Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel: Book Review

Midnight Burning
Title: Midnight Burning
Author: Karissa Laurel
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Content Warning: Mild profanity, violence, and romance
Age Recommendation: 16+
Formats Available: Mobi, ePub

~ Synopsis ~

Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her. As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world.
If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.



This book was quite different from what I was expecting but I was pleased overall with the story.  I loved the setting.  Stories that take place in Alaska are always a draw for me and this one did not disappoint.  I was expecting a story about a werewolf pack in Alaska but there was just so much more. 

Solina goes to Alaska to find out what happened to her twin brother, and to avenge his gruesome death.  The police investigation has gone nowhere and everyone, including her parents, wants to put the nasty business of Mani’s demise behind them.  Solina is not about to accept that reasoning and becomes quite obnoxious in her quest to find out the truth. 

Her brother’s best friend Val tries to protect her, but ends up causing more confusion for her as he attempts unsuccessfully to throttle her investigation.  As Solina gets closer to discovering the truth, someone tries to kill her and almost succeeds.  At this point, the book takes a major turn as other supporting characters turn out to be more than they appear. Yet more characters are introduced who want to destroy Solina and her friends in order to bring the downfall of humanity, and usher in a new age.  An epic battle looms.

I enjoyed this twisty, convoluted story, and loved the way in which it kept getting bigger in scale and scope.  I do feel the conclusion was too abrupt, and  I disliked that several unresolved issues were left dangling.  I am, however, looking forward to reading the next installment in this series.

I received this book through the Juniper Grove Review Library in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J.

~ About the Author ~

Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between.
Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.
Karissa also crafts, paints, draws, and harbors a grand delusion that she might create a graphic novel someday.

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