Leo Hunt Thirteen Days of Midnight


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Spannender Middle-Grade Horror, wenn man nicht zu viel erwartet.

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  • Spannender Middle-Grade Horror, wenn man nicht zu viel erwartet.

    Thirteen Days of Midnight


    05. August 2015 um 14:32

    “The first thing that happens is, that I unseal an envelope and Dad’s death falls out onto the breakfast table.” While reading “13 Days of Midnight”, I thought it was a middle grade book. It just felt like one, even though the main characters are in high school and it is being marketed as a YA horror novel. In middle grade you’d find it awesome to inherit $6M and 8 ghosts, you’d start buying cars and building houses like the one from the movie “Thir13en Ghosts”. For a YA audience, it’d have to be a lot less funny and therefore a lot scarier; sadly “13 Days of Midnight” wasn’t scary at all. “I realise that each time I think I’ve seen everything, there’s one more level of screwed-up weirdness.” Not even the main character seemed particularly scared of the ghosts, and that might have been the biggest problem with the book. If you’re not scared while your body is possessed by ghosts, than I’m not going to be scared either. That is not to say that Luke Manchett was a bad main character, it was okay to be in his head for a while, he just wasn’t anything special and didn’t react to certain situations as a normal teenager should have. What also seemed a bit too middle grade-ish was that certain things just seemed too convenient. When you inherit 8 ghosts, obviously someone at your school is a witch and knows everything about everything and is willing to help you first thing. Also, if you have the main character find the answer to his biggest problem in a dream, at least explain how that happened. It might be okay for a middle grade book for things to just fall into place at every corner, but for a YA plot that’s just not enough. “I want to lie here and sleep for about a week, but we’ve got work to do. The Devil won’t summon himself.” There were a lot of things I did like though. As a fan of the SyFy “Ghost Hunters”, seeing a show like that incorporated into a book was fun. I liked the writing style, even though it slowed down the action at times by being too fluffy and descriptive. The 8 ghosts were well done and everyone had their own unique personality. It also didn’t seem too over the top, it made me feel like maybe this whole ghost/demons/necromancer thing could be going on in our world, right now. So I gave it 4 out of 5 while I was still thinking it was middle grade. It would be an awesome middle grade book. I’m going to keep it at that. Just keep in mind: there are several points where it’s just not strong enough to hold up as a YA novel, so don’t go in expecting too much. It’s a fun, light read. Probably best enjoyed 13 nights before Halloween, one chapter a day.

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