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“Takes a slice of mid-twentieth-century Americana and exposes it as an utter and ongoing gender inequality nightmare. Electric, tense, horrifying, and a righteously angry yowl.”

—Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

At seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. J
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Harlequin Teen (first published September 25th 2018)
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Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
So.. I had to sit over this book for a day... because I was THAT confused. I'm not exactly sure what I just read?

I've heard fantastic things about Amy Lukavics and her horror novels. BUT, wow... this was NOT horror at all. I don't even know what I would categorize this as?..... Sci-fi ish/Science fictionish?

This book had SUCH potential to be an epic read... but damn was I completely lost on all accounts.

June Hardie is struggling to make something of herself in a typical suburban town. Yikes..
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I am a tremendous fan of historical horror, and more specifically, historical horror set in asylums, so as soon as I read the synopsis of this one, I was intrigued. I really had no idea what to expect, but I appreciate that Lukavics has a twisted imagination and tends to go to much darker places than most YA horror authors are willing to explore, so my hopes were very high for Nightingale.

What if this entire nightmare has been a horror show of your own making? What if none of it is real and y
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Read to to the 1/2 way point and then skimmed the rest.

It is safe to say that I was the wrong audience for this book. I really enjoyed the authors previous book Daughters Unto Devils so I didn't even hesitate to request a copy of this book. In my defense the blurb is really misleading. Horror this is not. Science Fiction, perhaps more likely, but even at that I don't think it's done particularly well here because it's just so confusing. I am not an avid reader of Science Fiction though so what
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
I have a huge love for Lukavics and think her horror books, while YA, have a very mature and adult like read to them that keep me coming back and devouring all of her books. Anything dealing with asylums and I'm SOLD. GIMME!

We are set in 1951, the "Past Days", where June is about to graduate from high school and her parents have a very distinctive role for her to play and she just needs to be "better". Sigh. The author does a great job in giving us that trapped feeling where we feel the necessit
Ready for this, Ruby?
Just like the good ol' times...

Jenna Bookish
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, this book was certainly… an adventure. What started out looking like a book about a young woman suffering from Capgras delusion (a belief that someone close to you has been replaced with an identical impostor) slowly delved into weirder and weirder science fiction territory. (Or perhaps not; June is an unreliable narrator and it’s possible that the science fiction elements are all the result of a broken mind. Who can say?) I don’t want to give too much away in terms of plot, but rest assur ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nightingale was my first Amy Lukavics book, and I am happy to say that I loved it! This book is about June, who graduates from high school & wants to grow up to be something besides her mother. I found June to be a relatable character - she loves things she isn't "supposed to" love (like sci-fi and writing), and she feels alone in her family because she doesn't match their standard of the idea girl. It's a lonely story, and I think many women will be able to relate to June. This book is grim ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed the other books Amy has put out, so I’m pretty much all in for anything she writes. This was was a little odd and I’m not sure if 3 stars is too high.

I liked June. She’s tenacious and smart and I really liked how she rebelled in small ways. Her family is crap and I wanted to punch all of them in the face. There are lots of other characters, but spoilers.

Plot wise it was okay? My favorite part was the unreliable narrator aspect and honestly, the scariest part was the entire sett
Melanie (mells_view)
Nightingale was my first read from this author, and it’s sort of a coming of age period sci-fi read. When I requested this galley it was based on the gorgeous cover. I assumed it would be dark, and some of the themes were, but this was more a young woman struggling with getting away from people who want her to do as they expect opposed to doing what she knows she’s meant for.

This is a good read, but I will say that it is confusing. It bounces back and forth between the recent past, dreams, and t
Faith Simon
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Faith Simon
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it

Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
As Always, Lukavics did not fail to disappoint. I really need to stop doing this to myself. Her books always have a fantastic premise which she just completely fails to deliver on. June could have been a strong character, but instead, she ended up being a rebel against everything (like personal hygiene??), instead of just the constraints of her society. That made her a poor protagonist, and one I found it impossible to connect with. Lukavics also relies far too heavily on body horror when a book ...more
The first thing to know going in is that horror is not a genre; it's a MOOD. This means that horror transcends genre and that it can work its way into any genre.

So go in knowing that this is science fiction.

Set in 1951, the book follows June as she's institutionalized following a mental break. The book moves in two timelines: the one in the institution and the one laying out the events that lead to June ending up there.

And oh, June is a super unreliable narrator. Which makes those flashbacks
Tucker (The Library Reader)
I got an ARC of this from a giveaway and never said anything about it so I got a form letter from Goodreads telling me to review it. I still haven't read it but I hope to!
I've read two other books by Amy Lukavics and have really liked both of them. I think that Amy does really good horror stories in the YA genre.

Overall though, I was a bit disappointed in Nightingale. I just don't think that this was her strongest work. I think I didn't enjoy it as much because I just couldn't understand it most of the time. June is a very unreliable narrator, which wasn't a problem for me, but I just could not understand what was going on. However, not being able to figure out w
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah the 1950s where everything was bright and pastel to hide the horrors of the world if you were even a little bit different.

