A Beautiful And Suspenseful Tale By A Master American Novelist, The Midnight Twins Tells The Story Of Mirror Twins Born On Either Side Of Midnight After A Mysterious And Nearly Fatal Fi Re On Their Thirteenth Birthday, Meredith And Mallory Brynn Begin Having Visions Mallory Can See Into The Past, Meredith Can See Into The Future But It Will Take Both Of Them To Save Their Town From A Great Evil That Is, If Their Unique Powers Don T Destroy Them Fi Rst Meredith and Mallory Brynn, are mirror twins born on either side of midnight one New Year s Eve After a mysterious fire on their 13th birthday they both start seeing images one from the past and one from the future This causes great strife between the girls who are quite different from one another As they unravel these images and learn to believe in them and in each other, a boy they ve known their entire lives will threaten it once and for allI started out quite liking the girls even though there is this odd narrator type telling, a quasi third person sort of POV that was hard to get used to The girls abilities are quite fascinating in a very extreme version of what most identical twins experience The telepathy was particularly cool I liked how events opened up the fire was sudden and abrupt and both girls were so in the moment The odd narrative style worked quite well through here as a way to continue to setup and reveal even as events were getting under way quickly.I could tell that the author was a good writer who understands words and storytelling I appreciated how she used dialogue, like between Eden and Mallory, to reveal Mallory s future ability The conversation read very natural and we gained insight into Mallory s POV Many other situations flowed like this I particularly loved Mallory out of the two twins I liked her relationship with their childhood friend too and how she hasn t realized that it could be quite yet which is good since she is only 13 years old To be frank, Merry felt the contrived of the two sisters She seemed to deliberately choose to misunderstand and to put herself in danger when it wasn t necessary She fought the realization of what they could do it just felt like deliberately oppositeness with no context I quite got sick of her whining and teenageness I don t know though that Merry was a bad character, maybe she was just too teenage to me whereas Mallory was the mature sister.The adults particularly the grandmother really pissed me off Her granddaughters could have died and not due to anything except neglect by an adult in the know Especially knowing her son would not believe the girls to help them if they got in a pinch Things just niggled at me about the book keeping it from a 5 star The end was a cop out to me I didn t hate it but I d have rathered the scum go to jail parents who raise serial killers with no self awareness of their own part shouldn t be kept from the truth BOTTOM LINE Real teenage twins and just as confusing but a compelling mystery. I have to say, I was extemely disappointed in this book I ve read All We Know of Heaven by the same author, and loved it But The Midnight Twins did nothing for me Absolutely nothing I had to force my way through it actually I was about half way through it and was getting pretty fed up, but I figured, it s a waste to read half a book and not finish it and be able to review it.It s an interesting premise, if not completely original A pair of twins are in a life threatening accident, this being a fire, they get super powers, they try to save their town from something horrible It could have been good I really think it could have.But it fell flat The twins are just blah, mostly Mostly unoriginal identical twins who are complete opposites They also have telepathy before the fire, and after the fire they have powers to see I didn t feel at all linked to them or sympathize with any of the characters really.I also found that at times, it was all very disjointed Scenes skipped around The narration went from head to head though always in third person and I was confused who was thinking what at points And a lot of the expressions were weird, with phrases not making any sense to me The novel was kind of like ladeeda, we re twins with telepathy omg, fire we have super powers whatever, let s do some cheerleading wait, can we really see the past and future I don t understand I foresee that there is a killer on the loose blahblahblah I was never too sure if the twins believed in their powers or not Sometimes one did, sometimes the other did, and it s not until the very very end that they re both like, We Have Powers To Save the World.On the plus side, it did get pretty intense at the climax That was well done And I quite liked the problem the twins have to face.Although on another bad note The twins kept complaining how they didn t like their powers because it made them feel like grown ups But then they complain they re too young And just, baah I give up. Meredith and Mallory Brynn are identical twins born on different days Meredith was born at 11 59 P.M on December 31st and Mallory was born at 12 01 A.M on January 1st of the next year Merry and Mally share many of the things that other twins do like a special language, sympathy pains, and telepathy No matter how much they share with each other and how identical they look, they do have differences Merry is the head cheerleader and Miss Popularity whereas Mally is all business She is a jock and prefers to spend time alone.The Brynn twins are known and loved all throughout town but even so after a New Year s Eve disaster While babysitting their little brother and cousins, a mysterious fire breaks out that nearly takes the twins lives The physical devastation is nothing compared to the emotional damage they endure Merry and Mally notice they don t dream the same dreams after the fire and begin seeing visions Mally sees things that are going to happen and Merry sees what has already happened The girls begin to get disturbing visions of a long time family friend which end up putting them in an extremely dangerous situation They must rely on their special gifts to survive.THE MIDNIGHT TWINS is a fascinating novel The first two chapters were hard to get into because of the detailed explanation of the twins and their gifts but once you get to the night of the fire, the story really takes the reader on an emotional ride. on sale 7 3 08 young adult fictionMitchard is a rare breed of writer who can capture the emotions and hearts of both the adult fiction and the teen fiction world She s the author of the tearjerking Deep End of the Ocean, among many other books I agree with the publisher that this book is a 12 and up it deals with some fairly violent themes as the book goes on but the story is gripping and suspenseful and easily kept THIS adult s attention in fact there were points where I couldn t turn the pages fast enough.This is the story of Mally and Merry, identical twins who, on the eve of their 13th birthday, discover there is to their minds and talents than just being able to communicate with each other telepathically not unheard of in twins, especially identicals These new talents begin to tear their lives apart as they pull away from each other trying to deal with and or deny them But they are a part of a generations old tradition of powerful women and what is required of them cannot be avoided or denied and it s very nearly the death of them.The story is tight for the vast majority of the book my only gripe is with the last chapter Mitchard becomes a bit ham handed trying to tie up too many loose ends and give the reader the back stories of too much My best guess is she s trying to lay the groundwork for a follow up novel with these characters, but it was done in such a below par way I was severely disappointed it was tedious and anticlimatic For that reason alone I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Jacquelyn Mitchard s first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was named by USA Today as one of the ten most influential books of the past 25 years second only to the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling but second by a long shot, it must be said The Deep End of the Ocean was chosen as the first novel in the book club made famous by the TV host Oprah Winfrey, and transformed into a feature film p
- 236 pages
- The Midnight Twins
- Jacquelyn Mitchard
- 13 July 2018 Jacquelyn Mitchard