Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore – Mathew Sullivan
Mystery, thriller, fiction.
Lydia as a child survived the Hammerman Massacre and ever since then hasn’t been the same. Every day she lives her life quietly as a bookseller. Joey, one of her Book Frogs, was found hanging in the bookstore. When she attempts to pull him down, she notices a photo of her and her friend Raj and questions how he got ahold of that photo. Later she finds cut up books with mismatched labels. She finds hidden messages within the pages giving clue of his past. She contacts the old detective of the Hammerman Massacre as well as digs up information about Joey. A dark and sinister truth is revealed, and everything was not as it seemed.
This novel was a slow burn mystery which I do like a slow burn occasionally. This one was perfect for what I was looking for. Perfect pacing and intricate plot that slowly unfolded. The character interactions were excellent. I sort of wished this was a longer novel, but a short standalone novel is just as good. I didn’t expect that twist ending but I was theorizing how the story would unfold. What I had learned is to expect nothing other than a possibly good mystery and this one was perfect. I do recommend this mystery if one wants a tame yet thrilling novel. I read this in one sitting honestly and I wished I paced myself, but I could not resist.
Born at Midnight – C.C. Hunter
Supernatural, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
Kylie is having a hard week, her nana dies, her parents are divorcing, and because she got caught up at a drug bust, her parents are sending her to a camp for troubled teens. As she boards the bus, she notices something strange about the passengers soon to be camp mates that they all are intriguing as well as staring at her. Once she arrives the camp leader tells her that they are at a camp for supernatural individuals. Kylie thinks that she is insane and doesn’t believe anything that is going on. After seeing that the existence of the supernatural she highly doubts that she herself is a supernatural. Her newfound camp buddies convince her otherwise and the camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to embrace the fact that she might be a supernatural. The only thing is that she can see and interact with ghosts, with one ghost. The camp leader tells Kylie that she needs to work on finding who or what she is.
I had read this book in high school and decided to reread this book as an adult with fresh eyes. I found myself loving this book the same way I first read the book in high school. I love a good mystery with supernatural elements with some romance in the mix. The mystery of what Kylie is and her personal association with the ghost that has stalked her. I mean I would feel as crazy as Kylie feels. Especially being told that the world isn’t as black and white as she had perceived. I highly recommend this young adult book as well as the rest of the series. I will be doing as much of the series of this novel within my abilities due to the corona virus shutting down the public library. I only have two books, this one and Awake at Dawn. Hopefully the corona virus pandemic blows over so that life can go back to “normal” functioning.