What I Think about 13 Ways to Midnight by Rue Volley

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13 Ways to Midnight by Rue Volley

Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy


You’ll never miss the sunlight until it’s gone.

Sixteen-year-old Echo Navarri, daughter of world-famous archaeologists, Alice and Peter Navarri, had spent her life traveling from one expedition to the next as her parent’s unearthed lost civilizations.

On their thirteenth dig, Midnight, Echo’s twin sister, disappears without a trace. This prompts a year-long search that leaves the family nearly broken.

In an attempt to find some closure, they reluctantly host a mock funeral for Midnight without ever recovering her remains.

Nearing the one year anniversary of Midnight’s assumed death, Echo is sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Luna who is the caretaker of the centuries old Navarri Estate in Port Royal, Maine.

Echo attempts to settle into her new life in Port Royal, but soon finds that she’s destined for adventure as the mystery of her family’s history, the sunless town, and it’s oddly intriguing people teeter on the supernatural.

What I think of the book:

This one is brand new, people. It only came out last week and after reading the blurb, I couldn’t wait to do the same with the book.

I don’t know who did the cover art and whether it was the author’s or Vamptasy Publishing‘s call to have this cover on their product, but I’m lovin’ it.

But you are not here to read about the cover, are you?

You want to know what I think of the book. Well, here it goes!

When I read the blurb, I thought I’d enjoy this book and even though I expected it to be something it wasn’t, I did enjoy it. I can see it making its way in my list of favorite 2017 reads, at least as an honorable mention.

I found the main character very relatable, save for losing herself in a guy’s eyes, but… I don’t want to give you any spoilers, so I’ll just leave it at but.

Even though the book deals with the theme of loss – a reasons why I expected it to be a heavier read – I found myself smiling and snickering, and turning the pages. This book isn’t hilarious, but it has its moments of everyday humor and everyday occurrences which makes it more realistic.

All was not perfect though, and I had a few problems with this book.

For one, Aunt Luna tends to disappear and reappear in very convenient for the plot times.

There were also a lot of cases of omitted apostrophe, which I attribute to reading an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy), a.k.a. the book before the final tweaks. For some of you this might be a minor issue, one you wouldn’t even pay attention to, but the writer in me wanted to add that ‘ wherever it was needed.

The last thing and the only one that broke the flow of the story for me was the fact that sometimes two characters would speak and both of their lines would be in the same paragraph which, on a few occasions, made me think “Wait… Why did she say this right after that?” and then I’d re-read the the paragraph, the one that precedes it and the one that follows it and I’ll be “Oooh, that’s the other character replying!” It wasn’t very common when I got them mixed, but it happened.

But as I said before, I found myself enjoying this book and flipping through the pages of my Kindle copy. The story is interesting and the characters are likable so if you are interested in a quick read, check it out.

Who I would recommend this book to? I’d recommend 13 Ways to Midnight to people who like their vampire stories modern, with a bit of mystery in them, and aren’t looking for something amongst the lines of Stoker’s Dracula or Le Fanu’s Carmilla.

My rating: grandfather-clock-black_36x72grandfather-clock-black_36x72grandfather-clock-black_36x72grandfather-clock-black_36x72grandfather-clock-black-and-grey_36x72(4.5 out of 5 grandfather clocks)

Would I re-read this book? Yes, but not right away.

Would I buy other books by this author? Yes.

Where can you buy the book?

  • amazon.com (link takes you straight to the book)

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