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By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and The Dom Project. Free Preview Product Details. eBook. $ Add to Cart. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the kbps File release of Midnight Club EP on Discogs. He'd probably been there cheering Alex Holliday last Saturday night. Dom closed his notebook, grabbed the books he was checking out for an English.
And no, there weren't any love triangles and the only conflicts between Hunter and David were purely interpersonal and not coming from the outside at all.
Let me tell you, that was a delight. Treasure Hunt! SF wish fulfillment! And there was even a really cool twist! I mean, come on, what wish comes without a monkey's paw, right?
And my horror sensibilities were laughing out loud when the moment came, so beware, all you unsuspecting chumps of readers.
You thought you'd get off easy? Seriously though, the tension never lets up. I worried about so many different things, the novel never once felt monotonous.
The pacing was excellent. And can I see this as one hell of a great movie? Oh yeah. There's even a gratuitous wish-fulfillment plug from the author for just that outcome right in the story.
It was so blatant and funny and the whole story is just that good that I can do nothing but wish him all the luck in the world! I don't say that very often. I do mean it, here. What a fun ride!
View all 12 comments. I nonetheless found it incredibly entertaining and addictive. It even disrupted my nightly ritual of reading to calm my mind before bed, because all this book did was make me even more wide awake with my blood pumped up 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http: It even disrupted my nightly ritual of reading to calm my mind before bed, because all this book did was make me even more wide awake with my blood pumped up and heart pounding.
I also loved the unique concept behind Midnight Burning. Imagine going to sleep one day and waking up the next to find that everything has changed, thanks to the sudden appearance of strange, colorful marble-sized spheres all over the world.
You can find them anywhere there is human activity, but they are always hidden well—inside storm drains, fountains, crawlspaces, discarded bottles, etc.
Burning a pair of Chocolate browns can make you stronger, for example, and Cranberries can make you better looking.
As a result, a whole industry has sprung up around the spheres. Desperate for money after his mom loses his job, Sully decides to join forces with Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres. Together, they hope to strike it rich soon with one big find, and then one day, they get lucky—really lucky. The pivotal point, of course, was when Sully and Hunter find the Gold—which happens almost exactly halfway through the book. Before this, the story was definitely slower, focusing more on the world building and developing the characters and their relationships.
On the other hand, the second half was where all the action was! In truth, this turned out really well, with the more gradual pacing in the beginning acting as a nice long fuse to work up to the explosive ending. I was practically burning with anticipation sorry, pun unavoidable to find out the mystery behind the spheres and how everything would play out. I have to say, the answers were surprising.
Things in the book did wrap up a little too quickly and neatly for my tastes, but my mind is still blown by the revelations which I can only describe as pretty unexpected and far out there.
Ultimately, it was really refreshing to get away from magic and dive into something strange, weird and mysterious like the spheres.
Whichever way you look at it though, the story was tons of fun and the originality alone makes this book worth checking out. Jan 16, Jen Ryland added it Shelves: Fun, page-turning story about a diverse Scooby Gang of underdogs out to stop an evil billionaire and save the world. The book's premise is that colored spheres start showing up all over the world, and people soon realize that by "burning" these spheres holding them to their temples they can absorb the powers within better eyesight, singing talent, etc.
The spheres are different colors and categorized according to rarity like diamonds or Rare spheres can go for millions and Fun, page-turning story about a diverse Scooby Gang of underdogs out to stop an evil billionaire and save the world.
Rare spheres can go for millions and the rich burn them with abandon as they try to make themselves better looking, smarter, etc. The aforementioned evil billionaire, being a typical greedy capitalist, wants to corner the market on spheres and, as the story opens, has cheated the main narrator, Sully, out of money he owed him for a sphere. The gang is rounded out by Mandy and Sully's friend Dom. What I Liked: The writing, though it definitely felt on the young end of the YA spectrum to me, was smooth and flowed well.
This book is a quick and easy read -- and a standalone! Sully was an engaging character, as were all the members of the foursome. The sphere concept was fun - simple enough to be easily grasped, and gave the book a nice "quest" vibe. The characters were diverse and had different philosophical reactions to the whole sphere thing, which was interesting.
In the afterword, the author says that this book was developed from a short story, and that makes sense. The plot was pretty basic - the first two-thirds felt a little repetitious with view spoiler [ some very similar reversals: I wished the characters had just a little more development.
Each was given one defining "thing. I would have preferred this as a friendship book. The ending felt quite abrupt and a bit rushed.
