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The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return. After awaking in darkness, Kallia has never felt more lost. Especially with Jack by her side, the magician with who has the answers but cannot be trusted. Together, they must navigate a dazzling world where mirrors show memories and illusions shadow every corner, one ruled by a powerful game master who could all too easily destroy the world she left behind -- and the boy she can’t seem to forget. With time running out, Kallia must embrace her role in a darker destiny, or lose everyone she loves, forever.


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The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more The competition has come to a disastrous end, and Daron Demarco’s fall from grace is now front page news. But little matters to him beyond Kallia, the contestant he fell for who is now lost to this world and in the hands of a dangerous magician. Daron is willing to do whatever it takes to find her. Even if it means embarking on a dark and treacherous journey, risking more than just his life, with no promise of return. After awaking in darkness, Kallia has never felt more lost. Especially with Jack by her side, the magician with who has the answers but cannot be trusted. Together, they must navigate a dazzling world where mirrors show memories and illusions shadow every corner, one ruled by a powerful game master who could all too easily destroy the world she left behind -- and the boy she can’t seem to forget. With time running out, Kallia must embrace her role in a darker destiny, or lose everyone she loves, forever.

30 review for When Night Breaks

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this is a good sequel and apt conclusion to the duology, but sadly i didnt enjoy it as much as ‘where dreams descend.’ this picks up right where the first book leaves off. the reader is introduced to a darker, yet somewhat familiar, world with new characters and the mysterious secrets of old ones. theres a lot of new content to enjoy and i think readers who were super invested in what happened to kallia, jack, daron, and eva will find this installment engaging. however, its missing the two major c this is a good sequel and apt conclusion to the duology, but sadly i didnt enjoy it as much as ‘where dreams descend.’ this picks up right where the first book leaves off. the reader is introduced to a darker, yet somewhat familiar, world with new characters and the mysterious secrets of old ones. theres a lot of new content to enjoy and i think readers who were super invested in what happened to kallia, jack, daron, and eva will find this installment engaging. however, its missing the two major components that made me fall in love with the series in the first place. first, the connection between daron and kallia. they are separated this entire sequel up until the 75% mark. i loved their tension and romance in the first book and didnt quite enjoy them on their own as much as i did when they are together. and second, the magical competition. i loved the atmosphere it created in ‘where dreams descend.’ and while this sequel obviously has magic, it doesnt take center stage in the same way it did in the first book. again, im happy with this conclusion and find it suits the overall story, but i didnt personally love it as much as the storys beginning. thank you st. martins press/wednesday books for the ARC! ↠ 3 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    YAYY I GOT AN ARC. excited to see how this endss Thank you Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! _____ Sept.9, 2020: The—THE COVER The—THE SYNOPSIS Me— Feb.12, 2020: Another book that ends in a cliffhanger................ AND it comes out 2021!!!! I don't think I'm going to survive this..... YAYY I GOT AN ARC. excited to see how this endss Thank you Wednesday Books for sending me an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! _____ Sept.9, 2020: The—THE COVER The—THE SYNOPSIS Me— Feb.12, 2020: Another book that ends in a cliffhanger................ AND it comes out 2021!!!! I don't think I'm going to survive this.....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    I am simply here for Jack.

  4. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    Thank you to the publishers at St. Martin’s press for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! "Using magic is the pull, but forcing it on others is the push so push first. " After that jaw dropping cliffhanger in Where Dreams Descend, couldn't wait to read this book. Not only to be captivated once again by the magical, beautiful and intriguing world Janella created, but also to find out what happened when Kallia got sucked into that mirror--and how Demarco was goi Thank you to the publishers at St. Martin’s press for allowing me to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! "Using magic is the pull, but forcing it on others is the push so push first. " After that jaw dropping cliffhanger in Where Dreams Descend, couldn't wait to read this book. Not only to be captivated once again by the magical, beautiful and intriguing world Janella created, but also to find out what happened when Kallia got sucked into that mirror--and how Demarco was going to find her! I felt like the book started out a bit slow and the plot twist surrounding one of the characters was a bit predictable but this book did not disappoint in any way. New characters with some plot twists, old characters you thought you hated but realized you may not hate them so much, beautiful reunions, sacrifices, higher stakes, all mixed together to create a captivating and satisfying conclusion. This I truly one of my favorite series and I am excited to read more of this author's work in the future! Full review to come closer to the publication date. 4/5 ✰’s

