ARC Review: The Midnight Girls



SERIES: Standalone

REPRESENTATION: Polish-inspired, Sapphic



When I read THE DARK TIDE last year (Jasinska’s sapphic Tam Lin with witches) I loved the eerie and claustrophobic atmosphere woven throughout and the incredibly realistic feeling relationships between all the different characters.

THE MIDNIGHT GIRLS hits those same high notes and is even better!

It’s a tad less dark and eerie – even with the heart-stealing plotline – and instead reveals in the magical depiction of its snow-draped setting (influenced heavily by the historical Kingdom of Poland). The world the girls are racing through is vivid, with sleigh-rides, winter carnivals, and masked balls.

The plot is fast-paced and fun, a quick push-and-pull as the three girls try to outdo each other and retrieve the prince’s heart for their respective (cruel and dangerous) patron (White, Red and Black Jaga).

The girls — Beata, Marynka, and Zosia — themselves are also each a pleasure to experience. Jasinska has made each of them a complete unique personality driven by different goals (freedom, security, or respect) and different outlooks, but all understandable in their own ways. In their monstrous aspects of Morning, Midday, and Midnight they’re so fun to read about, wielding different powers and causing utter havoc.

After all this, perhaps my favourite thing about THE MIDNIGHT GIRLS is that all three are totally unrepentant. You want monster girls revealing in doing whatever they have to achieve their goal, while also showing incredibly strong female friendships? This book is for you.

THE MIDNIGHT GIRLS is an utter delight.

It’s Karnawał season in the snow-cloaked Kingdom of Lechija, and from now until midnight when the church bells ring an end to Devil’s Tuesday time will be marked with wintry balls and glittery disguises, cavalcades of nightly torch-lit “kuligi” sleigh-parties.

Unbeknownst to the oblivious merrymakers, two monsters join the fun, descending upon the royal city of Warszów in the guise of two innocent girls. Newfound friends and polar opposites, Zosia and Marynka seem destined to have a friendship that’s stronger even than magic. But that’s put to the test when they realize they both have their sights set on Lechija’s pure-hearted prince. A pure heart contains immeasurable power and Marynka plans to bring the prince’s back to her grandmother in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own.

When neither will sacrifice their ambitions for the other, the festivities spiral into a wild contest with both girls vying to keep the hapless prince out of the other’s wicked grasp. But this isn’t some remote forest village, where a hint of stray magic might go unnoticed, Warszów is the icy capital of a kingdom that enjoys watching monsters burn, and if Zosia and Marynka’s innocent disguises continue to slip, their escalating rivalry might cost them not just the love they might have for each other, but both their lives.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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