Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book review - The Midnight Society, By Rhonda Sermon

Book Title: The Midnight Society
Author: Rhonda Sermon
Publishing Date: May 31, 2016
Page/Word Count: 300 Pages

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 she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears 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, Cate’s faced with the choice of which side to join to enable her to save her family. Should she rewrite history and risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

Pros: Great idea, great start, great characters
Cons: Some ideas don't seem well thought out
Overall rating: On the scale to recommend, but not at the top of my reading list


Let me say that this book has a great base.  The ideas are wonderful and I think that for some it will be the best thing they ever read.  I think it was a good book, but there were some issues that I just can't seem to get past.
The main idea of the book is brilliant.  I think that the author could have fleshed it out a little bit more. Some areas were very rushed and I even got lost with who was doing what with who and where.  I struggled at times to follow this book.

I loved Cate, and man did I love Lucas.  But I struggled with the will they, won't they ideas.  He comes off as a love interest in too many places and there is more then a friendship vibe that I am getting.  This is weird, since later we get an idea of things for them.  I felt like that could have been worked differently.

I think that over all this book is good, and like I said it will be great for some.  I think that perhaps the next in the series will help give this one the flesh it needs.  So when I say three stars, it's more because I kept getting lost and because the characters were leaning in weird relationship directions.


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
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.

Author Links:

No comments:

Post a Comment