#WickedReads Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

October 22, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 1 ★★★

#WickedReads Book Review: Survive the Night by Danielle VegaTitle: Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
Published by: Razorbill on July 7, 2015
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 263
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We're all gonna die down here. . . .   Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.   In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .                 . . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.   Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.   They’re being hunted.                 Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Some gore. A lot of unanswered questions.

In My Opinion: Worth a try!

While Vega’s first book didn’t wow me like I was hoping, she was definitely good with the gore factor and she does it again here. I loved her descriptions of the death scenes and her attention to the gruesome details kept me engaged and entertained. I don’t know what that says about me in particular, but that’s another story. After reading this book, I think it’s safe to say that this is just her style. Other than that though, her books tend to be okay for me. She obviously likes to deal with troubled teens and really lets the reader get in their heads. However, I was expecting a bit more oomph, more scary moments, and less drama than what I got.

Maybe the horror genre is too tame in YA for my liking. I need to find a good adult horror. Anyways…

After reading the synopsis, I went into this thinking it would be something along the lines of a psycho murderer kind of read. What I got was something else entirely. Honestly, I’m still 100% not sure what went down and I’m guessing that’s the way Vega wanted readers to feel. She messes with your mind a bit in this book and although I would’ve preferred the murderer theme, I can respect her stepping outside the box. I don’t like ending the book with a ton of unanswered questions, though, so not cool there, Vega. I will say that for the first 100 or so pages of the book, nothing much happens. It kind of took that long for the characters to even get to the party, really. There is a lot of background information and even then I feel like I didn’t get the full picture.

Casey was a bit of a pickle for me. I’ve seen the woes of addiction firsthand, so I could sympathize with her and her mindset, but some of the time she was a bit too immature and shallow for me. We were in her head a lot and I didn’t particularly care for it. I did like how much she cared for her friends, like Julie and Aya. Shana I could read like a picture book and I didn’t like her at all. I kind of wish we got to know Sam a bit more though.

Would I recommend this? I suppose if you’re into twisty tales with a touch of gore and a bit of a mindfuc*, then yeah, you might want to give this a read. There’s a touch of romance in there as well, if you’re looking for that. It wasn’t terrible, and as far as Halloween reads go, it gives a mild sense of spook. I’m still open to reading more from Vega, although I need to remember this recognition of her writing style so I don’t go in with any expectations.

FYI: I’ll be hosting a Twitter Chat with the #WickedReads authors Jake Halpern, Peter Kujawinski, Kim Liggett, and April Genevieve Tucholke via YABC on Friday, Oct 23rd at 4PM EST (tomorrow). If you’re free, be sure to join in on all the fun.

Also, Penguin Teen is having a very fun Twitter sweepstakes coming up called #TwitterGhostStory, which is a week-long event (taking place 10/26-10/31) in which you can write a spooky story in 140 characters or less using #TwitterGhostStory to enter for the chance to win a prize pack of the featured titles. A lot of Penguin authors will be participating!

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