Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book Review: Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Burning Midnight
By Will McIntosh
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher
Seventeen-year-old David Sullivan’s life is about to change—all because of one tiny, priceless item found in the murky bottom of a Brooklyn water tower.

Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much—Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers—but it helps him and his mom make rent.

No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the more expensive—and the greater the improvement.

When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold—a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.

There’s no question the Gold is worth millions, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they’re here.

When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was very excited because it sounded unique and looked like it would be full of action and magic. While there was definitely some fantasy in this book, I found it lacking in the intense action and mystery that I wanted. 

Seventeen-year-old Sully is trying to make a living selling spheres, globes that give you certain abilities when burned as a pair. Sully would love to burn a pair himself, but he can't give up the money they could earn him to help out his mom. When Sully meets Hunter, a girl who has trained herself to find spheres where no one else has looked, Sully convinces her to team up and look for spheres together. Little does Sully know, he and Hunter are about to make the discovery of their lives. 

Like I said, the premise of this story sounded so cool. Could you imagine being able to give yourself the ability to be more athletic, or smarter, or better looking? Heck, there are even spheres that just make it easier to sleep when you normally can't. While the spheres sound good in theory, that means anyone can be the best at anything, which makes the world pretty complicated. With Sully being a hunter of these spheres, the beginning of this book was a bit boring and I didn't really care bout his story until he met Hunter. She brought in a bit more adventure and intrigue, but even then I wasn't as invested in this story as I wanted to be. 

When Hunter showed up, things were still a little slow going as they searched for spheres where no one else had searched yet. But when they found the sphere of all spheres, things picked up fast and too much happened much to soon in my opinion. Their whole world was turned completely upside down and not a whole lot was explained. 

What sounded like a promising book fell flat for me in both pacing and action. Things were too slow and then became too fast and I just couldn't keep up. I had more and more questions as the story went on and I lost any real interest in the story. The story was just okay, but if you're looking for some cool fantasy and heart-pumping action, I would skip Burning Midnight.


  1. Yeahh, this had potential but it was just so boring to me. The ending was interesting and weird, the story too, but it all kind of fell flat.

  2. I'm sad to see that the pacing and action were bit of a let down. I'm picking this one up next, so I'm hoping I'll be able to look past that.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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