I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by Permuted Press on February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: the author
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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 aflutter, 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.
I’m slowly making my way through every single book Rhiannon Frater has to offer, but this was my first experience with Kody Boye. The book made a great first impression, and I’ll be sure to check out more of his books. Kody writes as Adam, a strong gay character as a main protagonist, instead of the standard gay sidekick. It was so great, and heartbreaking, to be offered an insider’s view on homophobia and bullying. Rhiannon’s character is also a refreshing change from the everyday. Christy isn’t skinny and her wardrobe isn’t flashy. She keeps her head down and hides behind her hoodies, and she’s struggling with more than just your everyday teen angst. She would describe herself as ugly and fat, but I see her as brave and sassy.
The beginning of the book was a little slow, and read more like a contemporary story of teenage life, rather than a paranormal. Other than the initial Midnight Spell, there was very little in the way of magic. Rhiannon and Kody did a great job encapsulating the frustration of high school, but I kept expecting the pace to pick up. I’ll admit, it took longer than I expected. Once it did, however, I couldn’t put it down! It was exciting and original! I fell in love with this rag tag group of characters. <3
Rhiannon and Kody break a few of the Young Adult genre rules. In fact, they may have just taken the rule book and torn out a few pages. One of the more notable of these rules is the language. YA novels usually toe a line as far as swears go, staying on the good side of parents everywhere. I don’t know how it was when you were a teenager, but I swore like a sailor… just not where my mother could hear me. The authors kept it realistic, using swears when the occasion called for it. I loved the dialogue, for the most part. If felt genuine and was often very witty. My only complaint would be the overuse of the word “totally”… granted, teens use this word in every second sentence, so I guess that’s pretty realistic too. 😉
Rhiannon and Kody make a great team, and I can’t help but wonder if there may be a sequel in the near future? I would love to hear more from this dynamic duo, to revisit Christy and Adam and see what kind of trouble they get into next.
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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: rhiannonfrater.com
Email: rhiannonfrater at gmail.com
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