Rating: 3 Stars.
The story centres around three characters – Wink, a mysterious, story telling girl with red hair who lives next door to Midnight. He is the “hero” of the tale who finds himself spun between the storyline of Wink and Poppy. She is the nasty school bully. In this tale of realistic fiction, you have a bit of romance, mystery, secrets, and a boy trying to figure it all out.
What first drew me to this book was the cover. Its gorgeous. I was instantly enraptured by images of magic and mystery. But there is no real magic happening within this book. Some of the descriptions were beautiful, particularly through the voice of Wink. I found myself impressed with the way the author could weave fairy tale imagery into the way the story was told. It added to the deep mystery of the piece.
But my fascination with the book pretty much ended there. I found the characters themselves to be lacking, Midnight in particular. He felt like a nothing, like the Bella Swan of this tale. He was kind of there, a sort of faceless for the reader to slide into.I couldn’t identify with Poppy at all, and Wink ended up weirder as the book progressed to the point that I couldn’t really identify with her either.
The mystery for me fell flat. Too many questions were left unanswered. Too many instances where believability was an issue for me, particularly in the latter half of the book. It just stopped feeling logical as there were so many places it could have gone, and the route that it did take was lacking.
Recommendations: The book opens with Midnight talking about how he slept with Poppy, so it’d recommend 13+. There are very few people I’d recommend this book to. It would have to be someone who bases more importance on language and description than anything else. It feels like it should be a character driven piece, but most of the characters don’t do much driving.