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Midnight Fire

(Rise of the Dark Angel #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,406 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Phoenix Light’s world collapses around her when her dad rushes in the house and switches on the television to see enemy soldiers are taking over their world. Luckily, her father knew an attack was imminent and he built a vast shelter in the mountains for their family, and thousands of others.

What the people on earth don’t know is the war is much more than a human take-over

Kindle Edition, 253 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Gossamer Publishing (first published January 26th 2012)
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Mallory Kellogg
Feb 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is the first time I have ever given up on a book at 10%. But yup. DNF at 10%. I couldn't go a page farther.

The Characters:

The main girl's name is Phoenix Light. No, I'm not making that up. She's a regular girl from regular suburbia, but her parents named her Phoenix effing Light. She spaces out frequently, writes a ton in a notebook and has some sort of knack for finding herbs in the woods. Whatever.

We also have Josiah, which is God. And Vyco, which is Satan. Neither of these guys, although
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've never yawned during an apocalypse before. The creator of earth is named Josiah and his opposite number is called Vyco. They make an agreement to let free will reign, then watch humanity destroy itself for the most part. The writing is unsophisticated and lacks cohesion. And in my mind, if you are going to present a struggle between the archetypes of good and evil, you should put it in terms that will resonate with people. Anything else makes the suspension of disbelief difficult. ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chickflick, ya, religious
What did I just read?
I won't lie, this is a pretty easy read, considering it didn't take me too long to get through it; however what did I just read?
The basics of this story is that God and Satan (the author has given them different names, perhaps to be quirky or to make it more of an AU) have agreed that the human's of earth will have free-will, the winner (as in if the human's all turn towards being nasty and evil to each other, or be good and morale to each other) will have control over earth
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately this book was just not for me, my suspense of disbelief right from the end of chapter one was dubious and due to the continuity errors, overly simplified narrative and shallow depth of characters and world this only declined as I read on.

Its hard to say what I felt was the biggest problem with this book. To start the characters were shallow and at times insultingly one dimensional. It was difficult to understand Phoenix’s family motives especially concerning her, one minute they a
C.S. Wilson
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would have rated this book higher, but there was, for me, an unforgivable sin committed by both the author and her editor. The word "site" was used in place of the word "sight". "Role" was used in place of what should have been "roll". For a published author, a mistake of homophones is absolutely unaccepable.

While I enjoyed this book, I will not be reading any others by this author.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
wow, I'm really disappointed about this book and author. I've read other books by her and have loved them. reading this book was like pulling teeth. great idea, poor execution. ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
review posted here...

Midnight Fire was a really good read, the synopsis says it all as we see humanity & Earth put through testing times in a battle between good & evil. A god and a demon have a discussion, a challenge is set and agreed upon, the battle lines are drawn and Earth/humanity is the target and each player can send one individual to interfere. For three years following the start of Earth’s demise, survivors have hidden in a cave system in rem
Theresa Jones
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine what the world would be like if there was war everywhere? If you had to hide in a cave/cavern just to stay safe? If there were prison camps being run by the rebel armies, where the prisoners were tortured, raped and starved? Can you imagine what life would be like?

Well, that’s the world that 17 year old Phoenix lives in. Through her journal, you see how she got to this safe haven she now calls home. How her parents, and others around the state, pooled their resources to create t
Lucie Paris
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
An apocalyptic atmosphere, dark, hard where all hope seems lost... This is the atmosphere in which this serie begins.
Breathtaking in its blackness, I was attracted by the vision of the end of the world proposed by Melody Anne. A mix of history with similarities between the inhuman behavior during WWII or nowadays in Syria and certainly those same behaviours that can be seen in most wars. Atrocities, loss of human values​​, lack of solidarity, burnt corpse, tortures and the evil that welcomes th
I don't know how I feel about his book. I like the angel vs demon story lines, but with this one it felt blah and meh. I didn't understand what made Phoenix special. I didn't understand why Jayden will go with the flow if he wasn't happy with it? Then again we humans can get comfortable and not make changes. I really enjoyed the mooshy scenes between them. I thought they were sweet and cute, but I couldn't believe that a over thousand year old angel would react that way. It sounded very immature ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is going to be a hard review for me because I wanted so badly to like this book. But as much as I tried it just didn't do it for me.
The action was rare and the romance was shallow. It seemed as if the writer wasted no time trying to deepen the character's relationships but got right to the point where they kissed and made up. Now I know that writing a book is hard and requires a lot of work and time but couldn't the author just take her time trying reveal some meaning into the characters
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a very great read. I love how the human characters had their own personalities. Jayden and Phoenix were fun to follow. Melody Anne definitely makes you visualize everything.I could see Jayden going against his grain, falling in love with and protecting a human, he initially wanted to destroy. This was a pretty unique story line and the ending will definitely cause you to pick the next book up in the series.Her descriptions of those with super powers were written very well. Some of ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-freebie
This was painfully bad. I tried so hard to give it the benefit of the doubt, but nope. Seriously John and Phoenix?! And stop babying Phoenix. She's naive because YOU keep sheltering her it's impairing her development! Anyhow, plot is completely predictable I had to roll my eyes multiple times. Narration alternates between 1st person diary entry from Phoenix and 3rd person omniscient POVs. I found Phoenix very annoying and I can't say I found any of the other characters likable or interesting. Pa ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
you never thought that the world you know it is about to end. a true battle of good vs bad, and one who is about to make a choice choosing good over evil after so long of being on the wrong side. I really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more. The characters and their struggles really pull you into the book and you may not was to set it down till you are done ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I'm going to be honest...I have no idea how to review this. Part YA....dystopian....angels.....demons....fated mates....apocalyptic....moshpit of genres. The writing was...acceptable. Not much of a recommendation, huh? And it's not.
D- / 1.5 stars
Y.I. Lee
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed this. It had me on the edge of my seat!
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Utterly Awful

