Review: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye


The Midnight Spell
by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye
Publisher: Rhiannon Frater
Publication date: February 24, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Adam and Christy have been best friends since kindergarten. Always the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas, they’ve always had to deal with nasty comments from their classmates. Adam is called “gay” while Christy is called “witch.”

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious new boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome Ian seems to be going nowhere fast. Struggling to capture the heart of Ian while trying to come into her full witch powers is tough enough, but when a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, she realizes that finding a boyfriend is the least of her and Adam’s worries.

Soon Adam, Christy, their potential love interests, and their good friends Drifter and Olivia, will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before and will again.

I was so thrilled to get an advanced copy of The Midnight Spell from the fabulous Rhiannon Frater last week. I really wanted to get a review posted before the release date, but it happened to be the weekend of my 40th birthday and… well… I was either out having a good time or hungover. Such is life.

I have to be honest, this is my first time reading anything about witches and magic. I have always loved movies and TV shows that are based on magic so I’m not really sure why I never picked up a book of the same content. So many books, so little time! I am very happy that I had the opportunity to read this. I am definitely adding this type of paranormal/supernatural content to my TBR list from now on.

These characters were so much fun to read, and so easy to relate to as well. What I found to be incredible is that I was able to relate to each one of the characters in a different way. That hasn’t been the case with most books I’ve read. Frater and Boye took me on a magical roller coaster ride of emotions. I giggled, I got goosebumps, I laughed out loud (scaring people around me several times), I frowned, I bit my nails. I could not put this book down once I got into it, which didn’t take very long at all.

Adam blinked slowly. “Marek? I don’t think your spell can… uh… spell.

— Rhiannon Frater, The Midnight Spell

That may not be the funniest thing in the book, especially for anyone that hasn’t had the pleasure of reading it yet, but it was memorable for me because it was a moment of complete silence in my house (a very rare occurrence) and the bellowing sound of my laughter caused my husband to flinch and drop his phone – which made me laugh harder. You’d think he would have grown accustomed to my random outbursts by now.

The Midnight Spell is a special kind of coming of age story. The character building is so fabulous I feel like I know Christy, Adam, Olivia, and Drifter. I even feel like I know Ashley, Adam’s crazy cool mom, and Christy’s parents too. I love the bond between them all. Olivia is one of my favorite characters. She plays everything so cool and is likable without even trying. Ugh.. there is so much I would like to say, but don’t want to spoil anything. I will say that Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye did an outstanding job co-writing this novel. I really enjoyed getting the POV from both main characters. I hope to read more of their brilliant collaborations in the future. I recommend The Midnight Spell to anyone that loves YA Paranormal. There is more to this story than just witches and magic!

About the Authors


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor,) the Pretty When She trilogy and the Vampire Bride saga, as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living and The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. She currently lives in Texas and is represented by the Foundry Literary Agency. You can visit her online at


Kody Boye was born and raised in southeastern Idaho. He has been published dozens of times in various anthologies, magazines and webzines. His first novel, Sunrise, debuted in 2009 and was recently rereleased in 2013. He is the author of The Brotherhood fantasy saga and several other works of fantastical fiction. You can visit him online at

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