Since this book is not officially out yet, I'm going to try my best to keep this review spoiler free.
Like A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked, A Lady by Midnight is beautifully crafted with an intricate plot that just kept me wanting to get to the end because I just NEEDED to know what happens. At the same time, I wanted to try and pace myself. I wanted to absorb every moment and just feel all the feelings that Kate and Thorne's story invoked in me.
And what a story it was! A Lady by Midnight fully deserves my five star rating. If I were able, I would give it more. More stars because it was beyond 'amazing.' It was awe-inspiring, really.
For Kate and Thorne are characters that I simply admire and respect.
Kate is passionate, smart and beautiful. She has a strength and confidence to her, despite what life has dealt her. There's no messing with this heroine. This woman gives everything she's got, she stands her ground, knows how to get what she wants, and I love that she LOVES completely.
And Thorne, I just love him. Such a man, this hero. Gahh, I wish to go on and on about him but it would totally give him away. I considered doing just that, but I'm going to do the opposite and keep my lips sealed. More fun. So, please, read this book and find out about this mysterious hero. Okay, one thing (since you probably know this about him from the previous books), he doesn't say a whole lot, but when he does speak--MY, OH MY. And even if, it's all about action, yes? Speaks louder, right? ;)
As I was reading ALBM, I noticed that it did have a different tone/feel than the previous Spindle Cove books. (I haven't noticed it in other series, not really.) ANTS is more daring, AWTBW was dripping with humor and charm, and ALBM has passion down pat. It's nice to have such variety in a series to keep things fresh. I suppose it has a lot to do with the characters. Each are so very different and complex, complete with imperfections that make them achingly human.
I adore all the awkward moments and the little details that make the heroes, heroines and Spindle Cove seem so very real. How I wish it were.
I just wrote a major spoiler. I erased it. Don't worry. Hint: It was about Dinner and Francine. Didn't you just love them? Well, in this story--Oh, just read the book already!
Lastly, I think I should mention the fact that I teared up at the first sentence. Actually, tears were threatening to fall at the words 'Chapter One.' I admit, the anticipation got to me! XD I mean, to be able to delve back into the world that I couldn't and can't get enough of... Just. So. Much. Awesome.
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an e-arc of ALBM in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book's expected publication: August 28th 2012.
Please read it as soon as you get your hands on it! It's totally amazing!!
Sorry, one more thing, I think one could love this book as a standalone, but I SERIOUSLY recommend reading this series in order! GET ON IT, and ship the lovely ships! :D(less)
I have mixed feelings for this one. When it comes to novellas I usually do as I have difficulty warming up to short reads. This one, however, I did wa...moreI have mixed feelings for this one. When it comes to novellas I usually do as I have difficulty warming up to short reads. This one, however, I did warm up to it. I loved the flow of the story and happy in the surprises that revealed itself while reading. Unpredictable, I think. And I love that about LaValle's writing, not knowing what to expect, the thrill of it. It was easy to get lost in Cat and Jamie's world, and I read it all in one go. It wrapped up nicely, but, as always, with good reads, I was left with wanting more XD
The reason why I have mixed feelings is because I didn't agree with some of the decisions that were made by the characters. I had a few "WTH, what are you thinking?" moments. But then again I realized that without those decisions we wouldn't have the meaty plot that we were given. And yes to the plot! Also, I should add that this short read packs quite the punch with some very smexy scenes. XD