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After Midnight (The Youngbloods #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  565 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Ever since the death of their parents, Catlyn Youngblood and her two older brothers have shared a nomadic existence, always moving from place to place. When they at last settle for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks she might finally have a normal life. While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic boy named Jesse Raven. Eve ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 8th 2011 by Flux (first published May 1st 2011)
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May 04, 2011 Susanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, 1st-p, girl, 2012
1.5 star. An informal and ranty review.
Originally, about halfway through, I decided to give it two stars, one for the horses and one because the MC hates oatmeal and raisins. Now, I don't know what my stars stand for. The horses weren't as integral as I'd hoped. Sadly, falling into true love after a few days overcomes the hatred of oatmeal and raisins. The prose was nothing special, but not horrible. The MC had some nice moments of maturity and non-stupidity (except for when she was in danger an
Jul 10, 2011 Debbie rated it really liked it
This was a book once I picked up I didn't want to put it down until I was finished. When I was finished my first thought was I loved it and was so bummed this book just came out because that means probably a long wait for book 2. After I went to bed I kept thinking about it and there are so many questions about things that didn't make sense to me and I am not sure if I missed something because I was so anxious to finish the book.

We don't see too much of Jesse as we follow Catlyn around but I lik
Jamie Siemsen
Jun 02, 2012 Jamie Siemsen rated it really liked it

After Midnight was the perfect book for me to read during all of this end of school year madness because it was light, cute, funny, sweet, intriguing, adorable, mushy, lovely, beautiful, and all around awesome. I have always been a sucker for cheesey, completely adorable teen romances. Seriously. I can remember watching hours of those Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson and Hilary Duff Movies growing up.

This book was awesome. If you like c
Oct 25, 2011 Arya rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. I cannot wait to continue reading this series. A bit badly edited at times (i.e., wrong homonyms and repeating words) but overall descriptive, pleasant to read.
Jun 11, 2017 Cayla rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-reviews
Let us take a moment of silence for the loss of what was predicted to be a great read, but turned out to be one horrific mess…

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Aurian Booklover
Dec 22, 2012 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
As I love Lynn Viehl’s adult books, I just had to try her YA series as well. And I am not disappointed. After Midnight is a well written novel, with lots of action, and NO LOVE TRIANGLE!

Catlyn Youngblood is a 15 year old schoolgirl, and she is always the new girl in school. Her brother, who is her legal guardian, has to move for his job every six months or so, meaning they never get to make real friends or put down roots. But now he has quit his job, and is planning to stay in Lost Lake, Florid
Dec 10, 2010 Ruby rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, teen
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I want to start this review by saying that it pleasantly surprised me. I'm often skeptical when Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy authors decide to try their hand at YA fiction. Some authors--and people, for that matter--assume that because if they can write to appeal to an adult audience, than writing to a teen one will be easy peasy lemon squeezy. Then again, there are crossover authors whose adult stuff I won't touch (Kelley Armstr
Aug 01, 2011 Steffy rated it really liked it
As a first ever Young Adult novel I think that Lynn did a very good job and I will be buying the sequel.
It’s true that as far as the vampires are concerned you can’t help to get some twilight flashes. As for example, Jesse is only drinking Animal blood or they eyes turned onyx (black) when they need blood but except that they are not very similar.
I really like the characters, they are very consistent and Cat, the main character, is very likable. She is witty and brave and loves her brothers an
Princess Bookie
Oct 20, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it liked it
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Catlyn aka Cat. She lives with her two brothers Patrick and Grayson. Patrick is older and has taken care of them for a while now. Their parent's passed away. Grayson and Cat are still in high school and the family moves around a lot. They have lived many many places but finally decided to put down some roots in Florida. Cat starts a new school and makes a few friends, a boy and a girl. She also attracts the attention of the football quarterback and his girlfrien ...more
Jessica Stacy
Oct 12, 2016 Jessica Stacy rated it liked it
For me, this book went off to a slow start. I can't relate to the rural lifestyle the main character has been forced into. I also didn't find her to be a terribly strong heroine. The only time Cat truly exhibits the type of cunning I expect from a decent heroine is in her dealings with her brothers and the Ravens at the end. Once she starts taking responsibility for how her actions will affect other people, Cat becomes easier to sympathize with. This was when I started cheering for her. She did ...more
Amy Jacobs
Apr 29, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I don't even know where to begin with this review since it was a book that I was really looking forward to. While it was one I was excited to receive, it fell flat while reading the story.

