ARC Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

ARC Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Burning Midnight
by Will McIntosh

Genres: Adventure, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication date: February 2nd, 2016
by Delacorte Press

Format: ARC


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Seventeen-year-old David Sullivan’s life is about to change—all because of one tiny, priceless item found in the murky bottom of a Brooklyn water tower.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make rent.

No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the more expensive—and the greater the improvement.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is worth millions, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know if I am being picky or if nothing is blowing my mind lately. Is it the book or ME? The thing is, Burning Midnight is a pretty great read but it also isn’t that substantial. This book is fantastic for a brain candy read when you just need to let go of the world and dive into an interesting world and a compelling plot.

So how did I feel? IDK, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME HOW I FELT? Google drive has the new voice feature where it lets you talk and type, but I don’t think that’ll help me put my feelings down on paper (or document in this case.) I finished the book with a smile on my face, feeling completely satisfied but a couple hours later, I kind of forgot about it because it was a thrilling read in the moment but didn’t have as much of an impact, afterwards.

David and Sully are the main characters of the story and I had a lot of fun following them along  on their journey. Neither of these characters have a perfect life and as a result, they do get kind of greedy but they never pissed me off. They seemed realistic enough even though some of their decisions and their romance made cartoonish question marks appear out of my head.

I also thought this book had a great secondary characters and did a pretty decent job with diversity. The characters could have been more present so friendships would have played a bigger role but there was a positive parental unit in the book and that was great. David and his mom have a great relationship and are so cute.

The world building in this book is awesome. If you are curious about this book because it seems fantastical, your life is a lie. This book is more urban fantasy with an emphasis on the urban bit because the only magical thing about this book are the colorful spheres for which we don’t really get a history. Okay so when I said the world building was awesome, what I really meant was that it is engaging. I love the world the author has constructed because it is interesting and because I am drawn into the weirdness of it. it is so similar to our own but made so different by the existence of these magical spheres.

The plot is also basically what I want. Lots of adventure, and action mixed in with a scavenger hunt. BASICALLY MY LIFE. Which is why I had so much fun with this book.

I know I make it seem like this book isn’t a great read but it really is. It was a refreshing read and it was nice to read a book that just pulled me in and had me invested in the characters. Sometimes, you don’t need a book to blow your mind, you just need it to engage you and your brain.

Note: I apologize if you feel like this review isn’t up to standards. I AM TOO SICK TO THINK PROPERLY. Forgive me, my lovely potatoes <3

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7
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  1. says

    I gave this book a three because as an avid SciFi reader some of the Science Fiction elements didn’t add up, and also some of the real world happenings, unaffected by the spheres, were really far fetched. Plus one of the sub plots was completely dropped. I had hopes that it was going to be a five when I first started reading it because the premise was fresh. If the author had been a debut I definitely would have read their next book, but he has written several others, so I most likely will not. Great review, Rahsika. :)
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  2. says

    The book review was pretty cool, and I agree. Books should be engaging your mind. I like Google drive but am aware it can be complicated and sometimes too tech-savvy.

  3. says

    I think a lot of us that have read this recently came away shrugging and saying kind of meh things about it so don’t worry, it isn’t just you! I liked the world but I think it needed more explanation and fleshing out. The bit of romance attempted also didn’t work for me, but the ending really upped the ante. Definitely my favourite bit of the story.
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