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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Gina Review: MIDNIGHT OIL


Gina is guest posting today with a review of the book I featured on Monday, MIDNIGHT OIL by Marva Dasef. (Gina received this book for review from the author.)

Gina’s Review:

MIDNIGHT OIL is about a young witch named Katrina and her warlock brother Rune on a quest to bring their father to the mainlands and to find Andy, Katrina’s kidnapped love.  On the way, Katrina and her brother get separated, and Katrina is stuck on an island with an unusual inhabitant. Rune is blackmailed by a dying tribe to get the Midnight Oil that will save them.  Meanwhile, back where they live, Ilmatar, an air spirit disguised as a witch, finds out that her sister, with whom she shares a long feud, has been holding Andy captive to draw her there.  Kat, Rune, and Ilmatar will all meet up to find the Midnight Oil, defeat Ilmatar’s sister, and save Andy.

One thing that could be better is a little bit of recapping the first book at the beginning because you wouldn’t be able to understand what’s happening if you haven’t recently read the first book. I enjoyed the book’s humor, including one character who speaks only in consonants! I’d recommend this to people who like an adventure story with a little magic.

Thanks, Gina for sharing your review of Marva’s book (and helping out Mom with a guest post)!

9 Responses to Gina Review: MIDNIGHT OIL

  1. SA Larsenッ says:

    A character who only speaks in consonants? Whoa, now I really have to read Marva’s book.

    Thanks for the review, Gina!!

  2. Southpaw says:

    Thanks for the review. I hadn’t heard of this book yet.

  3. Lorrie says:

    I loved both books and am eagerly waiting for the third in the series to be released. This is a fun read for all ages. Don’t miss it and share it with your children who will love it too.

  4. Linda G. says:

    Thanks, Gina! I love getting input on books from the younger generation. 🙂

  5. Marva Dasef says:

    Thanks, Gina. Good thought on the recapping. It is a fine line to walk with a sequel in how much backstory to include. Maybe I needed a bit more. Hey, I have an idea. Everybody could read book 1, Bad Spelling, first! Problem solved.

    Thanks very much for reading and reviewing Midnight Oil.

  6. Nice review. That issue of recapping can be a tough one. I’ve seen some books where they practically give you a prologue that’s a synopsis of the first book. I like it better where it weaved in at the beginning.

  7. Angela Brown says:

    This is a wonderful review. I’m really intrigued by the consonant only speaking character. Would be interesting to see how that got pulled off 🙂

  8. That’s an awesome review! I love the honesty of it!

  9. Jemi Fraser says:

    ONly in consonants? What a cool concept! Thanks for the review 🙂