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Midnight Beauties

(Grim Lovelies #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  208 reviews
The witches, beasties, goblins, and Royals return in this spellbinding conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Megan Shepherd’s Grim Lovelies duology. 

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
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd is the second and final book in the young adult fantasy Grim Lovelies duology. As with most fantasy novels this is a continuation of the story set in the first book so it’s best to read them in order of publication to fully understand. This second book picks up shortly after the ending of the first book and continues the story from that point.

The Grim Lovelies duology introduces readers to a world in which there are Pretties and Beasties. Pretties are the uppe
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
So, I loved book one.

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
Joanna Bennett
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
I really enjoyed Grim Lovelies. I was glad I read it later on than having to wait so long for the sequel. I was so excited to read this one and waited for it to arrive in the mail so I could dive in! Unfortunately, it fell flat. I couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted and the characters lacked that connection I had for them in the previous book.

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
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing much to say lol

Goshh I don't like Beau!! I like Prince Rennar more but the ending urghhh
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars for me. I really debated leaving a review for this book. I don't like to leave negative reviews, but as someone who enjoyed and reviewed the first one, the sequel was a huge let down for me. Problems I had:

(view spoiler)
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it

Full RTC, but my goodness that was amazing.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


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
Library of Dreaming (Bookstagram)
I feel pretty conflicted about this book. Once again I feel like I'm in mourning for what this series could have been. The world and the characters had so much potential but I feel like it came out half-baked. I wish that there had been more time and depth to the plot. I feel like if the plot was ironed out it would make a good trilogy but as it is I felt like were were bounced around too much. Some twists came to fast and other scenes seemed to last forever. I enjoyed the plot twists in Grim Lo ...more
Savannah Holland
DNF at 271
IDGAF I’m literally so bored I can’t
Also I skipped ahead as the only thing I liked turned into some bullshit and SPOILER!!!!! The girl ended up with a literal Labrador turned human lmfao how dumb is that
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
"They don't know their fates are in the hands of a couple of misfits and dreamers."

"And Viggo."

3/5 stars

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
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The premise for the Grim Lovelies books remains one of the most original in YA fantasy in recent memory.

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
Michelle Kenneth -
I think it is fitting that I started 2019 out with "Grim Lovelies" and I ended it with "Midnight Beauties." I love this series.

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
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
When it came to this world, I have many mixed feelings. On one hand, I couldn't get enough of all the magical talk, the covens, the royals, the cottage. But, then there was the romance that began blooming. Which, for me, made absolutely no sense because of all the damage that had been done before this second novel. Along with that, were a few other tidbits that made it even more difficult to fall in love with. Even so, that wasn't enough to keep me from still moving forward.

And, that, had to do
Jul 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11, sequels
While I liked the opening bit of Midnight Beauties, I feel like it fails to carry through on a lot of my favourite things about Grim Lovelies.

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
Karen Barber
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A duology that actually left me wanting more, and I’m grateful to NetGalley for allowing me to read this prior to publication.
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
“Do you know how stories come to be? There’s magic to stories, but not the kind made with tricks and whispers. Stories begin with one person and one idea. Fairytales don’t need spells to bring them into existence; they only need a dreamer with a good tale about people who fight for what they love and a world that hinges on their actions.”

I loved this world so much
Ashley Mae
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come.
Summerlyn Morris
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was ABSOLUTELY amazing, just as the first one was. That ending chewed my heart and spit it out, and I loved it soooooo much I wanna cry😭😭. GO READ THE FIRST ONE. NOW.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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)
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Kat - ahobbitsbooks
I really can't help it; I enjoyed this book more than I should have.

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
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I loved the first half of this book. I thought the second half was a little too sequel-y.
Still a fun ride though.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company .
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 . Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies, #2) by Megan Shepherd
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was highly disappointed by this follow up to Grim Lovelies. The first opened up an interesting world with interesting characters. The second book also opened up in a promising way in the first half, but the second half was long winded, boring, and almost led to a DNF for this reader. Plus, the most interesting character in the series ended up a trope like caricature and vanished for a good time in place of less interesting characters. I know some of this was personal taste, but overall I was d ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sarah {The Clever Reader}
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This duology is such a fun and quirky read. I did not see the twist at the end and it was so good. If you're looking for something different and unique than I'd definitely recommend this YA Fantasy! ...more
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall the book was a really good follow up and conclusion to the Grim Lovelies world. I can honestly say I will miss these characters and the world that Shepherd created, and that is how I determine if a book is really good. I want to care about the characters and what happens to them, and I very much did care about Anouk and the other beasties. Even Viggo!
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
Taylor - Muse Ignited Reads
Another delightful escapade into Megan Shepherds effervescent and fantastical world! This one takes up right where Grim Lovelies left off and ramps up the stakes as our gamine ingenue Anouk tries to rescue her Beastie family (who have all been turned back into animals), while trying to navigate the glittering world of the magical elite, populated by slick and powerful Witches and the Royal Haute, all with their glistening powdered lips and sly smiles....PLUS lets not forget she must now become a ...more
Katherine Paschal
**3.5 Stars**
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
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group - HMH Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

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
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New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of several young adult and middle grade novels. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

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