Ann Dávila Cardinal's Five Midnights is a “wickedly thrilling” (William Alexander) and “flat-out unputdownable” (Paul Tremblay) novel based on the el Cuco myth set against the backdrop of modern day Puerto Rico.
Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.
If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they'll have to step into the shadows to see what's lurking theremurderer, or monster?
“A frightening, fast-paced thriller.” Julianna Baggott, Alex Award-winning author of Pure
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Ann Dávila Cardinal is a novelist and Director of Student Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). She has a B.A. in Latino Studies from Norwich University, an M.A. in sociology from UI&U, and an MFA in Writing from VCFA. Every January she runs VCFA’s Writing residency in Puerto Rico. Cardinal co-wrote Sister Chicas (2006), a contemporary YA novel. Five Midnights is her first solo novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was pretty impressed with this novel! I thought that this book sounded interesting when I saw it on a blog a few months ago so I was really excited when I got my hands on an early copy. Once I started reading, I knew that I was in for a treat because I was hooked right away. I thought that this book was a really entertained read. I am ashamed to say that I haven't read too many books set in Puerto Rico so I really liked the fact that this book not only was set there but was based on folklore from the island. I really felt like the setting played a big part in the story and was really well done. Puerto Rico really came alive in this book. Everything from the relationships between the characters, the crime, and general attitudes were vividly described. This story is told from multiple points of view. Some points of view are used very rarely while others carry the bulk of the story. I thought that each point of view was distinctive and I really grew to like the main characters. Lupe was a really interesting character. I liked the fact that she had Puerto Rican roots but was really more of an outsider. It was nice seeing things from her perspective. Javier's character was equally important. He was really in the center of the story and I liked that he had worked so hard to make his life better. They worked really well together as a team. I thought that the mystery in this story was really well done. I loved the fact that there was a bit of horror and some supernatural elements worked into the story. I wasn't exactly sure what was causing everything and enjoyed watching Lupe and Javier work to figure it out. There were some pretty exciting moments in the story and quite a few surprises. I found this to be quite the page-turner. I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this book was really well written with a fantastic premise and wonderful characters. I will definitely be looking out for future books written by this talented author. I received a review copy of this book from Tor Teen.
Los cangrejos, or the crabs, are five young men who were born within a two week time span in the month of July. They grew up together and always celebrated their birthdays together until they became teenagers and they started down different paths. Now, on the eve of their eighteenth birthdays, someone or something is killing them off one by one. This story really grabbed my interest. I’m not usually a fan or horror, but I do like mythology and a good murder mystery. This book has all that and more. It has good characters, a fascinating setting, great pacing and a riveting plot. It even has a few surprises for the reader. It centers around family and friendship with a budding romance as well. All in all a great read!
I've never been to Puerto Rico, but the author provides such vivid, immersive descriptions, I feel like I have. And the food! I drooled over several pages. The author gives a balanced picture of Puerto Rico. While showing the horrors of drugs and addiction, and impoverished neighborhoods, she also demonstrates the deep love of culture and community, and supportive, loyal families and friends willing to do anything to protect their loved ones. And can I mention the food again? One of my favorite things about this book is the relationships. With little parental support at home, Lupe's relationship with her aunt and uncle is a positive influence, and portrayed so well. Javier hasn't made good choices in his past, and battles his addiction every day with the help of Father Sebastian. Javier's relationship with childhood friend Carlos is more of brother than friend, even though Carlos's music career has made him an international sensation. Mention urban legends in a book description, and I'll show up, and El Cuco is the stuff of children's nightmares. The opening scene is a perfect way to set up the supernatural suspense. When Javier makes the connection and realizes he's living on borrowed time, I couldn't read fast enough. As a main character, Lupe is feisty, loyal, and determined - all good things. But her default mode is set to combative, and I felt it got in the way of the story. The final showdown is tense and exciting, but because it's seen through several POVs, it stretches on for pages, when it actually lasts the length of a song. Five Midnights is a briskly paced, dark, YA supernatural mystery that I enjoyed from the first page, and would recommend to fans of urban legends who enjoy a touch of the paranormal. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.