ARC: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

ARC: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Wink Poppy Midnight
by April Genevieve Tucholke

Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult
Publication date: March 22nd, 2016
by Dial Books

Format: ARC


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Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

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

I don’t even know how to react to this book. It takes you on a twisty, surreal journey and leaves your brain scrambled. So what actually happened? That is a good question. DON’T ASK ME. I might be lying and you would never know. Oops.


Creepiness: While this book may sound like a mystery/contemporary, it is also deliciously creepy. There is so much that readers are in the dark about but it’s done in a way that isn’t frustrating. It’s exciting, engaging and FITTING with the characters and the vibe the book has going.

Unreliable narrators: I love me some unreliable narrators and this book definitely delivered on that end. I had a hard time deciding who I wanted to trust because even though there was one character that was horrible, the other two had hidden depths to them that made me wary of them. Basically, don’t trust anybody when reading this book. ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE GOING TO FUCK WITH YOUR MIND.

MIND FUCKERY: The caps lock is necessary when talking about the mind fuckery in the book. This ties back into my previous point about unreliable narrators. It’s hard to keep up with all the twists happening in the book because it get’s so twisty. My brain felt like a pretzel after I had finished the book.

Writing Style: I thought the division of the different point of views in this book worked very well. The characters did sound similar sometimes but I thought it was intentional because it helped confuse me even more about what the characters were doing/thinking/plotting.

My shippy feels: Of course I had shippy feels. I AM TRASH (this does not mean you are trash if you have shippy feels. I’ve just taken to referring myself as trash because I think the word trash describes me perfectly). Mind you, not all the relationships in this book were healthy and weren’t meant to be. 


My only dislike is that I wasn’t satisfied with the big revelation. I felt like there were things that didn’t add up. I love my twists but if I cannot trace back to places where I should have seen it coming or trace the story-line, the reveal won’t work for me. And this reveal unfortunately didn’t. The reveal also somewhat spoiled my reading experience because I went from being on a ‘book high’ to being annoyed. 

But if you like psychological thrillers, or books that turn your mind into a pretzel, Wink Poppy Midnight is for you.

Giveaway time!

Thanks to the wonderful people at Penguin, our US readers can enter to win finished copies of WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT, SLASHER GIRLS & MONSTER BOYS, and a mystery ARC from Penguin Young Reader’s Summer 2016 list.

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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).


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  1. says

    I don’t usually gravitate towards Contemporary, but the reviews have sounded good and it was being compared to The Raven Boys, which I loved. But… I really do not like it when everything doesn’t add up. To me it is like a cop-out by the author! I was planning on getting it from the library, so there wouldd be no money lost if I don’t like it, but do I want to read an entire book and be disappointed in the end? Great review. Thanks for making me think about this one. :)
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  2. says

    OH GOOD I love mind-fuckery. So this definitely sounds like one for me. Shame about the big reveal though :( :( :( But legitimately I just want this for the cover. Seriously shallow, am I. And all my pre-orders from January have pretty much arrived now so I have to have more to look forward to, right?
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  3. says

    OOoh nice! I’m looking forward to this one!! Hearing some mixed things about it, so your mostly happy review has me happy! LOL! Love a good twisty read!! Reading April’s first books at the moment and liking them, but the second one is getting really weird! LOL! Great review!
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  4. says

    DUDE I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK. I AM LITERALLY SHRIEKING IN ANTICIPATIONG FOR IT. *howls* Although I don’t actually know what it’s really about from that mega vague blurb, although that doesn’t bother me TOO much because I like going into books blind. It’s the gorgeous title/cover that has me wholly convinced. XD Plus your fabulous review. EEEP. I’m so glad it’s good!
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  5. says

    I wasn’t sure about this book when I first heard about it but now that I’ve read about ALL your likes and the mind-fuckery, I really want to read it XD The mystery and creepiness sound really well done and so does the writing style! Also? YAY for shippy feels!! It’s a shame that it didn’t stick the landing in terms of the big reveal but I like me some pretzel mind action so I’m in :D
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  6. says

    Hahahha you are so right in the creepiness level of this book. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I was looking forward to a nice book about three characters, but nope. I think for me, I was mainly disappointed with the ending, and that actions of the characters sometimes, but other than that I liked it! :)
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