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Midnight Burning

Midnight Burning

4.5 12
by Karissa Laurel

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Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins


Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani's friends know more about his death than they've let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.

As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani's death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani's friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can't learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.

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Red Adept Publishing
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The Norse Chronicles , #1
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Karissa Laurel always dabbled in writing, but she also wanted to be a chef when she grew up. So she did. After years of working nights, weekends, and holidays, she burnt out and said, “Now what do I do?” She tried a bunch of other things, the most steady of those being a paralegal for state government, but nothing makes her as happy as writing. She has published several short stories and reads “slush” for a couple of short-story markets.

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for speculative fiction. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

Karissa also paints and draws and harbors a grand delusion that she might finish a graphic novel someday.

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Midnight Burning 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Robindpdx 8 months ago
This was a well-written, engrossing story. Solina travels to Alaska after being informed that her twin brother is dead. She begins to pack up his belongings and also speaks to his friends and co-workers to try to understand what happened. She is shocked to discover that there is more going on than she ever realized, that there are gods and other creatures out there, and that she herself has powers she did not know existed. This book was richly plotted and became more and more fascinating the further I got into the story. I can't wait to read the next book in this series!
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
STORY LINE MIDNIGHT BURNING: Author Karissa Laurel creates an original paranormal mystery novel in Midnight Burning filled with humor, romance, adventure, and tension. Raised in the foothills of North Carolina, twins Solina and Mani traveled different paths in life. Mani, seeking answers, journeyed to Alaska where he met death. Meanwhile, Solina worked with their mom and dad in the family bakery and dreamed. However, Solina's dreams are not sweet gentle dreams of happily every after; nightmares follow sleep for Solina. Solina travels to Alaska determined to find answers to Mani death. Seeking help from Mani's friends and employer, Solina finds answers and unbelievable circumstances. Grab a beverage, your favorite chair, relax, and read my paranormal mystery review of Burning Midnight. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: Author Karissa Laurel created a non-stop, character driven, thrill ride in Midnight Burning. Laurel mixes ancient myths and heroes with modern-day scenarios, she crafts a refreshing story-line. Guaranteed to thrill the reader, Laurel infuses tension, actions, and mystery in this novel. With steady and smooth pacing, Laurel weaves the many plot lines together to form an intriguing paranormal mystery novel. Even though Burning Midnight contains mystery and paranormal elements, Laurel also includes humor and romance giving the reader relief from the tension and action as each chapter barrels toward the conclusion. Concluding my mystery paranormal review of Burning Midnight, I find the characters well-developed with strong personalities. Laurel's writing style is smooth, clear, and clean. Midnight Burning was a good beginning to this series. However, it does leave something of a cliff hanger in the ending. I look forward to the next book. MIDNIGHT BURNING RECOMMENDATION: STARS 4 A suitable novel for anyone who likes a paranormal mysteries with fantasy and humor, I recommend this novel for young adults to adults. FINALLY PLEASE NOTE: I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review it with an honest mystery/paranormal novel review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinion. Without a doubt, the ARC did not affect my voluntary mystery/paranormal novel review.
catwoman1a More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from the author so that I may read it and offer an honest review if I so wished. Solina's brother, Mani, is dead, so she heads to Alaska to clear out his apartment. This book draws you in from the first page and does not let you go. I really enjoyed this book very much. The writing was tremendous and the characters outstanding. Karissa Laurel really brought the gods and myths to life for me with her talented writing and well-written story. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. It kept me entertained and wondering what was to happen next. I am very much looking forward to the next story from this very exciting writer.