I mean, the book does set up the fact that using the spheres might have a price, a theme that's big in fairy tales and such, but the weirdness of the end was a bit jarring to me. Then again, I'm not a huge fan of alien invasion stories. I'd definitely recommend it to those who are looking for something for a tween or reluctant reader of either gender, or anyone who just wants a quick, fun read. Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on Bloglovin Thanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.
May 10, Christina rated it liked it. Imagine waking up one day, and there are different colored, marble sized spheres all over the world. Some are out in plain sight, some are hidden. It is somehow realized that by "burning" two of the same colored spheres meaning you touch a matched pair to your forehead your body can absorb the unique gifts that these spheres have to give.
Mustard for high intelligence, Burnt Orange for speed reading, Canary Yellow for perfect memory, Cranberry to make you more attractive, Chocolate Brow 3 stars! Mustard for high intelligence, Burnt Orange for speed reading, Canary Yellow for perfect memory, Cranberry to make you more attractive, Chocolate Brown for strength, etc.
Every color you can possibly imagine, all with their own unique gifts and as far as anyone knows, the gifts last forever. That's the world presented in Burning Midnight.
To me, it all seemed just a little too good to be true. I'm not sure I would be one of the one's dying to get a pair of spheres to burn to enhance myself.
But there are a lot of people who are skeptical about these spheres as well. Where did they come from? Somewhere else entirely? Some are downright suspicious. When the spheres first appeared, it sent shock waves around the world. On TV, experts and pundits had debated where they came from all day. As the years went by, though, and no solid answers to the mystery materialized, everyone starting taking the spheres' existence for granted.
He's always on the lookout for the big payout, for a really rare sphere that'll pay enough so that they don't have to worry about money anymore. Then Sully meets Hunter, a girl who seems to have a natural talent for sphere hunting. After a couple of business transactions, they start to go hunting together, agreeing to split the profits if they find a rare sphere to sell. Sully has a bit of experience of his own when it comes to finding spheres.
When he was 13, he discovered a new color: Cherry Red. He sold it to the head honcho of the sphere corporation, Alex Holliday, for a tidy sum of 2. But when Holliday brought two Cherry Reds together to burn, it didn't have any effect, not on him anyway. So he voided payment.
Now all Sully has left is his infamous name and built up anger at Holliday for ripping him off. While hunting, Sully and Hunter find a Gold sphere They think they are set for life. But when Holliday realizes what they have, he will go to any lengths to take it from them, even though he, like Sully, Hunter and everyone else, has no idea what it'll do. With the help of Sully's best friend Dom and their new outspoken friend Mandy, they embark on an adventure to search for the match to the Gold.
But what will happen when they find it? This book has a intriguing storyline, great build up It just seemed like after everything else that happened, the end was just wrapped up too neatly and quickly for my liking. I also wasn't too overly fond of any of the characters I wish that the ending would have been a bit more fleshed out, but I'm also glad it was a standalone and I don't have to anxiously wait to see how everything's resolved.
And actually, this reminded me slightly emphasis on the word slightly of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Just because of the fact that people were hunting spheres in this book, much like they were hunting virtually for Halliday's hidden eggs That being said, I much preferred Ready Player One over this.
This was Will McIntosh's first YA novel, so I may check out one of his adult one's in the future, just to see how it compares. I was fairly impressed with his efforts, until the last 20 pages or so. I also had a theory early one about the spheres and was pleased that I was fairly close to guessing the mystery. If anything, it did entertain me for a few days. View all 8 comments. Jan 12, Justine rated it it was ok Shelves: And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.
Here we have a great premise, spheres appear from nowhere and are able to imbue people with enhanced abilities, but the author tells it as if he is a smarter grown-up telling a story he thinks might be a tad too complicated for most you 2. Here we have a great premise, spheres appear from nowhere and are able to imbue people with enhanced abilities, but the author tells it as if he is a smarter grown-up telling a story he thinks might be a tad too complicated for most young people to really understand.
In other words, he goes exactly against L'Engle's advice, and assumes that he needs to strip away any sublety to the story for the benefit of his young adult audience.
The characters were like the story, lots of potential but only moderately developed and the story ultimately fell apart, particularly in the last quarter of the book. There are definitely other books out there that are worse than this, but I think the thing that bothered me so much here was the wasted potential I could sense lurking underneath. Burning Midnight could have been great, but instead it came off a bit like a two-dimensional Rick Riordan factory cut-out story, but without the humour.
From the reviews I've read it seems I might be somewhat in the minority in my assessment here, but I do notice that many of the reviewers who really enjoyed this book do not necessarily read a lot of YA in this genre like I do. Honestly, if you read a lot of YA books in this genre, there are much more satisfying books out there.
