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Midnight Cravings: Book One of the Eternal Dead Seriesby Joelle Sterling
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The first book in a new trilogy is a supernatural fest with witches, vampires, and zombies in an urban setting.
Holland Manning has discarded the nerdy girl image for a bold and edgy look. This is the year that she’s finally going to fit in with the popular kids and snag her long-time crush, football star Jarrett Sloan. Holland’s mom claims to be a witch, but her spells often go awry and sometimes even backfire. When Holland asks her mother to cast a spell for her, strange things begin to occur, and Holland suspects that her mother may have mistakenly opened a portal that has unleashed menacing, dark forces.
Desperate to find a better life in America, seventeen-year-old Jonas embarks on a perilous voyage from Haiti to Miami—a voyage manned by a sadistic captain and fraught with superstitious hysteria and voodoo spells. When Jonas wakes up in Frombleton, GA, he realizes that he’s been changed. No longer a normal teenager, he’s become something unspeakably sinister— something undead!
Discovering her own powers of sorcery that have been laying dormant, Holland joins forces with Jonas and soon finds herself falling for him, despite the dark secret he keeps. Though woefully outnumbered, Holland and Jonas take on the dangerous mission of vanquishing the nest of vampires that are picking off the residents of Frombleton, one by one.
In this life or death clash between witches, vampires, and zombies, Midnight Cravings is a bone-chillingly scary tale of teenage angst and forbidden love.
"Sterling (a pen name for the prolific Allison Hobbs) may be aiming for a YA True Blood, packing this trilogy launch with varied supernaturals in a rural Southern setting, but it veers unsteadily in the direction of paranormal romance before crumbling under the weight of its sluggish pacing. Character development is supplanted by repetitive scenes and graceless writing, and by the time insecure teen witch Holland Manning finally stops reflecting on her pretty new haircut, and dreamily sensitive newly made zombie Jonas stops quivering in self-hatred and notices that his new vampire buddy Zac is a bad egg, the plot descends into chaotic flurries punctuated by dreary lulls. A seductive vampire family appears out of nowhere, a redneck farmer becomes a zombie and goes on a flesh-eating spree, Holland and Jonas meet and moon and meet and moon, and no one connects the dots. Plot threads are introduced and left dangling for sequels, but the real question is whether readers will even make it to the end of book one." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The first book in a new trilogy is a supernatural fest with teenage witches, vampires, and zombies in an urban setting.
With her acne under control, the braces off, and a new haircut, Holland Manning has discarded the nerdy girl image for a bold and edgy look. This is the year that she’s finally going to snag her long-time crush, football star Jarrett Sloan. But being realistic, how can a bookworm like Holland compete for Jarrett’s attention when Chaela Vasquez, his uber-gorgeous ex-girlfriend, is going full throttle to get him back?
Holland’s mom claims to be a witch, but her spells go awry and sometimes even backfire. Holland warily asks her mother to cast a love spell on Jarrett, and not surprisingly, the spell doesn’t work. But something strange is happening at home. Night after night, Holland awakens to flitting shadows outside of her bedroom window and eerie whispers, causing her to suspect that her mother may have mistakenly opened a pathway that unleashed something unspeakably sinister.
Discovering her own powers of sorcery that have been lying dormant, Holland sets off on a dangerous mission to vanquish the nest of teenage vampires that are picking off the students at her school, one by one.
About the Author
Joelle Sterling lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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