If you want to read a compelling book with a good plot and writing, don't go anywhere near this book, because it didn't have any of those, especially not good writing.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might be one of the most poorly written books in existence.
Honestly, this seems like something my little sister could write.
The characters are ridiculous—the main character cries at literally ANYTHING and spends the whole time being a sniveling coward and gushing over the hot guy she decides to date the day she meets him.
It should’ve been told from Jayden’s point of view o think that would’ve been at least less awful.
Gwynneth Ott
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, God makes a bet with the devil...

And the war begins. Could you hide? Would you fight? What if you were only a child? The story involves family, values, and most important, love.
Amber Dawn
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was ok

Phoenix is childish and petty. For supposing to be the one to turn someone from dark to light I think its cause she's a child or at least acts like one. The group she lives with is more of a cult but I guess when the world is going to he'll it pays to be overly careful.
May 31, 2020 added it
Shelves: nook-reads
A so-so read. Probably will not go further into this series
Laurie Hopkins
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good series

This is my second time reading book 1. I have found some things I missed the first time through. I absolutely adore Hayden, he may doubt himself, but Josiah and I have faith in him. Phoenix is definitely naive, not sure how she and Sadie stayed so sheltered in this world they live in. The cave setting is interesting.......The war , I have to agree with Phoenix on this one, how can people treat others in that way.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
GAH!! This book was so frustrating! I hate not finishing a book, I always feel I have no right judging it but I'm 70% done and I honestly can't get any further. It became a chore trying to read this.

The storyline - I'll admit, at the start I loved it. I thought it was brilliant, the idea of a community living and hiding together, trying to survive while the rest of the world fell apart with greed. Unfortunately, with so few details and poor writing it lost its spark. Let's start with the fact t
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An awesome book about the end of the world. Sure, it was a little churchey at times, but I'm okay with it if it makes the story kind of.. well. Awesome. Pheonix Light was kind of a stupid name, but a great character. Another book full of insta love, but who can't fall in love at the end of the world, I guess. This book was great. I'm really starting to like the whole apocolypse theme, it's really starting to get to me, haha.
This book was churchey in a good way, if that makes sense. Usually it's
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I've had this book on my t-b-r list for a while now and if I'm perfectly honest, I only read it this week because it was on my kindle and we having problems with the internet so I wasn't able to download the book I wanted. However, having said that, I'm very glad that I have read it.

I wasn't sure at all about what sort of story I would be getting. I tend to veer away from books with angels in them as I usually find them all a bit 'twee' and also the 'goodness' of the angels sometimes makes me fe
John Purvis
“Midnight Fire” was published in 2012 and was written by Melody Anne ( Ms. Anne has written almost 30 novels. Most are Romances or lean heavily in that direction.

I was alerted to this book being available for free through This is a Young Adult Romantic Fantasy. The book is set in a near future and I would say it is ‘PG’. The book is written in the third person with the major characters being Phoenix Light and Jayden.

Phoenix is 11 when the worl
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book one in the Rise of the Dark Angel series!

Meet Phoenix Light. Phoenix’s world collapses all around her when her dad rushes straight into the house and switches on the television, only to see enemy soldiers are taking over their world. Luckily, Phoenix's father knew an attack was imminent in their world and he built a vast shelter in the mountains for their family, and also to thousands of others who are wanting to escape.

The problem is that the people on earth don’t know is the war i
I absolutely LOVED this book!

So Jayden is a fallen angel. He's evil. He doesn't care about the human race. He thinks they're worthless. He doesn't understand why they don't move to a different World - a World where God isn't around to care about what they do.

He is tasked to find a group of hidden humans. These humans are one of the last groups of people who are considered "good". Once he gets there he is to infiltrate their group, become part of them, and then tear them up from the inside.

Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another super great freebie. I was pulled in (a little confused but got the drift fast) and didn't let go til the end. I was sorely tempted to read the excerpt for the next book, but that was too much and I prevented myself. I liked the characters and the story line, there were emotions, suspense, action, ups and downs, friends and family, some really bad bad guys, tough decisions, a couple of good twists, and an ending that definitely leaves you wanting more. I'm most definitely going ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, youngadults
Ok, so I did not expect anything original when I picked this one up. I just wanted a little romance, a little fantasy. Romance was there alright, but the charachters were all so flat and the whole thing was SO stereotypical i just couldn't relate.
I get why you wanna make the heroin pure and perfect. But if you make every single characher (the Devil and the Bitch excluded) pure and perfect, you kinda lose impact. I didn't buy into Jaydan as a dark angel at all. There was absolutely nothing dark
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Melody Anne is a NYT best selling author of the popular series: Billionaire Bachelors, Surrender, Baby for the Billionaire, Unexpected Hero's, Billionaire Aviators, and some solo titles. I have a Young Adult Series; Rise of the Dark Angel.

As an aspiring author, I wrote for years, then published in 2011, finding my true calling, and a love of writing. Holding a Bachelor's Degree in business, I lov

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