Monday, March 24, 2014

ARC Review: The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

Title: The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: March 11th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Historical, Drama
Medium: ARC Paperback via Publisher

This novel was an amazing, descriptive, richly written novel full of paranormal fantasy, sweet romance, and dramatic historical fiction. It was a romance set in the Civil War, with a slight touch of fantasy, and quickly became one of my favorite novels of the year. It was interesting, unique, and full of depth. A novel people of all ages will enjoy.

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest. All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother. 
When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion. 
Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves. From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.” -From

The plot of this novel was very interesting. I'll be honest, I haven't read many historical novels this year (let alone ever) but this novel seriously renewed my love for historical novels. This is a perfect example of one of those historical novels that is educating without becoming boring or disinteresting. This novel keeps the action coming and keeps you turning pages way into the night. The setting of the Civil War is highly addicting, what with the hoop skirts and frilly dresses for the female readers, and the background of the war and fighting for male readers. Overall, anyone can read this novel and enjoy it tremendously. It was interesting, funny, dramatic, and simply a delight to read.

The characters were all unique and interesting to read from. They all mingled together in this wonderful story without a hitch. The main character, Violet, over time became an independent woman, and found her own way as she was forced with many hardships and difficulties. It was very easy to relate to her. I personally fell on love with Thomas's character. He was strong, protective, handsome, and brave, and I think all reader will connect with him and Violet.

The writing in this novel was spectacular. It was erudite and interesting, and matched the plot and tone of the novel perfectly. The writing was very original and simple. It made me feel like the author writes true, writes from her heart, because this novel does not seem fake or put-on in any way. That is one of the best things of this novel. The trueness and simplicity of the writing. It flows, it's interesting, and one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read.

Overall, this novel was thoughtful, interesting, romantic, dramatic, and just simply amazing. I loved the topic of the Civil War, especially the southern viewpoint and setting of the novel. I also loved th  insightful characters, the interesting plot, perfect dialogue, and true writing. Put all of those things together and you have an amazing novel sure to delight readers of all kinds. I definitely recommend this novel to everyone.

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