By Midnight / Ravenwood bk 1/ Mia James

Synopsis (Goodreads)

April Dunne is not impressed. She's had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She's left her friends - and her entire life - behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she's stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn't even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students - and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she's stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart . . . and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It's intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson - and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there's more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from . . . something . . . . in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on. . . . and whether or not she's going to live through it . . .
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My Take
4 Stars


I obtained this book through Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.

I really like the cover of this book. That is what initially prompted me to read the synopsis and enter to win this book. I must say, I am very happy that I won this book because I enjoyed it very much!

By Midnight will pull you in from the first page and keep you reading. I liked the characters and the story was intriguing because it is not your typical whiny-human-girl-falls-in-love-with-brooding-vampire-boy story. There were twists and turns that I did not see coming, and that made it all the better. Kudos to Mia James for actually bringing something new to the YA/teen vampire romance table!

I can't wait to read the next installment!
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