By Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye
Publication Date: February 28, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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.
It’s time for another gushingly incoherent review! We can even make a drinking game out of it, just for fun (I would advise against using liquor though): for every “I really liked..” take a sip of whatever you’re drinking. For every “I loved..” take a full drink and for every minor curse word, chug whatever’s in your glass or cup. Assuming you’ve got something semi-healthy in there, I’m promoting kidney health, right?
I’ve been slacking on my Frater-freaking, mostly because of that lack of time thingy, and until I read The Midnight Spell, I hadn’t been aware of Kody Boye. I don’t have to know that much about either of them though to know they’re like peanut butter and chocolate and they make one very yummy peanut butter cup. They seemed to effortlessly fall into the skins of the teens, parents and somehow, a broom and cat.
I don’t even know if I have a favorite character, which seems odd. As the only gay boy in the tiny town he lives in, Adam is so lonely in love that his bestie Christy crafts a love spell for him. Even though she says she’s a witch and everyone at school calls her a witch, even Adam isn’t truly a believer, so he thinks it’s more like coincidence when a guy who fits his dream list to a T shows up at school the next day and he’s gay and interested. There were times when I was sniffling because of how keenly Adam felt his isolation and need for love, even though he was surrounded by the best of friends and family. When he gets horribly bullied by jerks – okay, yeah, I had Kleenex in hand and was pissed off as hell. I loved (drink up) his character so much; I wanted to hug him, cheer for him, be his friend and feed this kid breakfast. Sheesh, he never ate a proper meal!
Christy held just as much of my heart as Adam did, she was such a great combination of a confident butt-kicker and insecure, defensive girl. She gets crap at school for the way she looks and acts and at home, she’s the daughter of …well, some powerful parents and she’s not that powerful, at least not yet. She was so awesome standing up for Adam and her constantly texting him was funny. I did like that she came into her powers as the story went along but I would have thought her mom at least would have given her guidance considering what evil things were going on. It seemed odd to me to just leave Christy to run around doing her best to come up with spells on the fly.
You might as well just go grab a couple of glasses of whatever you’re drinking and down them. I’m not going to repeat myself because this part would be a mass of “loved,” but that’s what I think about all of these characters, so the intent is there. The supporting characters were so funny and sweet and charming that every time they showed up on the page, I was glad to see them. Adam’s mom is a manic pixie shoe whore, his sister is a glowering crab and they make his household feel so warm and real. Christy’s family was just flat-out hilarious. Her hippy witch mom, her Wii-loving (and oh, so inappropriate) Dad, her cat/mom’s familiar Callie and a sneaky, spying broom made me wonder how she ever kept being a real witch silent from anyone. The way she kept throwing up or getting tongue-tied around Ian, her big crush, was kind of endearing; really, how many of us can relate to having that one big crush and being flustered when they finally talk to us?
It was pretty easy to see that Mark wasn’t who he said he was fairly on, but I loved the way the authors played out his story, even if it was painful to read because of the wringer they were putting Adam through. The last quarter of the book was full of action and heavier on the paranormal stuff than the first three quarters, well worth waiting for. There were a couple of fun (and funny) surprises in there too.
I absolutely loved this and if this is what Frater and Boye can do together, I would like to encourage them to peanut butter cup-it again for the sake of us readers. It was fun, a little heart-breaking, a great testament to the power of friendship and a reminder that cats rule, dogs drool.
My Rating: A