Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make rent.
No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres ...more
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I liked it tremendously up until that point, however, so I'm rounding up in star ratings, even though the resolution and ending felt underdeveloped and a bit rushed. (Surprising, considering how c ...more
David Sullivan lives in a version of our world where ability enhancing spheres just appeared out of the blue one day. Canary Yellow for perfect memory, Aquamarine for fast healing, Cranberry to become more attractive, etc.
As far as anyone can tell, once "burned" the gifts granted by the spheres last forever.
The problem is that not enough time has elapsed since their discovery to know for sure.
The other problem is that no one knows where they came from. God? Satan? Aliens? ...more
Burning Midnight is Will McIntosh’s first Young Adult novel, and even though it didn’t hit me emotionally as hard as his adult books Defenders or Love Minus Eighty (which is one of my favorite books ever!) I nonetheless found it incredibly entertaining and addictive. It even disrupted my nightly ritual of reading to calm my mind before bed, because all this book did was make me even more wide awake with my blood pumped up ...more
I read this and skipped dinner, for heaven's sake, even forgoing a potty break because this was just that good.
I was hook ...more
Imagine waking up one day, and there are different colored, marble sized spheres all over the world. Some are out in plain sight, some are hidden. It is somehow realized that by "burning" two of the same colored spheres (meaning you touch a matched pair to your forehead) your body can absorb the unique gifts that these spheres have to give.
Mustard for high intelligence, Burnt Orange for speed reading, Canary Yellow for perfect memory, Cranberry to make you more attractive, Chocolate Brow ...more
Writer Madeleine L'Engle once said "[y]ou have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."
L'Engle's statement goes to the heart of my difficulty with Burning Midnight. Here we have a great premise, spheres appear from nowhere and are able to imbue people with enhanced abilities, but the author tells it as if he is a smarter grown-up telling a story he thinks might be a tad too complicated for most you ...more
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Burning Midnight gave me fond memories of Pokemon, with people trying to fin ...more
No one knows where they came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair of Mustard Yellows to boost your IQ, some Lemon Yellows to grow a little taller, a couple of ...more
This book ended up being so much fun in a very unexpected way.
Science fiction reading has never been my strong suit. Stick me in front of a movie or tv show and I devour them, but put a book in front of me and I slug through it and more often than not, just like it, or could care less about it by the time I finish it. This however kept me interested, ...more
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I received an e-ARC of this book from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
First off I have to say that this book was definitely not what I imagined it was going to be. There was some action and it was generally kind of creepy, especially toward the end. There was mystery and traveling. There were parts that were ...more
Four years ago Sully found the rarest sphere in the world, and one of the richest guys around ripped him off for millions of dollars.
Recently, his mom lost her job, and they might soon lose their apartment. Sully works at a flea market selling spheres to make money. When he meets a ...more
Sully is a teenager that makes a part time income buying and selling spheres at the local flea market. A few years before Su ...more
I'm actually not sure where to star with this read. It was interesting for sure. And totally different than what I had imagined it would be. And, in all honesty, it read more like a middle grade book for me.
The fun things about this book was the gang of underdogs who fight to be the winner. I really liked t ...more
Alrighty, let’s do this. I accidentally read this entire book in a few hours and it was SUCH a fun ride! The premise of this novel was incredibly unique - a world mostly similar to ours except there are these spheres that you “burn” and they enhance some part of you (like your looks or your knowledge etc etc) - the characters were very fun and surprisingly fleshed out and I just had such a fun time because EXO (anyone who doesn’t get what that means should look up the “Power” music vid ...more
Sully broods as he sits at his flea market stall. The spheres are drying up again, and he and his mother are in danger of being evicted from their apartment. People are collecting are burning through the spheres faster than ever, and the rare ones are harder and harder to come by. If only Sully could score another cherry red find. If only, he hadn't been cheated out of millions of dollars by t ...more
Sully works by selling spheres, colourful balls that can grant a person superpowers such as resistance to illnesses, night vision, new talents and abilities. When a mysterious girl with a tragic past shows up and offers him the chance to hunt the rarest spheres with her, he follows her in a trip that picks up around the world, and teaches them both that the world, and spheres, are absolutely not what they were thought to be. Against a greedy millionaire who uses the spheres to make him ...more
Burning Midnight is the first book I have read by Will McIntosh and I will definitely be checking out his books in the future. There were some things I liked and some things that didn’t necessarily click for me. With that said, I thought this was a solid story and I absolutely love the cover for this book.
One of the pieces of this story that I enjoyed was the fact that it was a male narrator. David Sullivan is a sphere dealer and things aren’t easy for him and his mom. In this world t ...more
The nitty-gritty: A fast-paced sci-fi adventure, with one of the coolest concepts I’ve ever run across, and a twist that you won’t see coming.
I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Will McIntosh’s adult novels (Love Minus Eighty and Defenders) but this is the first book of his I've read. In his YA debut, McIntosh has come up with a truly awesome idea and built an exciting and engaging story around it, with well-drawn and sympathetic characters. Much of the story revolves around the mystery of...more
This story was so much fun. I love the concept and the delivery on this. The world building and imagination in this story was pretty addictive. Plus, a male protagonist was such a nice change of pace.
This story starts off with Sully, our protagonist, selling spheres at his flea market booth. A girl named Hunter shows up and tries to sell him a rare forest green sphere. From there we learn about how Sully once found a really rare ruby red and how he got stiffed for it. The spheres just showed up ...more
Somewhere bet ...more
This is a weird rating for me because I actually really enjoyed the book the whole time. (Or until the ending?) I LOVED the idea of the spheres, the different colors, and the abilities they gave people. Anything with colors and/or powers and very specific rules and I am there. I was ...more
Overnight they appeared – spheres that granted enhanced properties like straight teeth, intelligence, and strength when a pair were ‘burned’. Some were rarer than others, and so a business grew around hunting these spheres. And that’s how Sully and Hunter met. But no one know if these mysterious spheres are a gift from God or something far worse – after all, they used to say cigarettes were good for you, right?
Sully is known as the kid who lost the Cherry Reds – when he sold them to a ...more