Midnight, Texas, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, book cult!

How’s it going? Read anything good lately? I’m currently getting my Greek demigod on. Maybe you know what I’m talking about. Maybe not. I’ll just leave my mysteriousness here.

So, back in January, I chose five series to read for my book resolution of the year. I really enjoy doing a book resolution throughout the year because I get to challenge myself and read some new books that have been on my TBR for a long while. Not going to lie though, it’s getting close to the wire and I’m not sure I’ll be completing them in time. That’s fine. They’re getting done and I’m having fun getting lost in these stories!

I just finished Midnight, Texas! I know some readers don’t think a trilogy counts when it comes to series, but it’s more than two books so it counts to me.

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Odds are, you’ve already read the reviews for the books and have a pretty decent understanding of my mixed confusion, but mild enjoyment of the books. I wish there’d been more excitement or just more in general, but we’ll get to that. First, the books:

In a small town in Texas called Midnight, Manfred Bernardo comes to live in the place by the pawnshop. The town seems pretty quaint. With only one stoplight in the middle of town, it’s a surprise that it’s on the map at all. Manfred quickly discovers this town is anything but ordinary. It’s full of secrets.

He next-door neighbor is a vampire. Across the street is a witch and her unique cat that seems to know more than it lets on. He’s still not clear on the men at the salon and antique store. When strange things begin happening and is drawing the attention of the outside which is not good for the supernatural residents who love their privacy. The Midnighters will have to work together to save the town.

 

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

Throughout all three books, I was always wondering who these Midnighters are. There were so many secrets and I don’t feel like I figured out anything. Therefore, I didn’t really feel anything for them.

I guess my big question is, will there ever be more books to give readers a chance to get to know the characters some more? Maybe I’m just sounding greedy, but I just need more.

 

The Characters:

The characters were fun and pretty independent. Granted, they felt repetitive in places. However, I liked how each of them held their own power both supernaturally and normally.

Olivia and Manfred are my favorites. I really liked their bromance in the second book. It was fun and edgy. Olivia is not a woman to be fecked with and Manfred knows it. He also appreciates it, which is also really cool!

 

The End:

I shit you not, I was like: Wut?

I know, meme-talk. Not proper for a blogger, but that’s what I’ve got. LOL. The end of this story was rushed and felt incomplete which confused me and let me sulky. Never a good thing. It can ruin an entire series! It didn’t do that for me this time, but I’m still super shaky about how everything went down during the great threat of the apocalypse in Midnight.

 

The Author:

I’ve always heard sweet and good things about Charlaine Harris. I’m quite excited to get to her Sookie Stackhouse novels actually. I like her writing style. It’s unlike any other that I’ve read. Very in the moment and subtle and quaint. The supernatural in the everyday life, like their normal. She takes away the monster and freak aspect of it. I bot enjoy it and feel a little meh. Only a little meh because it takes away the excitement a tad.

All in all, this trilogy was a lot of ups and downs, but not once did I put this down. I didn’t want to. It’s not a bad trilogy at all. It’s just so different from anything I’ve ever read, and I’m BIG on the paranormal/supernatural genre. Definitely worth a read.

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The show is pretty good too! A fantastic cast with Arielle Kebble, …, and many more! Lots of wild fun in the small town. Sadly, it only got two seasons. From my perspective I can see why. They began the first season with the story at the end of the trilogy. It’s kind of difficult to come up with something bigger than that. LOL. Still great though and if you loved True Blood then totally watch it!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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From Beneath, It Devours…Yes, It Might Be A Hellmouth (Night Shift – A Book Review)

Night Shift (Midnight, Texas #3)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Published: 2016

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Rated D for an intriguing and curious build-up that only to lead to a disappointing delivery.

 

The first suicide arrives one early October night.

Midnight, a small town in Texas with only one stoplight, is facing strange times. Weapons in the local pawn shop, Midnight Pawn, are flying off the shelves only to be used in gruesome suicides right at the crossroad in the middle of town. Secrets and revelations come out into the open throwing Midnighters off balance. One thing is for sure, there’s a strong power rising in the small town and it’s threatening to destroy everything and everyone.

 

The Midnight, Texas trilogy is a part of my New Year’s resolution and this is 3 of 3.

