Tuesday, July 28, 2015

REVIEW: Midnight Burning

Midnight Burning
By: Karissa Laurel

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 7.7.2015
Pages: 288

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Red Adept Publishing
Date read: 7.27.2015

I was really excited about reading this book for a couple of reasons: she's a baker (so am I), the majority of the story takes place in Alaska (a place I've always wanted to visit), and there's a mystery involving the main death of the main character's brother (I love a little mystery).

The whole story was pretty exciting, what with the twists and turns, and I love how the author writes, the words that she chooses to use.  I am a fan of mythology, and it's always fun to see how different authors can pull that kind of stuff into their stories.  It was also interesting watching Solina (the main character), find her true self on this adventure, especially at a time when my adventure is helping me to do the same thing (though it was a pretty extreme change from how she sees/describes herself in the beginning - sometimes her sarcasm, standoffishness, and need to do things on her own was a little too much).

I did have a couple of issues with the characters.  On one hand, they were good, enjoyable, made me keep wanting to read the story so I could find out what happened to them, but on the other hand they were too easy, and, as with Solina, too much.  Val and Thorin were too perfect, and everything was just too sexually charged when it came to the two of them.  Maybe that's because of the "romance" part of the book, and maybe that's what romance fans like, but it was a little off-putting to someone like me, who's not a big fan of romance.  Skyla was pretty cool, and the more I learned about her, the more I liked her, but she was very stereotyped.  

All in all, a great book, and an author that I'm going to keep my eye on.  I'm curious to see what she gives us next.

Book description:
Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown.  But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska.  The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead.  Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun.  Once there, she begins to suspect Mani's friends know more about his death than they've let on.  Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her.
            As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Manis' death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani's friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world.  If she can't learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.

About the author:
Karissa Laurel always dabbled in writing, but she also wanted to be a chef when she grew up.  So she did.  After years of working nights, weekends, and holidays, she burnt out and said, "Now what do I do?"  She tried a bunch of other things, the most steady of those being a paralegal for state government, but nothing makes her as happy as writing.  She has published several short stories and reads "slush" for a couple of short-story markets.
            Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky.  She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for speculative fiction.  Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin.  When it snows, you'll find her on the slopes.
            Karissa also paints and draws and harbors a grand delusion that she might finish a graphic novel someday.


Karissa Laurel said...

Thank you for hosting my book and for writing an in-depth, candid, and honest review. It is very much appreciated.

Meghan H said...

You are very welcome, Karissa :)