Sara reviews ”The Midnight Spell’ by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye. This book was published on March 12, 2014 by Permuted Press and is 235 pages long.
NOTE: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: A gay teenager and a witch live in a small town. How could I not want to read this?!?!?!
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Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a 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 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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I adored this book! Every single character in this book was well written. Christy and Adam are the main characters, but I really got know their friends and family as well. In fact, one of the only things negative I have to say about this book is that there doesn’t seem to be a sequel. I want more! This is the first book I have read by either author, and I will definitely be looking into their other works, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they work together on a continuation of The Midnight Spell.
This is very much a fantasy novel. There are witches, vampires, werewolves, and much more. I really liked how the authors handled the background of the main creatures. The witch creation story was really enjoyable. I did have a slight issue with the whole, “humans must never know we exist” thing. By the end of the book, the whole entire town was in the know and Christy’s parents didn’t seem all that concerned. Maybe that will get cleared up in the next book (hint, hint @authors).
Alongside the fantasy elements was a really well written novel for young adults. The dynamics of the high school cliques where well done. There was even the group of so called popular girls that as a reader I loved to hate. Adam and Christy really are the best of friends and help each other through every situation. They can somehow both find courage to stick up for the other, even when they aren’t able to stick up for themselves. I liked the fierce protective loyalty that they have toward each other. Adam’s mother is also quite protective of him. Her character was amazing and I wish every gay teenager had someone like that standing behind them. Adam and Christy both also go through their first real boyfriend drama and it was super to see that both of them are not choosing boyfriend over friendship.
The book ended with the most pressing threat to the town taken care of, but a lot is left still for resolution. I’ll have to make up my own story for now on how everything gets resolved, but hopefully the authors will do a much better job and I can read all about it. I can’t wait to read more about Adam, Christy, their friends, and awesome parents. I recommend this book to anyone age 11-111.
10/10 pots of gold (100% recommended) -compares to 5/5 stars.