Night Forbidden Mass Market Paperback – Jul 9 2012
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From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason writing as Joss Ware delivers another story of danger, chaos and desire in a post-apocalyptic world
Bruno "Fence" Washington survived the apocalypse—emerging from a Sedona cave into a strange and terrible new world…fifty years later. Now, scouring for answers about the malevolent Strangers, the former extreme sportsman encounters a woman who calls to his every desire.
Try as she might, Ana can't resist the man who tempts her in ways she never knew possible…whose touch elicits truths she swore never to reveal. But as they face a new evil rising up from the rolling ocean, it could mean blanketing the world in unending night―and his end.
About the Author
Joss Ware has an English degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. After more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, she owned her own business and worked in a variety of roles for two startup companies. She's traveled to London, Paris, and Tahiti, and currently resides with her family near Ann Arbor, where she writes full-time.
Joss loves to hear from her readers, and encourages them to visit her website for updates and sneak peeks of future Envy books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
The new danger to Envy is definitely attention grabbing. Bounty hunters are after Quent because of what he took from his father. The Elite have been informing the Atlanteans that the residents of Envy are stronger than they appear and need to be stopped before they rise up. Ana is in tune with the ocean enough that she knows something is wrong deep in its depths, and then something strange washes up on the shore of Envy.
I was glad to read pieces where past couples were involved. Zoe and Quent had larger roles than some of the other past couples. I was never a Zoe fan. She has been my least favorite heroine of the series. The fact the she got as much page time as she did annoyed me. I'm still very curious about Wyatt and when he will get his book. I think Joss may have set that up some at the end of Night Forbidden. I'll keep my fingers crossed on that wish.
This is an easy series for me to love. I love paranormal romance. The paranormal element is also different from most. The majority of the characters were born human and the Change has changed them. The readers are still learning new things about the force behind the Change. I love reading worlds that have been affected by an apocalypse. The Envy Chronicles puts both of these elements into one book.
NIGHT FORBIDDEN could very well have been a solo story rather than the latest installment in the Envy Chronicles series and it would have worked just as well from a story perspective. I enjoy a good post-apocalypse story and what made NIGHT FORBIDDEN uniquely exciting was the addition of Atlantis being a reason for the Earth's near total destruction. I thought it was a cool idea to have Fence his friends be from the past (our present) though I would have liked to see some more differences or adjustments for them which they probably dealt with in previous books.
With many apocalypse stories we get zombies and NIGHT FORBIDDEN is no exception, but they were barely seen which I found odd since they kept referencing them. They seemed like such a small threat that when they did show up I just didn't care and wanted to get back to talking about the central mystery of the story.
Fence was a fun character and I enjoyed his heroic acts just as much as his corny jokes and hilarious comments. He and his friends came out of a Sedona cave 80 years in the future and some of them came out with some unique powers. I kind of felt bad for him throughout most of the book as he's the one guy that survived the apocalypse but didn't get any special abilities. On the plus side, he does get the girl. I loved how well Fence and Ana got along almost instantly and how Ana really `got' and liked Fence's humor and personality. I really liked Ana's backstory reveal as it links her to Atlantis and the big mystery surrounding it in this story.
While I enjoyed the central story about Atlantis and the danger surrounding the town of Envy, I would have loved to have learned even more about the fabled lost island. NIGHT FORBIDDEN contains a compelling and complex storyline with a slowly building yet touching romance. The fifth book, NIGHT RESURRECTED comes out February 26th 2013.
by Joss Ware
(Envy Chronicles # 5)
OK so Joss Ware has changed my mind. I've never picked up a apocalyptic book but I have to say that she made me like this genre. I tend to think of I am Legend when thinking of apocalyptic stories. So this is my first book in the Envy Chronicles that I have read, but after reading this book I'm continuing on to book one.
