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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Book Review: A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed 0.5) by Lara Adrian

A Touch of Midnight
(The Midnight Breed Series, #0.5)
By Lara Adrian

Savannah Dupree is halfway across the country from her Louisiana bayou hometown, a freshman studying at Boston University on a full scholarship. But academic excellence is only one of Savannah’s gifts. She possesses something even more remarkable than her quick mind and insatiable curiosity for learning. With a simple touch, Savannah can see an object’s past—a skill that puts her life in danger, when her studies bring her into contact with a centuries-old English sword and the secret hidden within the blade’s history: the vicious murders of twin boys by a group of fanged creatures borne of the worst kind of nightmare.

In all his three hundred years of living as one of the Breed, vampire warrior Gideon never dreamed he’d see the blade again that spilled his young brothers’ lives ages ago on that blood-soaked night in London. Ever since the boys’ deaths, Gideon’s been on a personal quest to rid the world of Rogue vampires, but now he can’t help wondering if the brutal slayings of his only kin was something more sinister—an act perpetrated by an unknown enemy. An enemy who is apparently living in hiding somewhere in Boston. There’s one certain way to prove Gideon’s suspicion, but it will mean using innocent, gifted Savannah to help uncover the full truth—a truth that will shatter everything she knows about herself and the world around her. And with danger closing in from all sides, the passion that ignites between Gideon and Savannah will tempt them to risk their hearts and lives for a love that might just last an eternity…

This novella, a prequel to the Midnight Breed series, was previously published in its entirety in The Midnight Breed Series Companion (May 2013)

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Viviana's Review:
Loved, loved, loved it! Gideon has been one of my favorites (okay, they are all my favorites, but each has a unique reason for them being my favorite!) and I've always LOVED that he is quick witted and tech savvy! Add the sarcasm and man, swoon! He's been in every book in the series and yet, there were many aspect of his life/story we knew nothing about. We do know how much in love he is with his Breed Mate Savannah and how Savannah is the heart of the Order's home. They truly are the cutest couple. However, because they have been together since the beginning of the series, we never have had the opportunity to learn their story. As any fan of any series, when something like this occurs, we tend to ask the author "so uhm.... will we ever get the chance to see how they got together?" I came to this series later in the game when most of the books had already been released, oh, that's right, book ten "Darker After Midnight" was yet to be released. I was desperately trying to catch up on finishing the series until that book. I'm happy to say, my timing was AWESOME!! Anyways, I had noticed that fans were asking about Gideon's and Savannah's story and I was curious as well. They are just again so cute and happy, but I wanted to see how they got there.
When Lara announced that she was releasing The Midnight Breed Series Companion book and that it would include "A Touch of Midnight" wish would be all about Gideon and Savannah, I think you could hear the readers excitement and cheers!! You can find my review on the companion book here. I decided to do them separately to be able to give each of them their undivided attention and because this novella is also available separately.

This was everything I had thought it would be. I couldn't put it down. There was action, a great story and of course steaminess! I was glad that there wasn't a whole lot of drama (you know the kind, where one of them doesn't tell other about something, and then it escalates to more than it needs to be and you're rolling your eyes, yeah that kind of drama) - don't get me wrong, they did have a conflict but it was solved quickly and there was tension as well.

Many readers don't like novella because they seem to be rushed or it feels like something is missing or left out due to the length. Not in this case. You get to know both Gideon and Savannah, the past, present (in the timeline of the book) and well, we know their future. We get the action that we are used to reading in the Midnight Breed Series and we get our HEA!

This is definitely a must read if you love the series and if you've never read the series, as this is the prequel to the series, it's also a great start! The good news is though, that even if you are half way into the series, you can still go back and read "A Touch of Midnight" and still be in the groove of things. Again, A must read regardless!

Rating: 5 Stars - Perfection

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