Queen of the Night

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Text Publishing, Feb 27, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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Shortlisted for the Gold Inky Award 2012

In the sequel to the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness, the dark is dangerous. So are your dreams.

For six months Nia has tried to forget Wolfboy, the mysterious boy she met in Shyness. The boy who said he'd call but didn't.

Then, one night, her phone rings. The things Wolfboy says draw her back to the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn't rise and dreams and reality are difficult to separate. The Darkness is changing and Wolfboy's friend is in trouble. And Nia decides to become Wildgirl once more.

As dreamy, funny and real as This Is Shyness.

'I loved this book. I didn't think it was possible for Leanne Hall to write a better novel than the flawless This is Shyness and, in fact, I was a bit hesitant to even read this, worried it might spoil the magic...Luckily, Hall brings the goods. If anything, Queen of the Night is even darker, more atmospheric and more deliciously gothic than its predecessor...Queen of the Night feels like a comic book on the page, but it's more than that. It has the wit and edginess of Scott Pilgrim, mixed with the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. It is an intensely poetic book, but it never feels pretentious or 'literary'. It has elements of the paranormal, but this is no Twilight wannabe. It is fiercely unique and bravely innovative and I cannot wait for the next instalment so I can walk once more with Wolfboy and Wildgirl into the darkness.' Mostly Reading YA Blog

'Queen of the Night is everything fans are hoping of a follow-up to the mad-cap surrealism of This is Shyness. Leanne Hall returns triumphant with her delectable prose and whimsical storytelling, pulling readers back into the darkness to know what happened after Wolfboy and Wildgirl's not-quite-happily-ever-after.' Alpha Reader

'The fantastical is where Hall's strength lies. Her world-building is phenomenal and she makes the extraordinary tangible in a way that echoes the likes of Isobelle Carmody and Penni Russon. Queen of the Night builds on This Is Shyness in a way that is natural and beautiful...The little details and layers of history added to Shyness are an absolute pleasure to read, and I just want more, more, more!' Read Alert (Centre for Youth Literature)


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Two teens rekindle their romance and stage a daring metaphysical rescue in an intoxicating alternate reality. In the six months since they met and had a wild overnight adventure in Shyness, a strange ... Read full review

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User Review  - N.W.Moors - LibraryThing

First of all I did not read the first book and it took me a good part of the book to figure out who the characters were and what the story was about. It's not the fault of the author or publisher but ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Leanne Hall was born in Melbourne and has lived there most of her life. She began her writing career with short stories, some of which have been published in Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin and Best Australian Stories. She has resolutely resisted a sensible career trajectory, and has worked in the arts and educational publishing, in between long rambling jaunts overseas.

Leanne currently works part-time as a children’s specialist in an independent bookstore, a job that fuels her passion for books and allows her time to write. She won The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing in 2009 with her novel This Is Shyness. Queen of the Night is her second novel.

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