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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 boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, ...
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 boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam's. Meanwhile, Christy's mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.
When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.
Posted May 8, 2014
Christy and Adam are the perfect pair of best friends in The Midnight Spell. Christy is wildly dramatic, fun loving, and a fiercely loyal friend. I loved her to pieces! I could see myself being friends with her and would want her in my corner any day. Adam is more mellow, contemplative, and the calm to Christy's storm. He's level headed and fiercely loyal to her. While she believes in magic with every reason to do so (she really is a witch), he doesn't, yet they're best friends anyway. They respect each other's beliefs, and their personalities complement each other.
I adored Christy and Adam's parents. Christy's parents have been married for ages but are still as in love as though they're teenagers. I loved them! Adam's mom is supportive of her son being gay, so that's a non-issue in this story. I loved her! These parents listen to their kids, and the lack of family drama was a nice change of pace. I found myself jealous at times that Christy's parents seem to understand her so well. I think she takes them for granted sometimes, but no matter what, teenagers are going to feel embarrassed by their parents.
What was an issue with Adam being gay was the lack of safety around his classmates. He's been beat up before back in sixth grade, and I think the anxiety that it could happen again was always on his mind. He only wants to find love, which seems impossible being the only gay guy in a small and close-minded town.
The sudden appearance of the new girl, Olivia, seemed almost too good to be true. Some might say she's abrasive while others might say she just speaks her mind. She fits right into the group as if she has always been there.
Mark is the new boy at school and arrives the morning after the spell Christy casts. It seems too good to be true for Adam. Mark and Olivia were both mysterious and I kept looking for clues as to who or what the evil was that came to town. I couldn't decide if it would be most obvious or least obvious, and I liked that I couldn't decide.
The tone of the book, though evil comes to town, was lighter than I was expecting, and I was happy with it. I thought from the synopsis it would have be serious and dark, but there were a lot of happy moments and times I laughed out loud. I loved the writing, the characters, the dual narrative split between Christy and Adam, and their friendship. I highly recommend The Midnight Spell to anyone looking for a young adult paranormal novel - this will grab your attention from the beginning until the end.
"Whoever decided to paint the lunchroom a burnt yellow must really hate kids."
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted May 3, 2014
Oh. My. Gosh! This was one exciting, thrill-a-second, adventurous from start to finish read, and I could not put it down!
There was so much to love about this story that I'm not even sure where to begin. I immediately liked Adam and Christy. Their connection was so strong and it really came through in the fantastic writing. My heart broke a little for each of them because even thought they had each other, they both seemed to be missing a little something in their lives. While Christy pined over her crush, Adam's sexuality really left him with limited, or make that NO chance of finding love in such a small town. I loved that Christy loved Adam so much that she'd do just about anything to help him find happiness. Even casting a love spell.
The thing is, love spells tend to have a way of going awry. They may eventually find their way, but they are sure to wreak havoc before that ever happens. I truly thought, though, that Christy's spell had been flawless, when Mark showed up. He seemed like the perfect guy for Adam. Maybe too perfect...
There was a moment there when I wondered if perhaps he wasn't gay and it was going to cause a whole lot of turmoil between the two BFFs, but I was glad when things started to look up for Adam. That is until everything started to fall apart.
I just have to take a moment to mention the great support system that both Christy and Adam had. It has been a while since I read book in which a family wasn't on the brink of, or already, falling to pieces. It was good to see healthy parent/child relationships, and parents who showed real interest in their kids. Even if the parents where a little kooky, they were cool and fun, and it such a wonderful change from the norm.
Okay, back to the boy drama...
I really felt for Christy, because it seemed like every time she made a little progress with Ian, it all went to hell. If she wasn't making a fool of herself, he was making an ass of himself and pissing her off. I was glad to see that she was willing to put her friendship before her love life, though.
Things were getting a little weird on Adam's end. Mark seemed genuine and sweet, but something was a bit off with him. When he started acting weird about Christy I thought he had jealousy issues or that he was a little over possessive, but I never expected him to turn into a complete nightmare of a boyfriend, quite literally. When talk of the ghost came up, and with Mark acting strange, I started to wonder if there was something more paranormal to his crazy behavior, and I really was expecting him to show up on the bridge Halloween night. I certainly did not expect everything that happened after that night, and this story took a twisted, malevolent turn as old secrets were unveiled, and a terrifying past came to light.
