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Review: The Midnight Society (The Midnight Chronicles #1) by Rhonda Sermon

The Midnight Society (The Midnight Chronicles #1) by Rhonda Sermon
Published May 31, 2016 by K&R Books
★★★

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?

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First off, I’m really sorry if this review sounds harsh, but I read this book after binge-reading a whole lot of Shadowhunter Chronicles short stories and extra scenes. I promise I really did enjoy it!

I enjoyed how it got right into the story and action, without too much background information, it made me feel like I was immersed into the story. Most of the time, I find it really hard to read about time-travel through multiple PoVs, but I didn’t really have trouble following the story. While I loved most of the plot line, I wasn’t really keen on the Hunger Games-ish scene toward the end. I didn’t really enjoy the ending, and I felt it was too fast and impactless.

Some parts of the story didn’t really sit right with me, and sometimes I kind of got the feeling that the author was trying to speak with a teenage voice, but it didn’t really sound right and some of the terms used felt a bit odd when used by Cate and the others. At some points I felt a bit annoyed how everything was being told, not shown, with little bits of unnecessary information.

Cate is an interesting protagonist, I enjoyed reading through her perspective, but some parts had me physically rolling my eyes at what she was doing or how she was acting, but I suppose that’s the idea of having a 15-year-old protagonist, haha. Jonah is so cute, and when things I thought would happen didn’t, I found it highly refreshing. The story is full of almost-cliches, which was actually kind of fun to read.

All in all, I did enjoy reading it and will be back for the next installment 🙂

I received an ARC from the Author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORRhonda Sermon

Rhonda Sermon lives in the mostly sunny Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two children.
Her debut young adult fantasy novel The Midnight Society was a finalist in the Young Adult category and overall runner up in the The Strongest Start 2012 Contest hosted by TheNextBigWriter.com.

On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it’s still awesome.
Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over her keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given.

She’s a big Harry Potter fan, loves everything the talented Cassie Clare writes and her fav Aussie author is Jessica Shirvington. Her tween and teen children read ALL the time so she is always on the lookout for new and exciting books.

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