
I LOVE this book! I received this as part of a Read 4 Review opportunity, and I'm so glad I did, because I probably wouldn't have come across it otherwise.

I love the story in this book, it's so original and new. It's all very realistic, and very refreshing. I love all these characters, and the surprises and twists throughout the book kept me on my toes (so to speak) all the way til the end, and I adore the last few lines!! They certainly left me wanting to read so much more about this story, and see what happens with everyone.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA or paranormal stories.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Tam O'D on April 10, 2013 :
Enveloped by financial desperation, twenty year old Logan agrees to take a job he knows little about. And that’s when his world is turned upside down.
Scary day dreams. Undisclosed family tragedy. A mysterious new job opportunity. There is a lot going on to intrigue the reader into entering the alluring world of recently unemployed Logan.
THE PLOT
Although stretching believability a tad, I found the story refreshing. At a time where YA novels are churning out generic replicas of the same idea, I thought that Fowler was exploring new ground. For a while there, I wondered if it was going to look like Hunger Games with vampires and zombies and fairies and ghosts and witches (ticking all the boxes on the list) but it was a bit more than that.
I enjoyed the way Fowler re-evaluated folklore, combining traditional notions of mythology and offering her own contemporary interpretations.
At times I thought the narrative dragged and I got bored, at others, I found it gripping as I eagerly read on. The cliff hanger was utterly unanticipated and cleverly done.
CHARACTERS
I didn’t love Logan. I didn’t hate him or anything, but he didn’t resonate with me; as a hero I couldn’t connect with him, couldn’t attach any kind of emotional concern.
Penny worked for me a bit more. She reads as sweet and one of the more believable characters, even though she wields an unbelievable gift.
I didn't get as much as I would have liked out of the supporting characters. An attempt was made at explaining AJ, and that worked to a point, but I hope the characters become more rounded in the next book. The evil Jackson struck me as interesting and I'd like to see his return and establish the dynamics between him and Penny more concretely.
ROMANCE
I actually found Penny and Zane curiously sweet. I wanted them to work out.
The Mason and Pepper pairing, not so much. Although Penny and Zane followed the premise of 'love at first sight' as well, there seemed to be no substance behind Mason's infatuation whatsoever. Even he seems clueless, recognising that her 'hotness' is a superficial basis for the true love he feels for the vampire. Again, maybe this will be examined a bit in books to come.
THE WRITING
Jade Fowler uses some stylistic choices in her wording that are just poignant and a pleasure to read, but for the most part, I think this novel would have really been enhanced by another edit. Sometimes the language reads as clunky awkward text that doesn’t hit the mark. Sometimes she gets it just right. The narrative pace runs comparatively smoothly after the slow and stagnant introductory pages, but there is still so much detail that doesn’t need to be there, and really does this potentially great novel a disservice for being there.

Jade Fowler's Into the Night is flawed and likeable. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next in this supernatural series.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Tam O'D on April 10, 2013 :
Enveloped by financial desperation, twenty year old Logan agrees to take a job he knows little about. And that’s when his world is turned upside down.
Scary day dreams. Undisclosed family tragedy. A mysterious new job opportunity. There is a lot going on to intrigue the reader into entering the alluring world of recently unemployed Logan.
THE PLOT
Although stretching believability a tad, I found the story refreshing. At a time where YA novels are churning out generic replicas of the same idea, I thought that Fowler was exploring new ground. For a while there, I wondered if it was going to look like Hunger Games with vampires and zombies and fairies and ghosts and witches (ticking all the boxes on the list) but it was a bit more than that.
I enjoyed the way Fowler re-evaluated folklore, combining traditional notions of mythology and offering her own contemporary interpretations.
At times I thought the narrative dragged and I got bored, at others, I found it gripping as I eagerly read on. The cliff hanger was utterly unanticipated and cleverly done.
CHARACTERS
I didn’t love Logan. I didn’t hate him or anything, but he didn’t resonate with me; as a hero I couldn’t connect with him, couldn’t attach any kind of emotional concern.
Penny worked for me a bit more. She reads as sweet and one of the more believable characters, even though she wields an unbelievable gift.
I didn't get as much as I would have liked out of the supporting characters. An attempt was made at explaining AJ, and that worked to a point, but I hope the characters become more rounded in the next book. The evil Jackson struck me as interesting and I'd like to see his return and establish the dynamics between him and Penny more concretely.
ROMANCE
I actually found Penny and Zane curiously sweet. I wanted them to work out.
The Mason and Pepper pairing, not so much. Although Penny and Zane followed the premise of 'love at first sight' as well, there seemed to be no substance behind Mason's infatuation whatsoever. Even he seems clueless, recognising that her 'hotness' is a superficial basis for the true love he feels for the vampire. Again, maybe this will be examined a bit in books to come.
THE WRITING
Jade Fowler uses some stylistic choices in her wording that are just poignant and a pleasure to read, but for the most part, I think this novel would have really been enhanced by another edit. Sometimes the language reads as clunky awkward text that doesn’t hit the mark. Sometimes she gets it just right. The narrative pace runs comparatively smoothly after the slow and stagnant introductory pages, but there is still so much detail that doesn’t need to be there, and really does this potentially great novel a disservice for being there.

Jade Fowler's Into the Night is flawed and likeable. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next in this supernatural series.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: J.L. Eichele on April 5, 2013 :
This book took me by surprise! I was expecting expecting a fun, lighthearted supernatural book for a quick one time read. What I got was so much more...

