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Midnight Twins, The (Midnight Twins #1)

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After battling a mysterious fire on the night of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn awaken in the hospital with terrifying new powers: Merry can see into the past. Mally can see into the future.

But their new gifts come with a heavy price: the mystical bond the twins have shared their entire lives is badly damaged.
And now their small town
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Jul 21, 2009 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I was extemely disappointed in this book. I've read All We Know of Heaven by the same author, and loved it. But The Midnight Twins... did nothing for me. Absolutely nothing. I had to force my way through it actually. I was about half way through it and was getting pretty fed up, but I figured, it's a waste to read half a book and not finish it and be able to review it.

It's an interesting premise, if not completely original. A pair of twins are in a life threatening accident, this
Meredith and Mallory Brynn are identical twins - born on different days. Meredith was born at 11:59 P.M. on December 31st and Mallory was born at 12:01 A.M. on January 1st of the next year. Merry and Mally share many of the things that other twins do like a special language, sympathy pains, and telepathy. No matter how much they share with each other and how identical they look, they do have differences. Merry is the head cheerleader and Miss Popularity whereas Mally is all business. She is a jo ...more
Jun 25, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
on sale 7-3-08 young adult fiction

Mitchard is a rare breed of writer who can capture the emotions and hearts of both the adult fiction and the teen fiction world (She's the author of the tearjerking Deep End of the Ocean, among many other books) . I agree with the publisher that this book is a 12 and up--it deals with some fairly violent themes as the book goes on--but the story is gripping and suspenseful and easily kept THIS adult's attention--in fact there were points where I couldn't turn th
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know identical twins often have a connection, but this book took things a little into the supernatural world. The twin girls can see each other's dreams and communicate very strongly with each other. They not only feel each other's pain, but can predict the future, so their lives get complicated when they start seeing death. Someone is going to get raped or killed and the girls have to try to stop him.

I liked The Deep End of the Ocean, but I struggled with this book. Not only were Mallory and
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for

Meredith and Mallory are identical twins born on either side of midnight, one at 11:59pm and the other at 12:01am.

It's now thirteen years later and the girls are best friends, but they have completely different interests. Also, like many identical twins, they can often read each others minds and feel what the other is feeling. But their twin senses are a lot stronger than most twins. They also have the exact same dreams.

Up until one New Year's Eve whe
Steph Su
I have a hunch that this will be one of those series that people pick up because the cover looks pretty and there’s a pretty famous author’s name on it. Otherwise, THE MIDNIGHT TWINS is a jumbled, jumpy, and gnarled mess of characters, ooooo-spooky events, and rushed conclusions.

I understand that the twins at 13 years old, and that tweens on the brink of puberty make for melodramatic and often confusing times, but really, now. The mindset of an eighth grade girl does not have to manifest itself
Jul 09, 2013 Shelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*actual rating 2.5 stars
I really wanted to read this book (being a twin and all) but I was not pleased at all. This book somewhat offended me, to say the least. This book mentions twin telepathy and other unbelievable things that are more suited for things such as children's books. Although the author did express that the twin telepathy in this book was exaggerated, it was still to biased. The book mentions how twins often think of themselves as being one person. I know plenty of twins (myself i
Apr 10, 2009 Molly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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[close] Meredith and Mallory Brynn, are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one New Years Eve. They have always been inseparable. But after they are nearly killed in a mysterious fire on their thirteenth birthday, the bond that has always joined them unravels. They begin to have visions and dreams that reveal the deep secrets kept by the people around them.
Meredith and Mallory realize they have each been given a gift: Mallory can see deep into the past, Meredith can see the future. But
Adrienne Butler
Feb 08, 2011 Adrienne Butler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Blecchh! There are three in the series and my mind boggles at the many tangents the author has taken in them. The twins weren't likable or authentic. You can't just write YA because you decide to, you have to have an ear, memory and a voice to do it well. None of these qualities are evident on this book.
Zach Schmidt
Spoilers ahead: I think that Mitchard did a really good job of tackling topics that are in a teenager's world today. But this was right on sometimes and way off at other points in the novel. There were times reading this that I really liked what she was doing, but then was thrown off by the lack of description or the dialogue of the twins. Some of the best parts lacked description where I felt the story needed it. Like David falling to his death. It happened so quickly, I almost read over it not ...more
Kim Sheibley
I liked this book but definitely saw its flaws (and there are quite a few). The writing is not great - it feels a little childish and choppy and stilted sometimes. I sometimes had a hard time keeping the twins straight and keeping up with the dialogue. There was one point in the book where I turned the page and was positive that I'd skipped a page. I looked back and I hadn't.