  5. 4 out of 5

    Era ➶

    If looks could kill I would be long dead and buried because this cover is SERVING -

  6. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    This reading experience could easily be swept under the slumpy and miserable rug -- so, as always, take this with a grain of salt -- but equally I know a really good engaging book, which I fully expected this to be, could've pulled me out of that. And instead.. This is a long book. And it felt like a long book because it didn't feel like anything was happening; there's so much uncertainty in light of how book one ended and we get even more things teased and tantalized and held just out of reach f This reading experience could easily be swept under the slumpy and miserable rug -- so, as always, take this with a grain of salt -- but equally I know a really good engaging book, which I fully expected this to be, could've pulled me out of that. And instead.. This is a long book. And it felt like a long book because it didn't feel like anything was happening; there's so much uncertainty in light of how book one ended and we get even more things teased and tantalized and held just out of reach for so much of this book that by the time things actually started being explained, or started to happen, I just didn't care. And this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year because I had enjoyed book one so much. Was that the fluke? Apparently I was in a slump during that read, too, but I persevered and managed to enjoy it nonetheless. Therefore, should any of this current disappointment be blamed on yet another slump? Who knows. What even is enjoyment. What made so much of this harder to bear, too, was Kallia, our main protagonist, was just so.. unlikeable? Insufferable? I did not remember her to be this way at all in book one. And yes, her circumstances have changed, but.. yikes. I couldn't even lose myself in her, or any, character when the plot was bogging me down. Overall this just didn't win for me and I'm bummed. That said, if you enjoyed book one, the magic, the competition, the romance, you'll get most of that again in this follow up, but in a different way. I hope, if you are likewise holding your breath for this instalment, it works better for you than it did for me. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎

    The title is amazing and matches the first one. The cover?! Beautiful 😫😍 And the synopsis?! I am actually screaming Anyways if Jack dies or any harms comes to him I am rioting😌✌🏼 Where Dreams Descend ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

  8. 4 out of 5

    rish

    ★½☆☆☆ // 1.5 s t a r s My Book Blog — Apollo Approved Thank you St. Martin's Press for sending me an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Review You know. I didn't have the highest hopes for this because after the first book ended all I could think was that it would've made a brilliant standalone, and could've even been one of those "cycle-type books" where it ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you reeling but also leaves you guessing in the best way and subconsciously, you don't want ★½☆☆☆ // 1.5 s t a r s My Book Blog — Apollo Approved Thank you St. Martin's Press for sending me an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! Review You know. I didn't have the highest hopes for this because after the first book ended all I could think was that it would've made a brilliant standalone, and could've even been one of those "cycle-type books" where it ends on a cliffhanger that leaves you reeling but also leaves you guessing in the best way and subconsciously, you don't want a sequel because you're actually happy with how it ended on a shocking note. (*cough* The Burning God *cough* If We Were Villains *cough*) That's just my take, but I'm sure many do and will feel the same. (I just feel the need to drop in and say it honestly makes me sad sometimes when I really only have negative things to say about books, especially after reading the Acknowledgments and understanding how difficult the book was the write for the author…It makes me sad, but also I have to be honest, I guess?) Okay, let's do good first. I liked that Jacks was in this more than the first. I like that he got to see his character develop almost in a way that wasn't possible in the first. I liked feeling like Kallia was justified in her "like" of him and that it wasn't bordering on Stockholm Syndrome like it did in the first. I loved Vain and Ruthless and Malice. They were the trio that was missing in the first book, for real. (I do think the author mixed up Ruthless and Malice a few times though, hopefully that's fixed in the first edition since I guess this is less edited because it's an ARC.) Also, can't deny that I loved the magic of the world. It's not original by any means, but it was written quite well and the world itself was nice too. (I'm upset I can't think of a single thing else to say about liking it uGH.) The repetitiveness straight up killed me. I swear, everything that happened seemed like it happened at least twice. Every show felt the same, the duels kept happening, the random conversations and moments were no different than past ones. Especially when you consider the first book, the plot in this literally seemed like a Walmart version of the first; which is so sad because the first felt really interesting at times, but this was just: no. Along with repetition, I truly just felt the book was confusing. To me at least, I thought that no message was actually portrayed, no event that happened actually seemed like it happened? And there were time-skips of sorts where things would just kind of abruptly end and I'd be like um and…? Nothing really made sense, and everything felt rushed even though the book felt incredibly long and slow. Another thing I disliked was the questions. Where Dreams Descend admittedly ended with a lot, but all in all it had so much intrigue that it didn't matter. When Night Breaks literally just answered all those questions that were left unanswered in Where Dreams Descend, but where was the oomph! It was just plain old sitting and q and a…It reminded me in a way of The Crown of Gilded Bones which if we know me, we all know I truly despise and wish i could get that part of my life back. The romance was also so iffy. In the first book I already didn't love Kallia and Demarco's relationship and honestly felt like the chemistry that could've been possible wasn't there at all. It really just felt like a convenient thing, but I was hoping When Night Breaks would fix that issue and just make me ship them like crazy; and yet, it did the exact opposite. ❝ Everything he taught her, to keep him out of her head. Using magic is the pull, but forcing it on others is the push so push first. ❞ Hence, I truly can't make myself recommend this book to anyone…But if you don't mind starting and never finished series, then definitely consider reading Where Dreams Descend and maybe ignore the last few chapters. Read...If You Liked... • Ace of Shades • Incendiary