“Nightingale” tells the story of June, a young woman who dreams of doing something more with her life than what rigid standards her parents and society have planned for her but she doesn’t get far when her family finds out her plans to explore writing after high school and lands herself in an asylum following a mysterious incident, but when the doctors are straight from a
Donna Hines
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
June seems to be the perfect 1950's young lady as she's intelligent, ambitious, and well rounded. Yet her parents are not impressed and push her to be more and be better.
Conflicting parents groom her to be a housemaker in the mom's eyes while being marriage material in the father's eyes.
The father has the perfect guy in mind his business partner's domineering son but June refuses.
June's parents commit her to an asylum where she becomes more abused and isolated at the 'Institution'.
And she's not
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this in one sitting really. I am unsure how to describe my feelings on this one. I liked it but...I didn't like the ending and still feel like I have missed something.

I will review.
Domini Phillips ~My Bookish Friends~
Thank you to Harlequin Teen and Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

June Hardie is struggling to become a young woman in a typical suburban town in 1951. However, June is not a typical young woman destined to marry, have children, keep house and worship at her husbands feet. No, she is bound for greatness and she knows it. Driven to obsession she works night and day on her story. A story to set her free turned into the thing that destroys her.
Now comm
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I went into NIGHTINGALE expecting a historical fiction story. Instead the book is a cross between ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST and THE STEPFORD WIVES.

I interned at an over one-hundred-year-old state hospital with a history of doing lobotomies, which doctors believed could have been treatment for the mentally ill. Rosemary Kennedy’s biography talks about the devastating effects she experiences following hers.

During the 1950s, “difficult” (assertive) women could be involuntarily hospitalized by
I won a copy of Nightingale the publisher and author so thank you!

Nightingale is the story of June Hardie. Set in the 1950s, June is expected to become the perfect housewife eventually. Her family discourages her dreams of being independent and being who she wants to be. When she fails to be who they want her to be and her reality changes forever she is committed to an Institution. At the Institution, she meets other women like her, including Eleanor. She soon discovers that everything is not as
Eddie Generous
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unnerving Magazine Review

Listen to my interview with the author here:

Last year, Amy Lukavics was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award with The Ravenous. It was pretty good, fun, a little wild, certainly entertaining. If Amy Lukavics is not on the final YA Stoker ballot this year, it will be a crime.
Nightingale is equal parts painfully engaging and off-the-wall nuts. The characters portrayed are realistically flawed and dated. The way it should be. Too often
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it

That was good! Not at all what I was expecting. I wish I had a deeper connection to Eleanor, the romance, the side characters. But I really liked June, the story, the atmosphere. The scares were great.

Gruesome and gross and a striking, precise commentary on American culture.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Spoilers and swearing below.

So, I've just finished this book and I'm kind of sitting here, speechless. Not in awe because it was so fantastic, but it sheer confusion because I'm not sure what the fuck I just read.

I've read a previous work of Amy Lukavics and found it to be interesting and terrifying. This one... I don't even know. It's not really scary, so let's just toss that genre out the window right now. Don't get me wrong
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
Set in 1951, seventeen years old June Hardie dreams to be a writer, a career path that is against her parents' wishes. Her mother is more concern in grooming her to be a good housekeeper and wife while her father pressures her to marry his business partner's domineering son. So when June is accepted for a writing program in New York under a full scholarship, she sees it as an opportunity to escape from her suffocating life. However, a cruel twist of fate not only shatters her dream but landed he ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this is the first book of Amy's that I have read. But this cover drew me in.

June Hardie is a seventeen years old in the 1950s. She's everything that she shouldn't be- independent, rebelious, and a dreamer - instead of being a "better young lady" or a perfect wife and daughter that is expected of her. She wants to travel, go away to college, she wants to write her story after graduating high school but her parents want her to marry the boss's son. When she refused to be what her parents want,t
Lynne Lambdin
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
You do know me, You just don't like me

A NetGalley read!

Nightingale wasn't quite the story I expected based on the synopsis. The idea was rather interesting and intriguing. The story was atmospheric. And I think Lukavics did a good job incorporating elements that were popular back in the 1950's like mental institutes and (view spoiler). But this was kind of a miss for me.

June was a girl growing up in the 50's man's world. She likes science fiction, aliens and non-typical la
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Thank you to Harlequin Teen for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars. 

I am not even going to lie, I requested this book based on the cover first, than synopsis. It looked and sounded dark, and super creepy, and like the perfect book to get into the Halloween spirit. First off, let me say, I like the Historical Fiction part the most. I liked watching June fight her parents on wanting to be more than a homemaker, fighting to write her s
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nightingale is supposed to be a horror novel about a young woman, June, who lives in suburbia with her family in what appears to be the United States in the late 1950s/early 1960s, and who, when the book opens, is apparently in a mental hospital.

I think that Ms. Luckavics means for Nightingale to be a novel about how societal expectations then could drive any woman mad, with maybe parallels to today (though I'm giving Ms Luckavics the benefit of the doubt on that one) and place it in the guise
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Ever since she was little, Amy was especially intrigued by horror books and movies. Raised in a small mountain town in Arizona, she sustained herself on a steady diet of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books before discovering Stephen King in her mother's bookshelf.

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“June mused as she brushed her teeth in the en suite bathroom, how much she'd aged in the last two weeks. She was still seventeen but felt about forty. Is that how changing into an adult worked? Overnight, and with the weight of a million pounds? If so, June sorely wished somebody had warned her.” 0 likes
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