 

Midnight Crossroad review – here

Day Shift review – here

 

It upsets me to say this, but this book was such a disappointment. GAH! No! I love the show. It inspired to read the books!!! I kept imagining that this final installment would put things into perspective and give some sort of fulfilling closure. Alas, not the case. Manfred is still being his crazy, work-driven self. Fiji is more tense than usual. Bobo is awkward. Olivia is on the precipice of losing her shit. Then, of course, there’s this great evil below the town.

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Where do I start? There was so much that was promising with this final book. I always felt like the final book of a trilogy or any series was meant to be significant and final and closing, and most importantly, satisfying on some level. I thought there’d be answers that would make sense, but everything from Olivia’s secrets about her life to the reason Manfred feels like he has to work constantly to Fiji’s family history is messy. While reading, it felt like it was all shoved together super fast with no clear rhyme or reason. There were no real answers to be had, and if there were, it wasn’t clear. Everything was left hanging in the air.

It’s been hard to feel anything for these characters. It still is. I was hoping to gain ground, but with the style of writing keeping the characters at arm’s length with the reader, I just didn’t find myself caring, EXCEPT for at the end with Fiji and Bobo. And at that part, I was utterly mortified. Like, what the holy balls of hell!? If you’ve read this trilogy and have gotten to this part maybe you understand where I’m coming from.

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The big bad? It wasn’t clear until about the middle of the book that there was one and who/what the big bad was is still a mystery because the book didn’t get into it. There just wasn’t much depth or interest paid to it. It felt very meh. Usually, there’s something dire about an evil that threatens to destroy you and your home. Not the case here. Bummer.

 

Overall

Well…it’s over. *Shrug* Anti-climactic. Just not what I expected. Harris is a great writer. I mean that. I enjoy her style and flare and how she gave normalcy to the supernatural rather than painting them as nothing but monsters. But, here’s the but(t). I felt like nothing really happened. Nothing exciting or liberating. Maybe a little past my comfort zone at the end there, but that’s about it. As you can tell when a book gears me up, whether, at one end of the spectrum or the other, I get to writing a lengthy review. This one will go up on my shelf. While it didn’t come out as a favorite it was still enjoyable.

 

Quotables:

“It might sound snobbish if being a real Midnight person were something anyone else in the world aspired to. That’s like saying someone doesn’t really fit in with the Weirdo Club.” (Manfred to Olivia, p. 108)

“‘I know a pair of angels. I talk to angels. I live on the same street as angels. And across from a talking cat and a witch.’ And yet, he admitted to himself, this didn’t feel strange at all. It felt quite normal.” (Manfred, p. 165)

 

More to come soon…                                                                                                

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Taking Over Me by Evanescence.

 

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Winter is Over, Summer is Coming… (Brave – A Book Review)

Brave (Wicked #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2017

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Rated E for emotional overdrive that sends not only characters into a frenzy but readers too.

 

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen…

After torture and dread, Ivy Morgan is finally safe…for the time being. She and Ren have escaped the deadly clutches of fae Prince, Drake, as well as the Order, by hiding in plain sight with the Summer Fae who’ve become unexpected allies. Nobody even knew they were alive. Taking the time to regroup, Ivy is feeling less and less like herself. Something dark and hungry is growing within. Her fae half.

As she struggles to figure out how to handle it, she and others need to make a plan to get rid of Drake once and for all. But when Ren makes a choice he has no right making for Ivy, the results have lasting, painful consequences that could pull them apart.

When unexpected reveals are made, everyone must come together to defeat it, even if it means some of them may not make it out alive. Betrayals are made. Friends are lost. The future is changed forever.

And a queen rises ready to take over the world. Ivy will do whatever it takes to knock her from her would-be throne in New Orleans and save those she loves.

 

The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 3.

 

Wicked – Review Here                           Torn – Review Here

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a huge fan of J. L. A. She is a fantastic storyteller and right up my alley. With the pop cultural references, strong emotions, and fast and powerful storytelling that really keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. This is an author that writes for enjoyment and for readers to enjoy, not to analyze and study in how it relates to the world. Just love and enjoy a good story.