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    3.5 ⭐️ This sequel felt very different from its predecessor but I still enjoyed it! One thing I loved about Where Dreams Descend was the competition aspect and, while this book didn’t have that as a plot point, it still felt fast-paced and took on a bit more of an adventurous plot. As with the first book, there was really great and immersive world building that took was included. The reader gets introduced to a whole new world that was really interesting and captivating. Along with this new world 3.5 ⭐️ This sequel felt very different from its predecessor but I still enjoyed it! One thing I loved about Where Dreams Descend was the competition aspect and, while this book didn’t have that as a plot point, it still felt fast-paced and took on a bit more of an adventurous plot. As with the first book, there was really great and immersive world building that took was included. The reader gets introduced to a whole new world that was really interesting and captivating. Along with this new world came new characters like Vain and Herald who I really enjoyed. The supporting characters were so great and I think one of the high points of this book was Jack’s character arc. He might be one of my favorite characters now and I never would’ve guessed that after Where Dreams Descend. I enjoyed the alternating POV between Kallia and Daron and it was definitely helpful to see the juxtaposition between the worlds they were separated between. I wish that Kallia and Daron weren’t separated for so much of the book. Obviously that was going to be a big point of conflict and drama after the ending of the first book but the romance and their relationship was something that really pulled me into the series so I wish this book had featured that more. Overall this was a really satisfying duology and although I enjoyed the first book more, I had a fun time reading this fantastical and magical book. Thank you to NetGalley, Wednesday Books and the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    When Night Breaks is an intense and immersive conclusion to the Kingdom of Card duology! The story picks up where Where Dreams Descend left off with Kallia and Jack in a world beyond the mirror they fell through. An alternate version of Glorian, Kallia and Jack face stakes that, if possible, are even higher than the first book. In the meantime, Demarco remains in Glorian frantically searching for any clues to Kallia’s whereabouts as Kallia tries to survive in her new surroundings and find a way When Night Breaks is an intense and immersive conclusion to the Kingdom of Card duology! The story picks up where Where Dreams Descend left off with Kallia and Jack in a world beyond the mirror they fell through. An alternate version of Glorian, Kallia and Jack face stakes that, if possible, are even higher than the first book. In the meantime, Demarco remains in Glorian frantically searching for any clues to Kallia’s whereabouts as Kallia tries to survive in her new surroundings and find a way home. The story is captivating and immersive and so vivid. I love the author’s writing style and how quickly the story pulls you in. This is a unique world of magic, wonder, and danger, and the shows, the magic, and the fanfare are dazzling, vividly described, and easy to imagine. Everything is larger than life and glamorous and heightened, but nothing is as it seems. This concept of illusion versus reality is fascinatingly explored throughout the story, especially considering how much these lines blur. Kallia can’t trust anything or anyone, even the man she came through the mirror with. I love that Jack’s character was expanded on in this book because I was so intrigued by him in the first book. Why does he try to confine Kallia? Is he good or bad? What are his true motives? This book delves more into his past, his connection to Kallia, his motives, and more. I like that he is so morally grey, and you never know if you should love or loathe him (though, I admit I LOVE him!!). His story is fantastic, as is Kallia’s. Kallia is a great protagonist, and she goes through so much in this duology. I love her strength and grit and the way she faces her troubles head-on. Kallia is a survivor, and she is sharp, astute, and a bit cunning. These traits come in handy in this alternate world where competition is fierce and deadly, magic is incomparable, and deception is at an all-time high. Her character arc is so well done, and I enjoyed her growth throughout the duology. We are introduced to many new characters in this alternate world, each mysterious and full of secrets. I thought I’d be disappointed that some of my favorite minor characters from the first book didn’t have bigger roles in this book (they’re in the book, just not a ton), but the new characters made up for it. Kallia and Jack meet some intriguing people in the alternate Glorian, and I enjoyed learning more about them, how they got there, and their roles in the story. Happily, has a large role in the story even though he is not with Kallia. The story switches from Kallia to Demarco’s experiences, so you learn a lot about what happens after the debacle in Glorian. Demarco, who is still in Glorian, is relentless in his search for Kallia, and I love that he never gives up on her. His journey to find out more about Glorian, its history, and its connection to Kallia’s disappearance is so intriguing, and Demarco quickly learns that there are some secrets that powerful people don’t want revealed. Demarco’s journey is dangerous, but his love for Kallia fuels him. Finally, I want to mention the author’s skillful use of symbols, imagery, and foreshadowing throughout the book, all of which add to the suspense and intrigue. Mirrors, in particular, are a strong symbol in the duology, and the imagery brings the setting alive. If I were still an English teacher, I would totally use passages of this book to teach these literary elements and show how much they add to the story. I’m so thankful to NetGalley and Wednesday books for giving me an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. This was one of my most aniticipated reads of the year, and I really enjoyed it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Isabella (The Feminist Bookworm)

