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A Reader of Fictions: Review + Giveaway: The Midnight Spell

A Reader of Fictions

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review + Giveaway: The Midnight Spell

The Midnight Spell

Authors: Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye
Pages: 254 according to the Nook version
Publisher: self-published
Source: ecopy for blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours

Description from Goodreads:
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 a flutter, 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.

First Sentence: "It all started with a spell."

As a book blogger, especially one who reads Giselle's reviews, it's hard to miss Rhiannon Frater. She apparently writes super awesome vampire and zombie books, but I haven't gotten around to those yet. When the tour came up for Frater's paranormal co-written with another author, I couldn't resist. Joining The Midnight Spell tour was a good choice. Frater and Boye's novel is light, humorous, and fun all the way through.

Like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Christy is approaching the age of her powers awakening. Christy desperately wants her full-blown witchy powers, and keeps trying to perform spells in hopes that they'll turn her powers on full blast. Her latest plan is a spell at midnight to bring her bestie Adam's perfect guy to town. Adam doesn't wholly believe in Christy's magical abilities, but he hopes, tired of being alone and picked on for his sexuality.

Adam and Christy both really stick out in their whitebread, small town. Christy's been called a witch since she was young, her tendency to wear dark clothing not really helping matters. Red-headed Adam has been picked on for being gay for years too, even though he hasn't actually come out. They're lucky to have each other, though, and their social butterfly friend, Drifter. I would have liked to see a bit more of Christy and Adam's friendship before the midnight spell kicked the plot into motion, but I love their bond, and that the story is told from the POV of a straight girl and her gay best friend.

The plot includes some paranormal mayhem, but definitely keeps more to the funny than the creepy, which is a nice change of pace from paranormal stories that take themselves super seriously. There are some paranormal creature reveals at the end that definitely made me chuckle. The focus, though, is really on the romances: Adam's with mysterious new hottie Mark and Christy's with her long-time crush Ian.

The one thing that cut down on my enjoyment a little bit was my indifference towards Mark and Christy. I don't dislike either of them, but I never got a real sense of them as people. I would have assumed that Boye and Frater each took one of the perspectives to write, but Christy and Adam read too similarly to me. I had a bit of trouble keeping whose section I was reading straight.

On the other hand, I loved the secondary characters. They are made of sass and awesomeness. Callie, Christy's cat familiar, and the broom really steal the show. They're also super dependable and a bit snarky. Yes, a broom can be kind of snarky. Oh, and both Adam and Christy have super caring, present parents, with the exception of Adam's dad who's gone months at a time for work but who obviously loves his family a lot. The three parents are all a hoot. Oh, also, there's Drifter, who I totally want to hook up with Christy, because he's way smarter and more interesting.

The Midnight Spell is a highly fun paranormal self-pub. The ARC version I read had very few errors, so I imagine the finished copy will be pretty spotless, so, if you're interested, feel no fear! I'm definitely looking forward to reading some of Frater's darker novels.

Rating: 3/5

Favorite Quote: "'You're never to come here again. You will never touch Adam. You will never so much as even look or talk to him, because if you do, I swear I will shoot you dead. And if you try anything at the school, I swear I will bring holy hell down upon you, because when you fuck with the cub, you mess with the fucking mama bear. Get out. Now.'"

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Blogger Kelly said...

Secondary characters that steal the show? That's interesting.

I won't lie - I wasn't going to bother with this one because the cover does nothing for me; it reminds me a little of something I might have picked up when I was in elementary school. And usually when the cover doesn't do it for me with small/self-pubs, the story doesn't either (just a trend I'm generalizing lol). And while it's disappointing to hear you didn't truly connect with the main characters, I love when there's an awesome cast of secondary characters to pick up the slack; especially when they're funny!

March 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

Haha yes! She does right THE best zombie books! You have to read them! That series it not light and humorous though, quite the opposite of this one it seems ;) Sounds like a very different kind of book than I'm used to from her, too. I did read the first few chapters and I liked it. Also did you know the Ashley mom is based on The Bookish Brunette. Baha. And I'm pretty sure they didn't exaggerate either. Scary! lol

March 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Sheena-kay Graham said...

The story line is very engaging and Christy and Adam are characters I both like and feel sorry for. I haven't read anything by this authour yet but Midnight Spell sounds very exciting. Glad it got a positive review and can't wait to read about all the antics myself.

March 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

The cover definitely has a sort of 80s movie vibe, with the whole Sixteen Candles pose. It's pretty good for a self-pub cover, though. Secondary characters are great, and at least Christy & Adam were generally in company, so that I could be hugely entertained by the sneaky broom or officious cat.

March 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know I have to read them, but I also have to read every other book ever. Why don't I have all of the time in the world?

This does sound really different from her usual fare, and I definitely want to check those out. OMG, the mom is based on TBB? That's hilarious. And seems apt. lololol.

March 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yup. It was a whole bunch of fun, and if you like Christy and Adam, I'm sure you'll love it.

March 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger erin said...

Thanks for the great review! I've had my eye on this author for a while now. Definitely will have to take a closer look!

March 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

This sounds so fun! I've also been meaning to read Rhiannon since I first saw Giselle raving about her...that was over a year ago, wasn't it? I really need to get on that!

March 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Krystal Maestas said...

That quote seriously gave me chills! Like, wow!

I am intrigued by the secondary characters you mentioned. I've also been a big fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so this really seems interesting. I haven't read a book with such an interesting friendship. It kind of sounds like the movie, The Coven, in a way too.

March 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like a really interesting read! And i keep hearing good things about this book so maybe i have to read it :) Thank you for this review :)

March 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I never saw The Coven, but that might be apt too.

March 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Alison Lan said...

Thanks for the review! I really liked Sabrina the Teenage Witch so I think I'll try this book out! :)

March 8, 2013 at 12:00 AM  

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