This book was wickedly cool, with a chilling back story that gave me the creeps and had me looking over my shoulder more than once. It was also a story of love, friendship and courage. There were times in this story when I thought my heart would shatter into pieces, and times when I couldn't help smiling. It was filled with some serious subject matter, things that are very relevant today, allowing the reader to connect with the story in many different ways. But, it also had a fun, lighter side to the darkness, which was thoroughly entertaining.
Posted May 8, 2013
It has been a while since I've had the time to sit down and read a book in minimal settings. The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye broke my non-reading cycle.
I really enjoyed this book. The POV switches every chapter between Christy and Adam. Christy is your typical high school outcast; she doesn't quite fit in, thinks she needs to lose weight, and doesn't dress like the (slutty) popular girls...and is also a witch. Christy's parents are actually very old (and very powerful) witches who have a magic broom, and enchanted house, and a pesky familiar named Callie. Christy complains about how embarrassing her parents are, but I would have LOVED to grown up with them!
Adam is Christy's best friend and equally outcasted, though it is because he is one of the few gay individuals in the small town of Trinity Springs. Adam is a nice, quiet boy with a very supportive family (and an awesome Mom!) that just wants to be left alone by the popular kids who call him a 'fag' and pick on him.
I loved the strong bond of friendship between Christy and Adam. Christy wants nothing more than to see her BFF happy and conjures up a love spell for Adam. From there, life gets interesting when it seems the spell as worked. But of course, things aren't what they seem and Adam and Christy's friendship is tested when they have to face something neither are prepared for.
I think my favorite thing about this book was the strong friendship between Christy and Adam. So many books are focused on love, that the strength of a friendship is pushed aside. It was refreshing to have the two main characters NOT fall in love in the end. While this book is fantasy, it still brought up a lot of current issues, like young girls struggling with their weight and image, being a gay adolescent, and bullying.
I definitely recommend this book!!
Posted April 4, 2013
I was so thrilled to get an advanced copy of The Midnight Spell from the fabulous Rhiannon Frater last week. I really wanted to get a review posted before the release date, but it happened to be the weekend of my 40th birthday and… well… I was either out having a good time or hungover. Such is life.
I have to be honest, this is my first time reading anything about witches and magic. I have always loved movies and TV shows that are based on magic so I’m not really sure why I never picked up a book of the same content. So many books, so little time! I am very happy that I had the opportunity to read this. I am definitely adding this type of paranormal/supernatural content to my TBR list from now on.
These characters were so much fun to read, and so easy to relate to as well. What I found to be incredible is that I was able to relate to each one of the characters in a different way. That hasn’t been the case with most books I’ve read. Frater and Boye took me on a magical roller coaster ride of emotions. I giggled, I got goosebumps, I laughed out loud (scaring people around me several times), I frowned, I bit my nails. I could not put this book down once I got into it, which didn’t take very long at all.
Adam blinked slowly. “Marek? I don’t think your spell can… uh… spell.”
– Rhiannon Frater, The Midnight Spell
That may not be the funniest thing in the book, especially for anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, but it was memorable for me because it was a moment of complete silence in my house (a very rare occurrence) and the bellowing sound of my laughter caused my husband to flinch and drop his phone – which made me laugh harder. You’d think he would have grown accustomed to my random outbursts by now.
The Midnight Spell is a special kind of coming of age story. The character building is so fabulous I feel like I know Christy, Adam, Olivia, and Drifter. I even feel like I know Ashley, Adam’s crazy cool mom, and Christy’s parents too. I love the bond between them all. Olivia is one of my favorite characters. She plays everything so cool and is likable without even trying. Ugh.. there is so much I would like to say, but don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye did an outstanding job co-writing this novel. I really enjoyed getting the POV from both main characters. I hope to read more of their brilliant collaborations in the future. I recommend The Midnight Spell to anyone that loves YA Paranormal. There is more to this story than just witches and magic!
Posted March 24, 2013
The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye is a perfect example of best friends. Regardless of what life throws your way, your friends and more specifically, your best friend will not judge you, will not turn away from you, and will believe you, no matter how ridiculous the allegation.
The Midnight Spell follows the story of best friends, Adam and Christy. Both have been already classified as losers and unpopular since elementary school days, this dynamic duo still carry on through their days at school with the strength of each other’s company.
