NIGHT SHIFT Review

32574766Title: Night Shift

Author: Debi Gliori

Publisher: Razorbill September 5, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 32

Ages 14+

About NIGHT SHIFT:
With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one’s whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape – it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi’s own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.

You can purchase the book through the following sites:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debi Gliori (born 1959) is a Scottish author and illustrator of children’s books.
She grew up as an only child in Glasgow, and when young began drawing and writing stories. She started writing children’s books in 1976, and attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She then received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards.
She is the author/illustrator of many books for children including Mr Bear, the winner of a Children’s Book Award. She is best known for her black comedy Pure Dead series for older children, which display strong elements of family lives amid dark and fantasy-based plots.

You can connect with Debi using the following links:

My Review:

As a Youth Services lead for my library I spend a lot of time with picture books, but I haven’t come across many for older age groups. NIGHT SHIFT is compelling because it puts depression into perspective and helps those who do not live with the symptoms to see what others go through. The main character mentions not having a language for the range of feelings that she experiences. Gliori does an incredible job depicting those feelings through her beautiful artwork and making them into her own language.

The Goodreads page for NIGHT SHIFT quotes Gliori as saying, “I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I’m not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.”

Gliori’s illustrations show the strength of these dragons, as well how they grow and multiply to the point of dominating everything in their wake. The dragons are an excellent personification of depression and how it can make a person feel small and helpless.

I highly recommend this book for those fighting depression and the people who care enough to want to understand. If you are someone battling these dragons, please know that you are never alone.

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The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)

The Skylighter (The Keepers’ Chronicles #2)
By Becky Wallace

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eARC -I received access to this book from McElderry Books on Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This title was released March 22, 2016 in Hardcover and Kindle formats

Goodreads synopsis:

“Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.

As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves. Continue reading

Wink Poppy Midnight

Wink Poppy Midnight

By April Genevieve Tucholke

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eARC/paperback ARC-I received this book from Edelweiss, as well as part of a giveaway hosted by Colleen Houck. All opinions are my own.

This title will be available March 22, 2016 in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audible formats

Goodreads synopsis:

“Every story needs a hero.

Every story needs a villain.

Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?

Someone knows.

Someone is lying.” Continue reading

The Great Hunt (The Eurona Duology #1)

The Great Hunt

By Wendy Higgins

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eARC -I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

This title was published March 8, 2016 and is available in Hardcover, Kindle, and Audible formats

Goodreads synopsis:
““Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.

When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger…until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.”

I have read Wendy’s Sweet Evil series and was happy to devour some more of her words. As a fan of Disney’s Brave with an Outlander obsession, this book immediately caught my attention. A strong princess of the Highlands with archery skills and a love of acrobatics is exactly the kind of character I would dream of being.

When a horrendous beast starts killing off the inhabitants of the kingdom of Lochlanach, the king declares a hunt to bring down the beast and return the kingdom to safety. As you can imagine, people require an incentive for risking their lives. In exchange for killing the beast, the king offers the hand of his eldest daughter, Princess Aerity. Hunters come from near and far for the princess and to search for the monster of course. However, it is one of the local hunters that catches Princess Aerity’s attention, whether he wants it or not. The handsome and brooding lad keeps the strong willed princess on her toes.

In a land where magic is forbidden, strange things start happening and it isn’t long before everyone starts to realize that the beast lurking in the night may not be the only enemy. This tale of magic, secrets, and far away places definitely stirred my appetite for fantasy and I can’t wait to read the sequel!

Are you a fan of Brave? Have you read any of Wendy’s other books?