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After Midnight (The Youngbloods #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  68 reviews
15-year-old Catlyn Youngblood finally learns her family's secret, that they are descended from legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing, when, after she and her brothers settle into tiny Lost Lake, Florida, she feels an overpowering attraction to Jesse Raven, a vampire.
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 8th 2011 by Flux (first published May 1st 2011)
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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
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

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



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
Ian King
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,
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
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.
Amy Jacobs
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
Margaret Fisk
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
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
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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
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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
Once Upon
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
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
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
Aurian Booklover
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
Annie McElfresh
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This book deserves a four star ...why...coz vampire and horses are my fav and I like the heroine, she is strong and level-headed,
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
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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
This book started out very good then turned more into a chore to read
This book was fast paced and there was never a dull moment. If you're looking for a book to hold your attention and keep you guessing this book is for you. The characters are well thought up and the storyline is amazing. I fell in love with this book. All my guesses about the story were true though which doesn't really happen to me. This book isn't obvious or anything I sort of randomly guessed at some things and ended up being right. A terrific read I'm glad I won it in a contest!
I really like this author's adult books, but this one was so so. It was filled with tons of teen angst and you knew there was something going on just not what. All things weren't revealed until the last few chapters and then things made lots of sense. It was at this point that I really started to hate Cat's brothers. Up to that point I thought they were great, so protective of her.

I will read the next in this series, but it will be a make or break book for me.
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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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