Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: The Secret Hour

Book: The Secret Hour (Midnights #1)
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Urban Fantasy/SciFi (YA)
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 297
Favorite Character: Dess

Plot: (From Goodreads)

Nobody is safe in the secret hour.

Strange things happen at midnight in the town of Bixby, Oklahoma.

Time freezes.

Nobody moves.

For one secret hour each night, the town belongs to the dark creatures that haunt the shadows. Only a small group of people know about the secret hour -- only they are free to move about the midnight time.

These people call themselves Midnighters. Each one has a different power that is strongest at midnight: Seer, Mindcaster, Acrobat, Polymath. For years the Midnighters and the dark creatures have shared the secret hour, uneasily avoiding one another. All that changes when the new girl with an unmistakable midnight aura appears at Bixby High School.

Jessica Day is not an outsider like the other Midnighters. She acts perfectly normal in every way. But it soon becomes clear that the dark creatures sense a hidden power in Jessica . . . and they're determined to stop her before she can use it.

A story of courage, shadowy perils, and unexpected destiny, the secret hour is the first volume of the mesmerizing Midnighters trilogy by acclaimed author Scott Westerfeld.

Such a good introduction to an amazing series. I really did love this book and the characters. I liked that it changed perspective so that we could see what everyone was doing and how everyone sees each other and their actions, my favorite part of multi-POV books.

I was so intrigued with the concept of this book, I hoped I wasn't getting my hopes on how this one would turn out too high and I didn't. I really did live up to what I expected and a little bit more, the way that some of this is described was enthralling to read about. Scott Westerfeld's writing is amazing.

If you haven't read this book then what are you waiting for? The characters are believable and human, there's some romance, and some Fantasy/SciFi mixed in.

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