"Fence took a healthy gulp of beer. That was, at least, one thing that hadn't disappeared since the Change. Man hadn't forgotten the important things in life." My girls would love this. LOL
Can you imagine a world like this "And by "number," Elliott meant room number. No one had phones anymore, or even email, and definitely not Facebook." I can do without Facebook, but emails.... really. I pray that there's books, or I'll go stir crazy.
In this book we see that the world is overpopulated by Zombies and the western part of the USA is GONE. And get this there's Merfolks (I love Merpeople sorry) 50 years into the future we meet Fence and a couple of other guys who were trapped in the Sedona cave, they'd somehow time-traveled or slept through fifty years without aging. And if you ask me that's cool. Some of the men came out of the cave with special abilities. Fence not being one of them but he still kicked major ass.
Loved how Fence and Ana were good for each other. They were like a puzzle that fit so well together. Ana was a cool heroine and I really liked her and her ability (being able to breathe under water). She wasn't a damsel in distress, so in my book she was also kick ass.
I'm really excited to start this series from the beginning and continuing when the next book comes out. I would recommend this book/series to anyone looking for a little twist to paranormal romance and a kick ass story.
*ARC provided by publisher
Fence is part of the Resistance. But he is different than most because he actually lived in the time before the change and was in some kind of stasis, not aging for half a century. He lost everyone he ever loved, but he is readjusting to his new life in his new surroundings.
Ana is a descendant of Atlantis. She wants nothing to do with her mother's people, for she knows the brutality they are capable of. Their one gift to her was in implanting the crystals into her body that allow her to breathe underwater. It's beneath the surface of the sea she feels whole, unencumbered by the effects of a leg ravaged by injury. It's ironic that she would come to fall for a man who is utterly terrified of water.
When Fence and Ana meet, there is a fast attraction, but there are roadblocks. Ana fears getting close to any man, because she doesn't want anyone to see her crystals. And Fence is the kind of guy who prefers a bit of fun to real romance. He's a smooth operator, a ladies man, and no one is more surprised than him when he begins falling for Ana.
I liked the love story well enough. A cocky player isn't my favorite kind of hero, but Fence is charming enough. Ana's story isn't shocking, but as we learn more about her secrets, it peels back more of the layers in the world-building surrounding the Change.
I have to say that the series has a very different feel than it did in the early books, where the zombie-like gangas were featured so prominently. In this book, the zombies barely exist and it's all about the Atlantians as nemesis in the story. It's less about a constant physical threat and more about the machinations of these powerful beings. I miss the zombies. They were cool. Everything is growing more and more complicated and I wish I would have reread the earlier books before I started reading this one. Most of it came back to me, but it took a little time. I wonder how easy it would be for a new reader to follow at this point.
Though the lion's share of the story follows Fence and Ana, we do see some familiar faces, like Quent, Zoe and Elliott. And we get some very, very short scenes with Wyatt and Remy. I guess we're being set up for a love story between these two, which bums me out. I was really hoping for a redemption story for Ian with Remy... and frankly, I'm not ready for Wyatt to get over his wife and kids, but I am getting ahead of myself.
I liked it. I appreciated having a physically imperfect heroine. There's some pretty good banter and a couple of love scenes to heat things up. But I wish we could have had more time for a relationship to develop between these two before they starting throwing around the L-word. It was only a week! Come on!!
I'm hoping the next installment goes back a little more to the gritty side I know this series has to offer. More zombies and bounty hunters, less crystals and swimming with the dolphins.
I will just start by saying, "I love Fence!" he is cute, witty, and sexy! I enjoyed the fact that Joss gave you just enough info to remind you of important events that occured in previous books. (I hate it when I have to go back to a previous book to browse a detail because I'm lost.) Things are getting complicated in the city of Envy, but that just means another book is on the way. Yay!
The thing I liked the most about this book was being able to get a brief update on all of the characters. I also enjoyed Fence falling in love, but it seemed to happen rather quickly. Fence is a flirt and I was hoping for more scenes of him flirting with random people, but the sex scenes made up for my brief disappointment. LOL
Thanks Joss for another wonderful installment of this series!