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Friday, October 25, 2019
BLOG TOUR: The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman
Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Monique Snyman's The Night Weaver, the first title in the Harrowsgate series! Today, on the final tour stop, we have a review AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! So... Take a look at what I thought about this dark fantasy!
Shadow Grove isn't a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don't grieve, missing posters don't line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.
Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn't exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.
Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It's up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.
**About the Author**
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Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.
Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and THE NIGHT WEAVER, the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.
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Note: This review contains SPOILERS
The Night Weaver, nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and rightfully so, Monique Snyman writes an action, mystery, and horror that got me intrigued within the first three chapters. The Night Weaver revolves around Rachel Cleary, a seventeen-year-old girl with a family history intertwined with the supernatural. She is witty, stubborn, caring, and adventurous. Despite these qualities, she has lived quite a normal, peaceful life where she strives to be the best in her class and lives with a loving mother. As the reader continues into the story, parts of Rachel’s past is revealed that will cause the reader to empathize with her, seeing as her father died a few years prior, she has a neighbor who she looks to as a grandmother, and an old childhood friend that she reconnects with during the events of the book. The fantastical yet ominous creatures of the Fae realm, that Rachel delves into, bring real wonder to the reader.
The Night Weaver unfolded at a magnificent pace, that left me curious to read more. I first started reading The Night Weaver simply for the mystery of children going missing and an epic adventure to go retrieve them. This book did not disappoint, and I would encourage others to read it, too. Monique Snyman wrote beautiful descriptions throughout the of the book. At one point in the book, Rachel was flying and falling through the air. As Snyman described, the wind kept her teary eyes from blinking and her struggle not to fall from her captor made Rachel’s fear and adrenaline apparent from Rachel’s perspective. The Night Weaver was a horrid, blue faced woman with nails for teeth and a sentient cloak. Rachel’s childhood friend, Greg, was written as a worthy academic adversary and ally and Dougal, Rachel’s new neighbor, was a gruff, courageous, and opinionated young man. Rachel’s relationships with these characters are built upon throughout The Night Weaver, which brings the story to life. For example, Rachel spends time with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Crenshaw, and befriends her grandson, Dougal.
One thing is for sure, that her life in Shadow Grove will certainly not be the same. The book ends on a note wherein Rachel is left to hope for another interaction with the Fae.
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