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ARC Review: Midnight Revenge


Title: Midnight Revenge

Series: Midnight Duology #2

Author: Kathryn Marie

Date Published: May 25, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy


Synopsis

A Fighter. A Survivor. Rebuilt Through Strength... With the memories of Julian’s assassination still plaguing her, Christiana returns to the Royal Palace, settling into her new life as a future Royal. However, the palace is plunged into turmoil when young serving ladies are found brutally murdered with the use of Crimson Fire, a deadly poison created by Christiana’s mentor, Marek. With the lives of the castle's inhabitants resting on her shoulders, Christiana calls on Marek to assist in tracking down the copycat killer who mysteriously obtained a lethal secret only known to the two of them. On the journey to discovering who it is, Christiana is forced to face secrets from her past, the repercussions of her Battled Brain, and the many obstacles that stand in the way of her and Zander becoming the leaders they are meant to be.


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Review


Firstly, I want to say thank you to the author for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.


This story follows on from the events of Book 1 - Midnight Maiden – with Christiana getting ready for her upcoming wedding with Zander. The events of book 1 have left their mark on her and whilst she thinks it’s over her mind won’t let go. Not only that but it seems the castle is no longer safe with the Castle Killer on the loose.


I thought this was an interesting story, with a great mystery, political intrigue, romance, and loads of beautiful personal growth of all the characters. I especially liked that the book gave a lot of focus to PTSD - which was represented and referred to as Battled Brain - and that the author didn’t shy away from this. The author showed us continuously throughout the book that traumatic events can deeply affect people and that this doesn’t always manifest as expected. I loved that she kept this at the forefront and continued to show us that we sometimes might not realise why or how certain trauma affects us but that it happens and most importantly I loved that she portrayed that you are not alone. Not matter if you feel shame or pain and feel like no one will understand, there are always people who will understand you more than you think, and that you just have to look a little further.


Zander was a wonderful character, he was thoughtful, kind, and devoted to Christiana and his country. I loved seeing his development and how he reacted and processed the secrets that came to light in this book. I adored their relationship and how it grew and changed throughout the book, both growing and learning with each other.


A great aspect was seeing Christiana and her relationships with her mother, Rowan, and Dorina. These were all so important and special in different ways and were a wonderful part of her story, I loved them all.


I enjoyed the setting of the royal castle and the mystery of the murderer. I am very happy with how it ended as I had wanted them all to have some sort of closure and peace so that they could move on and I liked how the story wrapped up but also moved some other characters’ story forward.


The pace was good, and I found myself equally as angry and frustrated as the characters when the mystery was stalled and when certain secrets came to light. Overall, this was a wonderful well-rounded story, with interesting characters and the author did a wonderful job of portraying struggles with mental health (mainly PTSD) as well as keeping us hooked with an intriguing mystery!


Rating: 4 Stars

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