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White Midnight

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Companion to Firegold, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults

Rose Chandler, a fifteen-year-old bondgirl who lives on Greengarden Orchard, fears everything: the dark, the moon, other people, and the Dalriadas from the Red Mountains who are at war with the Valley folk. But Rose especially fears the Thing locked in the attic of the Bighouse, home of Mr. Brae, the Master of Greenga
Hardcover, 289 pages
Published October 17th 2003 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Completely disappointing! This book had so much potential. The characters had such potential. This book could have been great and even kept a similar (but more meaningful and admirable) end. I feel completely let down.


I feel like all the characters failed. Especially Rose and Raymont. Rose couldn't get over her land. Raymont couldn't get past his attic. Rose thinks of her child as an abomination, and if she has blue eyes she'll live without him (or her) just so she can stay on her
Possibly the weirdest thing I've ever read.
This is a prequel to Firegold, and I liked it even more. The heroine, Rose, is a shy, scared, asthmatic, unattractive teenager who has to face and conquer her fears, and Calhoun does a brilliant job with her. Also, there's an interesting use of the Eros-Psyche myth, with non-standard consequences. Really, really good stuff.
The only way I can describe this book is organized chaos. The characters are hard to relate to, which in turn makes it hard to care about them.
I really could have liked this book, but the end sucked.
Very dark story. I read this because I had recently read Firegold (the sequel to White Midnight) and really enjoyed it. With that said, I rated it 3 stars mainly because it was a dark story but I really liked the character development of the main character Rose. Dia Calhoun seems to be able to capture the very real and human essence of her characters which keeps me coming back for more. Life isn't all fairy tales and sunshine but growth, struggle, perseverance and learning. All of this was prese ...more
This was not a great book. It did not live up to the expectations I set to it, which was quite disappointing. The characters were badly developed, and every time I thought I like the 'thing' he would do something terrible and I would hate him again. I really did want to like him, though! This book was just disappointing, and a little bit creepy. Especially the cover.
With a more dreamy and mysterious atmosphere than Firegold, which it is a prequel of, I felt that this story was more mature. There's more ambiguity in the characters, and no one is truly heroic. Many of the characters are monstrous, and the main character doesn't completely overcome the damage inflicted upon her by her family, and the others trying to play her. While this is somewhat sad, and some readers might find it unsatisfying, it's more realistic considering how the events of the story pl ...more
A wonderful fantasy with fairy tale atmosphere about a young girl who must marry the son of the landowner (supposedly a hideous “Thing”) in order to help her family and fulfill her dream to care for her orchard. Full of references to films of Cocteau and fairy tales (Bluebeard, Beauty and the Beast).
Meg Wilson
This was an excellent book about real love and the truth about human souls. Rose's character and growth were superbly drawn. She was clever, and brave. The other characters, including Raymont, Rose's parents and Mr. Brae were all products of their lives' circumstances. They did not choose to "dive into the terrible and the beautiful" as Rose did.
Dia Calhoun bravely ended the book in a very fitting, satisfying way.
Rose, a young bondswoman, is tricked by her parents and the wicked landowner into marrying the Thing, the misshapen heir of the landowner. She struggles to fulfill her oath and protect her beloved Greengarden from barbarian attack.
Unfortunately, this book was a bit slow. I kept reading hoping it would get better but it never really did and I didn't really care for the plot. I won't be reading the second book.
This was a big dissapointment. Instead of touching your soul like 'Firegold', it touched death, hate, misery, murder, and revenge. A big dissapointment
This is a prequel to Dia Calhoun's earlier book, Firegold. It is about the ancestors of Jonathan, the main character of Firegold.
Very unusual and fun book that made a lot of sense after reading Firegold. The ending was confusing to me, though.
I thought the plot was interesting but not enough to continue on with the series.
May 09, 2011 Alexa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011

Oh so weird.
really weird book
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