Thirteen Days of Midnight

FeaturedHot
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
3590 0
13 days.jpg
Author(s)
Age Range
13+
Release Date
August 25, 2015
ISBN
978-0763678654
Buy This Book
      

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. Armed with only his father’s indecipherable notes, a locked copy of The Book of Eight, and help from school outcast Elza Moss, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest—or join their ghostly ranks himself.

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Creepy thriller with a dash of heart
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
The premise of 13 Days of Midnight is what initially pulled me toward this book. Leo Hunt is a big Stephen King fan and wanted to pay homage with a Faust-type story. I was game. I figured 13 Days would be some good horror, a lot of weird, and possibly a bit darker than your average YA novel.

I was right.

From the very first sentence, I knew it would be dark. Luke, our main protag, learns of his father’s death. In the very first sentence! This would probably come off as depressing in some other novels, but since Luke and his dear ole pop didn’t exactly have a warm-fuzzy relationship, it’s not. Luke then learns that he’s inherited his father’s stash from his Ghost Hunter’s-type reality show on UK television. But it comes with a catch. Luke also get’s his father’s Host of eight spirits, a sort of otherworldly power source.

But the Host isn’t having this arrangement with the new kid. It’s obvious Luke is in WAY over his head. He can’t even open his dad’s Book of Eight, which is supposed to have all the dark secrets to controlling the Host. As Halloween, the day when the veil between the living side and non-living is at it’s most delicate, approaches, Luke learns that the Host plans to get rid of him to obtain their freedom. Only Luke doesn’t so much want to die. And what’s worse, the Host has his mother held hostage.

Now, I’m not sure if this Host of Eight is a real thing, but I loved the detail that Hunt put into it. Each spirit in the Host has a particular role and I thought that was very interesting. The Vassal, the Judge, the Shepherd, Fury, Oracle, Innocent, Heretic, and the Prisoner make up the host. Each has it’s own duty, or specialty power, if you will, and they must be controlled by the necromancer or things get bad. And that’s what Luke is dealing with. See, the Host is unable to harm the necromancer…until Halloween. Then all bets are off! Leo Hunt does a fantastic job of making each of the Host spirits unique. I even felt sorry for some of them as they tried to kill Luke.

Luke is a pretty cool dude, too. He’s just a typical sixteen year-old getting by. His mom suffers from crazy bad headaches, so Luke is kind of his own man most of the time. He loves his dog, Ham, and rugby. When he learns of this inheritance from his dad, all he really cares about are the dollar signs floating before his eyes, the sick cars that will come with it, and possibly a hot girl on his arm. Like Holiday, the girl he’s been fawning over for ages.

I also enjoyed reading Elza, Luke’s ghost banishing partner in crime. She’s kind of the freak at school, so we get a chance to see her come out of that shell. Elza being the goth type who sees ghosts was a bit heavy on the cliché for me, but I liked that her seeing ghosts was ALL she could do. She’s not the expert Luke hopes she is. In all actuality, Elza has no more idea how to control the Host than Luke does. All she really knows how to do is put up wards around her house that keep ghosts out. And she wasn’t even sure those would work.

The pace of 13 Days clips along at a fairly regular trot. It’s neither too slow nor quick. I think this is because I never felt completely immersed in the story. I never got that “thing” that makes me want to tear through the pages to see what happens next. This, I believe, is because there is never a moment where I truly fell for Luke. Sure, he’s a good kid, but there’s nothing really moving about him. That’s the only thing that kind of lacked for me. He loves his mom and that’s a HUGE saving grace. Luke didn’t go through hell to save the girl he’s crushing on, but he does it for his mother. That’s what kept me turning pages. I’m just a sucker for a momma’s boy.

