Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Review: Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
I had not really heard much about Night Owls until I received a copy from Bungle with a few other books. I was drawn to it immediately due to the cover being simple, yet bold and dramatic. My copy was a proof copy, and for promotion the publisher had single words put onto the covers, my word was Love, you can see the cover here.
I went into reading Night Owls with no idea what to expect, not only was this a new book for me, but also a new author. Once I began reading it was quite clear that I would love this book. Night Owls is a book that you can read without worrying over missing out on some bit of important information, without keeping an eye open for hidden agendas or plots. It's doesn't make you think or try to hard to concentrate, its just basic, and I know that sounds like its coming across as a 'boring book', trust me it's not. Reading Night Owls was a breath of fresh air, it was relaxing and stress free, the perfect book to read to get out of reading slumps, or for a quick, uncomplicated read.
Night Owls follows Beatrix, as she attempts to get into a medical examination part of the university, to draw cadavers, and enter them into a competition. After a disastrous first meeting, Beatrix makes her way home and bumps into Jack, another person on the night owl bus. After a while this couple strike up an easy friendship, learning about each others secrets and reasons for being on the night bus.
As thier friendship develops into something more, Beatrix learns more about Jack than most people know, and he slowly lets her in, showing her his family secret.
Night Owls was a quick read for me, and I could not read the pages fast enough. Beatrix was an interesting character for me, she is strong and determined to do these drawings, even though it physically makes her sick when it's over. Yet she also has a very caring side, this is only seen more when she meets Jack's relative, which is connected to a big family secret. Rather than it putting her off Jack, Beatrix embraces it with open arms, and when it all falls around her Beatrix uses this to help her for her competition.
Jack was someone who I thought was nothing but trouble, but the more we get to know him the more we see why he goes around spraying graffiti at night. This graffiti is also linked to the covers, and I think it was a fantastic idea from the publisher to market the book this way, even down to the different designs.
Night Owls is the perfect uncomplicated read, but one that also makes you feel things and become emotionally invested in the characters.