Sunday, 13 September 2015

13 Days of Midnight

Presenting 13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt.

Here is the summary of the book:

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.

Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.

An ok read, is how I would sum '13 Days of Midnight'. going by the gritty cover, the synopsis, the much hype and the many positive reviews this book had been getting, I expected maybe a bit too much. The plot wasn't that bad and the premise is very intriguing too but at most it felt like a cheesy been-there-done-that Halloween read.The characters took their time but only after first of the chapters did I start to appreciate them more.

Not much about the humans but the 8 hosts, the ghosts Luke inherits after his father's death, definitely brought out the creep factor of the book. They are all separate entities. They have their own minds and they have their own quirks.And Luke as their next master is definitely a no no. Like Night and Day, subservient, ambitious, sneaky, raging like fire, with sharp canines and so on. So I liked that they brought real tension to the plot.

The writing wasn't anything Phenomenal but rather than too to the point for my taste. Also the use of the first person 'I' throughout the first few chapters was rather annoying too but it changed when the plot began to take shape, so I didn't mind it later. While the author put in a valiant effort, it only scores a 3 stars from me. I liked the story but I didn't stick with me.

"A perfect Halloween read but not the best"

Genre :     Young Adult, Paranormal, Horror

Publisher: Orchard Books 

Release Date: 2nd July, 2015

My Copy: publisher & netgalley

Rate:             3/5 (Liked It)

Buy:         Amazon | Book Depository 


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