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Nightlife (A Cal Leandros Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Rob Thurman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"A Roaring roller-coaster coaster of a read... Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious... [It'll] take your breath away."

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'There are monsters among us. There always have been and there always will be. I've know that since I can remember, just like I've always known that I was one . . . Well, half of one anyway.'

Cal Leandros is 19. He eats junk food, he doesn't clean up after himself and fights with his half brother Niko. It's a fairly normal life, but for the fact that Cal and Niko are constantly on the run. Cal's father has been after him for the last four years. And given that he's a monster whose dark lineage is the stuff of nightmares they really don't want him and his entire otherworldly race catching up with them. But Cal is about to learn why they want him, why they've always wanted him - he is the key to unleashing their hell on earth.

Meanwhile the bright lights of the Big Apple shine on, oblivious to the fact that the fate of the human world will be decided in the fight of Cal and Niko's lives . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cal Leandros book 1 24 Nov. 2011
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Cal and his half brother Niko have been on the run for four years. Cal's father is a Grendel (well that's the name the brothers have given the monsters but I think you'll be surprised when you find out what they really are!) and the Grendels have taken a keen interest in him but the brothers don't know why. Niko is determined to protect his younger brother but it appears that the Gendels have finally caught up with them - can they survive the upcoming battle?

Nightlife has been on my radar for sometime now after hearing about the series from several US bloggers but I'd never quite got around to ordering a US copy. When I found out the series is finally being released in the UK I jumped at the chance to read it. I'm glad that I did and I'm pleased that we don't have too long to wait until the rest of the series will be published over here too (the next 3 books will all be available from Berkley UK in 2012).

I haven't read much urban fantasy told from a male perspective before so that made a nice change for me. Cal is a great narrator and I loved his sarcastic sense of humor and the relationship between him and Niko. I have to admit the narration change towards the end of the book threw me for a few pages but it worked well and was a clever way for the author to tell us more about Cal's background and the grendels. I preferred the parts from Cal's point of view though so am glad that it switches back to him at the end.

At 19 years old Cal is a pretty typical teenager in most ways, he does act a little younger than his age at times but that is understandable considering his missing two years (I'm not going to explain that further for fear of spoilers but you'll know what I mean if you read the book).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read 16 Sept. 2014
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I quite liked this story about two brothers being pursued by evil elves, because one of them is part evil elf.

I found the book really slow starting, in fact, it took me three attempts to get into it. But once I was over that hump, I found it reasonably entertaining and a good read.

The dynamic between the brothers was nice, and I liked how the central theme was about brotherly love. I found the Robin character quite engaging, and really wanted to know more about George.

When the thing happens to Cal with the Darkling, I felt that we lost so much of the story. There was so much else no doubt going on with Nico and Robin at that point, and we never got to share that part of the journey, which I found frustrating. I understand that the book wanted to maintain the first person POV but I felt that it missed quite a lot by doing that.

All said and done, worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable monster munch 24 Jan. 2015
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I have just discovered this series of books and I am fortunate that I have all 9 to look forward to. As I write this I have just started book 5, so I am still enjoying the series. I am a Supernatural fan and with the first books I was struck by some similarites although I have not looked to see which came first. These brothers are different though, the bond is there but here we are in their thoughts rather than on the outside watching. The monsters are constantly around. I enjoy the humour and have had a few chuckles along the way. As the books progress there is a bit of repetition but I allow for the fact that there would probably have been a year between publishing and it is a bit of a catch up for the reader. An enjoyable monster munch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to a promising new series 7 April 2013
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What a great set up. Half 'something else' Cal is a narrator who just drags you from one scene you the next and you really don't want to complain. Part jive-assed teenager from hell, where the hell part really isn't metaphorical, and partly just from hell or it's nearby counterpart.

Whatever. Its a fantastic blend of folklore and modernity and I loved it.

There's such a wealth of background to the whole story - not simply Nikos and Cal, but the bizarre world in which they live. So much myth and strange tales. Darkness beyond the normal world.

It's just magical.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Failed to connect 23 Mar. 2013
By DavG
Format:Kindle Edition
No, this isn't a message about your WiFi failing!

As much as I had hoped that I'd found another series of UF to keep me occupied I'm afraid to say I won't be reading on in this series.

The book itself is fine, the plot is fine, the characters are fine. And that's the problem. They were all so paperthin and uninspired that I failed utterly to care one iota what happened to any one of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For your own good 10 Feb. 2013
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Brotherhood is a strong bond. New York has two worlds, human and monsters, what happens when the two collide? Cal knows better than most.
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