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YA Paranormal Romance Review: Kissing Midnight by Laura Bradley Rede

Kissing Midnight by Laura Bradley Rede 


Synopsis from Goodreads
Deveraux Renard is the perfect boyfriend: perfectly handsome, perfectly charming… perfectly deadly. He has to be. Dev is immortal, but with a catch: Every year he has to make a new girl fall in love with him and kiss her at midnight on New Year’s Eve. That kiss renews his life for another year – and ends hers forever.

This year, Mariana “Saintly” Santos is the lucky girl. Of course she doesn’t know it. Saintly thinks New Year’s Eve is a chance to move beyond the tragedy of her brother’s death and focus on her first year of college. She doesn’t suspect her boyfriend’s secret – and he doesn’t suspect hers: Ever since her brother died, Saintly can see ghosts.

And one ghost in particular is dying to be seen. Twenty years ago, Jesse Hayden jumped off the campus clock tower because she was convinced that she’d never find true love. Now that she has met Saintly, she’s sure that she was wrong. She’s determined to save the only girl in the world who can see her, but can she get Saintly to trust her in time?

Trust the ghost girl and live.

Trust the immortal boy and die.

Saintly has until midnight to make her choice, and the clock is ticking. 

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Elizabeth Hunter recommended Laura Bradley Rede on her Facebook, and as a rule what she recommends I enjoy reading. Kissing Midnight was no exception.

Th plot is deceptively simple but the characters are unexpectedly not one dimensional, and their decisions kept surprising me right until the end. I read this book in December, and in many ways it was a true Christmas story.

Saintly is a 17-year old who lost her twin brother and spent a year in psychiatric hospital because she kept seeing him and other weird things everywhere. Now she is in college with her flighty best friend and determined to prove to her mother and doctors monitoring her that she can be independent.

Deveraux Renard is a malevolent entity who long ago sold his soul for a price - each year he has to make a girl fall in love with him and steal her life force at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. Something went wrong this year when his intended victim died in an accident and left him stranded just under two weeks before the deadline.

Enter Saintly, whom he sees as a lovely challenge to spice things up a bit. A shy girl, recovering from a tragic loss, she doesn't have anything in common with Renard, and something keeps pulling her back from his romantic advances. Maybe it's her connection to the other side through which ghosts can send her warning messages, and maybe it's her new friend - Jesse. A girl whom only Saintly can see, a lonely ghost determined to keep her new friend safe.

The pace of this book is pretty brisk. The story is rich, dark and Gothic, the ending, - a complete surprise. I just loved that I couldn't predict the characters' behaviour, and that Miss Rede stayed away from banalities and cliches. This was lovely, and I recommend it with no reservations.

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Элизабет Хантер порекомендовала этого автора, и в общем  её рекомендации меня не разочаровывают. Вот и эта книга не стала исключением!

Сюжет Целуя Полночь обманчиво просто, однако характеры сложны и многослойны и продолжали меня удивлять своими неожиданными решениями до самого конца. Я читала эту книгу в декабре и во многом она оказалась настоящей рождественской сказкой.

Сэйнтли 17 лет, и она провела последний год в  психиатрической лечебнице, куда её уложили после смерти брата-близнеца, когда она начала страдать галлюцинациями. Теперь её выпустили, и Сэйнтли поступила в колледж, стараясь доказать своей семье и врачам, что она здорова и может вести независимую от них жизнь.

Дэверо Ренард - дьявольская сущность, продавшая душу столетия назад, и единственный способ продлить его жизнь - это каждый год заставлять влюбиться в него какую-нибудь девушку, и красть её жизненную силу поцелуем в полночь в новогоднюю ночь. Только в этом году что-то пошло не так, и избранная им жертва погибла в автокатастрофе чуть менее чем за две недели до Нового Года. Теперь у Ренарда осталось не так уж и много времени, чтобы её заменить.

Он рассматривает Сэйнтли как освежающий вызов. Она совершенно не заинтересована в отношениях, любви не ищет и вообще интроверт, и с Дэверо у неё нет ничего общего. Однако его кампания романтического ухаживания начинает пожинать плоды, только вот Сэйнтли никак не может довериться ему до конца. Толи мешают призрачные мрачные сообщения, что она получает в свои снах, то ли её новая подруга - одинокий призрак Джесс, которая покончила с собой на кампусе, своим недоверием к Ренарду и расследованием в его прошлое заставляет её задуматься почему он так спешно и усиленно за ней ухаживает...Только вот Сэйнтли не знает верить ли ей своей интуиции и шестому чувству или списать всё это на психическое расстройство и вернуться в больницу?

Сюжет развивается быстро, книга атмосферная, готичная, полная неожиданных развязок, и в то же время сказочная. Мне очень понравилось, рекомендую!

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