February 27, 2013

Blog Tour: The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye – Review, Excerpt, and G!veaways


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The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

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Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

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Publication Date:  February 28, 2013

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MaryAnn NewThe Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye is a perfect example of best friends.  Regardless of what life throws your way, your friends and more specifically, your best friend will not judge you, will not turn away from you, and will believe you, no matter how ridiculous the allegation.

The Midnight Spell follows the story of best friends, Adam and Christy.  Both have been already classified as losers and unpopular since elementary school days, this dynamic duo still carry on through their days at school with the strength of each other’s company.

Christy is a budding witch who will stop at nothing to help her best friend, Adam, find a boyfriend.  Being in a small town, the population of potential gay prospects is nil…zero…nada.  So Christy takes it upon herself to do a spell at midnight which will bring Adam’s soon to be boyfriend into his life.  Little do they know that they got more than they bargained for.  Not only is there one new student that starts the next day, but there are two.  Olivia, who has the looks and cools of becoming one of the popular kids, has taken to the side of Christy and Adam, and Mark…deep, dark, mysterious, utterly handsome and totally gay Mark…has taken an interest in Adam.

Could Christy’s spell have worked?  Did she just give her best friend the ultimate gift?  The gift of love?  Everything between Adam and Mark seem to go off without a hitch…until Christy bears witness to some of Mark’s odd behavior.  And it seems that when she confronts Adam with her findings, he is pretty reluctant to believe her.  I mean, come on!  New boyfriend here!

The truth starts to unravel as Mark’s deep, dark secret comes to light.  Things will never be the same and the monsters that go bump in the night, appear to be more real than fantasy.

Okay, so first off… loved this book!  The writing styles of both Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye are so addictive, and the characters found inside are full of personality.  Readers everywhere will find one that they will be able to relate to, most definitely.  The storyline is one that is pretty unique and was a thrill to watch unfold.   As I’ve stated before, I absolutely adored the whole best friend pact in The Midnight Spell.  It left me with so many warm, fuzzy feelings.  But those feelings weren’t the only ones I was feeling…oh no, dear reader.

It absolutely broke my heart to witness the bully and torment that poor Adam had to go through.  I can only imagine how awful it is in a small town where there is no one else around that is gay.  I wanted to reach through the pages and protect this guy so badly!  The minute an inkling of sort of bullying tactic came up, I had “pissed off” face plastered on right away.

Not only did my heart break for Adam, but I also felt so badly for Christy.  To know that she is different, and have a crush on the most crush-worthy guy in the school, to only find that he’s starting to notice you, and you can’t help but act like a dolt around him.  I felt awful for Christy and the party scene, but at the same time, I thought it was so hilarious.  Her thoughts and actions while she was drunk had me chuckling, as it was written perfectly.

And how awesome was it that the little group was forming to become their own little Scooby Gang, a la Buffy The Vampire Slayer!  I was laughing pretty hard with all the little Buffy mentions, and how the researching that was being done at the library wasn’t nearly as cool as it looked on TV.  (Truer words were never spoken).

Fans of reads involving the loyalties of best friends, with a twist of monsters, and a dash of crazy boyfriend material, will fall head over heels for The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye.


I kicked my dirty clothes under my bed and pulled the comforter over my rumpled sheets. Snagging the few stuffed animals I’ve been keeping out of nostalgia, I tossed them into the closet and closed the door. Callie yowled from inside. I cracked the closet door open and she walked out, snapping her tail at me indignantly.

“Sorry, Callie,” I muttered and kicked a few shoes under the bed.

My room is on the third floor of my parents’ Victorian. It’s an awesome room with high windows and a great view of the street below through the branches of the pine and oak trees lining our property. I swept everything on my desk, except for my laptop, into a laundry basket and shoved that in the closet, too.

“Cleaning your room?” My mom leaned against the doorjamb staring at me curiously. She held an ancient broom in one hand and I could smell the magic pouring off of her. Magic smells a lot like chocolate chip cookies, in case you want to know.

“Ian, the man of my eternal dreams, is coming over so I can tutor him.” I hated how high and excited my voice sounded.

“So that’s the reason you’re wearing a dress and cleaning your room?”

I looked down at the simple spring dress my mom had bought me for Easter. It had a kind of vintage look to it, with tiny sprigs of bluebonnets scattered all over a white background. I’d tossed on a blue hoodie that matched and was wearing ballet flats. Self-consciously, I ran my hands lightly over the skirt. “Too much?”

My mom grinned, shaking her head. “No. You look adorable. But there is no way in this world or any other that you can have a boy in your room.”

My shoulders slumped as I crossed my arms over my breasts. “Mooooooooooooom.”

“No whining. You know the rules.”

“Dad is totally going to embarrass me if we’re downstairs.”

“He will not,” my mother answered.

“You know he will! I’ve never had a boy I like over here before and Dad can’t resist embarrassing me in front of new people.”

“Christy, he’s just being friendly,” my mom said with a sigh.

Embarrassingly friendly,” I grumbled.

“You and your friend can study in the kitchen. I have to start dinner anyway. We’re having tacos!”

I scrunched my face up. Mom’s idea of tacos bears no resemblance to anything ever created in Mexico. It only qualifies as a taco because the special spinach tortillas she concocts look a little like taco shells.

“Why don’t you come downstairs and help me chop up veggies until your boyfriend gets here?”

“See! That is the type of comment that will totally humiliate me!”

“Touchy, touchy.” My mom grinned and walked away, dragging her broom behind her. Little wisps of light lingered in the air in the wake of the bristles.

Snatching up my messenger bag, I trudged down the stairs behind her. The broom continued to leave magical traces as my mom descended past the second floor where my parents sleep, have their sitting room, and library.

“Time for you to go to sleep,” my mom told the broom and tossed it into the air.

It zoomed over my head, forcing me to duck, covering me in sparkles of light. It tore around a corner and disappeared from sight. I strongly suspect that the broom is out to get me. Seriously, it’s always showing up in my room at weird hours of the night, it likes to appear at random spots in the house like it’s spying on me, and it always likes to cut it a little too close whenever Mom lets it fly around on its own.

“That broom is a brat,” I mumbled.

“A little like someone I know,” Mom teased.

“It hates me.”

“It does not. It’s just playful.”

“Yeah, and Chucky is just a doll.”

About the Authors:


Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency. You may contact her by sending an email to

Connect with the Rhiannon:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Kody Boye was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho. Since his initial publication in the Yellow Mama Webzine in 2007, he has gone on to sell nearly three-dozen stories to various markets. He is the author of the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the dark fantasy novel Blood. His fiction has been described as ‘Surreal, beautiful and harrowing’ (Fantastic Horror,) while he himself has been heralded as a writer beyond his years(Bitten by Books.) He currently lives and writes in the Austin, Texas area.

Connect with Kody:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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  1. Great review So glad you liked this one too. Christy and Adam were two amazing people. Love the excerpt, I remember that part. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. Denise Z

    Loved the excerpt and love the cover! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this treat of a read :)

  3. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I LOVE stories about witches!! Also I like that the best friend isn’t always another girl. Because in real life there are a lot of girls that have a gay guy friend. I would love to read this book. I haven’t read a book with a gay friend in it yet. Thank you for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

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