After the death of her parents, Catlyn has been living with her oldest brother Patrick and middle brother Grayson. While Catlyn is trying to adjust to another move and yet another school, Patrick announces that they are finally going to settle down in one place and stay in Lost Lake, Florida. Catlyn tries to ma
Jan 31, 2012 Katy rated it liked it
I honestly thought this book was just mediocre and didn't care too much for it - until the last quarter, which was so cool that the book redeemed itself enough to earn three stars.

What I didn't like...

I didn't like the book, but I didn't really not like it either. For me, it was very cliche, predictable and at times really cheesy. I mean a girl is new in school. She makes friends with the odd ones (the school gossip and the smart loner boy). She's targeted by the popular boy and hated by the pop
Margaret Fisk
Jun 06, 2011 Margaret Fisk rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I’m a long-term fan of Lynn Viehl’s work, so when she released a young adult novel, I figured I’d give it a try. I was not disappointed.

After Midnight offers the reader a complex tale centered around Catlyn Youngblood, a teenager who lives with her two brothers because her parents were both killed in a car accident. After years of moving around and rarely finishing a year of school at the same place, her brother and guardian Trick declares they’ll be staying in some tiny, backwards town in the m
Nov 03, 2014 Sammy rated it did not like it



GOSH! I am so over this vampire crazy fan-girl drama shit. I mean, c'mon come up with something new! After Twilight, any vampire books I have read were just nothing compared to it. All these books recently have a similar story to Twilight or Vampire Academy and it's pissing me off. So it's safe for me to say that I did not like this book at all. A lonely sad girl? Check. A creepy guy who saves her at
Once Upon a Twilight
Jun 07, 2011 Once Upon a Twilight rated it it was ok
Every book I read, I hope is a great and enjoyable book and one that I will read over and over again. Once in a while though I will read a book that I think doesn’t reach its full potential. Sadly this is one of those books. I thought that the author did a good job of making the story flow together with transitions, however the characters just did not feel real to me. I also felt that the plot could have been a little more original and have more depth to it.

The story begins with Catlyn who is a
Feb 04, 2012 Kristina rated it liked it
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My Thoughts: Overall I enjoyed this story. I ended up liking the premise of the series more at the end once everything was explained. Who Cat's parents were and the different gifts the three Youngbloods have.
Cat and Gray worked for me but I'm not sure how much I care for the oldest brother Trick. He just seemed to over the top with his controlling of everything. Even after you find out why it seems like too much.
The romance between Cat and Je
Ian King
Dec 26, 2014 Ian King rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I read this one to get a taste of what is all the rage about vampire and romance stories; and found this to be an alright read, although there were a few grammatic errors, and a little predictable - sometimes. However, there were some unpredictable moment's too.
The story follows the teenager Caitlyn Youngblood, who (as you find out later in the story,) is the grand daughter of the legendary Vampire hunter Van Hesling.
Her and her brother are moved to a rundown farm to escape their previous lives,
Annie McElfresh
Mar 10, 2011 Annie McElfresh rated it liked it
If you've read my past reviews, you know I am a serious sucker for paranormal romance. This book is full of it. Yes, I will tell you parts of the this relationship feels rushed. They become too gah-gah for each other a little soon. However, I still love it when two characters are willing to do anything for each other. Abandon their families, chance dying or whatever it takes to be together. It totally adds to the romance.

There really isn't any elements that make it stand out among other YA para
May 29, 2014 Zora rated it liked it
I like how cat, Gray, and trick stick together and how the oldest takes place as the parent. I dislike the copp. I like it when Gray tries out for Football and turns out to be great at it. I hate Grays GF. I love when jesse and Cat start to meet in secret. I like the fact that Gray and Trick notice Cat's new attitude. I like how when Cat goes to the zoo and helps that little kid aand Jesse shows up to save her(even though she did not need his help.)I like when Trick sees Cat with the Ravens and ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Carole-Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-stuff, ya-goodies
I'm a very great fan of Lynn Viehl's PNR books, and this foray into the YA world doesn't disappoint at all.

Catlyn Youngblood and her brothers Patrick and Grayson move to Lost Lake, Florida after years of moving home every couple of years or so. Cat hopes for a normal life, although things don't go well at the new school she and Gray attend. Lonely, and wary of making friends, she takes refuge with her horse and explores the new property the family own.

