Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lily's Review of Crimson Midnight, by Amos Cassidy


Rose wants excitement, bright lights and late nights, but she gets more than she bargained for when she swaps her wholesome country life for the hustle and bustle of London.
The city night is home to hungry shadows, eager to consume her.
Rose discovers there is more to this world than what the mundane eye sees, and that she herself is a part of it. Unexpected friendships are forged and unwanted, sometimes dangerous, attractions flare.

London becomes a playground for magic, danger and supernatural threat. While her life, and those of who she loves, hangs in the balance, she must endeavour to embrace her new nature and assist in identifying the hidden threat before it succeeds in its dark purpose. 
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Published March 15th 2012 by Kindle Direct Publishing 


Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing


If I was not aware up front that this was a team effort between two writers, I would have been clueless. This story's flow was flawless. It really read like one voice.

I wasn't ready for how wide this large cast of supernaturals would be, and I tend to be reader who usually picks up novels without too many different paranormal communities interacting. Simply because there is too much to explain to the reader. Thankfully, this too was executed flawlessly, with lots of the same old same old history on all these different folks, with lots of original touches thrown in to keep it all pretty interesting. Each main character is explored and given his/her 15 minutes so-to-speak, with enough background information to really get into their heads, and understand them.

Rose's character is surrounded by intrigue right from the beginning. You know she has a part to play within the supernatural world, but you don't really know what she is, really. And the best part? No one else knows either! She is a complete anomaly, filled with a power she doesn't quite know how to control, and no one seems to understand. And she is so bad-ass. From the first moment her fist connected with her cheating boyfriend's face, I was fully invested already.

This was a full bodied novel with many subplots. Between action packed scenes, to sexual tension, it was all there. Though the story was told from many points of view, focusing on many different players in the story, I liked how it all began to come together, and how everyone did interconnect.

I did have issues keeping all the werewolves straight. They all really blended when they were all in a scene together, and only about half way through the book was I able to keep them all straight. I kept Raven straight though (no pun intended, as he is GAY).  Not the first time I have read a novel that features a gay werewolf but he was definitely hard to mix up with the others, as his lifestyle was a bit of a conflict amongst some of the group. His lifestyle and relationships were explored with as much detail as a m/f relationship would be. I am pretty comfortable with this so it didn't bother me, but it may bother others with a different comfort level. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, it's plot and characters.  I really do despise cliff hangers in a novel when I have to wait for the next installment, but by no means would that be a complete negative.  If I am eager to continue the story, then obviously I really enjoyed the novel. And since it appears that the next book is expected out in September 2012, the short waiting time is not that big of a hardship. 


This novel was kindly provided by the author(s) for the purposes of a review.


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About the Authors:

Amos CassidyAmos Cassidy - a team of two. Amos is a 28 year old Diva and Cassidy a 35 year old mum of two.
They have been writing together since 2009 and 'Tales from the Ether' is their first publication.
Their debut novel 'Crimson Midnight' is also now available in ebook format.
For more information on the 'Crimson Series' please visit: http://crimsonseries.wordpress.com/





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