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Preview — Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd
Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. B ...more
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The Grim Lovelies duology introduces readers to a world in which there are Pretties and Beasties. Pretties are the uppe ...more
I found it rich and lovely and oh so compelling.
Book two, I was with until we get to the end of a certain contest. After that, it all kind of fell apart for me.
The book begins to focus more on the romance than anything else. While there are still exciting scenes - and some so visceral and iconic they'll knock your breath out - these scenes are tempered by smoldering glances and simpering looks and just romantic weirdness that never feels right.
I found myself wanting more be ...more
I will say that I did like the first part of the book. It was interesting and I liked that Anouk had to work with Prince Rennar. I was iffy about him ...more
- Rennar. I didn't mind the twist at the end, however it did not feel earned. What does this mean? Well, firstly, it was crammed in the end after the climax (it should have been a part of it). We had not seen Rennar for most of the book, both Anouk and the reader's emoti ...more
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Megan Shepherd's Midnight Beauties is the final installment in the authors Grim Lovelies duology. 6 weeks have passed since Anouk learned she has access to magic. Pretty surprising from what she came from. She fought and survived the siege of Montélimar, while her friends (Beau, Cricket, Luc, Hunter Black) have all reverted back to their original forms before they were human. Now, Anouk has to find a way to bec ...more
"They don't know their fates are in the hands of a couple of misfits and dreamers."
I want to preface this review with 1) Thank you to Goodreads and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and 2) I love Megan Shepherd s o m u c h (The Madman’s Daughter triology is *chef kiss emoji* and Rolf, Nok, Lucky, Leon, and Mali from The Cage are literally my children) so know that I had very high expectations going into this series f ...more
I’ve been eagerly awaiting Midnight Beauties since the moment I finished Grim Lovelies, and it very much lived up to my expectations.
The format for this book is a little different (standard narrative rather than the race against the clock), but this didn’t seem to have any effect on the reading experience, and this book was nearly as propulsive as the last.
I wish the segment in the Schwarzw ...more
I actually knocked this down one star because the author did not fully research something, and it threw me off in the last 70+ pages. FYI, cops in England do not carry guns and haven't for a few decades. It's one of the biggest policing case studies around to see if policing without guns is a tactic that the US should try. Specialists carry (think SWAT teams), but you wo ...more
And, that, had to do ...more
While Grim Lovelies technically has romance aspects, it's mainly a story of our MC finding herself and her strong friendships with the people around her. Midnight Beauties (in it's last 2 thirds) becomes a "who will she choose" love triangle book but keeps acting like it's a friendship one. We seldom get scenes with non-love interests to show the bonds wit ...more
Anouk is desperate to save those she loves, and her resolve has her making bargains with those she feels little for in order to try to get things back to how she wants them. Determined to save her friends, Anouk heads to the wilds so she can take the test and prove herself worthy of magic.
Nothing is quite what you expect here, but it was a story that became increasingly i ...more
I loved this world so much
This book has so much potential, and although I really really enjoyed I can see how many parts of the plot weren't solved in a gracious way. To me it came down to three main points.
1. The romance: I didnt feel a connection between Beau and Anouk besides what was left from the first book (horniness) and I was hoping that she would (view spoiler)[ end up with Rennar, a relationship that had so much potential with everything at stake and with far more chemistry than Beau or alone figuring ...more
Grim Lovelies was the book of the month for my bookclub back in November. I had some mixed opinions about Grim Lovelies when we read it back then, but I really ended up enjoying it, by the end of the book, and I wanted to know what was going to happen to Anouk and her friends.
Midnight Beauties is a great continuation of this story. It quickly sucked me into the plight of young Anouk and I eagerly wanted to see what would become of her as she tried to become a witch. There were moments of passio...more
What I really liked:
1. Hunter Black is BACK (one could almost say: Back to Black XDDD)
Black was my favourite character from book one and after that ending I was just super glad to have him back!
2. The plot
The plot was one bang after another, fast-paced, super entertaining and the author introduces the reader to new locations and characters and rituals. The creativity Shepherd brings to this story is simply amazing. WOW.
What I di ...more
As I was reading this book I found myself thinking Prince Rennar reminded me alot of David Bowie in the Labyrinth. Jak reminds me of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland with all the riddles . But I did away one important part of the story . If you believe in yourself you can accomplish anything . Anouk did . Alot of adventure , dark magic and beasties . Please read this remarkable story . You will love it . ...more
Speaking of Viggo, this brings me to an issue that I've had since the first book. His character development/arc. In Midnight Beauties he s ...more
While I did not like Midnight Beauties as much as Grim Lovelies, I think it did an interesting job wrapping up the gist of the storyline. There were a few loose ends that felt as if another book could be written in this same world, but overall it felt like this was a conclusion to a very quirky and different duology. I will say that the ending of the story had a LOT going on, at times it was almost hard to keep up with, and there were a surprisingly large amount of deaths of main ch ...more
Hearing that this was the spellbinding conclusion to the Grim Lovelies series and how positive the response has been to our young patrons, we knew we had to take a look at Midnight Beauties. I do have to say that I did like the book, however there were some tangents that happened ...more