That is exactly the case here. The third and final book of this series was so fantastic I wish I could get out all of the words just right, but as usual, I’m such a jumble of sounds because I loved it so much. Ivy and Ren really encompassed a relationship and rose to my top five favorites. They’re a perfect example that relationships take work. Sometimes you’re going to fight and disagree, but you don’t just give up. You pull through it. You work together. I freaking love them. They’ve got the goals, both sexually and intimately. I can’t be the only one who’s read these books and thought: Damn, wish my sex life was this good. LOL.

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The struggles that both Ivy and Ren had separately was great and powerful. Not great because it sucked they were struggling. But the detail and length to show it was. It was so real and getting that from the way they feel and think and how they speak. J. L. A. nailed it. I’ve said it in the last two reviews. I can’t say it enough. She has a way of bringing raw and relatable emotions and it’s among one of my favorite things. It really hooked me.

Side Note: Tink’s fucking troll dolls! Can’t spoil it, but WTF, dude!

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An unexpected alliance is made with the Summer Fae. The lore of the Summer Fae and Winter has always been intriguing to me. Summer have always been described with warmth and youth while the Winter are cold and torturous. It’s no different here. I really enjoyed how J. L. A. gave life to both sides of the fae. It’s remarkable and so natural. And the depictions between the two are splendid.

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The end of this trilogy was rather quick and precise. It wasn’t that it was rushed. It was just done in a sense that the trilogy actually feels unfinished like it can be added to later down the line. For now, Ivy and Ren can rest in a sense. I really enjoyed that. The fight isn’t over and the series could pick up later, but for now, it’s done and I’m pretty dang satisfied. Well, that’s a lie. I’m satisfied with the ending and that it all came around so well, but I WANT MORE! LOL. I know I know. I’m greedy.

 

Overall

To the point, I LOVE this trilogy. Really fantastic and I can’t believe it’s not more popular. Beautiful and intense and quite a bit of action (take that how you want). It’s my sole belief that J. L. A. is completely underrated and deserves more attention because she is bomb! I really can’t wait to come back to this trilogy one day and I stand by my past remark that it needs to be made into a series on HBO.

Keep a look out for the overall summary of the trilogy!

 

Quotables:

“You’d think the extra fae-ness would’ve given me a nice heart-shaped bottom of something. That I wouldn’t have complained about.” (Ivy, p. 118)

“Sometimes what is necessary isn’t always right.” (Merle, p. 140)

“Just so you know, I like the idea of my vagina being golden. That’s not an insult.” (Ivy to Kyle, p. 222)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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One Plus Fae Equals the End of the World (Wicked – A Book Review)

Wicked (Wicked Trilogy #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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Rated W for wild and wicked fae slayers who can’t help but dive headfirst into hot and heavy danger. 

 

Things are about to get wicked in New Orleans.

Ivy Morgan isn’t the average college student.  In New Orleans, she goes to class and then goes to work, hunting fae. Others like her, who also work for The Order, can see fae and fight them to protect the world. Her duty is all she’s known. It’s her life, especially after losing all she held dear four years ago.

Ren Owens is a transfer from the Colorado sect. The moment she meets him albeit she’s bleeding all over his shoes, there’s something that awakens in her, a yearning that she’s never felt before. She refuses to give into it. People die in this line or work and she refuses to open up to anyone only to get her heart broken again. Ren doesn’t give up. He sneaks between those cracks of hers, determined to find his way in. But, as they grow closer, Ivy knows that Ren’s hiding things from her. When she discovers what it is, she’s unsure of what’s more dangerous—the fae seeking the means to control not only the city, but the world, or the man that confesses he wants her heart, body, and soul?

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 3.

 

Ivy’s lived her whole life training and working for The Order. She and other members, unlike normal people, can see fae and hunt them. The job is hard and really cuts a lifespan short. It’s also seemingly never-ending, but somebody has to protect those who can’t protect themselves. When she stumbles into Ren’s life, or him into hers…it really depends on who you ask. there is an undeniable spark between them. It’s one of annoyance and yearning and that resistance that pulled me in.

