March 2, 2013


The Midnight Spell, by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye
Published February 26, 2013 
Format:  e-book - own
Genre:  YA Paranormal

Rating:  4 STARS

(From Goodreads) 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.

Some of the best books have a cat with a 'tude, don't you agree? Cases in point - Alice in Wonderland, The Iron Fey series, and... The Midnight Spell. I knew almost right away that I was going to love this book. 

I digress. The Midnight Spell is told from dual POVs - Adam's and Christy's. I have come to love these types of books. The two voices break things up and give the reader two perspectives of the same story. It's actually pretty fascinating, and for me anyway, it really helps keep me interested and into the story. 

The other thing that kept me interested in this story was the BIG LOVE. In fact, the over-arching theme in The Midnight Spell is love. But, the really awesome thing about this book is that this is not the kind of love we're all used to finding in YA books. Adam and Christy have a unique relationship. They bonded over their horrid school experiences and thus forged a love that no significant other can get between. These kids are the best kind of BFFs - the ones who would truly do anything for the other. 

Back to the cat. Christy's witchy sidekicks really stole the show in The Midnight Spell. The cat, Callie, and the broom, um... Broom, look after Christy and make sure she's okay. They were cranky and irritating and totally endearing. They were very necessary comic relief in the face of some heavy stuff going down. Good call on their additions, Ms. Frater and Mr. Boye. 

The bad guy was done really well. It was pretty clear who he was pretty early on in the book. But, his motives were kept in the dark for a really long time. The suspense and pacing were just right for me. 

Bottom line is, The Midnight Spell is a unique book with special characters who have amazing relationships with one another. The supporting characters add tons of depth and lightness to the story. After a bit of a slow start, the story picks up and you will not want to put it down until you read the last page. 

About the Authors
Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

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Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

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1 comment:

pc said...

Sounds like a great book!
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