Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
Star rating: ★★★☆ ☆ 3/5 stars
Summary: Fresh out of rehab, Casey joins three of her best friends at a pop up a rave called “survive the night”. Things take a turn for the worst when they find themselves running for their lives.
Review: Oh man, it’s so hard to get into a book when the characters are so unlikable. I especially hated the “best friend” Shana. She was a terrible person. She pressures Casey into drinking saying shit like “if you were really my friend you’d drink this”, she drugs Casey’s drink, she basically promises sketchy dudes sexual favors from Casey (without her knowledge) for drugs and just a million more things. I hate her, she made me so angry with how awful of a person she is and how Casey kept excusing it.
Casey was a frustrating character as well. Her only concern while being hunted and slowly killed off one by one is whether her ex boyfriend will get back with her. Like, it’s so frustrating– you’re being killed and you’re still trying to hook back up with him? Maybe save that shit for later.
I was really disappointed with what is revealed to be killing them. It was super scary when I thought it was an actual person but when it turns out to just be this infestation of tentacles, I just scoffed and couldn’t find it scary anymore. I thought it was ridiculous and made me so annoyed. It was kept vague but not in a way that felt intentional, more like the author wasn’t sure what they were trying to create so made it as vague as possible. And then they tried to pull a “but did it really happen” on us which is just– after everything, exhausting. I don’t have time for it.
Recommendation: I think if you want YA Horror that there are a lot better options out there than his one. If you want a book where you are constantly wanting to yell at the characters then buddy you found it.
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