Looking for a place to start? View all 10 comments. Initial Thoughts: This was fun at the start, then it started to get more and more ridiculous to the point where I just tuned out. The sphere hunting for abilities was an interesting part of the book and I liked Hunter and Sully, but when they start making stupid decisions, I got pretty frustrated.
Everything tied up a bit too perfectly and easily. Check it out for more reviews. Burning Midnight gave me fond memories of Pokemon, with people trying to fin Initial Thoughts: Burning Midnight gave me fond memories of Pokemon, with people trying to find the rarest spheres and collecting them. The coloured spheres have different abilities that get progressively cooler depending on how rare they are. Want to become better looking, improve your hearing, get a higher IQ or my favourite — read faster?
The spheres are hidden in random places across the world, in the wilderness, in structural buildings, in rivers and ponds and no one knows how they appeared. This concept was actually pretty cool and I enjoyed learning what each sphere was used for. Sully is a sphere hunter who makes a living by selling them at the flea market.
I could just see it all backfiring before my very eyes — and I was right. While I liked how fiesty and resourceful Hunter was, and how useful she was at hunting down spheres, some of her decisions went against logic — just like Sully. Why would you decide NOT to put a million dollar sphere into a safety deposit box, and instead hug it to your chest at night?
And why would you take it around with you when you KNOW that Holliday can take it from you with force? Seeing these kids make stupid decisions time and time again just annoyed and frustrated me. The ending was quite rushed and completely takes you by surprise, taking a strange turn to explain the origin of the spheres and where they came from.
Will you keep it to yourself or share it with others? I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review. View all 3 comments. Dec 15, Mlpmom Book Reviewer rated it really liked it Shelves: It is so much fun to not only get a guy's point of view in the young adult genre but to get something completely refreshing and original as well.
This book ended up being so much fun in a very unexpected way. Science fiction reading has never been my strong suit. Stick me in front of a movie or tv show and I devour them, but put a book in front of me and I slug through it and more often than not, just like it, or could care less about it by the time I finish it. This however kept me interested, It is so much fun to not only get a guy's point of view in the young adult genre but to get something completely refreshing and original as well.
This however kept me interested, focused, and more of all, engaged. The idea of the spheres as well and Sully's honest, no nonsense attitude and maturity really drew me into the story and held my interest, This turned out to be a fun and very unexpected read that was hard to put down.
When the spheres had first appeared, it sent shock waves around the world. No one knows where they came from. Burn a pair of Mustard Yellows to boost your IQ, some Lemon Yellows to grow a little taller, a couple of When the spheres had first appeared, it sent shock waves around the world. Burn a pair of Mustard Yellows to boost your IQ, some Lemon Yellows to grow a little taller, a couple of Plums can help you forget terrible memories, and Olives can dull any pain.
And then Hunter enters his life, with a rarity three to sell and a chance for Sully to go sphere hunting with her. Colored spheres appeared all over the world nine years ago. When you burn two of the same color they make you better, taller, smarter, better looking. The rarer the sphere the more they do and the more they are worth. Four years ago Sully found the rarest sphere in the world, and one of the richest guys around ripped him off for millions of dollars.
Recently, his mom lost her job, and they might soon lose their apartment. Sully works at a flea market selling spheres to make money. When he meets a Colored spheres appeared all over the world nine years ago. When he meets a young marble hunter named Hunter, they decide to team up to search for spheres. My Review: This was a strange, strange book. The author certainly has an imagination. This book was nothing like I expected and while it was far from perfect I still enjoyed it. The good: The characters are all easily likable.
Even though they all had rather tragic pasts, this wasn't a depressing read! Hunter's my favorite! She's so tough and smart! Sully, our main character is rather average, but a good narrator. His best friend Dom was funny and nice, and last but certainly not least, Mandy is a smart girl who distrusts spheres, but wants in on the adventure!
Holiday is an excellent villain! I hated him almost as much as Umbridge! World Everything is exactly like our world, except several years ago these spheres appeared. The author really thought about how magical spheres would impact the world.
I liked that the spheres only did things that were possible for a human being, it made them more realistic. As cool as super powers are. I always need answers, so I appreciated that the spheres weren't kept a mystery. Pace Some people complained that it was too slow in the beginning, but I appreciated the author slowly introducing us to his world rather than telling us about it in an info dump.
I think the main issue is the blurb teases us about this rare gold sphere, which doesn't come in until halfway through. The Bad: For some reason I found this book easy to put down. It didn't call to me to read it when I was doing other things. Perhaps it was because although plenty happens, it's rather slow paced in stretches. The end is exciting and weird and I wasn't sure I liked it, but in the end I was happy. Would I read another by this author? I did enjoy it, but it was just so strange!