    OK, I really, really liked this! It was definitely a really solid conclusion and I adored the Hadestown vibes. I didn't love it as much as Where Dreams Descend, and I was left wanting *more* - I just felt like we didn't get all the answers. I also felt like the major supporting side characters from WDD were barely in this one, and I was a bit disappointed by that. But all in all, I LOVE this duology, it's one of the best out there, and I can't wait to see what Janella Angeles does next! OK, I really, really liked this! It was definitely a really solid conclusion and I adored the Hadestown vibes. I didn't love it as much as Where Dreams Descend, and I was left wanting *more* - I just felt like we didn't get all the answers. I also felt like the major supporting side characters from WDD were barely in this one, and I was a bit disappointed by that. But all in all, I LOVE this duology, it's one of the best out there, and I can't wait to see what Janella Angeles does next!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    When Night Breaks goes in a very different direction than Where Dreams Descend and I'm still kind of processing the reading experience. You might now I am a HUGE fan of WDD and had ideas about where the sequel might go. This wasn't what I was expecting and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, I wish we'd gotten more of the dark fantasy and romantic tension that made me adore book one. There is some of it, and we certainly get a lot of answers to big questions from book 1, but this book over When Night Breaks goes in a very different direction than Where Dreams Descend and I'm still kind of processing the reading experience. You might now I am a HUGE fan of WDD and had ideas about where the sequel might go. This wasn't what I was expecting and while that isn't necessarily a bad thing, I wish we'd gotten more of the dark fantasy and romantic tension that made me adore book one. There is some of it, and we certainly get a lot of answers to big questions from book 1, but this book overall has a very different vibe. It introduces a new place and a new cast of characters, a lot happens, but the emotional resonance and lush descriptions that were everywhere in WDD were more spotty in the sequel. Kallia and DeMarco are separated for a lot of the book and when they get back together, plot specific things mean it takes awhile for that chemistry to really return. That said, I think the specifics of this world below are pretty interesting, Kallia continues to be exactly who she is which I love: an ambitious woman who will do a lot for the spotlight. We also get a bit more on this theme of talented, ambitious women being kept in the shadows. This began with the history of female magicians disappearing in book 1 and we get more here. I wish that theme had been fleshed out a bit more, but there is a through line. And like I said, there are a lot of questions being answered! Overall while this wasn't quite what I had hoped for, I still had a pretty good time with it and look forward to reading more from this author in the future! I know it's been a rough time to be writing but I'm excited to see the stories she will tell. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    September 3rd, 2020: WHAT THE HELL HOW IS THIS COVER SO GORGEOUS WHY DID I NOT SEE THIS SOONER OMG I LOVE IT May 4th, 2020: HOW ON EARTH AM I EXPECTED TO WAIT UNTIL 2021 AHHHHHHHH

