Bring Me Your Midnight
by Rachel Griffin
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 01 Aug 2023
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches and Wild is the Witch comes a lush romantic fantasy about forbidden love, the choices we make, and the pull between duty and desire.
Tana Fairchild's fate has never been in question. Her life has been planned out since the moment she was born: she is to marry the governor's son, Landon, and secure an unprecedented alliance between the witches of her island home and the mainlanders who see her very existence as a threat.
Tana's coven has appeased those who fear their power for years by releasing most of their magic into the ocean during the full moon. But when Tana misses the midnight ritual—a fatal mistake—there is no one she can turn to for help...until she meets Wolfe.
Wolfe claims he is from a coven that practices dark magic, making him one of the only people who can help her. But he refuses to let Tana's power rush into the sea, and instead teaches her his forbidden magic. A magic that makes her feel powerful. Alive.
As the sea grows more violent, her coven loses control of the currents, a danger that could destroy the alliance as well as her island. Tana will have to choose between love and duty, between loyalty to her people and loyalty to her heart. Marrying Landon would secure peace for her coven but losing Wolfe and his wild magic could cost her everything else.
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This book swept me off my feet with its beautiful magic, and didn't let me go until after the last page. I could barely put it down and now that I'm done, I can't wait for it to get published, so I can reread it with a physical copy.
Bring Me Your Midnight has a beautiful world of magic, where witches have to live on an island (opposed to the non-magical people on the mainland) and only practice a gentle version of magic, so that the mainlanders are not scared of them, which keeps them safe. I loved how even though magic was a little feared, in this book it wasn't a secret or hidden -how they used it to create products non-magical people could also use. (Even if by that it was degraded to these little tricks, which is indeed kind of sad.)
Our main character, Tana, is set to marry the governor's son on the mainland, thus solidifying a union between mainlanders and witches. That'd give protection for the witches, and more control to the mainland.
I loved seeing Tana's thoughts, attitude and feelings change regarding this situation, always reacting to what's happening along the way. It's a first-person POV book, and thanks to the amazing writing, I got to experience all emotions just as strongly. I felt thrilled, frustrated, angry, sad, as if these things were happening to me. It was an emotional rollercoaster, in the best possible way.
I oftentimes find YA books to be very predictable, but this book was anything but that. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but in the end I kept getting unsure as the story kept twisting and turning. It kept me on the edge of my seat for sure, it was so exciting to me!
This book is proof that you don't need battles, war, and evil enemies to have a thrilling and adventure-filled story.
Bring Me Your Midnight is absolutely 5/5 for me.
Thank you to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Fire and Rachel Griffin for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. I absolutely loved this book! I was hooked from the very beginning and devoured it in one day. I couldn’t put this book down, it was a 5/5 star read.