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Solina runs the family bakery.. Then one night she had a horrible nightmare then she finds out her twin brother Mari has died. She goes to Alaska to settle everything. She also spends time with Mari’s best friend.Val and their employer Thorin. Torin looks like a Viking from long ago. Soon Solina someone/thing is now after her. Val Solina had met because mari had brought Val home with him before. But everyone seems to be hiding things from Solina, even the law. Solina gets help from Val the first few months then all he does is push her to sleep with him constantly. Then she meets Skyla who is a former marine- she is also the woman Mari loved and she him with everything in her. She is determined to not let Mari’s death go unpunished. Skyla and Solina become close friends. Solina finds out she has gifts she never knew of. Solina’s dreams/nightmares come true in the past. Solina is now herself is now being stalked and Val and torin and Skyla try to keep Solina alive. I really loved this story , the mythology in it. I didn’t expect this to be all it was and was easily drawn into the story and didn’t want to put it down until I read the last page. Then it ends in a cliffhanger . I was not happy . I hate cliffhangers. But anyway the story was a little slow at first but I think that was just to let everything build. I wasn’t to happy when Solina was basically treated as nothing of importance when in reality…… I love the characters especially Solina and all the twists and turns she went through. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This book was a little bit of a slow starter for me, taking its time to introduce us to the main character and the situation in which she now finds herself. After reaching the middle of this book, it becomes clear why this was necessary as the action starts coming thick and fast and we have to understand Solina and her role in things. Following the brutal death of her brother, Solina travels to Alaska to pack up his remaining possessions and meet his friends to gather more information regarding his death and figure out what happened to him. Despite warnings to go back home from the flirtatious Val and the stormy Thorin, she stays in the area and finds that perhaps she has bitten off more than she can chew. This story closely follows traditional themes of Norse mythology which the author then takes in a fresh and new directions. The respect shown to the original mythology is touching and makes it a lot easier for a mythology buff such as myself to follow without snorting ‘well THAT never happened!’. Solina is an introverted wallflower who grows and develops as a personality throughout the story. At the beginning of the narrative, she finds herself being pushed around and intimidated by Val and Thorin, the strong willed colleagues of her late brother. As the story progresses and she finds herself meeting strong women along the way, she starts to push back and shrugs off the persona of ‘damsel in distress’ which she has acknowledged and been frustrated by since the beginning. My favourite characters in this novel were the grumpy and respectful(ish) Thorin (if he continues to behave himself in the next book of this series, I may admit to having a bit of a literary crush on him) and the Valkyries. The Valkyries are a sisterhood of military trained women who have a forthright approach to life in a world full of secrets and betrayal, which was refreshing to say the least! The pacing of this book sped up considerably nearer the end, leaving me a little anxious that I would be short changed with the ending, however, it ends neatly with a measure of closure and a tantalising cliffhanger which has left me desperate for more! If you’re a fan of Norse mythology or paranormal action nobles – this is most certainly the book for you! Reviewed by Nia at Whispering Stories Book Blog
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Plot twists and turns abound in this multifaceted tale. Suspense abounds as the main character journeys the distance, becoming entangled in events out of her control. Laurel develops her world in a well-rounded manner that allowed me to picture it without impeding my imagination, allowing me to put myself in the story. The characters were quite intriguing. Her gradual character development allowed me to get to know them as details became relevant. The dialogue was fantastic. It was so real. The genuine conversations added so much to the story and to the characters’ development. The main character was a blast. Her smart, sassy persona made her someone that I wanted to see succeed. The love triangle amidst the mystery, that was part of the mystery, added an extra layer to the tale. For me, this was a great introduction to Laurel’s writing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to others. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
wazi More than 1 year ago
Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel This book did not take long to grab my attention. Steeped in Norse Mythology, wolves, and mystery, this was a no brainer for me. Solina Mundy considers herself a simple girl from North Carolina, however, she has always had prophetic dreams. Lately they have become terrifying as she continues to dream of her brother’s death in Alaska. Mani was attacked inside his apartment by a wolf. Solina intends to close out his affairs, apartment, and track down his murderers. The police really don’t have a clue, all they saw were the mundane facts of the case and they have exhausted any leads they had. Mani’s employer, Aleksander Thorin, Mani’s best friend and Thorin’s business partner, Val Wotan, try to help Solina in her quest. However, she can tell the guys aren’t being completely honest with her. So Solina teams up with Skyla, Mani’s