Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed. Prepare yourself for the fangirl gushing.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I check out a library book or request a review copy or add something to my TBR and then take FOREVER to actually pick it up to read. And then, after starting, I wonder why it took me so long to do that! When I was approved for Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft on NetGalley, I couldn’t remember why I had requested it in the first place. (Anybody else have that problem?) So instead of diving in, I waited and I waited and I waited, until I finally the publishing date passed and I though to myself, “I just need to read this book already.”

And I did.

And I don’t know why I dragged my feet to read it because oh my goodness, this book stole a piece of my soul or something.

I’ve come to the conclusion that even though sometimes I hate the enemies to lovers trope, I also really love the enemies to lovers trope. There’s just something so interesting about two people on opposing sides coming together to understand each other. And Down Comes the Night has that perfect balance of tension that I just wanted to reach into the book and grab the characters and yell, “Just kiss already!!!” Basically, I loved it.

In addition, I really love the gothic-y setting of a drafty, eerie mansion where some shady stuff is definitely going down. I love the twists and turns the mystery murder-ish aspects take as the main characters try to unravel what is happening in their world and how it’s all connected. This book is fantasy, but it blends the mystery and the gothic elements so well that it came across fresh and different. I almost forgot that magic doesn’t exist in our world and that this world isn’t our world.

But my favorite thing about this book is how it presents the idea of forgiveness and change. I love that two people on opposing sides of a war come to the realization that things are much more complicated than what they’ve been told. That the truths they know might actually be lies. That people aren’t black and white, but messy and complicated. And I love that through all of that people can change their mindsets, for the better, and that forgiveness is possible.

Sometimes with the way things are said in our world, the way things are presented, I feel that people have lost that idea. That forgiveness is a thing and it’s possible to learn and grow from mistakes and wrong choices. That people can change for the better and move forward from their past. I love how much this book reinforces that throughout the story.

I also really love the focus on emotions and how they aren’t a weakness or a flaw. That being kind to something, feeling compassion for something is not a bad thing, but a good thing.

Down Comes the Night took me by the hand and didn’t let go. Some aspects of the world felt a little messy, and I wanted just a bit more from the magic, but overall, I surprisingly enjoyed this book. The tensions and stakes are high in this one, so if you like a good enemies to lovers romance with a dash of gothic mystery, definitely pick this one up. I’ll be keeping an eye out for more of Allison Saft’s books in the future!