Monday, 19 March 2012

Review: By Midnight by Mia James

Title: By Midnight
Author: Mia James
Author Info: Website
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Tell Me About It
April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart . . . and trying to fit in when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from . . . something . . . in Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it ..
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
I have had my eye on this series for a while but have never got around to reading it.  When Darkness Falls was offered up for review I jumped at the chance to accept it but then realised it was the second book in the series.  I sent an email to the publicist expaining my mistake and a few weeks later was very happy to see both books in a parcel for me.
I knew reading By Midnight it would be about vampires, but I did not expect to have another paranormal being be added to the mix and was pleasantly surprised by the revelation.  From the moment I opened the book I was hooked and wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.
Ravenwood sounds creepy and mysterious and is the perfect setting for this book, it adds to the mystery and intrigue but also acts as a great cover for what is really going on behind the scenes.
I also thought the teachers were all creepy when they were always saying that their doors were always open for April, but as you get further into the book bits are revealed that explain the reasons why they act the way they do.  The area surrounding Ravenwood is also explained in detail and it was easy to imagine it in my head how it all looked.  The characters are likeable and it was easy to relate to some of the experiences they had.
I did feel sorry for April having to be moved from everyone she knows and made to start a new school, and although I have never experienced this myself Mia James has done a great job of portraying the emotions and feelings April is feeling.  I absolutely loved Caro, and even though she had crazy ideas about what was really going on, which eventually turned out to be true, I couldn't help but enjoy the parts she got.  She always put a smile on my face with the things she said.

Throughout By Midnight I was constantly trying to guess who was the murderer and I never once picked who it really was.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading By Midnight and have already made my way through half Darkness Falls by the time this review is scheduled. 
Mia James is an author everyone should watch out for and I can't wait to see what else she has to offer us.

1 comment:

  1. I really loved this one too but haven't had chance to pick up Darkness Falls yet, I really must get round to that!


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