However, the story was pretty good. I will be reading the second book to see if it gets better. Sometimes the first book
I think I read this.
May 09, 2014 CMac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting young adult/juvenile story. Author knows twins and their secret language and connection. Pretty wholesome coming of age and only three-four cuss words. I would definitely let kids read this one. I probably won't read anymore in the series. A little too juvenile for me.

Synopsis: As two female identical twins come of age, they discover they have inherited paranormal powers above and beyond twin telepathy and try to carry on in a normal world. Through their visions, they take on an evil
BAYA Librarian
Jan 30, 2009 BAYA Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
* Mallory and Meredith Brynn are identical twins that do not share the same birthday. They are midnight twins, one born just before and the other just after midnight. Mallory is serious and athletic, while Meredith is a popular cheerleader. Their personalities are different, but they share something besides their mirror image appearances; up until their 13th birthdays the sisters dreamt the same dreams. When they begin to dream different dreams they dismiss it at first. Is this just part of grow ...more
Margo Kelly
Jan 04, 2014 Margo Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to read through the reviews of this book. People seemed to have either loved it or hated it. I leaned more toward the "loved it" side. The story has a very interesting premise of twins with certain psychic powers. While it took me time to really get into the story, I soon found myself reading faster to see where the story was going. And I enjoyed that this wasn't a stereotypical young adult book.

There are a few "buyer beware" things I'd like to point out about this book:
1. If yo
E. Anderson
Mallory and Meredith are identical twins born so close to midnight on January 31st that they were actually born on separate days and in separate years. And while they are very different - Mallory is a tough girl who is into soccer and hangs out with the boys, Meredith is a girlie girl who is into cheerleading and fashion - from the time they were born they were inseparable, considering themselves two parts of one whole. The girls even have twin telepathy, which their mother began to suspect when ...more
Mar 13, 2009 Featherheart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 16-year-olds and up, especially twins
Oh my GOSH this was FABULOUS! I could not put it down. I'm talking leave off all other books, read during breakfast, read while cycling, read on the ten-minute drive to your friend's house, stay up till 11 reading and then put it down so you can get up in the morning. This is a one-more-minute-please kind of book. (Please read to the end before deciding to read it.)
Having gotten my enthusiasm out of the way, I would like to point out that it is definitely not a kid book. The main plot was about
I bought this book for my mother-in-law and then learned it was categorized as a "teen book." I decided to read it before I give it to her, and found it really isn't a teen book, unless you consider 18 or 19 a "teen." As with most things these days, it is a mature book for teens, and though I wouldn't necessarily say it couldn't be for teens, it has some issues that parents should know about first. First, the teens have a type of mysticism that they do not understand and of which they are, for l ...more
Jun 17, 2010 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really amazing. Not my favorite, because I like real fantasy a lot more, but still, good.

Merry and Mally are twins. One was born on 11:59 PM on Dec. 31 and one was born on 12:01 AM on Jan. 1. I know, kind of cheesy, but, ya. So, they have some mysterious house fire that's caused by Merry's best friends big brother, David. The girls use their new "powers" (Mally seeing the future and Merry seeing the past I THINK) to face him and make him stop. Oh, and they have telepathy.
I'm going to say this right up front: This book isn't worth your time.

I didn't like it at all. The first thing - and this is the most important, in my opinion - is that the writing was forced. The whole book seemed way to forced. Because it was so forced, it was harder to read.

