ALMOST NIGHT by Emily White
Release Date: May 5, 2013
Paperback, 303 pages
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Fiction
Fourteen-year-old Lilly Grey exists in two worlds at the same time. She just doesn’t know it.
As the only albino in a million mile radius, Lilly is used to being different. Pink eyes and white hair aren’t exactly the best camouflage in the harrowing jungles formally known as high school. And yeah, she’s used to being an outcast and seeing the world in a slightly different way, but she never guessed how literally “different” applied to her.
Not until a clan of shape-shifting dragons tell her she’s not just albino. She’s a unicorn and the only mortal alive who can live on both Earth and its antithesis, Morcah. Now all those times she thought she saw a floating brown blotch in the sky or eyes peering out at her from the bark of trees make sense. She’s been seeing Morcah, a land that exists in the exact same spot as Earth, just in a different phase.
But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for this unicorn. As the only one who can live in both phases, she’s also the only one who can bring Morcah–and all its inhabitants–to Earth. And creatures who’ve been trapped on Earth since the Dark Ages are willing to do worse things than kill to make that happen.
Emily has a way of taking the “real world” and the fantasy one and mixing them together in a way that makes it seem almost normal for there to be creatures and things that go bump in the night. This is a great tale with wonderful character’s and an awesome story-line. Lilly is getting ready to start her first year of high school and if that isn’t hard enough on it’s own, she also has to be different. And she is just getting ready to find out just how different she is when things really start to go awry. Meeting some new people she is not sure who to trust and what to believe anymore.I did find it well written and it moved at a great pace. I was confused about the quotes at the start of each chapter and I was hoping to hear more about the Tales of Morcah as it only goes into a little bit about what is in the book. I was left wanting more at the ending and hope to see more of Morcah in the next book. If you like something a little different then this is definitely for you..
Emily White is a nerd.She prefers her men fully clothed and donning bow-ties, her commas British, her books cheesy with big, overly-dramatic explosions, her characters awkward and endearingly real,* and watching her movies in authentic turn-of-the-century theaters. When not exposing her nerdy self to the world, she’s creating her own friends and putting them in horrible, yet sometimes humorous situations.Check out her YA Space Opera series starting with Elemental (Spencer Hill Press, 2012), continuing with FAE (February 2014), and ending sometime in the near future with a book she has yet to write. She’s also authored a collection of Steampunk (zombie, werebot romance) flash fiction, if you’re into those kinds of things, titled “To Love or Die in a Steamy-Reamy World.”