Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review ~ Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal Romances by Sarra Cannon, Juliana Haygert, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Jennifer Snyder

Midnight Kiss: Four New Adult Paranormal Romances
Sarra Cannon, Juliana Haygert, 
Alyssa Rose Ivy, Jennifer Snyder

This Halloween, prepare to be haunted by a kiss…

Midnight Kiss is a limited edition collection of four BRAND NEW, NEVER RELEASED novellas, all set in New Orleans on Halloween night.

by Sarra Cannon

From the outside, Becca Goldberg looks like any normal freshman girl at Tulane, but she’s been keeping a terrible secret. She’s really Allison Moore—a young witch from Peachville hiding out from an evil coven of witches known as the Order of Shadows. She thinks she is safe until an unexpected accident occurs. Now, she only has until midnight on Halloween until her identity is discovered.

She must turn to the hottest, most elusive guy on campus for help. Will he help save her? Or will her life come crashing down around her after midnight?

My thoughts on After Midnight
Imagine that you have to live your life always looking over your shoulder afraid that the Order of Shadows will find you and take you away.  Well, this is Allison’s life.  Hiding out in New Orleans, all she wants to do is blend in and be normal, well, as normal as a witch can get.  She has a crush on a hot guy, John Pierce, but he rarely gives her the time of day.  Her life gets a bit hectic though when the potion she desperately needs each month to keep her ‘hidden’ literally falls out of her hands. It then becomes a race against time to find a way to hide from the Order.  Little does she know that her help lies in the hands of John, but can they find what they need before the clock strikes midnight? 

After Midnight was a great start to this box set.  Full of twists and turns and a little New Orleans magic, this one was a delight to read.  It was short and sweet and left me wanting more.  There wasn’t a lot of romance with this one, but it was just the right amount of spookiness to set the mood for Halloween.  I really want to see more of Allison and John and really hope they make another appearance in a future novel.  Ms. Cannon is a new author for me, but I am definitely adding her books to my TBR list. 

by Juliana Haygert

Being the weakest witch of her generation, nineteen-year-old Hazel is convinced she’s supposed to live a normal, human life—except for the occasional ghost hunting. When Hazel moves to New Orleans, the most powerful witch coven in the world grants her a chance to join them, but only if she passes a dangerous test on Halloween night. Everything is going fine until mysterious Sean steps in Hazel’s way, putting her entire test at risk.

Will she be able to ace the test and keep them both alive at the same time?

My thoughts on The Midnight Test
For Hazel, her dream of joining the White Sisterhood coven is put to the test when she is tasked the seemingly impossible in order to prove herself to the coven.  The situation becomes even more complicated when sexy but mysterious Sean enters the scene. 

The thing I love about box sets is that you get to discover new authors and in this case, fall in love with their work.  The Midnight Test had all of the ingredients needed for a spectacular story.  Witches, Ghosts and a blooming romance make this story one that kept me turning each page wanting to know more. It was a fast-paced and very intriguing story that kept me captivated throughout.   Loved it!

by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Never agree to a road trip to New Orleans with your roommate. At least not when your roommate is dragging you along while she reconnects with an ex boyfriend. Possible consequences of failing to take my advice:

1) Unknowingly going out with a vampire stripper.
2) Getting kidnapped by said vampire’s nest mates.
3) Falling head over heels for your winged hero.

Believe it or not number 3 is the worst one, especially when no one believes you that he exists.

My thoughts on Seduction's Kiss
A weekend trip with her best friend gets messy as Daisy gets abducted by a nasty group of vampires.  Lucky for her, a winged hero sweeps in and saves the day. 

Seduction’s Kiss was really different from the first two books in this box set.  I have not read any of The Crescent Chronicles yet, so I am not familiar with the back story on Owen, but after reading this short and sweet novella, I will most certainly check out the series. This one was full of some humorous and sarcastic dialogue which was quite a refreshing take on your typical paranormal romance.

by Jennifer Snyder

With one kiss, everything will change…

When a mysterious letter arrives from her estranged mother, twenty-one year old Kenna Blake and her best friend, Bree, make a trip to New Orleans hoping for a little Halloween fun and to get away. The mystifying Crescent City has something else in store for her though.

Cryptic messages, a hot tour guide, and a new sense Kenna can’t seem to explain are just the beginning of this eye opening trip. Will Kenna accept what awakens with in her or will she crumble under its reality?

My thoughts on Kiss of Awakening
Kenna’s mother who has been absent for most of her life except for the occasional gift, delivers a cryptic message that Kenna just can’t ignore.  
“The time has come, my sweet girl, for you to find out who you really are.  The Kiss of Awakening is upon you.” 

Along with this message is a plan ticket to New Orleans.  The trip falls on Halloween weekend, so Kenna and her BFF, Bree, decide to make it a girl’s weekend.  Who wouldn't want to go to New Orleans for Halloween…right?  Once there, they meet up with a super-hot bartender, Delvin, and the three are inseparable as Delvin shows the girls what the Crescent City has to offer.  One stop that Kenna must make is to the Midnight Cauldron where she is to get her gift from her mother.  This gift however is one that Kenna only wishes she could return - for this gift will change her life forever. 

Kiss of Awakening was amazing!  Jennifer Snyder is a wonderful story teller, and her talent shines through in this novella.  With vivid descriptions and a plot that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next, Kiss of Awakening is a definite page turner. 

Overall Thoughts on 
Midnight Kiss:  Four New Adult Paranormal Romances

This box set of four novellas was as perfect as it gets and is well worth every penny.  I really liked the fact that although each story was different, the author’s incorporated the Midnight Cauldron and its owner, Kalisa in every story.  I thought it really brought all four stories together beautifully.  I really can’t empathize enough on how amazing these four novellas are and they are a must read for any paranormal romance fan.

5 out of 5 stars

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Meet the Authors
Sarra Cannon
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Juliana Haygert
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Alyssa Rose Ivy
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Jennifer Snyder
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