Middle Grade Madness will be a new feature here at Lilybloombooks, that showcases Middle Grade books! Reviews, Interviews, Guest posts and Giveaways.
I’m excited to share my thoughts on Andrew Brumbach’s debut middle-grade novel, The Eye of Midnight!
Before I share my thoughts, read a little bit about the book —The Eye of Midnight
by Andrew Brumbach
Published by Delacorte Press. Release date : March 8th, 2016
Genres: Historical, Middle Grade, Mystery/Thriller
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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On a stormy May day in 1929, William and Maxine arrive on the doorstep of Battersea Manor to spend the summer with a grandfather they barely remember. Whatever the cousins expected, Colonel Battersea isn’t it.
Soon after they settle in, Grandpa receives a cryptic telegram and promptly whisks the cousins off to New York City so that he can meet an unknown courier and collect a very important package. Before he can do so, however, Grandpa vanishes without a trace.
When the cousins stumble upon Nura, a tenacious girl from Turkey, she promises to help them track down the parcel and rescue Colonel Battersea. But with cold-blooded gangsters and a secret society of assassins all clamoring for the same mysterious object, the children soon find themselves in a desperate struggle just to escape the city’s dark streets alive.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Why did I pick it up?
Mystery + Historical = YES PLEASE!
Describe the book in 5 words
Exciting. Mysterious. Adventurous. Heartbreaking. Funny.
Who was your favorite character, and why?
I adored all the characters, especially Max. The story is told in 3rd person from William and Maxine’s POV, and both are equally great! While they do have a few things in common, they’re opposites and it was fun seeing Will bring Max out of her shell.
Who would LOVE The Eye of Midnight?
Anyone that loves mystery and adventure stories, with action too! I will say, however, that I would consider this one more mature Middle Grade, simply because of a few scenes towards the end of the book and the mystery aspect. It’s fun and riddled with riddles that probably wouldn’t hold interest for younger readers.
Are there Illustrations?
No – not really, however, there are fancy little chapter headers and a medallion for breaks within the story, though!
To conclude, I really liked The Eye of Midnight! I loved how the story progressed, the characters and of course, the mystery! Not to mention, the ending left a great set-up for the next book . I can’t wait to read it!