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Midnight

(Harlan Vampires)

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Samantha Clark has always known she was different. Brought up in a loveless household, she can almost forgive herself for turning to an abusive boyfriend to help give her the roots and love she desperately needs. But that solution turns violent, and Sami is on the run, turning to a college friend who offers her a new hope at 'family'.

Finding the place where she now lives a
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Apex Book Company
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Steve Stred
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **

“Maybe he could help her, give her sanctuary for a few days.”

Surprisingly Midnight is the second book I’ve read lately that had the same atmospheric that was so prevalent in the HBO show True Blood. I had shades of it recently when I read Husk, but I found throughout Midnight I was expecting to see some of the familiar Bon Temps characters.

Adkins throws us right into the mix with the arrival of Sami in her high school love Steve’s shop. She’s
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Sheri
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Midnight by Mari Adkins

The story takes place rural Kentucky. Samantha "Sami" Clark goes there to stay with her college friend. She never knew her parents and always felt different. Once there she meets a mysterious young man named Michael and soon she begins to find out exactly why she felt different all these years.

A fast paced original story. Sami is very unique she has her good qualities and her weaknesses. I liked the story line, it did have some surprises overall I liked the originality of
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Mandy
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: early-reviewers
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program. Brief plot spoilers may follow.*


Brief summary: Sami flees her abusive boyfriend Adam after a particularly brutal beating, seeking solace with her old friend Steve after a couple of years apart. The Steve she remembers and the Steve she meets now are quite different, however, and so is the town that he lives in. After arriving, Sami struggles to reconcile herself with her past and
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Nicole
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review was written on my blog:

Midnight is Southern Gothic fiction set in 1980's rural Kentucky. The story entails the struggles of Samantha Clark in getting away from an abusive boyfriend and dealing with some major emotional issues.

The synopsis on the back of the book says: "Samantha Clark has always known she was different. Brought up in a loveless household, she can almost forgive herself for turning to an abusive boyfriend to help her give her the roots and love she desperately needs...
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Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to catch on to what the author was doing here in her work and I thought I was going to have to be negative about this review. In reality, Ms. Adkins has put a new spin on the world of vampires. This tale is told by a 22 year old woman who is in the process of deciding whether to become a fully "turned" vampire herself. We experience her doubts and confusion through an alcohol and marijuana haze. She has been severely abused by a former love and was abandoned as a child into th ...more
Brandy
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
I received a pdf-version advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I was not impressed with Midnight, but it isn’t the type of book I generally enjoy. I don’t think I would call it a romance, supernatural, or a fantasy; all words used to describe the book on the author’s website. While magic and vampires are a part of the story, they are not integral to the main ideas. This is a story of a twenty-something learning about her roots and her family and getting to know her ow
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Irene Adam
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This was not the type of book that I usually read. Vampires and magic are part of the story. The main character is running from an abusive relationship to a friend for help. She begins to learn about her roots and remembers things from her past. There is a surprise near the end of the book. The story ended abruptly with many unanswered questions. I felt that the author ended it too abruptly without fully develo ...more
Mari
Feb 19, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Read an excerpt of Midnight at the Apex website:

www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpa...

I hope you enjoy it!
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Stephanie
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable story which was undermined a bit by the main character forever bursting into tears, she also had a tendency to keep running into the arms of two different men. That Sami was continually referred to as a strong woman but then displayed such weak behaviour, plus a tendency to bury herself in wine and pot was an annoying oddity. However, once I'd got it into my head that this is a YA story (and I read a lot of this in my role as a librarian in a secondary school), my attitude changed a ...more
Ricki
Apr 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
So many things in this just did not make sense - almost-inappropriate relationships, cappuccino machines in a small town mid-80s grocery, an bizarre love triangle or two - but the biggest problem was the plot was just not engaging. It was hard to follow and lacked a sense of cohesiveness.
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An Appalachian Gothic fiction writer for adults and teens, her works reflect a love of literature and music flavored by the darkness and magic residing in the Appalachian foothills.

She lived four years in the black heart of Harlan County, a place mired in coal, ash, and blood, a land of coal seams and rhythmic discord that breed amity and illusion, all of which birthed the Harlan Vampire stories.
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