Tuesday, December 29

Review: Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel


Midnight Burning

Midnight Burning, #1
Karissa Laurel



Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Date of Publication: July 7, 2015
Number of pages: 288
Cover Artist: Streetlight Graphics


Available at the following retailers:
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Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.

As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.
I was offered this book from the author and after reading the blurb, it sounded interesting, so I agreed to give it a read.  For some reason, I thought this would be a paranormal romance. It was definitely not a romance but I'm not quite sure that Urban Fantasy fits quite right either. Think mysterious adventure with some paranormal mythological elements. Whatever genre you put it in, it was a good read.

There were plenty of hints early on to the mystery, and I managed to pick up a couple. But once it's finally revealed, I almost smacked my head in a *duh* moment. I felt quite foolish for a little bit for not getting the thematic to the mystery.  Especially as I did not 1, but 2 term papers within this subject (really feeling dense here). I am very interested to see where the author plans to take her inventive twist on this particular mythology.

There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the book.  Things are left very unraveled and clearly more is needed to sort everything out. And yet...  It is also a great place to stop, at the ending to Solina's old life and the beginning of her new one. I was a bit growly, but only because I could have happily gone on reading. I wasn't ready for the story to end. So, yes, I will be signing up for book 2.

Overall, the book wasn't what I expected, and I had a good time with it since it was so much more than I had prepared for. I gave this book 4 stars and look forward to the next book.

Thanks to the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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