The second thing that really ruins this book is that the author takes up the whole first chapter trying to explain to you how much the two twins, Mallory and Meredith, are so different, when they don't seem to different af
Mar 25, 2010 Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think that I was going to get past the first fifty pages to be honest. I was getting tired of reading about the Twins past. It also seemed really fake because the Twin, Mally and Merry, seemed to be perfect although they are total opposites, so you get a little of everything with these two. Being a twin myself I related to some of the things Mitchard made her twin characters feel but other things were totally annoying and unbelieveable. I also didn't like how the story was written. It w ...more
Jan 06, 2010 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Meredith and Mallory are identical mirror twins born on the cusp of midnight New Year's Eve making them born in different years. Growing up inseparable with wildly different personalities, the twins are able to speak to each other telepathically and dream each other's dreams. But on their thirteenth birthday, something strange happens and a fire disrupts the twin's telepathic powers while they gain new ones. But something strange is going on with one of the town boys and the
Alisha Wright
Jan 07, 2011 Alisha Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! One thing I noticed right away that I really liked is the cover. Take a good look at it. Notice something strange? The moon on the top of the picture is a full moon but the moon in the reflection is only a fraction of the moon! This oddity in some ways describes the book. Meredith and Mallory (Merry and Mally) Brynn are identical twins born in different years, one a minute before midnight, and the other a minute into the new year. Merry and Mally have twin telepathy, but th ...more
Leena Ali
Sep 04, 2010 Leena Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This books is about two twins that have magical powers. One girl can see into the future, and the other seeks the past.The girls have a special language they speak ever since they were kids.They always slept in the same bed, even when they were 6 years old. When the girls were about a month, their grandmother stared at them then started to cry. The girl that can see the past, saw a part of her grandmothers past. Her grandmother had a twin sister that looked exactly like the midnight twins. Her ...more
Oct 31, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable literary YA with a paranormal twist.

I bought this at the Pennwriters conference, after hearing Ms. Mitchard speak. Quite a remarkable and strong woman!

While it took me a bit to get into the book, once hooked, I couldn't stop reading it. Mitchard's voice is strong and compelling, when the action happened, it was deep and quick and I had to know what happened. Over all, I enjoyed this book immensely, but there were a few things that *did* niggle me.

The books is written in an omnisci
Aug 01, 2009 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meredith and Mallory Brynn are identical twins who were born on either side of midnight on New Years Eve. While the girls think of themselves as one, they are very different. Meredith is bubbly, outgoing, and a cheerleader, while Mallory is thoughtful, independent, and plays soccer. Though they have their differences the girls share so much; dreams, experiences, and even their own private language.

On the night of their thirteenth birthday the twins are caught in a mysterious fire that nearly kil
Lisa RC
Dec 29, 2011 Lisa RC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ugh
I read this book a few years ago, but I guess I'm writing a review now 'cause it doesn't seem like there's a lot of negative ones here. The Midnight Twins is probably the worst book I've ever read. It was probably the reason why I didn't pick up another book for the next two years. It literally, took me two renewals before I could finish it (note: I usually read books in one sitting).

First off, I want to say that this book has a whole lot of potential. Twins? Awesome. Twins who are bonded becau
Sep 14, 2008 Jenny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adults
Recommended to Jenny by:
I just finished this book, barely! The Midnight Twins had the storyline and potential to be really amazing, but failed to impress me in any way. My first disappointment was when I realized that this book was not only about teenage twins as I had originally thought, but actually a novel written specifically for a teenage audience in mind. I like teen movies and I’m not that old – I thought I’d give it a chance. It was after all written by Jacqueline, my girl! I had high hopes for this book but it ...more
I didn't finish the book because I didn't like it! This book didn't really have a point to it in my opinion! I didn't like the diologue either! The book didn't catch my attention a all and there was no real action or adventure involved! I'm really bummed that this book didn't turn out the way I hoped it would have! I have now started new book and am very satisfied with this new book titled "The Supernaturalist" I'm dying to find out what happens next!
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