Adam and Christy have been best friends since kindergarten. Always the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas, they’ve always had to deal with nasty comments from their classmates. Adam is called “gay” while Christy is called “witch.”
On both counts the bullies are right.
Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious new boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome Ian seems to be going nowhere fast. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers is tough enough, but when a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her and Adam’s worries.
Soon Adam, Christy, their potential love interests, and their good friends Drifter and Olivia, will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before and will again.
The Midnight Spellisn’t my usual read. I wasn’t even sure how much I would relate to it. However, I decided to read it anyway. What is so different? Well I can’t lie, it’s right there in the blurb. It’s not that I have anything against it. I’m just not the audience the author is trying to reach. After all I’m a *coughs* 30 something *coughs* woman reading YA, which is rare for me.
I enjoyed the story. It had a unique angle, felt fresh and was well written. The characters were very believable, and I really liked seeing them grow both apart and together. In a short time they were really forced through a lot of turmoil and teenage crap.
The witchy angle wasn’t completely new, but the author was comfortable in the world she created. On a side note, I would have liked to know a bit more, but I get that it wasn’t necessary for the story to unfold.
Now this wasn’t your average PNR. It has more to do with love in the sense of family and friendship, which I think teens and adults both need to pay attention to. We get so wrapped up in who is hot, who is dating who, and all that crap that sometimes we forget who really matters in life. That, guys, is a message that rings loud and clear.
While it is obvious by the blurb, the second protagonist is a gay teen. I state this for anyone who would have an issue with this, and will tell you that very innocent smooches (think cheeks, yes the ones on the face.) do take place. It also talks of the emotions anyone feels when they’re in love. I found it to be terribly sweet and the whole story was entertaining.
This story can be enjoyed by anyone fifteen or older. Boy, girl, teen, adult, it doesn’t matter. The story really has something for everyone. Personally, I’d like to see a continuation of the story, friendships, and the cat and broom too.
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to email@example.com.
Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.
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