This entire book from the first page to the last was addicting. The chemistry between Ivy and Ren is instantaneous and I was blushing so hardcore and the steamy moments were incredible. I couldn’t get enough of this. Completely irresistible and boundary-less. The way Ren broke past Ivy’s guard is something I swooned over. He was incredibly annoying at times and my jaw dropped so many times at the comments he made toward her because it wasn’t overly sexualized–actually, it was, but it was how he looked at her nearly drooling and completely taken by her. It’s not objectifying, however. He loves everything about her. Every-damn-fecking-thing. I’M LIVING FOR IT. 

More so, I love how awkward Ivy gets at times as well as the awkward things that happen to her. It’s not only realistic but so relatable that it hurts and makes me cringe. A LOT. You do you, chick, and I’ll be over here painfully relating in a corner. *looks away anxiously*

These two. There aren’t many couples on my list that I trip on my face for while I forget to breathe, but they are right up there.

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I love New Orleans. Loyola was actually my number one school to attend and I was so excited when I was accepted. However, financial issues kept me from attending. Really sucked, but I still hope to see the city someday. My excitement over the city being said, I loved that this is the city the book takes place in! Armentrout brings such life with her attention to detail. Fucking-A, legit! From the food to the neighborhoods and street names, and the way the characters know it so well down to the culture and landmarks of the city. I am so engulfed in it and so obsessed!

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Flashing back to the characters, I have to say, Tink is my absolute favorite. He’s an itty-bitty brownie that rooms with Ivy in her apartment and while he’s got an uber addiction to Amazon Prime and The Walking Dead/Supernatural he’s a hilarious pain in the ass. He’s also got a unique story himself. The bond between him and Ivy is definitely what friendship is made of.

More so, I love the realism of the magic that was brought to this series. It’s raw and dark, yet magical in a way that you’d get lost in so easily. The fact that this takes place in New Orleans helps since the city is well known for its juju. Maaan, I really want to go there. Fae are both beautiful and horrifying creatures and Armentrout doesn’t shy away from that one bit.

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Overall

This is definitely not in the YA section like her LUX series is. But, it’s so YUMMY and dark and will certainly punch you in the feels and your sexual tension simultaneously. Delightful, right!? Now, there weren’t many bomb drops that I wasn’t expecting, but they still made a large enough impact that I’m aching for so much more. The book is laced with epic TV and pop cultural references that left me laughing so hard. Really loved those bits. It made it more enjoyable. Damn, Ivy and Ren though…just damn.

I, personally, from just this first book alone, think this series is destined for HBO. I’m dying for a new paranormal show and this would definitely have me obsessed. It’s powerful, funny, jaw-dropping, powerful, and limitless in every area imaginable.

 

Quotables:

“…I’m telling you what, you females are freaks. Guy break in and you all swoon like B&E is a desirable trait.” (Tink to Ivy, p. 129)

“More. Hadn’t I wanted more out of life? If so, this was like taking a class on stupid and excelling at it.” (Ivy, p. 319)

“There was a lot of ugliness in me and I think he knew that, deep down, because he carried the same, but I appreciated the kindness he doled out like candy on Halloween.” (Ivy, p. 336)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Take The Moments (The Summer I Turned Pretty – A Book Review)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2009-2011

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Every summer Belly goes to Cousins where her mom and Susannah, her mom’s best friend, have a beach house. She looks forward to it every summer because it’s like coming home. It’s this year, when Belly is seventeen that everything changes. This is the summer Belly turned pretty, as she puts it, and everybody notices it, especially Susannah’s sons, Jeremiah and Conrad.

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Belly’s been in love with Conrad for as long as she can remember. It’s never been anyone else. Right as soon as she starts to believe that he feels the same, heartbreaking news shatters everybody in the house. Nobody will ever be the same and Belly learns that it’s time to grow up no matter how hard it is, but that doesn’t mean you grow out of your first love, does it?

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This trilogy is one that I read every summer (I have the three-in-one version). It’s young, and innocent and I can almost feel the sand between my toes as my heart swells for the main character. Belly is always growing and you see that in each book. She takes the time to really allow her thoughts and heart to guide her even though she faces tough decisions and a whole lot of heartbreak.

