Review + Giveaway: The Midnight Spell

I received this book for free from Xpresso Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review + Giveaway: The Midnight SpellThe Midnight Spell by Kody Boye, Rhiannon Frater
Published by Author on February 28,2 013
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 234
Format: ARC
Source: Xpresso Blog Tours
Goodreads
three-stars

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’s slight build, sweet-nature, and wry sense of humor have marked him as the gay kid in school, while Christy’s long hair, hippy parents, and mesmerizing amber eyes have her tagged as 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. After nothing seems to happen, Adam is convinced he will spend the rest of his high school years without someone special. That is until the next day when 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 jock, Ian, seems to be going nowhere fast and she’s determined to change her luck and her destiny. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers are 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 before in their town and will again.

First Sentence: “It all started with a spell.”

Review:
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.

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.'”

Giveaway:
As part of the tour, I have one e-copy of The Midnight Spell to offer to a reader. Just fill out the Rafflecopter! 
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12 responses to “Review + Giveaway: The Midnight Spell”

  1. Kelly says:

    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!

    • Christina says:

      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.

  2. Giselle says:

    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

    • Christina says:

      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.

  3. 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.

  4. erin says:

    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!

  5. Stephanie says:

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. Alison says:

    Thanks for the review! I really liked Sabrina the Teenage Witch so I think I’ll try this book out! 🙂

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