The Midnighters by Hana Tooke – Blog Tour Book Review
About the Book
Find the courage to be extraordinary . . .
Ema Vašková has always felt different. In a family of famous scientists, there’s not much room for superstition or omens – but they seem to follow Ema wherever she goes. It doesn’t help that she appears to predict events before they happen, and has a peculiar fear of shadows . . .
When Ema is sent to stay with her eccentric uncle in Prague, she fears she’ll lose the chance to ever fit in. But then she meets Silvie – a girl who finally sees Ema for the extraordinary person that she is. Soon the girls are meeting for secret midnight adventures, and facing Ema’s fears together.
But then disaster strikes. Silvie goes missing – and it’s up to Ema to find her. Now she must gather the courage to hunt the city, find her friend, and uncover the secrets of the one clue Silvie left as to where she might be – inside the mysterious Midnight Guild . . .
About the Author
Hana Tooke grew up near Amsterdam, in a house filled with peculiar clocks and a head filled with a peculiar imagination. She’s been a singer, a teacher, and even a mad-scientist, but these days she spends her days writing stories, sculpting puppets, and collecting curiosities. She lives in Bath with two humans a cat and a skeleton marionette.
Hana’s debut novel, The Unadoptables, was one of the bestselling middle-grade books of 2020.
What I Thought
Well, I think this might just be a new favourite! If you are fans of Nevermoor or Demelza and the Spectre Detectors then definitely check this one out too. It has cursed child vibes, animals, adventure and friendship as well as an interesting discussion around science versus intuition.
Ema and Silvie are wonderfully written and form such a fun alliance, and I simply adore Silvie’s support for Ema and how she opens her up to facing her fears, until she is at a point where she has to face them without Silvie – in order to save Silvie. In fact I just love how easily you can conjure up the characters based on how they are introduced and Hana Tooke does this so cleverly.
The book Illustrator is Arusha L. Rubio and the gorgeous artwork adorns the cover, the naked cover, end pages and chapter headings that really add to the atmosphere.
I just really enjoyed everything about this book and have highlighted lots of quotes including:
“Fairy tales breathe truth into the world.”
So do the best children’s books – they live beyond the page and beyond time. Although I hear Midnight is the best time to be.
Now I need to pull out my copy of The Unadoptables that I’ve clearly been sleeping on.
Thanks to Blue at Kaleidoscopic Tours and the publishers for the gifted copy for the purposes of an honest review. Do check out the rest of the tour stops too.
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