We Own the Night (Radio Hearts #2) by Ashley Poston
Genres/Themes: Young Adult, Radio/Music, Romance, Contemporary,
Life After High School
*I received this book through netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
This book.. this book. I have so many emotions right now!!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”
As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.
But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah.
As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.
And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.
Okay, let me start off by saying I was hesitant about reading this book, especially since it is the second in the series and I haven’t read the first. Thankfully, reading the first isn’t required, although I’m sure if I read it I might understand some of the background information.
Now, this really is a YA book. These teenagers act like teenagers for the most part and, it can be confusing and annoying but then, that is high school and it seems realistic to me.
The characters are all pretty distinct. I like some of them and others seem very 2D. It took me a while to connect to the main character, Ingrid, and some of the others like LD and Billie. The other love interest Micah, I totally couldn’t connect to.
Which brings us to the romance. Nightowl x Dark was beautiful. Ingrid and her problems will make you cry, I did. Her romance not so much but, these things take time and I feel this book really gives the time to build the love. No insta-love here.
Plot-wise, I was concerned- almost tricked!, with the ending. Predictable? Slightly but, so beautiful.
I was calling this book sweet and charming before and while it still is, there are those dark and sad moments that really tug on your heart.
I was cheering and egging Ingrid on to live her life. I was brought in to her life and wished I could just shake her. She is too kind.
I was sad we didn’t get to see the friendship at it’s greatest and we don’t know how things will really work out but, I still liked it. This book is really like a snapshot of Ingrid’s life. We just see this moment of her life where her whole life changes and there is no guarantee she will be okay.
Characters: 3/5 stars really. I don’t know how else to explain. I’m just on the edge but, more leaning towards liking them.
Plot: Great story
Recommend: YES!! Really, if you like contemporary and want to see someone figure out what they will do with their life… give it a try.
I definitely want to read the first book now. Really…. if it was next to me I’d put everything else aside and dive in.