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Midnight Symphony Paperback – February 7, 2013
About the Author
A.L. Kessler is an up and coming author, with her first short story, Keeper, published in the anthology Evernight Vol. II. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband of 4 years, she's either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.
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As a heavy paranormal romance reader I love finding something totally different from the same old PNR's out there today and Midnight Symphony gave me just that. Loved the characters, world build, magic and lots of different emotions.
With a war wedging between the demon hunters and the demons Cora and Darius are against all odds of beginning able fall in love with each other. This is not your typical lovie dovie PNR, this is what some of us call more hard core PNR. With Darius father after the Cora for his own shellfish benefit he abuses Cora in many ways. One was is he has her back wiped and Darius is powerless to help her. Cora is very strong and powerful and she is willing to take all risk to bring down the Demon King that killed her mother.
I recommend this to any paranormal romance reader who like something hard core and different.
Spoiler alert below
I bought this thinking it was a standalone but when I got to the end of the story I was screaming for more. Cora father arranged a marriage with her to Alaster without her knowing. Alaster is very prominent in the story, so before the end you might find yourself rooting for him to get with Cora. While you're rooting for him the story ends with Darius wishing for him to find love, therefore causing you scream for his story. Needless to say that's just what I did went to the author screaming for a story for Alaster. With the world she created it would defiantly be easy to add more stories and she has insured me that she is working on Alaster story.
As exciting as all that fleshy action is - and it is - it serves as the sole piece of conflict in a story that otherwise doesn't really do anything. It just goes, making for a lack of tension throughout. People get captured, then they aren't, then they fight each other, but it's over before you know it. There's a war going on, but the dimensions are never known. The king demands answers and they're immediately given. Obviously, this isn't a book about geopolitics, this is about the romantic figures at its very center, but you can't help but feel like something should be going on while you read a lot about stuff happening. Not helping is that there's only one villainous character in the entire book - the demon king - and even his servants don't really like him. They apologize as Cora and her sister both end up in his castle, as if to say 'yeah, sorry about this whole thing, he's a bit of a sod, get better and brunch is in the morning.'
The book's prose is a little wordy and redundant. Kessler explains a lot of things that you can already surmise just by reading it. The dialogue can be wooden or stubbornly royal-esque ("I do not like the context that your voice offered" Ye-ouch!) and shift to super-casual matter of fact ("You have got to be kidding me.") within a few beats. Conversations can go for a long time between characters and not really say anything, then in spots, get repeated as they transmit that information to a new character.
I wish Kessler all the best in her yarn-spinning journeys, but I wish this Symphony had a few more instruments.
The rating should really be 2.5 but since there are no half stars in this, I bumped it up to 3 stars since I did like the way it ended... at least for the most part. So, the things I didn't like as much in this book are most of the characters... I really did not like how violent Darius was with Cora at the beginning - that is just not OK; but I guess you have to remember that he is a demon, so ... I don't know, it's still not OK with me. He does get better at the end, but it still bothered me. Cora's personality was a little too inconsistent for me, especially at the beginning... she claims to be independent and this strong character but then throws herself at Darius which to me is a little unrealistic. Then there's the father... what a complete jerk, the way he handled his daughters and basically disowning Cora and then constantly saying how Theresa is the weaker of the two - in my opinion Theresa was the best character and showed her strength and bravery at the end of the book. Also, I just have to mention this there were some grammar issues, but that didn't really bother me as much as the characters did. With all this being said though I still enjoyed the book, especially at the end - I won't say what happens because I don't want to ruin it for you but I will say that I enjoyed it and it made me bump up my rating to 3. :)
I would recommend this book to those who like supernatural romance novels.
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