Friday, May 2, 2014

The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye {BLOG TOUR + REVIEW}




Book Title: The Midnight Spell
Author: Rhiannon Frater, Kody Boye
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: February 28th 2013
                            by Rhiannon Frater

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Blurb:

Adam and Christy have been best friends since kindergarten. Always the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas, they’ve always had to deal with nasty comments from their classmates. Adam is called “gay” while Christy is called “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 new boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome Ian seems to be going nowhere fast. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers is tough enough, but when a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her and Adam’s worries.



Soon Adam, Christy, their potential love interests, and their good friends Drifter and Olivia, will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before and will again.


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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

My Review:


To begin with, I loved the cover. It is beautiful. It has a somehow supernatural touch to it which had drawn me in in the first place (even before I had read the blurb). I'm happy it didn't completely disappoint me.

I loved the friendship between Christy and Adam. Both are different in their own way. Also, both are alienated by others of their age because of their uniqueness. Christy has been called a witch since childhood and Adam is not also very happy with people treating him in the wrong way for his sexuality. For me though, it was one of best parts. A gay guy and a straight witch girl, doesn't it sound intriguing?

When things are no longer tolerable at the school, around the familiar faces, Christy decides to do a spell for Adam at midnight, hoping for an improvement in his love life.Her own life is not too perfect either. She's had crush on Ian for ages and it's been that way ever since. As if dealing with such teen life issues were not enough, she is forced to face a greater evil and must defeat it to save everything they hold dear.

I loved how the story is narrated. Specially Adam and Christy's pov make it all the more easier to relate to the story. The dialogues were really witty, sometimes sarcastic and I have a special preference for that so I can not not-like them!


The supporting characters were well-built too. Characters like Drifter and Olivia were wonderful. I just wish there were a little more focus on them, and also on Ian. The only thing that bugged me at times that it seemed too childish, compared to a YA novel. I'm not asking for hardcore romance or thriller, but a tiny bit more would have been GREAT! (Or it's possible that I'm finally growing up so that could be a reason :p)


The main theme, the supernatural and paranormal tone of the book is carried out really well until the end. Even if you aren't a YA lover, I would suggest trying it for once for the beautiful world building and the theme alone.


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AUTHOR BIOS:


Rhiannon:

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. 
 
You can find her online at:

Website --- Facebook ---Twitter --- Blog --- Pinterest --- Email


 Kody:

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



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