Nightingale by Amy Lukavics


“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 WorldAt seventeen, June Hardie is everything a young woman in 1951 shouldn’t be—independent, rebellious, a dreamer. June longs to travel, to attend college and to write the dark scie...

Details Nightingale

Release DateOct 1st, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Nightingale

  • Kendall
    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 somethi...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Cheyenne
    Overall, I give this book 3 stars. If you’re interested in horror, particularly YA horror, I recommend that you give this book a read, and check out Amy Lukavics’ other works, as well. It was a fun spooky Halloween read that didn’t pull any punches and got me in the mood for even more horror!Read my full review at
  • Cillian
    Ready for this, Ruby?Just like the good ol' times...
  • Jenna Bookish
    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 wan...
  • Emily
    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 wil...
  • Rachel
    I really like this author so I was excited that she had a new book coming out. I got to buddy read this with a friend on here and introduce her to Amy's writing :)SO many things I like are in this book. I can't tell you all of them because that would be a bit spoiler-ish. One thing is that I love the strong female main character (June) and the historical fiction aspect. I love seeing women rebel and try to work together. The body horror aspect to...
  • Latasha
    This is the first book I've read by Amy Lukavics. a friend ask if anyone wanted to buddy read it, so I checked to see if it was on my to read list and it was. I didn't refresh my memory as to what it was about. Meet June, 18yrs. in 1951. Through her we see what was expected of girls in this era and how they were to behave, act, think, etc. thank god I missed this time. She is committed to an insane asylum. The book switches to time the before the...
  • Stacee
    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 as...
  • 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...
  • Faith Simon
    I received an advanced reader's edition of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Okay, so uh. Wow. There's a lot to unpack in this dear book. This book is really mysterious and eerie to begin with, but as the story progresses and more information is revealed as to how June ended up in the institution, it gets even more confusing from there. I actually liked this, normally I wouldn't be so happy about being confused for most ...
  • Crowinator
    What. The. F***.LOVE.(view spoiler)[When Ultraviolet gets super dark, this is what happens. (hide spoiler)]
  • Faith Simon
    W H A TRTC
  • 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...
  • Danielle
    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...
  • Jackie
    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 myste...
  • Donna Hines
    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 abuse...
  • MarytheBookLover
    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...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    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” ...
  • Eddie Generous
    Unnerving Magazine ReviewListen to my interview with the author here: 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...
  • Bekka
    3.5That 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.
  • Bunni
    I’m not even sure what I just read and I didn’t buy into the time period at all. Daughters Unto Devils was like her only decent book.
  • Nicole
    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 ...
  • 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...