Title: Magic by Midnight (The Librarian’s Chronicles, book 1) by Allison S. Bass
Published: July 1st, 2019 by Allison Bass
Noteworthy: CW: suggested attempted forced contact (unspecified details), grief, death
Notes: I was provided a free copy by the author and MTMC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion on the book.
Felicity, a young librarian, is certain her only adventures will come in the form of the books she reads. When her uncle reveals that the palace librarians have the secret gift of interpreting fairy tales, stories that control the fate of the kingdom, she is thrust into a new world of magic. Between rescuing Cinderella, charming a prince, and battling an evil force trying to sabotage the fairy tale, Felicity realizes orchestrating a happily ever after ending is going to take all of her wits.
However, it’s her heart that is put to the real test. She finds herself having to choose between her own happy ending or protecting the fairy tale she’s been tasked with completing. After the clock strikes midnight, Felicity discovers her world will change forever and some fates are stronger than magic.
“If it’s any consolation, I wouldn’t trust any other teenager with the fate of the kingdom or your son’s future.”
Magic by Midnight started off on just the right note: playful but on the road to high stakes situations. I absolutely adored the setting being the palace library and the idea that librarians had the power to hold the kingdom or possibly destroy the world as they know it (yikes!).
From the onset of the novel, I loved the friendships and found family relationships. While Max and Felicity don’t technically count as found family, watching their family dynamic through these pressing situations was the perfect reprieve from everything else in this book. Max and his quirky but loving character really made the whole book for me. He was definitely my favorite out of the relatively small cast of characters.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Alexander and Felicity, even with the highs and lows. I didn’t get the resolution I needed at the end of the novel (I know there’s a sequel but I need to know if these two are good right now) which was a tad disappointing, but I their friendship was great to read about. Alexander really is something of a Prince Charming. I wish he had more time in this story because *heart eyes*
“Love is more than an emotion. Love is an endeavor we pursue all our lives.”
The plot was so inventive and the storyline kept getting better and better. There was a perfect mix of action, romance, intrigue, royal life (I’m a sucker for all things royals), and magic. I was never bored, and I actually surprised myself by finishing this book in two sittings! It can definitely be a quick read when you’re lost in all of the magic and happenings of this fairytale coming to life.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read! I had fun with it and I’m really curious as to what’s in store for these characters.
About The Author
Allison grew up a voracious reader who daydreamed about stories filled with romance, adventure, and magic. One day, she decided to put those stories on paper. Her debut novel Magic by Midnight is the result. Like any 21st century fairy tale heroine, she met her own prince via the Internet. They do not live in a castle, but they have a beagle who acts like a court jester. When she’s not spending time with her husband and son, she enjoys finding new stories for her personal library.
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