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THE MIDNIGHT SEA by Kat Ross - Review

February 6, 2017

 

 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
How I Got It: Purchased ebook

Publication Date: March 2016
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Point of View: 1st Person Heroine
Genres: YA Fantasy Adventure

 

 

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All right, this was some seriously impressive storytelling! Everything about this world was so vivid and real, which meant the characters were also more vivid and real than most.

 

WHAT I LOVED

 

Nazafareen makes for a compelling heroine, plagued by inner demons but never letting them bring her down.

 

Darius was sympathetic--powerful and yet with enough limitations on his power to make him interesting.

 

The side characters--Tijah! Myrri! Tommas!--were each appealing in his or her own unique way.

But my favorite thing about this book: the plot twists! So many books in this genre start to sound alike with totally predictable turns of events. But not this one! The central villain was the LAST person I expected, and that surprise was so well done, so effectively handled. I was already quite swept up in the story, but THAT moment--that moment when I REALIZED what was going on with that character--was the moment I knew I'd discovered a new favorite book.

 

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH
 

There was very little I disliked about this book, I kind of hate to complain at all!

 

I guess the romance was a wee bit lackluster to me. But it also might grow over the series.

 

There were a few places where things dragged. But then again, if the author had sped things up she might have had to cut out some of her great world-building, which would have been a shame!

 

So yeah. Those are sort-of complaints, but not really.

 

I think I'm going to take a break from this world before reading the next book in the series. I've got it downloaded and ready to go, but I want to let this story settle on its own for a little while first.

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