Christy is a budding witch who will stop at nothing to help her best friend, Adam, find a boyfriend. Being in a small town, the population of potential gay prospects is nil…zero…nada. So Christy takes it upon herself to do a spell at midnight which will bring Adam’s soon to be boyfriend into his life. Little do they know that they got more than they bargained for. Not only is there one new student that starts the next day, but there are two. Olivia, who has the looks and cools of becoming one of the popular kids, has taken to the side of Christy and Adam, and Mark…deep, dark, mysterious, utterly handsome and totally gay Mark…has taken an interest in Adam.
Could Christy’s spell have worked? Did she just give her best friend the ultimate gift? The gift of love? Everything between Adam and Mark seem to go off without a hitch…until Christy bears witness to some of Mark’s odd behavior. And it seems that when she confronts Adam with her findings, he is pretty reluctant to believe her. I mean, come on! New boyfriend here!
The truth starts to unravel as Mark’s deep, dark secret comes to light. Things will never be the same and the monsters that go bump in the night, appear to be more real than fantasy.
Okay, so first off… loved this book! The writing styles of both Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye are so addictive, and the characters found inside are full of personality. Readers everywhere will find one that they will be able to relate to, most definitely. The storyline is one that is pretty unique and was a thrill to watch unfold. As I’ve stated before, I absolutely adored the whole best friend pact in The Midnight Spell. It left me with so many warm, fuzzy feelings. But those feelings weren’t the only ones I was feeling…oh no, dear reader.
It absolutely broke my heart to witness the bully and torment that poor Adam had to go through. I can only imagine how awful it is in a small town where there is no one else around that is gay. I wanted to reach through the pages and protect this guy so badly! The minute an inkling of sort of bullying tactic came up, I had “pissed off” face plastered on right away.
Not only did my heart break for Adam, but I also felt so badly for Christy. To know that she is different, and have a crush on the most crush-worthy guy in the school, to only find that he’s starting to notice you, and you can’t help but act like a dolt around him. I felt awful for Christy and the party scene, but at the same time, I thought it was so hilarious. Her thoughts and actions while she was drunk had me chuckling, as it was written perfectly.
And how awesome was it that the little group was forming to become their own little Scooby Gang, a la Buffy The Vampire Slayer! I was laughing pretty hard with all the little Buffy mentions, and how the researching that was being done at the library wasn’t nearly as cool as it looked on TV. (Truer words were never spoken).
Fans of reads involving the loyalties of best friends, with a twist of monsters, and a dash of crazy boyfriend material, will fall head over heels for The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye.
Posted February 27, 2013
Adam and Christy have been best friends since they started kindergarten. Neither of them really fit in, and are frequently called names, but it doesn’t really bother them, because the kids are right. Adam is gay and Christy is a witch. One night Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam. She knows it’s against the rules to cast one for herself to make Ian, the hot jock at school finally notice her, but surely it would be okay to cast a spell for Adam to find love. Christy’s never done a spell of this magnitude before, and she hasn’t fully come into her powers yet, but she’s sure it will work. Adam, on the other hand, isn’t so sure.
But then tall, dark and handsome Mark Black comes to town and sweeps Adam off his feet. Things seem to be looking up for them, but then strange things begin to happen and Christy and Adam realize that something evil has come to town and it’s up to them to stop it before it destroys their town and those they love.
I totally “got” the setting of the book. Trinity Springs, TX is your run-of-the-mill small town, much like the town I grew up in. If you “blend in”, you’re fine, but if you’re even a little bit different, people will talk.
As is typical in any of Rhiannon’s books, the characters are very relatable and well-drawn. I loved the friendship between Adam and Christy. It seemed authentic and like several of my friendships in high school. I also really enjoyed their families. They had happy, typical home lives. Even though Christy’s parent’s were from a family of powerful witches, they still felt real. I also liked that even though Christy and Adam were the outcasts, they weren’t total loners. They still had a small group of friends (namely Olivia and Drifter) that added a nice touch to the mix.
The book flowed very well, though it did feel like it could have been tightened a bit in places. It didn’t detract from the story at all, though. There are quite a few surprises along the way, and several nods to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which I loved. That is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and I think that’s what pulled me into the book. I also liked that even though it was written by two authors, it never felt choppy. The voices complimented each other very well.
Fresh, clever and full of unforgettable characters and a few surprises, The Midnight Spell is a must for fans of paranormal YA. It’s familiar enough to please the die-hard fans, but different enough to please those who have grown weary of the cliché’s.
Posted June 23, 2013
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