{Review} CHASING MIDNIGHT by Kaitlyn Davis

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Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
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Chasing Midnight Blog Tour Schedule:

Aug 26
- Colleen’s Conclusions
- The Phantom Paragrapher
- A Backward's Story (Interview)

Aug 27
- Dani Reviews Things

Aug 28
- The Avid Reader
- Bookwyrming Thoughts

Aug 29
- A Backward’s Story
- I Love Books and Stuff

Aug 30
- YA/NA Book Divas
- Book Butterfly in Dreamland

The first book in the series, 
is on sale digitally 
for 99 cents!

O P E N I N G   L I N E:

    Apparently I slept through the apocalypse...again.
The first time wasn't my fault. I was sixteen, naive, and far too unsure of myself to trust the tingle at the base of my neck whispering ill omens.

(pg. 9, US e-book edition)

“I'm the villain of their story.

Because it's the only way to be the hero of mine.” 


Happy Release Week to CHASING MIDNIGHT by Kaitlyn Davis! I feel like I've been waiting forever to read this book, and now it's finally in my hands. Do you ever get that bittersweet feeling where you finally have something and you're so excited, but then you realize it means you're one step closer to the end? Yeah, it's like that. The next book, PARTING WORLDS, comes out this November, and it's the end of the world I've come to know and love over the last couple of years.

If you have yet to read the series, I will tell you upfront that CHASING MIDNIGHT doesn't read as well as a stand-alone as the other two books in the series. You CAN read it on its own, but you'll likely be confused at times. If you haven't already, check out my reviews for the first book in the series, GATHERING FROST, and its sequel, WITHERING ROSE! (I'll try to do this with as few world spoilers as possible, which means I can't talk quite as much about this book because it is so enmeshed in the world-building of the other two, if that makes sense!) The first book opens on a scene where our reality collides with a fairy tale -esque reality, causing an earthquake that merged the two worlds together. Our world is terrified of magic and the iron hand of many rulers from that world. In the second book, we learn more about how the rulers and heirs came into their powers, how their ancestors had stolen it from magical beings such as fairies,  mermaids,  naiads, etc. The third book, CHASING MIDNIGHT,  is centered around a fairy bent on revenge. The magical humans of her world are nothing but murdering thieves. They've taken everything from her kind, every little bit of magic. 

As one of the last remaining beings born with magic, Nymia has sworn to avenge her kind by bringing destruction and death to all royalty so that their magic will return to its proper host and bring her friends and family back to life.  Things get complicated when she awakens from an enchanted sleep to find that her world has collided with another. She must work together with those she has spent a lifetime hating in  order to achieve the ultimate prize and reclaim the life of her loved ones still trapped without magic. She doesn't want to care about these people she must betray,  but everything she knows and believes is about to be put to the test...

CHASING MIDNIGHT is more original story than it is fairy tale (which is needed to tell this tale!), though it has refrains of Cinderella coursing through its veins. Only this time around, it is the fairy godmother at the center of the tale, though there is also a young displaced princess now living in an orphanage who is very much in rags, and there is still a very handsome prince who is extremely curious about magic...

I really like how this book dives into the past and gives us more information about the magical world. I like how all three books have such a completely different viewpoint: One from a human of our world caught up in a curse, one from a princess with magic who doesn't know the truth behind her deadly magic, and one from a magical being whose life had been forever altered by the greed of humans. Each book offers a new perspective and adds to the reader's knowledge of this world. While I'm beyond sad that the series is about to come to a close because the world is so interesting, especially the way curses and magic play out in our reality, it also feels like it is coming full circle and will be the natural finish to bring everything together.

If you're already a fan of the series like myself -- or about to be! -- make sure you also check out the interview I did with Kaitlyn Davis earlier this week, because we chat a bit about CHASING MIDNIGHT and you can even get a sneak peek at the final book in the series,  PARTING WORLDS, which is centered around the tale of The Little Mermaid!

And now, a couple of teasers from CHASING MIDNIGHT to tide you over!


Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG ( Kissing )
Language: G ( Freaking; bollocks; ass; arse )
Violence: -- 
Other:  --
C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I LOVE how Cinderella's iconic glass slipper is the N in the title! *heart eyes*

I have fairy tale radar, so I'd see this cover at the store and pick it up to see if it was a retelling. Some people might pick it up and be sad Cinderella isn't the star after seeing that blue dress, but I'd be all, "Fairy godmother!? Yesss!"

O F F I C I A L   I N F O:

Author: Kaitlyn Davis
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Publisher: Kaitlyn Davis
Received: For Review

This faerie godmother has an agenda of her own… Don't miss CHASING MIDNIGHT, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

“I could redeem myself if I wanted to. I could help them. But I won’t. I’m the villain of their story, because it’s the only way to be the hero of mine

Hundreds of years ago, humans learned the secret to sealing magic beneath their skin and stole it from the world. Faeries reverted back to flowers. Shifters remained trapped in their animal forms. Mermaids turned to foam. And the magical creatures who survived vowed revenge.

Nymia is one of those survivors, a faerie brought back to life by the return of her magic. When she finds a human girl named Ella with her sister’s power trapped beneath her skin, she’ll do anything to get her back, including kill.

There's only one problem.

This isn’t the world she remembers. Humans here have a power all their own — technology. And when a human prince sees her using magic, he’ll use every invention at his disposal to track her down. The countdown is on, and time is running out. Nymia needs to find Ella, take back her sister’s magic, and escape the determined prince before the clock strikes twelve, or she might not make it out of his city alive…

This is the third book in Once Upon a Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.