Monday, November 12, 2012

Book Review: Midnight: The Magpie

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Midnight: The Magpie
Author: Sebastian Van Heel
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: Ebook; 50 pages
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Source: Author
Intended Reading Group: Upper YA/Adult
Genre: Mystery/Short Story
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a good mystery and are okay with a little gore.

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An amateur investigation company called Midnight has been created. Its methods are to concentrate on the paranormal, the obscure, and the downright strange. To undertake the supernatural cases that are laughed off and thrown under a bus by the proper authorities. This story is a part of the case files collection.

Two boys are murdered in vicious fashion. The mysterious circumstances of the murders has lead to Midnight being hired by a concerned mother who wants to know the truth behind the death of her only son. An assortment of feathers are continually found at the scene of the crime and it may be the only link between the events.

The number one thing that I completely adored about Midnight: The Magpie while reading? Sebastian Van Heel. It may surprise you, but he is actually the narrator of this book! He's debonair, and just a little full of himself. His voice is witty, sarcastic and blatantly honest. At the end of the day he's one of the most fun narrators I've ever had the pleasure to follow. Want a character who will admit to you he's bored as hell of his own story? That's Sebastian Van Heel.

Add his hilarious personality to a few unexplained cases, and you have Midnight: The Magpie. This book follows Sebastian, Issac, and Isabel as they take on unexplained paranormal cases, and try to solve them one step at a time. The writing style is a little different than most, written as a memoir of sorts. Sebastian is sharing his observations in the form of a book, and the reader is allowed to enjoy the story while he writes it down. This is a great way for the reader to see all the cold, hard facts about the case. I warn you, if you are squeamish you might have a hard time with the cases. These murders are pretty gruesome in detail, but lend themselves perfectly to the odd nature of the story.

My one complaint honestly? There were portions of the story that were a little slow. Once things picked up, and I started to really get into the case that Midnight was solving, you couldn't have stopped me from finishing. I was hooked. Suffice it say that this is a wonderful story! Plus it's on the shorter side, so you can quickly sate your need for something creepy and paranormal anytime that you want. Pick this up. It's well worth your time.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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