Title: 13 Ways to Midnight
Author: Rue Volley
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Reviews & PR
You'll never miss the sunlight until it's gone.
Sixteen-year-old Echo Navarri, daughter of world-famous archaeologists, Alice and Peter Navarri, had spent her life traveling from one expedition to the next as her parent’s unearthed lost civilizations.
On their thirteenth dig, Midnight, Echo's twin sister, disappears without a trace. This prompts a year-long search that leaves the family nearly broken.
In an attempt to find some closure, they reluctantly host a mock funeral for Midnight without ever recovering her remains.
Nearing the one year anniversary of Midnight's assumed death, Echo is sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Luna who is the caretaker of the centuries old Navarri Estate in Port Royal, Maine.
Echo attempts to settle into her new life in Port Royal, but soon finds that she's destined for adventure as the mystery of her family’s history, the sunless town, and it's oddly intriguing people teeter on the supernatural.
Rue Volley was born in Lima, Ohio in 1970 to a father of Irish descent and a mother of Blackfoot Indian heritage.
She loves the art of storytelling and spends all of her time building supernatural worlds in the library that her husband so graciously built for her.
She is accredited with two award-winning screenplays for film, Hellhound (original script, 2014) and Awakening (contributing screenwriter, 2015). IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm7043310/
Rue is represented by Gladys Gonzales Atwell, Publicist, and Sarah Davis Brandon, Publisher. Business inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
I was excited when I was given the opportunity to beta read Rue's newest book. I'd been able to read her adult efforts, the Devil's Gate Trilogy, and had in the past indulged in her YA Blood And Light Series. More vampires from her? Hell yes, bring them on!
So I opened the book and from page one I was hooked in on Echo's story of an unending bond between twins and a deep mystery that goes back for centuries. The plot is deep, involved, but never strays. You always have an underlying sense of fear and anticipation, as if with every new paragraph something might jump out and go "BOO".
The characters are all so individualized, especially Echo and Aunt Luna. I could hear and see them so clearly. By the time I was done with the book, I thought that Echo was more of a personal friend than a character in a book. Her personality, her insecurities, and her love of everything paranormal (even though she's been conditioned not to believe in any of it) was so endearing. As was her sister, Midnight, whom we only meet for a short time. The character leaves an indelible imprint on your heart after just a couple of chapters, you love and miss her as much as Echo does.
Thorn was, well, if I were just five years younger he'd be my book boyfriend. He is everything you expect out of a leading man in thus type of series and more. The air of mystique that surrounds him and his family is exactly what this book demanded.
Once again Rue managed to write a book that will be timeless, that people will give to their teenagers one day. Despite being categorized as YA, it doesn't matter your age, anyone over thirteen will fall madly in love with this book, as I did.
5/5--this needs a movie made, stat!