13 Days of Midnight has some truly haunting moments that may make you leave the hall light on. At least for a day or two. I stepped into this book wanting a twisted and dark read. 13 Days delivers without stepping too far outside the young adult category. Told from the point of view of a refreshingly average teen who only wants to save his mom, 13 Days of Midnight is a solid spook story with a light Devil’s Advocate flair.
Report this review Comments (0) | Was this review helpful to you? 3 0

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Two friends in the 1980's were graduating from Cosmetology School....
Twisting Minds
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
How can you trust your heart when you can't trust...
The Art of Holding On
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Life happens, whether you’re ready or not. All you can...
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Award-winning author Sue Macy offers a fresh and timely account...
Outlawed
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
OUTLANDER meets Robin Hood. Traveling through time...
The Path We Take
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
He’s alone He’s tattooed He’s badly burnt ...
Half-Blood Mage
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
A cursed dragon hunter A half-blood mage...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect...
Slayer (Slayer, #1)
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Into every generation a Slayer is born… ...
Magic Bound
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Starting a new school is never easy and this time...
When Wishes Bleed
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
One Prince. One Witch. One Fate. ...
Dealing in Dreams
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Outsiders meets Mad Max: Fury Road in this fast-paced...

Latest Member Reviews

Kingdom Cold
 
4.8
"What I loved: First and foremost, the characters. Princess Charlotte's fierce, unyielding manner. The way her character is left..."
Sword and Pen (Great Library Book, #5)
 
5.0
"Isn't great to finish a series and feel satisfied? Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine is the final book in..."
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1)
 
3.7
"I snapped this one up because I love Wonder Woman, and I much appreciated Leigh Bardugo's adept writing in Six..."
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties
 
5.0
"One hundred years ago. When I was growing up, this seemed like an impossibly long time in the past. The..."
Scarred
 
4.8
"Emotionally, I mean. What I loved: As you can guess from the title,..."
The Path Divided
 
5.0
"I'm going to break out of my usual review mold here because this book was so many things. It..."
Girl at Heart
 
4.8
"What I loved: Just about everything. This was an adorable YA Contemporary Romance with a surprisingly well-rounded..."
Skin Hunter
 
4.3
"What I loved: The world building was perfectly illustrated without bogging down the story. Everything from the..."
Our Year in Love and Parties
 
4.0
"What I loved: The story was told through the unique lens of four specific events with..."
The Secret Key (Agatha Oddly)
 
4.0
"Agatha loves the work of Detective Hercule Poirot. He's actually her imaginary friend and she uses his work to influence..."
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me
 
4.3
"JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME is Gae Polisner’s most recent YA Contemporary novel. Like in her other books, she..."
Woven in Moonlight
 
5.0
"Woven in Moonlight is a beautiful and lush fantasy, based on the culture and history of Bolivia. It is set..."
Julie Winsome M.D., Medical Detective Science Fiction Mysteries, Volume # 1
 
4.7
"Always fun to follow along with Dr. Julie Winsome Medical Detective! Great stories and I love the writing style..."
We Are All His Creatures: Tales of P. T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman
 
3.0
"WE ARE ALL HIS CREATURES by Deborah Noyes is a series of eleven short stories about the beloved showman, P.T...."
Jane Anonymous: A Novel
 
4.7
"JANE ANONYMOUS follows two timelines: one while Jane was captured for 7 months and one after she is back home...."
Finding Mr. Better-Than-You
 
4.3
"FINDING MR. BETTER-THAN-YOU starts off like a cheesy romantic comedy, but ends up being a lot more fulfilling light-hearted YA..."
Freaky in Fresno
 
3.7
"FREAKY IN FRESNO is a spin on the old novel, FREAKY FRIDAY. Ricki (nickname for Lyric) had a falling out..."
Only Mostly Devastated
 
4.3
"ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED is a charming YA contemporary romance that follows Ollie. Ollie had lived in California, until this year..."
Neffatira's First Challenge
 
5.0
"The descriptions are very beautiful and you can perceive the feelings of the characters to the point of empathy. ..."
Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood Duology #1)
 
4.3
"INK IN THE BLOOD is an engaging and atmospheric YA fantasy. Celia Sand was delighted when she was chosen to..."