Thursday, April 5, 2018

Release Blitz Review—Glamour of Midnight By Casey L. Bond

Title: Glamour of Midnight
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Publication Date: April 5th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:  Nineteen-year-old Karis has been blind since birth, but for some reason, she can see through the wall of smoke that separates the human lands from those of the Faeries that rule in grand courts on the other side. Most of the time, the only thing she can see on the other side of the wall is the swipe of a tail or the trailing of a bony hand along the surface. But one day, a handsome faerie appears and sweeps her away into his world—a world that is being ravaged by an evil so dark and deadly, she fears she may never see her home again. Loftin is a bounty hunter and he has been searching for Karis since she went missing from the Court of Ash. He needs to return her and collect the ransom. But the longer they travel together and the more he teaches her about what she is now able to see, the more difficult he finds the thought of letting her go. A fiery passion ignites between them, but with a monster tracking their every move, they must find a way to reach the Court of Ash before it kills them both.

There’re monsters everywhere, K. A wall of smoke doesn’t keep them from living among us.

Fairytale retelling are some of my favorite books to read. I always love to see an authors interpretation of the stories we’ve all grown up knowing. Glamour of Midnight takes the story of Snow White and turns it into something so fun an imaginative—and it has fae, what more could you want?! Fae is another one of my favorite types of books to read—they may even be my favorite supernatural being. 

The story starts off a bit slow but picks up more once Karis makes her way into Faery to save her friend, Iric. There’s so much going on once Karis meets Loftin and starts realizing that she’s not human, but fae—with powers that are strong enough to take over the Queen, Nemain. One thing I didn’t much care for was the POV of Loftin; considering he has secrets he can’t have get out, I would have liked it if we were surprised along with Karis once she figures it out. Karis is a character whose innocent, naive, and kind—just like Snow White. 

Despite my feelings about Loftin’s pov, I liked him. I loved seeing Faery from Bond’s perspective. It was haunting, scary, but had a certain beauty to it that made it realistic. I think this readers who like retelling, fae, and magical elements to their stories, will love this. It made me want to have a re-read of some of my other favorite fae stories like The Iron King by Julie Kagawa and The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. 

Your eyes are clear and bright, and your lips...” He shook his head. “I shouldn’t think about those. Your lips are pure torture to a fae male.

I personally enjoyed all the “monsters” aka unseelie that came upon Loftin and Karis. She was so trusting to a lot of stuff in Faery—growing up in the human world will do that to you—and there were several times that Loftin and Karis has to fight for their lives. I felt like the romance was a hit on the insta-love side but it never annoyed me like it usually does. I liked their instant connection and I rooted for them throughout! All in all, I loved the story and the characters that came along for the ride. 

*thank you to the author for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction. You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links: 
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