This book is mainly written from our the point of view of Logan, a young man who is disconnected from his parents due to an incident. He loses his job and comes across a unique offer. Leave the life he knows behind and move to an estate where he receives room and board in returning for training and being willing to fight supernatural creatures once a week. The catch, he cannot have contact with the outside world nor tell anyone where is is going, who he works for, etc. Having little to lose, Logan accepts but goes in expecting a joke.

No joke. He meets a vampire, werewolf, zombie, fairy, leprechaun, etc. He befriends two other recruits, Mack and AJ, who tel him some disturbing news. Once you are there, you can never leave. The guards will stop you with the aide of a witch and psychic. Indeed there is a witch, Gena, and psychic, Penny. the daughters of his boss Gerard. But is the leaving part true?

This book also takes in from Penny's perspective as she and Logan become friends. Logan is learning whom to trust and whom not to, dealing with his desire for the local vampire. Penny, too has her own issues with her family and a certain werewolf who has claimed her as his but is unsure of her feelings toward him.


My only complaints with the book is the physical description seemed lacking. In how characters looked, the layout of the estate, etc. I wanted to understand things better. Like how figts wre determined. A month after Logan is there Mack is in his first fight? How many recruits are there so that you can go so long and not fight? Also. even when reading from Penny's point of view there are major things happening that apparently never cross her mind. I realize the author was trying to keep things a secret for out enjoyment but some of what she knows should have seeped through just a little more I would have though. And yet its a good thing as I said it keeps us in the dark so we can later be surprised.

This book had a bit of the romantic air to it but was not the main theme for the story. This was a very refreshing change. However, throughout all the supernatural plot this book does focus a lot on the human heart and what we feel for others. This I loved. I loved the conflicting emotions each character went through. Very well described and realistic. I almost cried at one point in the book. And had sneaky emotions that kept trying to guide my thoughts as I read. Especially the second half of the book.

Almost every character seems to have some kind of secret. Some are answered in this book, some I must wait on the next book, for which I am highly impatient on. Especially the character Jackson, Gena's brother. Something is definitely up with that guy. Things are not as they seem in this book and there are twists and turns which I love to see unfold. Every character has a story that we get to learn about. And since each character is so well created (excluded physical looks) each backround was great to read.

Normally I would say 4 1/2 stars is the rating but since that is not an option, 5 it is! I highly anticipate the next book in the series and I hope author delved even deeper into her characters.

Thank you to the author,Jade Fowler, for offering the chance to read this book. She offered copies of it as a gift to a group I belong to. So I thank her for the chance to read and review this fantastic story.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: J.L. Eichele on April 5, 2013 : (no rating)
This book took me by surprise! I was expecting expecting a fun, lighthearted supernatural book for a quick one time read. What I got was so much more...

This book is mainly written from our the point of view of Logan, a young man who is disconnected from his parents due to an incident. He loses his job and comes across a unique offer. Leave the life he knows behind and move to an estate where he receives room and board in returning for training and being willing to fight supernatural creatures once a week. The catch, he cannot have contact with the outside world nor tell anyone where is is going, who he works for, etc. Having little to lose, Logan accepts but goes in expecting a joke.

No joke. He meets a vampire, werewolf, zombie, fairy, leprechaun, etc. He befriends two other recruits, Mack and AJ, who tel him some disturbing news. Once you are there, you can never leave. The guards will stop you with the aide of a witch and psychic. Indeed there is a witch, Gena, and psychic, Penny. the daughters of his boss Gerard. But is the leaving part true?

This book also takes in from Penny's perspective as she and Logan become friends. Logan is learning whom to trust and whom not to, dealing with his desire for the local vampire. Penny, too has her own issues with her family and a certain werewolf who has claimed her as his but is unsure of her feelings toward him.


My only complaints with the book is the physical description seemed lacking. In how characters looked, the layout of the estate, etc. I wanted to understand things better. Like how figts wre determined. A month after Logan is there Mack is in his first fight? How many recruits are there so that you can go so long and not fight? Also. even when reading from Penny's point of view there are major things happening that apparently never cross her mind. I realize the author was trying to keep things a secret for out enjoyment but some of what she knows should have seeped through just a little more I would have though. And yet its a good thing as I said it keeps us in the dark so we can later be surprised.

This book had a bit of the romantic air to it but was not the main theme for the story. This was a very refreshing change. However, throughout all the supernatural plot this book does focus a lot on the human heart and what we feel for others. This I loved. I loved the conflicting emotions each character went through. Very well described and realistic. I almost cried at one point in the book. And had sneaky emotions that kept trying to guide my thoughts as I read. Especially the second half of the book.

Almost every character seems to have some kind of secret. Some are answered in this book, some I must wait on the next book, for which I am highly impatient on. Especially the character Jackson, Gena's brother. Something is definitely up with that guy. Things are not as they seem in this book and there are twists and turns which I love to see unfold. Every character has a story that we get to learn about. And since each character is so well created (excluded physical looks) each backround was great to read.

Normally I would say 4 1/2 stars is the rating but since that is not an option, 5 it is! I highly anticipate the next book in the series and I hope author delved even deeper into her characters.

Thank you to the author,Jade Fowler, for offering the chance to read this book. She offered copies of it as a gift to a group I belong to. So I thank her for the chance to read and review this fantastic story.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
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