Title: The Midnight Society
Author: Rhonda Sermon
Genre: YA urban fantasy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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 Cate attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appear 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, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?
The Midnight Society is the first book in The Midnight Chronicles series of young adult urban fantasy novels. If you like original butt-kicking heroines, fast-paced urban fantasy action, and unpredictable time travel twists, then you’ll love Rhonda Sermon’s refreshing, entertaining series starter.
The Midnight Society was originally released as Timesurfers. This book has a new name, new cover and additional content.
Note: I was given an eARC in return for an honest review.
The beginning started off as any YA contemporary story instead of how I expected it would, that is, with some magic event right from the start. The catalyst occurred only after a few pages and it was very different too. Despite the fact that I didn’t enjoy it that much, I liked the idea of it. I was hooked in in the beginning and my interest sort of waned in the middle.
Despite the relationship between Cate and Jonah being completely platonic, I couldn’t help put ship them. Usually in books, girls like Cate leave guys like Austin-who is all perfect- in favor for guys like Jonah. Since the book was in dual POV of Cate and Jonah, I thought since history is being rewritten, it might change and Cate and Jonah would end up together. I didn’t occur and I stopped shipping them, but the relationship between Cate and Austin was all insta-love. There was not much relationship development when they already fell in love, you know? Once I found out about Jonah and Rose and their story, it’s perfect. I wish we got more into them rather than Cate and Austin because their story seems like one which could be portrayed as the main couple.
Disregarding all the usual ways the plot goes, Sermon shook everything up and went a new way. Cate and Jonah being platonic, Jonah and Rose not being the main couple, Austin being perfect with no baggage… all of it was different that what you would expect.
There was also a Hunger Games-ey trial that I didn’t enjoy very much.
Also, even though the book is in dual POV, it is narrated by Jonah (from 2017) and two Cates-Cate (2014) and Catherine (2017). Therefore we kept getting glimpses of the future and how things change. I liked that-it is required in such stories when we need to also know what happens in the future and why they timesurfed back to Cate.
One sour point though: what happened to Present Austin and Jonah? Cate started liking Future Austin and became friends with Future Jonah. Yes, there was an explanation about aura clashes and how two versions of one person can’t be in the same place but how does Cate meet and become close to Present Austin and Jonah? And them her? There was just a mention about Present Jonah and none about Austin. Plot holes.. plot holes..
According to me, it’s a pretty challenging experience to work with stories involving time-travelling, and the story that Sermon has come up with would have been hard to work out, so I would tip my hat for that. Overall, it was an okay book, which you can get from my rating. The ending was good and it made me think about scenarios about what happened between 2014 and 2017. Points for giving a cliffhanger which isn’t even about what happens AFTER the last line.
BOOK RELEASE DATE: 31st MAY
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 TheNextBigWriter.com.
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.