Author: Rhiannon Frater
Publication Date: February 24, 2013
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.
Warning: I wrote the following while very sick & under the influence of cold medicine.
Okay, so it’s no secret that I love Rhiannon’s books. So I was all over it when she announced she was co-writing a YA novel with Kody Boyd. I knew this wasn’t going to be like her previous grittier books, but I was still looking forward to it. I will say that Rhiannon and Kody did an excellent job with The Midnight Spell.
The story is told with alternating point of views of Christy and Adam, with Rhiannon writing as Christy and Kody writing as Adam. I love alternating POVs, and I think it worked really well for this book. I loved both of these characters. They are the outcasts in a very small Texas town, but they’ve had each other since kindergarten. Christy is a witch, and Adam is gay. Being the only gay person in town can be pretty lonely, so Christy decides to do a spell that will bring someone special for Adam. Christy is convinced the spell worked when a hot new guy enrolls at school the very next day.
When something evil starts invading the town and endangering Christy, Adam, and their friends, they have to discover what it is and destroy it. I enjoyed the mystery and the paranormal aspects of The Midnight Spell, especially since there was plenty of humor thrown in.
Not only are Christy and Adam great characters, the secondary characters in The Midnight Spell are pretty awesome, too. I seriously love the whole group and their dynamic. The friendships in this book is one of my favorite things about it.
- Olivia – The new girl in town. she was probably my favorite. Her personality and style reminded me so much of my goddaughter, that it made me laugh numerous times. She’s spunky, outgoing, and doesn’t care what people think of her. Oh, and her gaydar is highly accurate. Ping.
- Mark – The hot mysterious new guy. You’ll just have to get to know him for yourself.
- Ian – Christy has crushed on him since forever. I wasn’t sure about him for the majority of the book. He’s the hot super jock at school, but doesn’t really pay much attention to Christy until only recently. Except when she was throwing up on him (haha).
- Drifter – He was a character I liked a lot, too. He got along with everyone, and hung out with various groups in school, but he was still a loyal friend to Christy and Adam.
- The Parents – Both Christy and Adam’s parents were great. They were all active in the story, and not just background noise. I loved Christy’s parents relationship with each other and with Christy. Her dad’s Wii obsession made me laugh. And Ashley, Adam’s mom, was a hoot. She sure did remind me of another Ashley I know. 😉
- Amelia – Adam’s 10-year-old sister. I love this little brat! Seriously, she’s the kind of daughter I would want.
- Callie the Cat & Broom – Yes, a broom. Who knew I’d get attached to a cleaning tool and a hussy cat. But really, these two had such great personalities!
Overall, I liked The Midnight Spell a lot, and have my fingers crossed for another book with these characters.