Belly encompasses the growing teenager. She’s caring, loving and passionate about everything as well as whiny, annoying, snooty and wild. But each time I read this book, it’s like all of the small things matter suddenly. The sound of the ocean. The way that Belly looks at the stars. How she seems to stay in a moment for almost an eternity and she relives her memories with such delicacy. And that’s all okay. It should be encouraged actually because life moves really fast.

These coming of age books remind me to hold on to the moments that made my life. All of them. That was a big part throughout the trilogy because life is a series of moments. Sweet and tender and with so much love, I can’t stop coming back to Cousins. I’m hoping one day Jenny Han returns to the beach house.

 

Quotables:

“The moment between us, fragile and tenuous, snapped in hald. It was over. It would do no good to wonder what he was going to say. Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone.” (The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly, p. 153)

“I wondered if this was the way old crushes died, with a whimper, slowly, and then, just like that—gone.” (The Summer I Turned Pretty, Belly, p. 200)

“There are moments in your life you wish with all your heart you could take back. Like, just erase from existence. Like, if you could, you’d erase yourself right out of existence too, just to make that moment not exist.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 319)

“I used to look forward to seeing Conrad all year. I used to wish for summer the way kids wished for Christmas. It was all I thought about. Even now, even after everything, he was still all I thought about.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 341)

“How do you regret one of the best nights of your life? You don’t. You remember every word, every look. Even when it hurts, you still remember.” (It’s Not Summer Without You, Belly, p. 392)

“When I used to picture forever, it was always with the same boy. In my dreams, my future was set. A sure thing. This wasn’t the way I pictured it…” (A Couple of Years Later, Belly, p.455)

“In my heart, I knew I loved them both, as much as it is possible to love two people as the same time…” (We’ll Always Have Summer, Belly, p. 799)

“When Conrad Fisher told a girl her loved her, he meant it. A girl could believe in that. A girl could maybe even bet her whole life on it.” (We’ll Always Have Summer, Belly, p. 805)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song of the day? Unpredictable by 5 Seconds of Summer. Feels very fitting.

Let’s Get Ruined (The Royals Trilogy – A Book Review)

The Royals Trilogy

Author: Erin Watt

Published: 2016

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Ella Harper is swept out of her public school and crappy apartment placed in a private school and lavish mansion after discovering that her birth father, who turned out to be a millionaire, died in a tragic accident. The life of the rich and famous isn’t very welcoming of her and secrets are abound throughout this trilogy.

When given a deal Ella can’t refuse—$10,000 for every month—she stays with her new guardian, Callum Royal—she decides to give lifestyle a chance because money doesn’t grow on trees, and she certainly didn’t make that much at her job. However, Callum’s five sons will do anything to run her out of the house.

These Royals will ruin you…

Not a complete lie. These boys are pretty hot and used to getting everything they want. So when Ella stands up to them to prove herself, it turns out to be the perfect challenge. However, one Royal in particular, Reed Royal, never thought he’d actually fall for this strong-willed girl and this screwed up fairy tale grants your wishes when it comes to bad boys.

 

Possible spoilers ahead.

This trilogy has a lot of spunk and is definitely not afraid of getting down and dirty. The attitude in tone of the books fuels the fire that is the Royal household. From getting deserted in the middle of the night to a pregnancy scandal, the drama never dies and we as readers thrive on that from time to time. It’s like an adrenaline rush that makes our insides crawl with anticipation.

Now, I want to say that I loved this series through and through, but—yes, sadly there’s a but—I had troubles. The storyline was great and certainly kept my attention with shocking twists and turns. However, I did struggle a little here and there due to the repetition in the second book about the discord in Ella and Reed’s relationship. I held on because I love an f**ed love story. There’s a fight for love in a story that’s so complicated and every love story should have some fight in it. This one even had some literal fights going on.

Another issue I had was reading the genre on the back: Young Adult and then reading the books and realizing that they aren’t Young Adult. Not in my opinion anyway. YA ranges from 13-well, I’m 24 and still read YA so the age ranges. But, with the swearing ever so often and detailed sex scenes that is strewn through the series, I don’t believe it’s appropriate. Just because the characters are young adults, I don’t think that it makes this series YA.

So, while this series was a fun read, I can’t give it all of my love. That doesn’t mean I won’t go back and read them. They sit up on my special shelf for rereads.

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Today’s song? Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves.