Published by Sourcebooks Fire on 1 August 2023
Genres: Fantasy, Magical Realism, Young Adult
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Bring Me Your Midnight is a beautifully written story that is filled with intense imagery. You will find yourself lost in the pages as if you lived on The Witchery yourself as you ride the twisted current of this magical story!
In Bring Me Your Midnight by Rachel Griffin we follow Tana, the daughter of the coven leader. Tana’s path has always been set for her. She is to be married to the Governor’s son on the mainland solidifying the alliance and protection of her coven. Tana has always felt solid in the choices that have been made and the job she has been given until she misses The Rush. An event on the full moon in which her coven relinquishes a build-up of magic into the sea. On this night she meets Wolfe and learns there is more to her coven’s history and their magic than meets the eye.
This book has the perfect mix of what I look for in a book. Beautiful imagery, relatable characters, and a seemingly simple plot. Let us dive a little deeper into what these three things meant for me when it came to this book.
Imagery & Setting
From the first page the sensory elements sold this book for me. From the beginning and through the book the silence of the sea or of being underwater where even for a moment the world is quiet held such sway for me. I have always enjoyed the feeling of sinking below the water while in the tub or the pool and enjoying the calming feeling of the world dampening for those seconds like there is nothing else in the world. I also enjoyed the deep descriptions of the physical and tangible items like the shops, houses, and clothing. It is the details in the little things that help to paint a picture and bring the setting of the story to life.
Now I can never fully enjoy a book unless I relate to a character in even the smallest way. I’m a character-over-plot type of reader. I want to know the characters, relate to them, and have the characters strike some kind of chord in my heart and the characters in Bring Me Your Midnight did just that. For me, the characters of Tana, Ivy, and Wolfe were the characters I related to the most. It was Tana’s inquisitive and wild nature. The loyalty and friendship of Ivy, and the love and protectiveness of Wolfe. These characteristics helped the characters move past words on a page. The characters became something more and reminded me of strengths within myself that are sometimes easy to forget.
As for the plot, it was such a simple idea that with the twists and turns grew and evolved and I never knew what was coming which I feel matches the nature of the sea which places a role all its own in this story. This book had me gasping, laughing, and crying. The plot while full never once felt cluttered and Rachel Griffin’s writing style kept the story moving at the perfect pace.
In The End
I could have spent all day with the book, but in the end, I’m glad I let the words drift into my mind at a slower pace and that I got to sit with the book for far longer. If you are a fan of magical realism, romance, drama, family bonds, and friendship you will not be disappointed with the story. I seem to say this after every book of Rachel Griffin’s but Bring Me Your Midnight may be my new favorite book of the ones she has written.
I hope this review has convinced you that you need to pick up this book! Check the links below to order a copy for yourself and maybe a friend as well!
Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks, and Rachel Griffin for the E-Arc of Bring Me Your Midnight.