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    after absolutely loving Where Dreams Descend, I AM DESPERATE TO READ THIS ASAP. after absolutely loving Where Dreams Descend, I AM DESPERATE TO READ THIS ASAP.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    This is the conclusion to the Kingdom of Cards duology, and it was a really good sequel. I didn’t love this book as much as I did the first because for me the story wasn’t as engaging, it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. But the plot had a lot of strong moments especially in Kallia’s chapters because it was set somewhere new. The world building was really good, but I wish there was more because the new setting was really intriguing. There was also more tension in those moments where you ca This is the conclusion to the Kingdom of Cards duology, and it was a really good sequel. I didn’t love this book as much as I did the first because for me the story wasn’t as engaging, it didn’t have me on the edge of my seat. But the plot had a lot of strong moments especially in Kallia’s chapters because it was set somewhere new. The world building was really good, but I wish there was more because the new setting was really intriguing. There was also more tension in those moments where you can feel for her and the other characters. As for the characters I personally didn’t like Kallia as much as I did in the first book, while the side characters I liked a lot more including the side characters. Also, those other characters including Daron went through a lot of emotional growth in this book that I wished I also saw in Kallia. Also, for the romance for me lacked a lot in this book because Kallia and Daron were mostly apart. And the ending, while it was good I kind of wanted something more. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi

    Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This duology owns my heart. I feel so empty inside after having finished When Night Breaks. I honestly think I could read about Kallia, Daron, and Jack forever. These characters are written so well and the dynamics that Daron and Jack have with Kallia (and vice versa) are so interesting. The storytelling and prose also continued to be so beautiful and captivating, just like it was in Where Dream Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This duology owns my heart. I feel so empty inside after having finished When Night Breaks. I honestly think I could read about Kallia, Daron, and Jack forever. These characters are written so well and the dynamics that Daron and Jack have with Kallia (and vice versa) are so interesting. The storytelling and prose also continued to be so beautiful and captivating, just like it was in Where Dreams Descend. Janella Angeles is such a great writer, especially as an author who debuted and wrote with an entire duology during the pandemic. I loved how the stakes were so much higher in When Night Breaks. I was holding my breath at multiple points throughout the novel because it truly seemed like anything could happen to Kallia, Daron, or Jack at any moment. Speaking of, I’m shocked at how much Jack grew on me in this book? He seemed like such a horrible person to Kallia in WDD, but seeing his arc in WNB was super interesting. I honestly teared up when his arc came to a close (not a spoiler about what happens to him). I do wish we got to see more of Aaros in this book, though. There were a lot of funny moments with Herald, but I really did miss Aaros’ charm and his dynamic with Kallia and Daron :( The real waterworks came with Daron and Kallia, of course. I’ve expressed before how much I love these two characters. The love Daron has for Kallia is so beautiful and my heart truly felt like it was going to burst watching Daron fight to find his way to Kallia. I love the way Janella wrote his character—he’s such a refreshing male character in YA. Even though he was stoic and grumpy at the beginning of WDD, he wasn’t afraid to be open about his feelings and vulnerable in WNB, which was so great to see. I also really liked seeing his relationship with Aunt Cata and you-know-who, too. And of course, the magic in this book is once again spectacular. I loved how in WDD, a lot of the magic that we saw was performance magic, whereas in WNB, we saw a ton of magic used in combat and duels, which really emphasized the duality of its power. Overall, I highly recommend this duology to any fantasy lover out there, especially if you’re fans of other circus-themed YA fantasies or shows like Moulin Rouge!. I’m so excited for Janella’s future works and for When Night Breaks to release on October 5!