Point of View: Third Person Sully Series: Actual rating 3. Critically Plot — 3 out of 5 stars First off I have to say that this book was definitely not what I imagined it was going to be.
There was some action and it was generally kind of creepy, especially toward the end. There was mystery and traveling. There were parts that were Actual rating 3. There were parts that were boring and it kind of dragged but overall it was enjoyable.
Writing — 3 out of 5 stars It was simple and very descriptive. It took some time for it to absorb me and really catch my attention but that may have been the combination with the plot as well.
Because of it, the writing felt dull and it kind of lacked that extra umph to suck you into the story. The main character, Sully, is a boy who was cheated by a big time millionaire and is kind of obsessed with the fact and all the bad things that happened to him afterward.
He fell flat to me. I never really connected with him and his motivations. He was super easy going and chill most of the time which is a contrast to his story. Hunter, the female protagonist, was so amazing! She is such a survivor in life and so so strong. Emotionally view spoiler [This book was just kind of average to me. The plot is interesting but not exciting.
We follow Sully who sells spheres to make ends meet. No one knows where they came from, or how they do what they do. He meets Hunter, and they create a partnership to find spheres to sell.
This is the gist of it. It takes half of the book to get to what the synopsis talks about, no joke. The beginning just felt like a waste of time. There was nothing driving the plot, it was just monotone day to day kind of things. Once we finally to the part where the blurb comes in, it was not what I was expecting.
I was a bit more invested in what was happening but still disappointed. The reveal at the end about this mystery of the spheres was intriguing and really freaking creepy but by then it was over too soon and wrapped up too quickly.
Sully was okay too. I mean, it was very hard to connect with him and to feel his motivations. He just fell flat.
There were things to like. He does the best he can with the things that happen to him. But my reaction to him was just like um, okay. There was no feeling towards me. Not only because of her backstory but because of the role she plays in the plot. They side characters are great and I am happy to say that there is diversity represented.
One point that really bothered me was a specific plot point in which a betrayal happened. I was shocked and outraged but it was never resolved in anyway between the characters involved. Overall, an average read for me. Not bad but not great either. I recommend that you read it for yourself to see what you think.
Apr 23, Sh3lly GrumpyBookGrrrl. I ended up really enjoying this one! In fact, I found myself skimming, not out of boredom, but because I just couldn't wait to find out what happened next! This is a young adult sci-fi where the world has suddenly found these spheres of various colors.. They give you various abilities: The MC is in high school and a hunter.
He looks for the spheres and sells them to help his sing I ended up really enjoying this one! He looks for the spheres and sells them to help his single mom pay rent and bills. He meets another female hunter and they team up and yes, there is a romance factor. He's got a couple other friends who are good supporting characters and there is a villain that is fun to hate.
Things get kind of weird towards the end really hardcore sci-fi stuff , but since that is my thing, I dug it. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't go into the plot too much. Let's just say the little spheres have "parents" who find their way to earth and bring the pain. And they have tentacles. This was overall a fun and easy read. I think I would even re-read this in the future.
Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital copy for me to read and review! View all 5 comments. Jan 13, Robyn rated it liked it Shelves: I really liked the conceit of the book one day, seemingly magical spheres show up all over the world, and if you have two of the same colour, you gain heightened abilities of some kind - a better singing voice, an inch in height, etc and the characters. I had some quibbles with the plot, mostly of the spoiler-ish variety. For almost a decade people have been finding magical spheres hidden all around the planet.
When two are used together they give the person different improvements to themselves such as a better singing voice, whiter teeth, run faster, better hearing etc. The better the improvement the more rare and expensive each sphere with every different color giving a different outcome.
Sully is a teenager that makes a part time income downloading and selling spheres at the local flea market. A few years before Su For almost a decade people have been finding magical spheres hidden all around the planet. A few years before Sully had become famous for finding a new cherry red color of sphere but had been cheated out of his promised fee from the corrupt businessman Alex Holliday. Sully meets Hunter, a teenage girl that spends all of her timing hunting out rare spheres to make a living from selling them.
Hunter isn't quick to trust anyone but Sully soon convinces her to team up with him to go hunting and the duo soon start finding spheres together but after a big find they find themselves back to dealing with Alex Holliday.
Reading the book synopsis it had said for fans of The Maze Runner and The Fifth Wave, I have read the Maze Runner and didn't see much similarity to that other than the male lead but I haven't read The Fifth Wave yet to make any comparison there. There isn't a virtual element to the story this time but what we have are the two teenagers working to find these spheres before the evil corporate head Holliday can find them first or do anything he can to stop them. That being said though this story has a complete life of it's own taking place in what seems like our world but with these mysterious spheres.
