Title: Midnight Beauties
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
Page Count: 449
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
The witches, beasties, goblins, and Royals return in this spellbinding conclusion to New York Times best-selling author Megan Shepherd’s Grim Lovelies duology.
Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.
With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.
Wicked and delightful, this spellbinding sequel and conclusion to Grim Lovelies is perfect for fans of The Cruel Prince and The Hazelwood Wood.
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd is the second and final book in the young adult fantasy Grim Lovelies duology. As with most fantasy novels this is a continuation of the story set in the first book so it’s best to read them in order of publication to fully understand. This second book picks up shortly after the ending of the first book and continues the story from that point.
The Grim Lovelies duology introduces readers to a world in which there are Pretties and Beasties. Pretties are the upper class in the world free to do as they wish and lavish themselves in all the best. Beasties are not quite human and meant for a life of servitude. The protagonist of the tale is a Beastie, Anouk, who had one day found her mistress murdered in a pool of blood. Anouk and her fellow Beasties had gone on the run to find the murderer.
Being that the books of this young adult fantasy duology are rather lengthy it’s not surprising to me that I found them a bit slow paced overall when reading them. The story was one that was just interesting enough that I went ahead and finished the series after finding the first book a bit so-so. The second book focuses a tad bit more on the romance side of the fantasy than the first book did. I didn’t mind that really although others might but for me I still found myself just interested enough in the story to want to finish but still not overly wow’ed leaving the series at a solid three stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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