girlfriend and employee of Thorin Adventure Outfitters, and they quickly find themselves in over their heads. The wolf is now stalking Solina while Thorin, Val, and Skyla try to protect her. Karissa Laurel does an excellent job of tying Norse Mythology into a modern setting with the living progeny of gods who were killed during the epic battle of Ragnarok. These descendants have become complacent in the status quo and have been drifting along for ages. One survivor of Ragnarok is in the process of shaking things up to take control and bring on another apocalypse. There is intrigue, mystery, romance, and danger for all concerned. The characters are diverse and well defined and all are flawed. These flaws are the main source of the twists in the plot that drove the story forward. I was totally drawn into the relationships between all the players: Thorin, Val, Solina, Skyla, the Valkyries, Baldur, the wolves, and Helen. This is an original story with unique characters from Norse Mythology that sucked me in, I blame author Lynne Cantwell for my obsession with Mythology right now. This is a fascinating story that is well written, has entertaining dialogue, a fair amount of humor, and lots of tension. The ending caught me off guard with a huge twist. I can’t wait to read the sequel. FYI: I found no instances where this could not be considered young adult appropriate. **Originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** August 27, 2015 Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues in proofing or formatting.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Midnight Burning is a look at mythology, which I know very little about. My lack of knowledge did not hinder my understanding of the story. Karissa Laurel did a great job explaining the Gods and how the rankings went without making it boring. She gave just enough information for the unknowing reader to get enough understanding to follow the rest of the story. I ended the book thinking that I definitely need to check out more mythological books. I have to be careful while writing this review as I really want to give away more than I should thus possibly giving away spoilers, I will be careful so please keep reading. Solina is not a complicated woman, at least in the beginning. She lives at home, works with her family in their bakery, and does not travel. When her twin brother ends up murdered in Alaska everything changes for her. She cannot put his death behind her; she has to know what actually happen to him. As she learns more about what happened to her brother, she comes into herself. She finds her true talents, finds friends, and finds out about a world that she never knew thought was real. Midnight Burning is part of a series. This is the first one and definitely worth checking out. It does not end abruptly, but does leave unanswered questions. I will hope that Karissa Laurel does not keep us waiting long for more.
RhapsodicReader More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Solina Mundy, a baker from North Carolina, has never wandered far from her family's bakery whereas her twin brother, Mani, struck out on his own and traveled to Alaska where he found a job as an adventure guide. Despite the great distance between them, the bond between Solina and Mani was not diminished. Mani shared his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness with Solina and encouraged her to discover adventures on her own, but Solina was content to continue helping her parents with the family business. One night Solina had a nightmare about Mani being brutally attacked and killed by a wolf-like creature. The next morning, the family was notified that Mani died from what appeared to be an attack by a wild animal; however, his apartment showed signs of a break-in. Unable to ignore what she saw in her nightmare, Solina travels to Alaska to settle her brother's affairs and investigate the odd circumstances surrounding Mani's death. Solina considers the flight to Alaska an adventure in of itself, but she discovers that she plays a vital role in an epic battle that was waged centuries ago between Norse gods; a battle that will determine the fate of humans and gods alike. My first impression of Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel was that Mani got caught in a war between two groups of supernatural creatures; which is not entirely true. About halfway through the book, readers discover that the opposing sides in the upcoming battle are Norse gods and the battle being waged is Ragnarok. I was not disappointed by this twist, but I was a little surprised. I found it a refreshing change from the werewolf versus vampire theme, and I happen to enjoy reading modern interpretations of legends from different cultures. The story does have a slow start and the characters seem superficial at first, and there is a reason for this. If you keep reading, Laurel adds depth and interest to the characters once their true natures are revealed. Despite the slow start, I am glad that I stuck with the story. It is a modern interpretation of a Norse legend and a really enjoyable read. I am anxious to read more about Solina and the upcoming battle in the next book of this well-written and fascinating series.
