The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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.
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Review: If I am being honest, I am not the biggest fan of paranormal books in general. It is not a genre that I was ever very big on, though I am not sure why that is. I guess because it's usually pretty far from contemporary, which is my favorite thing to read. Or maybe it is because most paranormal books usually seem to be the same thing with different characters and names. I was very glad that this book was not that way, though. It was different; funny, witty, and quite realistic. It kept me reading, which was something that I really appreciated.
The characters were wonderful. This is the first time I have really read a book where there have been two authors working together, so I was interested to see how that would go. It was nice that they each obviously took on one of the main characters and had their own voice. Christy was awesome; I loved her attitude and how real she seemed. She had to deal with bullying, and you get to see her react in a similar manner as many teenagers. Adam is wonderful as well; it is great having gay characters in books, especially when they are open about it. That is why the two bond so well, and have been friends for so long. They have both been bullied a lot, and are dealing with a lot of stuff together.
Honestly, I loved how all of the focus in the book was not completely on the paranormal parts, and that sometimes it even seemed like it could be a contemporary, at least at the beginning of the book. It was a bit slow at first, but it definitely began to pick up and was difficult to put down. I love all of the other characters that we are introduced to and that join their group, and eventually they become their own little group of misfits. That is one of my favorite things to read about in books in fact; the characters really do make the book.
Ultimately, this book was one that I enjoyed very much. While it had the paranormal (especially more at the end) and it had emotional parts, it was also funny and light hearted at times as well. It gave a little bit of everything, which I can appreciate very much. I do not want to say too much else so that I do not give much away for those who will pick it up themselves, but I would definitely recommend the book to other YA fans.
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.
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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga. He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media Agency.
You can visit him online at kodyboye.com