The Midnight Society (The Midnight Chronicles #1)
by Rhonda Sermon
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 15th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.
Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.
As Cate attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appear out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.
When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.
With the distinction between good and evil blurred, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?
The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced urban fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.
The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.
What we say:
This was such an intriguing concept- right from the start you had to wonder, is this a time travel novel? Is Cate going crazy? What. Is. Happening?! We always enjoy something so baffling that then becomes much clearer, and more wild than imagined. This book is anything but the run-of-the-mill ya adventure on the shelves today. This is pure fantastical with a side of trippy sci-fi and loads of thrilling action! It’s hard to come up with any reason not to read this book honestly. It’s one that should be included in any decent teen library, and heck, even adults will enjoy this one!
Cate is more than she seems, or you might say more than she knows *ahem no spoilers please* but even with wrench after wrench being thrown into her and her mother’s plans to stay out of harm’s way, she keeps on truckin’. You gotta admire her strength through adversity, even if she does whine a bit now and then and make totally ridiculous decisions. She isn’t perfect and that makes her more lovable in many ways. She’s also constantly acting like everyone else, so it takes a while to get to know her at all, as it would if someone were in the system she’s a part of.
There are some great supporting characters too, and just an all around good time. There were some predictable moments, but overall lots of surprises in store. You’ll want to have a glass of ice water and a towel handy just in case of swoons or startles. We won’t blame you if you have to pick up a paperback copy for fear of pushing the buttons too fast on the e-reader. It’ll be our secret.
About the Author
Rhonda Sermon lives in the mostly sunny Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two children.
Her debut young adult urban fantasy novel Timesurfers was a finalist in the Young Adult category and overall runner up in the The Strongest Start 2012 Contest hosted by TheNextBigWriter.com.
On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it’s still awesome.
Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over her keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given.
She’s a big Harry Potter fan, loves everything the talented Cassie Clare writes and her fav Aussie author is Jessica Shirvington. Her 11 and 13 year old children read ALL the time so she is always on the lookout for new and exciting books.
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