Night Eternal by Joseph Mazzenga and Christine DePetrillo

Night Eternal by Joseph Mazzenga and Christine DePetrilloWhat if you were all alone, surrounded yet adrift in a sea of humanity? Night Eternal is the story of a vampire, Drake, and a werewolf, Arielle, drawn together across time and space. Isolated from the world they exist in, a chance meeting between the two may bring unimaginable pleasure in the darkness where they live. Alternating perspectives gives the reader a glimpse into the psyche of the monsters–how they experience the world, their inner turmoil, and the undeniable magnetism between the two.

Night Eternal is something of a special read. First and foremost, this is a book of poetry–something to be savored and drawn out, the type of book you read by candle light with a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate. There is a very rich, gothic feel to this story, sort of decadent and savage all at the same time. The structure lends itself to a reader’s interpretation. This is not a complete picture and I love where the imagery in these poems take my mind–it is a more immersive reading experience. The world is secondary here ;it is all about emotion and the internal. You really get the sense of being from the two characters.

Night Eternal is a unique spin on a genre story we all have read. I appreciate that Drake and Arielle are monsters. I love that they wallow in it and do not give into the moralizing we sometimes see in conflicted “monster” characters. Neither is looking for absolution. Rather, they are looking for the very human desires of connection, belonging, and love. This is not your typical romance–it is something darker, something sensuous and more primal and quite beautiful to read.

Night Eternal will not be for everyone, but if you enjoy poetry and the atmosphere that Poe evokes I cannot recommend Night Eternal enough.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493739530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493739530

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What if you were all alone, surrounded yet adrift in a sea of humanity?  is the story of a vampire, Drake, and a werewolf, Arielle, drawn together across time and space. Isolated from the world they exist in, a chance meeting between the two may bring unimaginable pleasure in the darkness where they live. Alternating …

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Summary : Night Eternal is a unique spin on a genre story we all have read. I appreciate that Drake and Arielle are monsters. I love that they wallow in it and do not give into the moralizing we sometimes see in conflicted “monster” characters. Neither is looking for absolution. Rather, they are looking for the very human desires of connection, belonging, and love. This is not your typical romance--it is something darker, something sensuous and more primal and quite beautiful to read.

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Kristin is loving wife and doggie mom with a serious book addiction. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up a tasty confection (or cocktail) she can usually be found on the couch with her nose in a book. And she really did not hear what her husband just said to her, never mind that she responded… he should know better, she was reading. Her favorite books to read feature vampires, fae, & Gods of any pantheon (oh my!) but she has been known to pick up some pretty heavy philosophical tomes, funny memoirs, and scientific gobblygook. She also has a soft spot in her heart for good high fantasy. She fell in love with Anne Rice at far to young of an age and still has not found her way to NOLA! Kristin also spends time as a foster mom for a herding breed dog rescue in Illinois, indulging her husbands’ “silly” hobby of import/vintage video gaming, and spending as much time as she can with various members of her ridiculously large family. Somehow she manages to work full time in insurance sales but would much rather be having a kitchen dance party.

8 comments

  1. I really enjoy the unique and lyrical sound of this story!

  2. This book sounds interesting!

  3. This really was a beautiful read- please don’t let poetry scare you away! It sets up such a different & refreshing reading experience.

  4. I’m not the poetry type and really don’t like books in alternating POVs

  5. Hmmm, cannot decide if I am going to love it or not…

  6. Your review actually made me want to read this. At first I was a little skeptical, but now, I can’t wait!

  7. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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