March 15, 2016

Greenwillow Books



Action & Adventure

A Drop of Night
by Stefan Bachmann   


Modern-day teenagers meet a palace of terrors locked up since the French Revolution in this haunting, genre-bending thriller from Stefan Bachmann, the internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar and The Whatnot. A Drop of Night will thrill fans of Neal Shusterman and Jessica Khoury.

Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she's been looking for―she's been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780's to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens―bitter, iron-hearted Anouk, gentle Will, bubbly Lilly, and crazy Jules―soon find themselves trapped in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined.


"Fabulous action adventure!"  By Ashia 1 year ago

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A fabulous action adventure coupled with a mystery and poignant history.

Anouk finally got a break when she was handpicked in an exclusive program that includes an all expense paid for trip to Paris, together with four other kids. However, she couldn't have imagined the danger or the hidden mystery that will finally be revealed...

Anouk is prickly, defensive and aloof, and yet, you can't blame her for being that way as more information about her family background emerged. She's smart, resourceful and got a strong will to live, the undisputed leader of their little band as they try to escape the death traps in the underground hidden chambers of the palace.

The story is told in first person point of view, and alternates between present-day Anouk and historical Amelie, who is trying to escape from her own prison. The mystery is revealed in layers, compelling the readers to read onward. The worldbuilding is superb, the details are vivid, enabling the readers to visualize each chamber along with the traps the teens have to overcome. The romance is very low key, almost non-existent, and while I'm a romance junkie, it didn't bother me. The mystery and the adventure more than made up for it.

Overall, a wholly satisfying, enjoyable read! Go get it now!