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Midnight Engagement

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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Some people inherit family businesses, while others receive hand-me-downs, Michaela gets an atrocious pair of spectacles that hide her true identity — the one she doesn't know about!

Michaela is part-vampire and very unaware of it until she is abducted to a banished city by a werewolf who secretly loves her. It is her inherited duty to ke
Paperback, 236 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Crimson Romance (first published January 28th 2013)
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Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
McKay jumps straight into the action of this story in a very natural way. You don’t feel like you’ve been plunked down in the middle of the story yet the action is already there. McKay’s very straightforward writing style presents the story to the reader and allows them to draw their own conclusion. She paints a brilliant picture of the world that the characters live in and gives the audience everything necessary to bring this wonderful world to life.

The main character in this novel is very app
Ella Medler
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can describe this book in three words: unusual, surprising, original. But there’s a lot more to it than that. A paranormal romance with suspense blended in, it way a joy to read.

By far the strongest point of Eliott McKay’s writing style is the descriptive. Michaela lives in a fantasy world, so a good description is essential in helping us get a picture. And what a picture it is! I got lost in the richness of texture and just allowed the story to tow me along. I loved the wide vocabulary range
Jeff LaFerney
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was like reading a poet who stepped out of her comfort zone and then wowed her audience with a fabulous novel. McKay's descriptive style and eloquent wording captured me right from the beginning. The picturesque world she created and the plot she wove among the beauty made for a visual reading experience I'll never forget. I stumbled upon a request for reviewers of advanced reading copies and decided to give the book a whirl and then realized later that there were vampires and ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! I must admit I was skeptical when I first read the synopsis and found it was about a vampire with a werewolf love interest. However, I was pleasantly surprised! It was not just about the love interest; it was about a young woman struggling with who she came to be, fighting one side of herself. She is so new to this world, yet she is in charge of keeping everyone safe. She is falling in love but that makes for complicated situations as well. This book was very well ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This author has a wonderful way with words. Her descriptions were incredible. I could really picture the settings and characters. The cast of characters was great. I enjoyed all the different personalities. I especially enjoyed “seeing” Michaela grow and blossom. I also enjoyed her relationship with Conrad.

I did feel Michaela’s frustration in the beginning. I also wish there was more information at the end regarding the ante-moon and Michaela’s h vs. v situation.

Overall, this was a great read. Y
Kindly sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me by complete surprise. I'm not sure what I was expecting exactly but what I got was an astounding, beautifully written book. The Aureate Spectacles is my first 5-star read of 2017 and one I will NEVER forget!

Let's start off with my number one favorite thing about this book.
The Writing Style!
If you follow my reviews you will know some of my favorite things about books are the pacing, characters and of course the plo
Barbara Rauch
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This richly descriptive and beautifully written book takes a new slant on the star-crossed vampire/werewolf romance theme. Michaela (a mellifluous name in itself), orphaned, clumsy, unloved and raised as a human to hide her true identity from evil-doers, finds herself taken to a world she did not know existed and to a people looking to her to be their leader. When Michaela meets Conrad, a "w", sparks fly (literally). Their love blossoms as they learn to work together and to lead their people int ...more
Sara Behr
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-new-books
Loved it

I wasn't sure if I would like the book as I started it, but once the story got going I couldn't put it down! I found myself not wanting the story to end. I really hope there will be a follow up!
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the world Eliott McKay created in this book! I couldn't put it down!!! I really can't wait to see what else develops between Michaela and Conrad. I also wanna know what happened to her father. Please come out with book 2, 3, 4, 5 etc... SOON!!! ...more
Jessica Tutor
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
A nice relief from the norm. Eliott McKay steps outside the usual realm. She has created a fun new world to revel in, with an exciting new twist on those age old fantasies we love so much... vampires!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michaela has lived with her Aunt Hazel for as long as she could remember. Her parents were killed in a hiking accident when she was around 3 years old and Hazel had raised her since. Hazel was a very cold, very uncaring person who ignored Michaela unless she absolutely had to pay attention to her. It was a very lonely existence made even more so by the fact that Michaela has to wear hideous, rhinestone encrusted, yellow lenses spectacles. When she finally asked Aunt Hazel why she had to wear the ...more
Talon Tolleson
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very different twist on the Vampire, Werewolf theme. I really enjoyed it.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a genre I read a lot of but I really enjoyed this book, the characters were likeable and well written, the storyline was developed and the chemistry between the two main characters was undeniable and not void of complications as any good story shouldn't be.
Fiona Wilson
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads

Michaela is seen as a bit of a geek. She wears a pair of glasses, complete with wings at the side, which obviously make her the butt of many jokes at school. She lives with her Aunt Hazel and has done since the death of her parents.

