Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Midnighters By Hana Tooke and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Kaleidoscopic Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Puffin for the review copy.
Genre: Children’s Fiction (8-13 years)
Release date: 23 06 2022
Price*: Kindle £8.99 (GBP)/ Hardback £9.20 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Hardback $16.99 (USD)
Pages: ~ 416
My rating: Really liked it.
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What I learned from this book: it is ok to be different, just trust yourself.
Description of the book: Ema Vašková has always felt different. In a family of famous scientists, there’s not much room for superstition or omens – but they seem to follow Ema wherever she goes. It doesn’t help that she appears to predict events before they happen, and has a peculiar fear of shadows . . .
When Ema is sent to stay with her eccentric uncle in Prague, she fears she’ll lose the chance to ever fit in. But then she meets Silvie – a girl who finally sees Ema for the extraordinary person that she is. Soon the girls are meeting for secret midnight adventures, and facing Ema’s fears together.
But then disaster strikes. Silvie goes missing – and it’s up to Ema to find her. Now she must gather the courage to hunt the city, find her friend, and uncover the secrets of the one clue Silvie left as to where she might be – inside the mysterious Midnight Guild . . .
How this book made me feel: Children’s books are magical, and I always enjoy reading a new adventure. The stunning cover and intriguing blurb promise just that. 🙂
Ema lives in Prague in 1880ies, she is the twelfth child that has been born at midnight, and she was always followed by the number 12 as an omen, that something bad is going to happen. All members of Ema’s family are into science, and it is hard for her because it seems that she can’t fit in anywhere. When Ema is left to stay with her uncle for a while, she meets Silvie, a very strange and intriguing girl, they become friends and start going on adventures at midnight to overcome many fears that Ema has. When Silvie disappears one day, Ema goes on a quest to find her, and that is where her unexpected discoveries of many secrets begin… Ema is a very smart and intuitive girl and I liked her very much. All the characters chosen for this book are very charismatic and entertaining. The children are super smart and the adults unique and enjoyable.
The narrative began a little slow and it took me a while to get into the book. This novel is told from a single perspective but it was fully sufficient for me. I really liked the Midnight Guild and the environment that has been created there. The book has an intriguing murder investigation and I loved seeing Ema shine. The topics discussed in this book are being different, having peculiar friendships, looking for your true calling, solving mysteries and many more.
The writing style is very creative and magical. I loved the setting of this book and Prague made this book seem more mysterious and Gothic. The chapters are quite long and I would get bored if I was a child. I did miss illustrations as well, I think the events at Midnight Guild would make perfect illustrations. 🙂 I really liked the ending of the book, it rounded the story very well.
So, to conclude, this book is very peculiar, filled with mysticism, fears and mysteries. The characters are very unique and different and the plot is full of very realistic magic as well as mystery. I really enjoyed this book and I would strongly recommend it to children. Being unique and different is OK, and we are all important. I hope you will like it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time<3
About the author: Hana Tooke grew up on a polder near Amsterdam, in a house filled with peculiar clocks and a head filled with a peculiar imagination. She’s been a singer, a teacher, and even a mad-scientist, but these days she spends her days writing stories, sculpting puppets, and collecting curiosities. She lives in Bath with two humans, a cat, and a skeleton marionette. Her debut novel, The Unadoptables, was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award and longlisted for the Branford Boase.
Website: https://www.hanatooke.com / Twitter: @hannekewrites / Insta: @hanatooke
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