Thursday, May 1, 2014

Xpresso Book Tours Blog Tour for The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye!!

Hey there everyone! Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye, organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

I will be sharing my review and if you want to check out excerpts and more click HERE for the full tour schedule! But before that, let's get you some more information about the book & author, shall we?

The Midnight Spell by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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.

About Rhiannon:

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. 

About Kody:

Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga. He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media Agency.

My Review

I so thoroughly enjoyed and loved this book!

This is not your usual YA book, there are bits of horror and the romance is not really what you'd be mostly used to see, but whatever makes it different, also makes it great!

The characters feel as real teenagers, despite the paranormal bits, from the "outcast" witch that it's still growing into her powers (can you imagine dealing with all the crap that being a teenager is AND worrying about whether if you'll finally come into your witchy powers or remain a fraud-ish?) to her gay best friend, that has to deal with not being popular and being gay in a town full of straight and mostly not-gay-friendly people. Both Christy and Adam were easy to root for, and never made me want to shake them (much!) to make them see reason. 
Changelings, vampire hunters and loads of geeky references to Buffy! I wasn't sure what to expect from this paranormal mix, but I was very pleasantly surprised as how very classic and horror story the paranormal aspects were, but never felt overdone, it was quite a fresh take but true to the classics, if that makes sense!

The story weaves from the personal to the paranormal, from dealing with first loves and relationships to saving the world. And it's done in such a great way you just can't help to keep on turning the pages! There's plenty of character growth, changes of alliances for some of the characters, some finding some redeemable traits and other remaining as useless and crappy as before. I really wasn't expecting the reveals about the villains by the end of the book, because to a point, you almost understand their plight, even if you don't agree with their actions.

I so hope we'll get a second book for Christy, Adam and the gang! Can we please get a sequel for this one? Well deserved 4 stars for this one!


  1. No definitely not a typical YA eh? I only read a few chapters of this way back and I could already tell it was a unique one, for sure. I should really finish it though! Sounds like the mix of paranormal aspects was well balanced and not overwhelming like some can be, too, especially with so many.. creatures >.< And Buffy references FTW!

    1. Yep, it does have some of the typical tropes but done very differently! You really ought to get back to it, Giselle!

  2. There are geeky Buffy references? YES!!! Any book that contains Buffy references is a winner to me Pili! Normally horror is a genre I stay far, far away from because I'm a massive wimp, but this one seems like it's a nice mix of a variety of things without overdoing the horror aspect. Must give it a try!

    1. I'm quite a big wimp too, Jenny! And every Buffy reference that I found I kept on giggling! You really should give this one a try, it's creepy but not overwhelmingly so!

  3. This sounds a brilliant book and what I love the most these are not your usual best friends in a YA novel. They don't fall for each while saving their town from an evil force. If they reference Buffy then I'm so in for this book. I LOVE that show. Lovely post and review, Pili. :)

    1. Yeah, this one avoided quite a few topics, and the romance was quite different! And there's plenty of Buffy references to love and squee with! Thank you, Emma!!


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