  17. 4 out of 5

    sam

    thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the arc !!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jude: The Epic Reader

    Such a beautiful cover! I can't wait for this! Such a beautiful cover! I can't wait for this!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    4 stars When Night Breaks is a worthy conclusion to this beautiful duology. The story picks up right where the last book left off, and the takes the readers on a fascinating journey from there. This book expands quite a bit on the pre-existing world and plot of this duology. I did find the additional lore, setting, and characters to be a bit confusing at times, but I think that is mostly just because I haven't been reading a ton of fantasy recently, so it took a little while to adjust. Although a 4 stars When Night Breaks is a worthy conclusion to this beautiful duology. The story picks up right where the last book left off, and the takes the readers on a fascinating journey from there. This book expands quite a bit on the pre-existing world and plot of this duology. I did find the additional lore, setting, and characters to be a bit confusing at times, but I think that is mostly just because I haven't been reading a ton of fantasy recently, so it took a little while to adjust. Although all these additions were initially a little overwhelming, they were undoubtedly written with care and added tons of depth to this already well thought out series. Additionally, I loved the way Janella Angeles explored the side characters further in this book. Particularly, Jack's backstory was great, and I loved the direction his character was taken. Lastly, the ending of this book was very fitting for the series and well thought out. Really, my only complaint for this book is just the pacing. Although the first half of the story is good, there's a lot of exposition/world expansion, so when I got to the second half of the book and really fell back in love with this story, I realized how much duller the first half of the book had been in comparison. Still, I really enjoyed this book and loved this duology (+ Janella Angeles's writing style) as a whole. I'd definitely recommend this series to any YA high fantasy lovers! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Night Breaks is the sequel and final installment of the duology series Kingdom of Cards. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this book or the rating that I'm giving right now. The reason why is because for most of this book I was just bored. Things weren't really happening and I just wanted some action. Or anything to really happen that would make me interested in what was going on. Then a miracle came my way and th I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When Night Breaks is the sequel and final installment of the duology series Kingdom of Cards. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this book or the rating that I'm giving right now. The reason why is because for most of this book I was just bored. Things weren't really happening and I just wanted some action. Or anything to really happen that would make me interested in what was going on. Then a miracle came my way and things got exciting. The only bummer is that it was pretty close to the ending of this. I'm pretty sure that's what happened to me in the first book. So, in a way, I guess the formula ended up working it's magic on me again. I just wish that the pace was a bit better and didn't have any parts that made me feel like things were dragging. Other than that, the romance and the twists kept me on the edge of my couch. Some were interesting and others were a bit predictable. Heck I still have unanswered questions when it comes to Jack. Which definitely irks me to no end because I wanted all the answers before I got to the very last page. In the end, I'm happy that I got the chance to dive into this but I don't really know what to think after I read the ending of this. It was good but it had potential to be better in my eyes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This picks up right after the first book which I really like, because there's no catch up. Kalia and Jack are now in the mirror world and DeMarco has to find a way to get her out. I thought the mirror world was cool and liked the new characters we met. We also learned a lot about Jack and he became one of my favorites. He's so mysterious and aloof, but he does love Kalia in his own way. The pacing seemed very slow and there were a few scenes I thought could have been cut out. I'm not sure why th This picks up right after the first book which I really like, because there's no catch up. Kalia and Jack are now in the mirror world and DeMarco has to find a way to get her out. I thought the mirror world was cool and liked the new characters we met. We also learned a lot about Jack and he became one of my favorites. He's so mysterious and aloof, but he does love Kalia in his own way. The pacing seemed very slow and there were a few scenes I thought could have been cut out. I'm not sure why the author decided to make this so long with so little action and magic. Even the duel that Kalia prepares for was over within a page and I'd hoped for more. I also felt like the chemistry between DeMarco and Kalia was lackluster and they would have been better as friends. The ending wasn't really what I wanted but at least it's fairly happy. I also enjoyed Jack's point of view interspersed throughout the story. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for the copy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    *skids to a stop* *pulls down over-sized sunglasses* *sounds a long wolf-whistle* folks wouldja just look at that cover!~!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Olívia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me this arc via Netgalley! This was one of the arcs I was most excited to receive and it did not disappoint. This book confirmed what the first one suggested, that this is one of my favorite duologys of all time. The introduction of a brand new world, as well as new characters was very smooth and the twists kept on coming. The revelation that Vain was Ev I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me this arc via Netgalley! This was one of the arcs I was most excited to receive and it did not disappoint. This book confirmed what the first one suggested, that this is one of my favorite duologys of all time. The introduction of a brand new world, as well as new characters was very smooth and the twists kept on coming. The revelation that Vain was Eva was kind of predictable, but I still enjoyed it. I loved her friendship with Kallia and the interactions with her brother. Speaking of Demarco, I loved his character in this sequel just as I had in the first book. His relationship with Kallia was still amazing and I loved seeing him give up on his magic. I hated Jack on the first book but here he really confused me - props to the author for that. I loved getting to know more about his past and realizing his other side (still very team Demarco, tho). The only thing I was sorry for in this book was not seeing more of Aaros, I missed him. In conclusion, I loved this book, and this duology in general, and really recommended everyone getting their hands on this. Keep em coming Janella.

  24. 4 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a complimentary ARC in exchange for a review. This did not affect my rating. This is the exciting sequel to the author’s debut novel, Where Dreams Descend. We are introduced to many new characters as well as a new, darker world. I loved getting to know Kallia and Daron better in this book. However, the two were separated for the majority of the book, which made it hard to get into. Also, a lot of the magic aspect that was so prevalent in the first book Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a complimentary ARC in exchange for a review. This did not affect my rating. This is the exciting sequel to the author’s debut novel, Where Dreams Descend. We are introduced to many new characters as well as a new, darker world. I loved getting to know Kallia and Daron better in this book. However, the two were separated for the majority of the book, which made it hard to get into. Also, a lot of the magic aspect that was so prevalent in the first book was missing in this one. I did like the characters and the plot, though, so I would recommend this duology!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Camille Oquendo

    I’m in love with this cover 😍😍😍

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daryan

    *4.5 "would it be enough if i could never give you peace" -janella angeles probably *4.5 "would it be enough if i could never give you peace" -janella angeles probably

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caylynn

    Not as luscious and enthralling as the first book, but still memorable and strangely nostalgic. I loved getting to see and learn more of Jack.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Basma

    This was an excellent sequel and a stunning end to the duology! After the first book ended on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, I was super eager for this book and it truly knocked it out of the park. The fast-paced, on-the-edge-of-your-seat writing from the first book is maintained in this one, and the stakes have gotten even higher. There was a surprising amount of world building done for a second book but it fit right in, and the additions expanded the world well. If you're looking for a continuatio This was an excellent sequel and a stunning end to the duology! After the first book ended on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, I was super eager for this book and it truly knocked it out of the park. The fast-paced, on-the-edge-of-your-seat writing from the first book is maintained in this one, and the stakes have gotten even higher. There was a surprising amount of world building done for a second book but it fit right in, and the additions expanded the world well. If you're looking for a continuation of the magic, mystery and phenomenal characterization (because this is where Janella Angeles THRIVES in my opinion), this was a fantastic read! I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily Morgan

    Thank you netgalley and publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars What I loved - JACK JACK JACK even when I hate him, he keeps me guessing - Introduction of new characters - a more ruthless and dangerous energy throughout, the gloves come off and the stakes are raised - Hadestown retelling/Orpheus and Eurydice - Continued focus on magic and performances - Foreshadowing, plot twists, and lyrical story telling - this book made me FEEL things What I missed - the tension and romance o Thank you netgalley and publishers for an arc in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars What I loved - JACK JACK JACK even when I hate him, he keeps me guessing - Introduction of new characters - a more ruthless and dangerous energy throughout, the gloves come off and the stakes are raised - Hadestown retelling/Orpheus and Eurydice - Continued focus on magic and performances - Foreshadowing, plot twists, and lyrical story telling - this book made me FEEL things What I missed - the tension and romance of Kallia and Daron - updates on characters from book one - development of side characters - some plot points jump with little explanation, making it a bit confusing Overall, regardless of wanting a bit more, this book left me a mess and I will continue to be in awe of the show stopping story!

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Story Girl

    2.5 or 3 stars Review to come soon. [pre-review from 2020] This is my most anticipated book of 2021! What I wouldn't do for an ARC of it! The title, cover, synopsis, and publication date were revealed today, and it has me excited all over again! 2.5 or 3 stars Review to come soon. [pre-review from 2020] This is my most anticipated book of 2021! What I wouldn't do for an ARC of it! The title, cover, synopsis, and publication date were revealed today, and it has me excited all over again!

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