Hello everyone! Today, I’m happy to be a part of this blog tour for C.C. Hunter’s last book of the Shadow Falls series, Midnight Hour! I’ve been keeping up with series since it first came out, and I’m both sad and excited for the conclusion to such a wonderful series! 😉 At the moment, I’ll be providing a standard review, as well as some extra information.
Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.
Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.
Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I’ve got to say, it was a real treat to read the conclusion, especially with the nostalgia associated with it. I also find it fitting that Miranda is the one who finishes off the series. On the other hand, I’m really sad that she didn’t get more of a story, like Kylie and Della!
Plot-wise, this book is really slow. The plot is basically dragged out and what is only a few days becomes a whole novel. I’ve seen plots dragged out longer, but it was kind of sad to see, since Della and Kylie have gotten more time within a few chapters than Miranda did in the whole novel! Or at least, that’s how it felt like to me. Other than that, and the one of the character POVs disappearing abruptly, the plot was fairly interesting with the book keeping you guessing until the very end. All throughout, readers will ponder on who did what, and why. I thought that it’s one of the main factors that made the book exciting. 🙂
As you can probably tell by this point, I loved getting the chance to read Miranda’s story! 😉 The only other time we got her perspective was in Spellbinder (a novella in between books Eternal and Unspoken), where readers were left in a cliffhanger about Miranda and secrets within her family. Since this book is the last within the world of Shadow Falls, maybe the author felt compelled to answer any questions about how Miranda felt at the end of the series. Or maybe it was because it just felt right to write about Miranda at the end. No matter the reason, I’m glad she did instead of ending the series right after Della’s story arc was over. Also, not only did we get a chance to hear from Miranda, but Perry and even Shawn as well. I felt as if their stories complimented each other quite nicely.
That’s all I have to say about Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter. I thought it was a pretty great read and had me pretty nostalgic for the Shadow Falls world as a whole. If any of you are interested, Midnight Hour is available to read on October 25th, 2016. If you have any thoughts or questions on this book or any other Shadow Falls books, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below.
Fighting Back novella and pre-order promotion
For anyone who pre-orders Midnight Hour before the 24th, there is also a short story that comes with the purchase called Fighting Back, featuring Kylie and Lucas (two characters that are old hats in the Shadow Falls world). All you have to do is send an e-receipt to St. Martin’s Press before the 24th and then on the 25th, you’ll receive Fighting Back for free!
About the author
C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.
There is also a giveaway for Midnight Hour as well as some swag to go along with it! It’s restricted o contestants in Canada and the U.S. only, though. For full contest details, click here.
Thanks for reading, everyone! Have a nice day!