From Dusk to Midnight

Today is all about book reviews! We’ll be reviewing Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld and Dusk by David Doub. Now, don’t forget that we are still learning how to write book reviews and hope that they are at least helpful!

Dusk: Volume 1 by David Doub

Gossy and Dusk

As a battered wife, Eve’s only concern was to keep her marriage together. But when she is kidnapped into the sordid supernatural world of vampires and foul magic, Eve finds she doesn’t want to leave. Her mysterious benefactor, the Vampire Lord Ash, wish her to have a normal life but Eve chooses to stay in the service of Ash. Dusk is the stories about Eve and her challenges living in the darkness.
~Amazon.com

We were really surprised by this graphic novel! When we bought it the first thing we thought was, “Did we really just spend money on ANOTHER vampire book?” We’re not exactly huge vampire fans. (Team Zombie all the way!) It turns out it was interesting and we can not wait until the second volume.

We’ll admit, the story is unpolished and rough but has potential at being pretty damn good, even for a vampire story. You get sucked (pun totally intended) into the characters and why they are the way they are. The main character, Eve’s intentions are completely obvious and understandable but you are left to wonder why Ash cares.

Overall, it was a good read and we’re curious to find out what happens next.

Mignighters Vl. 1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

Gossy wants to be a Midnighter

Moving when you’re in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can’t seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive.
~ Amazon.Com

It’s no secret that Scott Westerfeld is one of our favorite authors. We jump at any chance to read any of his books. The story is easy to read and very well paced. Each character is unique and a bit crazy in his or her own way. It’s a perfect set up for another book as it introduces the Midnighters’ world and some of the history without boring you.

We have one main problem with the book and it’s the same cliché that we read in MANY other fantasy (or any general) Young Adult fiction. We get so tired of the same, “new student gains popularity” story. Either the main character or the main character’s new love interest usually falls under that category. It gets old, really quick. We also figured it annoys us because we’ve been to many, many different schools over the years. Being new isn’t as a big deal as people make it out to be.

Links:
Buy Midnighters @ Amazon
Buy Dusk @ Amazon
Scott Westerfeld’s Blog
David Doub’s Comic Space
David Doub’s Twitter

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