Here she meets Jesse, riding his own horse,
L.M. Justus
May 09, 2013 L.M. Justus rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series, I was curious about her foray into the YA genre. I was not disappointed! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think Viehl's transition into the YA market was a huge success. Everything about the story perfectly appealed to my tastes and I am so glad I have book 2 ready to go because I'm hooked! I do feel I have to mention the one thing about this book that needs improvement, which has nothing to do with the actual story. I noticed a LOT of typographical er ...more
Kathy Martin
Jun 10, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
Catlyn Youngblood and her brothers are used to changing towns and schools. But maybe this time they can stay. After her parents' deaths she and her brother Gray went to live with their older brother Patrick. They have moved from place to place because her brother worked with computers and moved every six months. But now they are on a farm in Central Florida and Trick says they can stay. Cat meets Jesse one night when she is out riding her horse. They fall in love but he doesn't go to school with ...more
Jul 01, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The story was really good, and I'm looking forward to the second book in the series, but the publishers really need to hire a better editor! There were SO MANY mistakes in this book that, instead of getting into the flow of the story and enjoying it to it's possible fullest, I was mostly distracted by the errors and royaly annoyed! If you're not aggravated to no living end by numorous editing boo-boos, you will probably like this book. One other small complaint: the boy on the cover l ...more
Jan 13, 2012 Tricia rated it did not like it
So this girl moves into a new town where she doesn't know anyone and starts a new school. She doesn't consider herself particularly pretty and has never had a boyfriend. But she meets this mysterious, gorgeous, rich guy who's family is very secretive and reclusive. Nobody knows a lot about him, but she falls for him, and of course, he falls for her. Except, wait, it turns out he's a vampire!

Sounds familiar, right? Except this book is not Twilight. In all, very disappointing. No original materia
Oct 20, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
This is really more of a three-and-a-half star book, but it doesn't quite rate 4. Girl with no parents, being raised by two older brothers moves to, like, the fifty-fifth new town of her life, is a leper in her new school...and falls for Jesse Raven, who lives with his parents on an isolated island where no one even answers the phone. Jesse, of course, is allergic to sunlight. And garlic. And iron. Because yeah, he's a vampire. But then...there's this huge twist at the end that made me want to k ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-booklist
Sophomore Catlyn Youngblood is used to her nomadic existence. When they settle down in Lost Lake, Florida, Cat meets the enigmatic, handsome Jesse Raven. As their attraction intensifies, Cat learns that the Ravens are a centuries-old vampire clan, and--worse still--she is a descendent of a world-famous vampire hunter.

I liked it. The characters were enjoyable and the story kept you guessing but in the end I felt it was rushed. I wish the story was developed more and it just didn't
Feb 03, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
This author needed to do quite a bit more research for this to get five stars. From the first 2 chapters on, I was extremely frustrated with the setup of the novel. Here's some things that bothered me:
1) high school freshman do not take calculus (I should know, I'm a senior taking calculus)
2)despite four years of high school, I have yet to see someone get dunked in a urinal.
3) teachers don't just back down because a football player tells them to.
4) breaking into an animal habitat is not as easy
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jan 30, 2012 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars.

This was such a fun book to read and so different from others out there right now in this genre.

I loved all the twists and turns that it had and even though the ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger I think it was a great one and I really look forward to reading the next book in the series.

My only real complaint about it is that we didn't get to see more of Seek and Kari. I really loved them in the prequel and was sad to see that their roles in this book were almost none existe
May 17, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Although I really enjoyed reading After Midnight, I couldn't help but notice several similarities to the Twilight Series. The plot was different in that there were no werewolves or any other paranormal elements aside from vampires, but in several of the more relevant climactic moments, the two main characters would say phrases that I could nearly quote from Twilight. I did still enjoy this first book in the Young Bloods Series, but the author really needs to strive for more originality. That bei ...more
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
I was left begging for the sequel by the end of this book! Also, so many twists and turns to keep me on my toes. At no time did this book ever get completely predictable. The ending was a TOTAL shocker! Any book that I find so hard to put down and literally get sucked into (reading this I WAS Catlyn - and she was badass, 'specially at the zoo!) so hard that when I look up I'm surprised to find the real world, deserves five stars for sure!
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Also see S.L. Viehl, Gena Hale, Jessica Hall. Rebecca Kelly.

She writes mostly novels in a variety of genres and under several pseudonyms. Among them are science fiction (as S. L. Viehl), romantic fiction (as Lynn Viehl, Gena Hale, and Jessica Hall), and Christian fiction (as Rebecca Kelly). She has described herself as primarily a writer of romance: no matter what genre she is working in, an eleme
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“They forbade me to leave the island.” He brushed my hair back from my forehead. “ I thought it would be better if I stayed away, but I was wrong. Without you, I was lonely and miserable and empty. Every night I could think of nothing but you.”
“ I know exactly what you mean” I saw one of the zookeepers peering into the bushes. “They’re coming. You should go.”
“No.” he put his arms around my waist. “I’m not going to leave you again.”
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