Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter

AlmostMidnight2Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark (Anthology)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on February 2, 2016
Genres: [YA] Paranormal
Pages: 407
Format: Paperback, ARC
Source: Publisher

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3.5 Stars, Completed February 7, 2016

– SPOILERS ahead –

Almost Midnight is a collection of all the short stories C.C. Hunter has previously published as ebook novellas and companions for both the original series, Shadow Falls, and the spinoff, Shadow Falls: After Dark. The only new addition that readers have not had a chance to purchase and read was “Fierce.” (Actually, I believe it’s an Almost Midnight special so you can’t purchase it on its own.) Like most anthologies I’ve reviewed so far, I’ll be reviewing each short story on it’s own and the overall rating will reflect the average between the five novellas.

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Spellbinder by C.C. Hunter

SpellbinderSpellbinder_revised3 by C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark #2.5 (Novella)
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on June 30, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal
Pages: 147
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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Rerated: 3.5 Stars
4.5 Stars, Completed June 21, 2015

– SPOILER free –

Do you ever feel like you can never get enough of a series? If so, I think that’s where prequels and novellas come in. As much as I love certain series I don’t tend to pick up their novellas. I’ve actually only read a few (Midnight Sun and some Princess Diaries fillers). Usually, I just kind of let the book hangover treat itself and move on. So Spellbinder is the only novella I’ve read in the past 5 years or so. And instead of following my usual system of rating books that strictly follows my rating guide, I’m just going to rate Spellbinder with feeling and how I think loyal C.C. Hunter readers will take it.

Spellbinder takes place after the events of the second Shadow Falls: After Dark installment, Eternal, and this time Miranda is the narrator. Miranda has always tried to earn her mother’s approval by competing in witch competitions. This time around, her incentive to becoming head priestess are tickets for she and her friends to take a trip to Paris for the next Wicca tournament. In being able to go, she hopes to meet and reconcile with her sort-of boyfriend, Perry, who recently decided that the couple should take a break because of his studies in France. Miranda has never won any of these competitions before, so winning will be a challenge. It doesn’t help that this time around things are much messier when blood and secrets are spilled.

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