I’ve had a review copy of The Midnight Queen since around September and it’s taken me a long time to get around to posting this review. It’s March now. Yikes. Yes, I’ve been busy, so reviews have kind of taken a back seat to homework but the real truth is that this story didn’t captivate me. Like, at all. So, I just kept pushing it aside in favor of many, many other books.
I was intrigued by the initial idea of this book. The blurb promised an exciting, magical story but the writing was trying too hard to impress me and the characters stayed flat on the page. The Midnight Queen a fantasy story trapped in the horror is misspelling magic as “magick” for about 400 pages. Coming from a writing background, I can understand the reasoning behind giving magic a different spelling, but come on, I don’t need to cringe about word spelling while I’m reading.
Like I said, the concept of this book was interesting to me. Gray Marshall has a talent for magic– no, I’m sorry, magick— which lands him a spot at Merlin College. During his time there, a mysterious, late-night outing with classmates leaves some students dead, so Gray is sent away from the school. Enter Sophie Callender, not magical but highly educated, who is drawn to Gray. Gray is studying over the summer with Sophie’s professor father and the two end up thrust together, trying to figure out the mystery behind the late-night outing and the deaths. You’re interested now, right?
Unfortunately, the story takes too long to pick up its pace. The plot moves slow because the writing is trying too hard– it’s monotonous. The world building is nonexistent, so as a reader, it feels like you’re flailing around trying to figure out where you are and where you’re going without any guidance from the story. When it comes to fantasy, the world building needs to be done right and The Midnight Queen missed the mark.
I will give it some points for having a cool cover, though.
I received a free copy of The Midnight Queen from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.