Double Review: Black Night & Black Howl by Christina Henry

Because I don’t want to spoil you for the previous book in the series I’m not including the description and the review won’t contain spoilers for the previous book.

Black Night (Madeline Black #2) by Christina Henry
Adult Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pgs.
Published July 2011 by Ace
Source: Purchased

I really enjoyed the first book in the series.  It started off with a bang and had continuous action through the entire thing.  It was an incredibly fast read that I cruised through in a matter of a few hours.  This one was the same.  Maddy does not get a break!  She’s constantly having one battle after another and risking her neck every other hour.  I read this book in less then a day, it’s quite short and very fast.

Maddy has to make lots of decisions at the drop of a hat that could be life or death.  It can be frustrating because if someone is trying to kill Maddy then she should kill them right?  Especially if they just keep coming after her again and again.  The thing is if she kills them then she has to ‘pay’ for that ‘persons’ (demon, whatever he/she may be) death.  That could be in many different ways.  She could be killed in retribution, she could have to complete a favor which could turn out to kill her because it’s basically impossible, it’s just hard to know.  But I have to give this girl props cause she does what she has to do and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  It was like she’s gone through so much, she has just survived so much crap that she just say “F- you, you can’t do any worse then what’s already been done”.  Yeah, maybe she’s a bit compulsive which isn’t always smart and is sometimes frustrating, but I love this girl!  She actually reminds me a bit of Rachel Morgan (by Kim Harrison, love that series!) in her personality. 

This is an adult series and actually is quite gruesome.  There’s lots of body parts laying about, death by beheading, etc.  Yeah, I don’t love that stuff but I love the rest of this book so much that I can kind of ignore all that stuff.  There’s not much romance in this one.  We know of feelings going on, but nothing really happens romance wise in this book.

Overall this is a fantastic series so far and I highly recommend you pick it up!
4.5/5 stars

Black Howl (Madeline Black #3) by Christina Henry
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pgs.
Published Feb. 28th, 2012 by Ace
Received for review from the publisher

Someone told me before I started this one that ‘it’s a doozy!’ and oh my goodness were they right!  This was definitely the most emotional of the books so far and had some major surprises pop up and took me unawares.  I loved the books before but this one just stepped it up another notch, I absolutely loved it!

Madeline is just as kick ass as before and isn’t really afraid of anything.  Or I suppose I should say that her fear doesn’t hold her back because no matter what she’ll always do the right thing and save the people that need saving.  She’s not afraid to kill when she absolutely needs to (but never humans) and stands up for those she cares about even at detriment to herself.

Beezle, her gargoyle, is the funny one, throwing in some much needed humor when situations are tough and/or downright scary.  I truly appreciate the lighthearted banter thrown in that livens these books up so they never feel depressing or even truly dark. 

The romance steps up a notch in this one but along with that romance comes some truly sad events that I can’t even hint at without spoiling the books.  As a matter of fact I keep typing something in to give you an idea of my thoughts but nothing seems to fit.  So well, I can say that while I may not be ‘happy’ about what happens, I kind of understand at the same time.  I’m definitely VERY anxious to see where things go now and waiting a whole year is certainly torture!

I very highly recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy.  I love that we get some very stressful moments but there’s enough lighthearted banter involved that throws a good giggle or two into the mix while your gripping the edge of your seat in suspense.  The characters are dynamic, the twists are fabulous and the concept of the entire thing is brilliant.  
I give this book 5/5 stars! 

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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Comments

  1. Okay, I know I read the first one in this series and don’t know why I haven’t picked up the next ones. You know I love that super-action urban fantasy genre! Definitely going to have to pick these up. :)

  2. “I love that we get some very stressful moments but there’s enough lighthearted banter involved that throws a good giggle or two into the mix while your gripping the edge of your seat in suspense.”

    I find this is a necessary element to Urban Fantasy for me. If there’s no humor to help balance the dark, gritty nature of it, I get all depressed and can’t continue:) This sounds like an awesome series and it’s new to me so I’m excited you posted these reviews today Candace!

  3. I just ran across this series the other day when I was posting Friday Forecast and I was wondering about it. I am glad this one has action and giggles. Sounds like a worthy read. Thanks for the reviews, I will add it to my list!

  4. Dammit, I’ve had the 1st book on my TBR for forever. Now after reading this, I’m dying to start it.. Similar to Rachel? Yes, please! Gruesome? Hell yes!

    Candace, you’re driving me crazy here. lol..

  5. Oh my gosh! Something happens with the romance plot in book 3! Something you might not be happy with but respect…this sounds like how I felt after reading the second book in the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. The second book had me screaming out for the characters and even though I was upset and angry at parts it was beautiful because I knew certain things had to happen because of who the main characters is.

    Ok sign me up for this series because now I must read it. I have passed this one up since the moment the first book came out but I’m thinking it is time to change my mind. I’m thinking I should just start reading adult UF. Lol wanna switch reading piles with me?

  6. Probably if I weren’t reading so much YA and MG I would be reading UF and PNR. So at least I know a few blogs to go to when I need to get my fix.
    I’m glad you’ve found a new series you like so well. I remember reading adult series and getting frustrated when I ran out of books to read. Seems like there are plenty now. I don’t think you gave any spoilers away. At least it doesn’t seem like it. Sounded very general to me, but I could tell you liked it alot and that the third book was very different.

    Heather

  7. AAh I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much, I loved the second and I can’t wait to read this one. Just need to receive it lol. And now with your review I’m even more curious. Thanks for these two amazing review! I hope I’ll enjoy the last one as much as you did.

  8. I’m sucking sooooo bad! I have these books and I started reading the first but I haven’t picked it back up and I have a tour stop on my blog Friday. I liked what I read and I absolutely LOVED the Q&A that I will be posting on Friday! It’s probably one of my fave character Q&A’s. Christina did an awesome job!

  9. I’m sucking sooooo bad! I have these books and I started reading the first but I haven’t picked it back up and I have a tour stop on my blog Friday. I liked what I read and I absolutely LOVED the Q&A that I will be posting on Friday! It’s probably one of my fave character Q&A’s. Christina did an awesome job!

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