“With beauty comes a little bit of terror…”
Do you love horror movies? Especially ones of the “B” variety? If so than you’ll love this YA Contemporary debut of Scream All Night by Derek Milman. The title may fool you but only in the horror sense of the word. Just remember…there are more than just horror movies out there.
About the Book:
Title: SCREAM ALL NIGHT
Author: Derek Milman
Pub. Date: July 24, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD
A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running With Scissors.
Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.
But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.
With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?
“In a house full of broken people, the things you keep close to your heart better be broken too…”
3%…that is the percentage my Kindle had on it when I finished this unique YA Contemporary. It was very difficult to put it down and that’s not only because the story is so wonderful but because the story is so out there that you can’t help but love it!
Discover the secrets of Moldavia with each page you turn. This book will take you on a journey through grief, resentment, and facing the demons of the past all while trying not to get sucked into the dark world of Moldavia.
Dario is filled with resentment. Resentment toward his father for the abuse he inflicted on him as a young child, his mother who left him to suffer his father instability, and older brother Oren who stood by and let it all happen. Now Dario’s father is dead and he is forced to return to Moldavia, the place he sworn he’d never step foot on again. He will be faced with his past head on and the only person keeping him from completely falling apart is his childhood friend, a girl he’s loved his whole life, Hayley. Dario has two options, college or Moldavia. Sit back and watch as a world of zombies, werewolves, vampires, and other horrific creatures come together to try to save a legacy.
Hayley has learned so much from Dario’s father in the years since he went away and now that he’s back she’s worried he may be sucked back in, and if that happens she knows he will never forgive himself. Her own future is unknown now and all she can think about is keeping Moldavia, and all it’s residents, running despite the disaster that is happening now that Dario’s older brother Oren has decided to take over production. Read as Hayley tries to carve out her position in the Moldavian world, while also trying to keep Oren and Dario from killing one another.
You will feel so many emotions when you read this book. You’ll feel sadness, frustration, hope, happiness, and forgiveness all throughout the story. The setting is unlike anything you’ve seen before and explores important themes like grief, surviving abuse, and forgiveness. This journey of self-discovery and coming to terms with the past is worth everything.
“…even in a never-ending sea of darkness, there’s always a lighthouse somewhere, casting a beam of light…”
Derek Milman was born in New York City, but grew up in Westchester, NY, where he wrote and published a successful underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the age of 14.
Derek studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater at Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright (his first play was staged in New York City when he was just out of college), and earned an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama.
Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.
Scream All Night is Derek’s debut YA novel. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is hard at work on his next book.
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Sounds like a great book that I’d love to read. Adding it to my tbr list!!
It is so good!!
Great review! This sounds like an interesting read! 🙂
Thank you! It was very interesting but well done.
This has been on my radar for a while! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
It’s definitely worth the read! It’s so good!
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