Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review: Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt

Thirteen Days of Midnight
Leo Hunt
(Goodreads|Twitter) Genre: Paranormal
In a devilishly dark and funny debut, a teen finds himself the unwitting beneficiary of eight enslaved and angry ghosts seeking bloody vengeance.

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.

"I am an alpha male with testosterone leaking out of my sweat glands. Ham, my loyal and subservient pack member, is looking to me for guidance in this situation."
Reading Thirteen Days of Midnight was a blast, pretty good for a debut novel! Last time I read about necromancer.. Well, let us just say that the experience wasn't so good that I'd rather not reminisce, but in this book I'm happy to say that I had a great reading experience.

Luke Manchett, is an ordinary 16-yr old highschool guy whose only problem is to survive school without anyone finding out that he is a son of the popular ghost-buster weirdo guy in the TV.
"To survive Dunbarrow High you want to be as normal as possible, and that means no ill mum, no ghost-hunter dad, just ordinary Luke Manchett who likes football and rugby and doesn't like schoolwork."
Then everything changes when he received a letter delivering the news of the unexpected death of his father.

The truth is he feels nothing at all with the los since he's been MIA most of his life. Nothing should really change now, except he worries about money. His mother doesn't really have a stable job that can support both of them, so he thinks that his father must still handle the money issue. So what happens now that his father is dead?

Turns out he doesn't need to worry anymore as he's the only sole beneficiary of his father that will inherit all of his properties. All he has to do is to sign some papers and alas! He can be a multi-millionaire in no time. He was a little suspicious at first when he needs to sign a letter written in Latin in a goatskin, but happily signed them in the end. I mean, that is literally the only thing that is hindering him from being a multi-millionaire, how much harm can it cause? Not really smart if you ask me.

Soon Luke learned that he had not just inherited properties and money that can make him a multimillionaire. He also inherited a host of eight vengeful ghosts from his dad.

"You're dead?" I say. "You're telling me that you're both dead? I'm talking to dead people right now?"

"Well alright," says The Judge,"Touchy subject,that. No need to rub it in"
Unfortunately, a full Host of eight that he inherited can make him a powerful necromancer, only if he can stop those ghost from revolting- and killing him first, and he's got until the Halloween to stop the ghosts from breaking free of his control and turn on him.

The book got awesome and hilarious MC's and side characters that made me laugh out loud in the middle of the night. You see, I was expecting to get scared, to have a goose bumps while reading it, that's why I decided to read it on the middle of the night-to get more on the feels, instead I got a laugh and entertainment, which wasn't so bad really.

There's not much of a romance happen, but when you've just survive a scary shit ass hell nightmare with someone, there is a 75% chances that you'll appreciate the person more.. and eventually fall as a default.. or not? I don't know, at least there wasn't awkward the-world-around-us-is-in-danger-now-is-the-perfect-time-to-realize-our-mutual-attraction-and-make-out scenes here.
"I take a moment to appreciate the Elza-ness of Elza, whole and alive; appreciate the sharpness of her gaze, the dark curve of her brow."
This might be a series, but really, Thirteen Days of Midnight can do well as a standalone novel. Overall, this was an awesome book.

**I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.**

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