Gardenia72 More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I finished the book in a few hours and my first thought Is Where Is Book 2? This was a fantastic read, It is a story involving mythology, mystery and possible romance. Solina comes to Alaska to pack up Mani, her brother's apartment after his brutal murder in his home. Solina keeps having dreams where she sees a wolf/man killing her brother very savagely. She is determined to find Mani's killer. She finds out that the main players in the this quest to find her brother's killer, Val, Therin and Kayla are tied into Norse Mythology. Several attempts are made on Solina's life and others that are with her. With Therein, the owner of Thorin Adventure Outfillers, the company her brother worked for and two friends Kayla and Val, they travel from Alaska to Las Vegas to California to Oneida Lake in New York. In California she is with the Valkyries, who are training her to defend herself and learn to control her power. There is a mole at the Valkyries' place and she must leave. Solina, with Kayla and two Valkyries drive to Lake Oneida in New York to a cabin in the woods. They are found and are attacked by wolves-that can change into human form. The fight is brutal and the last thing Solina remembers is blacking out. Solina comes to as she climbs out of a frigid body of water, naked and is found by a park ranger. She lies about her identity and everything to the ranger to protect herself and others. She went to Alaska in August and left California for Lake Oneida in New York just before September and now it is October 31. Where had she been for the past month after the attack? Did anyone survive except her? The ranger tells her that she is in North Carolina. A Great read, with a great development of characters and their relationship to the Norse Gods. Great description of the areas they pass through on the journey and the fights against their attackers during the story. I can't wait for book 2.
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Midnight Burning I was really excited about reading this book for a couple of reasons: she's a baker (so am I), the majority of the story takes place in Alaska (a place I've always wanted to visit), and there's a mystery involving the main death of the main character's brother (I love a little mystery). The whole story was pretty exciting, what with the twists and turns, and I love how the author writes, the words that she chooses to use. I am a fan of mythology, and it's always fun to see how different authors can pull that kind of stuff into their stories. It was also interesting watching Solina (the main character), find her true self on this adventure, especially at a time when my adventure is helping me to do the same thing (though it was a pretty extreme change from how she sees/describes herself in the beginning - sometimes her sarcasm, standoffishness, and need to do things on her own was a little too much). I did have a couple of issues with the characters. On one hand, they were good, enjoyable, made me keep wanting to read the story so I could find out what happened to them, but on the other hand they were too easy, and, as with Solina, too much. Val and Thorin were too perfect, and everything was just too sexually charged when it came to the two of them. Maybe that's because of the "romance" part of the book, and maybe that's what romance fans like, but it was a little off-putting to someone like me, who's not a big fan of romance. Skyla was pretty cool, and the more I learned about her, the more I liked her, but she was very stereotyped. All in all, a great book, and an author that I'm going to keep my eye on. I'm curious to see what she gives us next. Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Please remember that this review is my opinion based on my impression of the book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
…And the Hidden Gem Pile just got one book taller! Midnight Burning Karissa Laurel satisfies mystery lovers, mythology lovers, paranormal lovers and those who like a little pinch of romantic spice in the potential shape of a triangle. What makes this a standout? Location, action, characters, dialogue and intrigue, not to mention the ever-present danger! Solina, a small town baker from the Southern East Coast has come to Alaska to settle her late brother’s affairs. Already trying to come to terms with his death, she can’t help but feel things are not as they seem on the surface. His best friend and his boss are most helpful, in their own ways, but there is something being hidden from her and it isn’t dirt under the rug. They each both attract her and repel her at the same time romantically, but is that just her frayed nerves or desperation? Nobody is talking about Mani’s death, not even the law, but she is going to find out what really happened. What she discovers is unbelievable, incredible and deadly, very deadly. People are not as they seem, Mani had a secret life and hers is about to go through the wringer. Will she come out a little sadder but much wiser? Have her dreams been trying to prepare her for what she is about to learn? Who is she really down in her soul? Grab your mittens, the hot chocolate and get ready to enter the world of fantasy, told by a new and impressive author with an imagination as big as Alaska! Wonderful characters, some who grow into themselves, some who are flirty, some standoffish, but not all are on the right side of the battle between good and evil. Karissa Laurel has a wonderful foundation for a new series that promises to be a nailbiter as the gods clash, and one young woman may be the key to victory! Talk about coming out of her (Solina’s)shell when things get tough! I received this copy from Red Adept Publishing and Karissa Laurel in exchange for my honest review.