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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Release Day Review! Creatures of the Night by Grace Collins

Creatures of the Night by Grace Collins
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)
Date Published: July 13, 2021
Publisher: Wattpad Books

Make your way home at five. Be in the tunnels as the sun begins to fall. Seal the entrance. Leave enough room for malfunction. These are the rules I grew up with, the ones I never dared to break. Until now.

Milena’s twentieth birthday, the day she would join the ranks of her village’s hunters, should have been the most exciting day of her life. Being a hunter meant she would be able to help protect her village from the murderous wolves who take human form—the creatures of the night. But a chance encounter with Elias, the enigmatic leader of the creatures, leaves her questioning everything she has ever believed to be true.

Up until now, Elias has managed to protect the creatures of the night and keep the secrets of his past well hidden. Now, as tensions between the groups grow, Elias is forced to make hard decisions: ones that will cost lives. Nobody is safe, especially Milena, the person he is inexplicably drawn to even though it could destroy them both.

Creatures of the Night by Grace Collins puts a different spin on wolf shifters, as well as adding some new creatures. I completely enjoyed the characters, the story line, and all the going ons. I felt like there was definitely a romance, but it was hard to feel the chemistry completely, because the trust hadn't been built yet, and I find that to be very believable. She was raised to believe certain things, and it's hard to forget all that quickly. So, her world was turned upside down and her trust was gone. I feel like she had signs that all wasn't well, but as a child you want to believe the best about things, and that's what she did as she grew up. So, I felt like that was all well done too. The story had a dark feel to it and kind of made me think of The Village at times. 

My issue is with the ending.

It all happened so fast. Just bam, bam, bam. Done. As a reader, I felt a little left in the dust. But, I'm hoping there will be some clarity in the next book in this series. Despite the 3 star rating (which I'm still struggling with. I might change it to a 4, because, it's been a few weeks since I've read it, and I'm still feeling favorable to it. There was so much to love about it. It had practically everything I love about fiction within it's pages, but endings really make or break a story for me. You know what? Since I'm still arguing with myself all these weeks later, which means the book has clearly stuck with me in a big way. I'm bumping it to 4 stars.) I'm actually quite excited to read more in this world. I'm extremely glad there is another book coming. 

The ARC of Creatures of the Night by Grace Collins was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.


Grace Collins first discovered her love for writing when she posted her ideas online at the age of thirteen. She has a BA in psychology and French, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education. Her debut novel, Creatures of the Night, has amassed over one million reads online and received a Watty Award for Horror and Paranormal. Grace lives in Aotearoa New Zealand and enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, and learning new languages.

To learn more about Grace Collins and her books, visit her website. You can also find her on Goodreads, WattpadInstagram, and Twitter.

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