Enjoyed the creative improvements that each could do and the debate on whether people should even be messing with something they didn't understand. The ending really worked well in my opinion explaining everything I had been questioning in an exciting conclusion. Great read, fast paced and engaging, would definitely recommend checking out this one. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews please visit https: I want to thank Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review.
Receiving this book for free has in no way altered or changed my opinion or review. I'm actually not sure where to star with this read. It was interesting for sure. And totally different than what I had imagined it would be. And, in all honesty, it read more like a middle grade book for me.
The fun things about this book was the gang of underdogs who fight to be the winner. I really liked t I want to thank Delacorte Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review.
I really liked this. I love when the underdog is able to conquer and come out on top. Especially when they work hard for it. Nothing comes easy to these kids and they meet so many road blocks along the way. Sully knows one thing, selling spheres. It's how he keeps his and his mother's heads above ground. But he's running out of those spheres he has. If the money doesn't come, he and his mom will have to move away from what he's always known as home.
I liked Sully. He was a bit rough around the edges, and definitely mentally older than his 17 years. I suppose having hardly any money and having to help out your mom in order to live might do that to you! And he's quick to jump to conclusions without having evidence to support his accusations. I do wish there was more depth to him. Alex Holiday is your typical villain. He's self-centered and self-preserving.
He's cheated Sully before and he's not one to back down. He goes after what he wants, in whatever way possible, and takes what he thinks is his. I pretty much wanted him out of the picture throughout the whole book, even when it seemed like he might actually have a bit of a good side to him.
Sully's friends were a good compliment to him. I do wish they had been a little more developed. Other than Hunter, we really don't get much from Sully's best friend, Dom, or their unlikely companion, Mandy. It seemed like the author just scratched the surface with them. I honestly never connected with any of the characters in this book. The writing is easy to follow though the first part of the book is a little slow paced.
And I felt like these kids were never going to catch a break. That did make for a more realistic story, since the good guys don't always win right away. Something that really bugged me in this story was lack background about the spheres. I just didn't feel like I understood how they came to be in the world. I mean, I understand they had some mystery behind them, that was essential to the story line. But I wanted to know exactly how things progressed once they were found.
How did people realize they would enhance things and how to use them? Who figured it out, etc. The story was severely lacking in the world building in this area. Also, the romance felt a bit forced and unlikely. It was kind of an instal-like, in my opinion. Sully goes from seeing this girl and spending limited time with her to all of a sudden being in love with her, when he barely knows about her.
It just didn't seem complete to me. Overall, I liked the story but I didn't love it. It's a book I might suggest for my 12 year old to read as opposed to an older teen. Definitely in the sci-fi genre, especially towards the end, this book would probably entertain anyone who has a love of anything alien to our earth.
Nov 07, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: I accidentally read this entire book in a few hours and it was SUCH a fun ride! It had me on my toes the whole time. Though I predicted a few aspects of it, mostly it was just insanity which I love. Also the diversity! We have a gay character, a black character, people on all different places in the economic spectrum - it was pretty good on that mark.
As an entertaining factor this is probs a 4. But unfortunately there were a few things that put it back. I debated putting it at 3. Firstly was the writing. Soooo that was a bit pretty shitty thing that got discussed.
And the last thing that brought this book down was the VERY end - it was simply too rushed for my liking. I was actually quite surprised by how it all so tangibly played out. This one took me on an exhilarating ride.
My heart was wholeheartedly invested, and the attraction, teasing, dominating and game playing the heroine was subjected to, absolutely sucked me in, right from the start. The start, I tell you!!! I was so excited I messaged one of my reading buddies who once mentioned it to me : Maryse: Christina!
I LOVE it!!! And him being so cold to her. SOOOO good!!! It was really good though. Maryse: I know right?! I gotta find out if this author has anything more out. And for the story as a whole, the writing was paced well enough for me to feel like I was right there. I believed everything that was said, and experienced everything that was felt. This is another book where I was right there with her.
Well … not really. Sort of. What could I trust? At times, I thought I knew. Maybe it was her. You know.. OH NO! And I was right back on her side. He took his coffee, paid the cashier, left a big tip, and turned toward me.
His lake-water green eyes glanced my way, a blank expression plastered across his beautiful face. Nervous, I wrapped my arms across my chest, smiled at him and was about to utter a good morning when he strode right by me and went straight to the front door, treating me as if I were nothing more than a passing stranger among many. I was all…. And during their first meeting together, Marjorie is absolutely star struck, but then… she is quickly struck silly by his proposition.
What would you do? Why was I forced to have drinks with this dark-haired alpha male? Of course, no guarantees, and all that.