Survive the Night

By Danielle Vega

Source: Received from the publisher

Series: n/a

Received from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Published by Razorbill

My Rating: four-half-stars

Survive the Night

Cover image and summary from Goodreads:

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 was a huge fan of Danielle Vega’s debut, The Merciless, so when I heard she had a new book coming out this year, it jumped to the top of my TBR list!

I devoured Survive the Night! I read the book in one sitting and loved it. And can we just take a second to admire the cover? Danielle Vega’s books have some of my favourite covers!

I don’t want to delve into the plot details too much, but there was a lot going on in the story that I loved: toxic friendships, suspense, a supernatural element, and characters dying gruesome deaths.

This is definitely the kind of story that had me questioning what was true; were the things that Casey saw real? I loved that I was second guessing it all as I read on, on the edge of my seat from the tension and suspense and unrelenting pace.

Spoiler for The Merciless and Survive the Night – skip to next paragraph if you want to avoid spoilers: Where The Merciless was more of a demon and exorcism story, Survive the Night is more of a monster story, which I wasn’t expecting. If I’d known that going in, perhaps my enthusiasm would have been dampened (I really like monster stories, don’t get me wrong, but I’m more of a ghosts and demons girl), but I now have absolute faith in Danielle Vega to write a horror story that gives me chills and thrills no matter what’s going on! End of spoilers.

This book was dark, violent, and a lot of fun to read. Danielle Vega is now an auto-buy author for me. I read this as an ARC but will definitely be getting a finished copy! Highly recommended!

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