The Midnight Society REVIEW

Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review:

Title: The Midnight Society

Author: Rhonda Sermon

Synopsis:

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.

Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.

As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.

With the distinction between good and evil blurred, Cate’s faced with the choice of which side to join to enable her to save her family. Should she rewrite history and risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.

The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.

My Review:

I was really excited to read to read this book. The synopsis sounded great and since the author was a fellow Australian, it made things for me personally all the bit better. When I began reading the book, I found the storyline to be really captivating, interesting and overall really enjoyable to read. The story never had a dull moment for me and was written really well. I really enjoyed how the world building was done. Even though it was written in modern time, there were so many different aspects that might be overlooked that were done really well.

I really loved the concept of time travel during this book. Often during time travel books, we see the characters travelling to the future and the past with little change when they go back to their present day. I really liked how there were different groups, wanting two very different things. You got to see the difference each day when the past was changed. I liked how real life events such as the sinking of the Titanic were used to show how the past impacts our future for the worst but also for the best.  This concept also added a touch of humour especially at the beginning when the timesurfers’ minds would be left untouched after an event change leading to a lot of confusion and humour. I also really enjoyed the different “powers” that different characters possessed. The different concepts in this book really added to the book being really unique.

The characters in this book were written really well. The main character Cate is an amazing, kick-ass character that you cant help but love. I did find it odd about how she had to have a boyfriend when she was trying to blend into the community though. I really enjoyed learning about each character as the book went along. There were so many twists and turns that were unexpected when it came to the characters. Unfortunately, the only thing I can fault is that I found it hard to connect to the characters in the book. I did enjoy reading about them but I cant say that I really connected to them. Saying that, a slightly younger audience would most likely connect with these characters compared to audience which are adults. The way you connect with a character really depends on your own experience and I feel like many would be able to connect with these characters. Even though I was unable to connect to the characters, it did not hinder my experience of reading the book.

Overall, this book was a action-packed, fast paced and humorous novel that would definitely appeal to a young teen audience. While I did really enjoy this book, I did find it hard to connect to the characters on a personal base but for a younger audience, I feel like this shouldn’t be a problem. This book was really well written and the author should be commended on this. I’m really looking forward to the Sequel called The Midnight Elites which should be released in December this year!

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Rhonda Sermon

Publication date: May 31st 2016

Synopsis:

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.

Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.

As Cate attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appear out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.

With the distinction between good and evil blurred, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.

The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.


What books are you highly anticipating this week?

~Ellie

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Title: The Last Star

Author: Rick Yancey

Publication date: 24th of May 2016

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

Synopsis:

The Last Star is the heart-stopping finale to the bestselling 5th Wave series by award-winning author, Rick Yancey. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner.

‘Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’ The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

Master storyteller Rick Yancey invokes triumph, loss, and unrelenting action as the fate of the planet is decided in the conclusion to this epic series.


What books are you highly anticipating?

~Ellie

The Raven Boys REVIEW

Title: The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Synopsis:

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.

His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

My Review:

The Raven Boys was a really interesting and captivating book. At the very beginning we learn about the fact that if blue kisses her true love, she will kill him. We also learn who this person is and it was so interesting to see how the story went along as we learnt more about the characters and what occurred in the story. Throughout the book, we get a few scenes that are set in the future mainly about the moment where she would kill her true love. These parts where so captivating because they made you think, how are they going to fall in love? What’s going to happen up until that event? Why is she going to kill her true love? There are so many questions going through your head and it makes you want to continue reading onwards to the early hours in the morning.

Something I loved about the novel was the language used. It wasn’t over the top and it was easy to understand. the language in the book made the novel easy to read and understand, making the book something that a lot of people can read and love. I often find books that while I might understand as someone who is close to graduating school but for someone who has just began reading young adult books, they can be hard to understand and can be quite inappropriate for the age group.

I absolutely adore the characters in this book! I loved how each character had a certain depth to them that was unknown to you until you went further into the novel. A character I loved reading about was Gansey. He had such a depth to him that made him such as interesting character. At the beginning he is perceived as someone who is beyond his own age but it one scene of the book, we see past that to someone who seems so small and shy. It was so interesting to read about not only Gansey but all the Raven Boys. They all had a mysterious side that compelled you to read onwards. This lead to such a creative and beautifully written story.

Overall, I loved this book! The storyline was captivating, the characters were really interesting and the writing was wonderful. This story was a amazingly written book. I highly recommend this to everyone because it such a great book but in particularly, I recommend this book to those who like supernatural based books.

Rating: 5/5 stars!

 

The Crown REVIEW

Synopsis:

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

My Review

The crown was a highly anticipated novel for me personally and I was so excited to begin reading it. Unfortunately for me personally it was a really disappointing end to the series. It wasn’t a horrible book, in fact I did enjoy the book but it didn’t live up to the expectations that I had.

The book for me personally was quite rushed. I was halfway through the book and I was left wondering if everything that was supposed to happen (ie: the end of the selection) would be able to fit into the other part of the book. It did fit but it was too rushed. I felt like random events happened with no explanation, random characters were filled into the space to make up for when there was drama lacking. There was little background to so many things that occurred in the last half of the book and it left me feeling quite confused.

Due to cramping so much into one small book, I couldn’t help but feel that the characters in the book had changed drastically in such a small time. You had new characters introduced with one or two sentences to show their background and who they were, leaving you quite confused on why they were in the story. Had the book been longer, the new characters could’ve been introduced better and the recurring characters could have had their character building occur at a slower and more realistic pace. I understand that following the events that occurred in the last book, certain characters such as Eadlyn would have to grow up at a quicker pace but her whole attitude changed in such a short time which felt forced.

Lastly, when an author writes an epilogue, I feel like it should be written with at least a little bit of detail otherwise I feel its pointless to have. An epilogue it meant to conclude a series so when you finish reading it, you have a sense of closure. The epilogue in this book was only a couple of paragraphs and provided no closure to the book. I would have much preferred not to have a epilogue at all because it was quite disappointing.

Overall, the book while it wasn’t a horrible book, for me personally it was a disappointing finale to the series. It was a small, fast paced book but to the point were it was rushed. While I wouldn’t read this book again I do feel like those  who like romance books would enjoy this book.

Rating 2.5/5