A chance meeting with a young man has Michaela feeling things she can't explain, speaking in a way she didn't realise she could until then. Who is this stranger? Why is he here? And what does he know about Michaela? She doesn't need to wait long before finding out the
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It starts with an air of mystery, introducing main character Michaela, the clumsy teenager. From there, it whisks you off your feet and dumps you into a beautifully written world where you can almost smell and hear everything happening. I got so caught up in this world of McKay’s invention; feelings I had were quite like when I read Raymond E. Fiest’s books all those years ago, and we all know how masterful his world is!

Michaela is a beautiful character and won my heart instantly, and my fondne
Sherrie Brown
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC book for an honest voluntary review. This is an overall good book, however I found it hard to concentrate on due to a couple of things. First the details are so intense that for me it drew away from the story. I found myself lost in the details instead of the story. If you like a lot of details, then this is the kind of book you want. Secondly there were many terms and philosophy that had me wondering what it meant, while several of the secondary characters drew the light away ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When started reading this book i really had no idea what to expect.
Title is not revealing, nor are first chapters.

I loved how author builds plot with hint here and there.

Michaela is great character. Well built and growing. She is you normal teenager with school and classmates problems.
Only problem i had with her was to get used to pronounce her name.

But then all changes. Won't spoil. Go read.

Author build amazing world who you just have to fall in love with.
Im really happy i had chance to read
Page Turners
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Werewolves and Vampires are not my usual genre to read so I was taken by surprised by how quickly I got caught up in this story and the unique characters. The descriptive style of writing made it easy to visualize and follow the story. The transformation of Michaela from an awkward and tormented girl into a strong and powerful leader was remarkable to read and I am glad that I took a chance and picked up this book. Overall it was a great book and I recommend it to everyone.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r-books
I really enjoyed this book, I was more engrossed as the story progressed and keen to find out about the happenings of Conrad and Michaela.

The were some really good characters and so descriptive you could picture them exactly, but especially her father I would love to find out more about him.

Will definitely be looking forward to the next book!!
Rachel Clark
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a middle-aged person finds themself enjoying a young adult fiction book just as much as, or more than they would have when they were a teenager, I think that says quite a bit about the quality of the story. Such was the case with me reading The Aureate Spectacles. I really loved reading this book, experiencing through the pages the adventures of Michaela and all the others in the story. And thanks to the author's expert use of intelligent, descriptive, rather poetic words, I found myself pu ...more
I wanted to like this book but it needed a lot of editing before being published and it was a struggle to read. DNF.
Donadee's Corner
The Aureate Spectacles by Eliott McKay Review 2/7/17 Purchased @ Amazon 1/2/17

Kidnapping, mystery and intrigue!

Michaela was a seemingly normal high school senior, hiding behind a pair of hideous spectacles which masked her true identity. When she’s abducted by an intriguing werewolf, she learns that her father was a powerful vampire, and she has been chosen to protect his city from her predatory kin. As the situation grows dire, the fate of the city rests in her hands, and she must choose betwee
Elizabeth Horbaczek
This book was given to me for an honest review.

3 stars

I want to start off and say I wanted to love this book. I love mixing in the paranormal with the other books that I read on a daily basis. My problems lied on a few things for me to love this book. The first thing is that this to be geared to teen and young adult. Honestly what I do when I read these types of books, I picture my kids reading them. Will they be able to get through them, will they be able to understand them, will they love the
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Been holding off on this review for a while because I wanted to digest my thoughts a bit and figure out a not-mean way to say that the writing style was killing me, but now my brain is trying to erase this book from itself so I gotta do it now. Gave it two stars because the story was interesting enough that I managed to skim through the rest of the book once I hit my breaking point. I suppose a big hint as to what I got myself into should have been the absolutely incomprehensible first sentence. ...more
Diane Jewkes
I was given a copy for a fair and honest review.

The story idea is interesting, but it needs editing.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well I feel dumner for even attempting to read this. I could not finish the writing style was horribly confusing and I found myself having to re-read paragraphs and sentences so it makes sense... DNF sorry.
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