Thursday, November 7, 2013

November Novellas #7: Review and Giveaway: The First Midnight Spell by Claudia Gray


It’s that time of year again! I absolutely adore novellas, short stories, and anthologies! They are fun and fast reads, and some are very easy on the pocketbook if not FREE. Some are essential to the series, some are great for catch-up between novels, and some… well, some will have you scratching your head wondering, “What’s the point in this?” as well as questioning the hefty price! This month, I’m going to be bringing you some novella and short story deals and steals as well as highlighting my favorites and letting you know which ones to grab up and which ones you might want to pass up. I’ll have spotlights, reviews, guest reviews, and giveaways.


Title: The First Midnight Spell
(A Spellcaster Novella)
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Published: November 5, 2013
Purchase:  Amazon  |  B&N

In this suspenseful companion novella to New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's Spellcaster, learn the tragic origins of the dark witch Elizabeth.

It's 1695, and Elizabeth Cooper is a young witch in Fortune's Sound, Rhode Island. She spends her days perfecting spells with the local coven and dreaming about one day marrying Nat Porter. But Nat is the son of Widow Porter, another witch and the leader of their coven. According to the First Laws of the Craft, Elizabeth is strictly forbidden to marry him.

Elizabeth never imagined dabbling in the dark arts, bringing herself close to serving the One Beneath. But as she feels Nat slipping away from her, she will do anything to secure his love. How much harm could she do with one single spell, even if it is black magic?


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"We possess a power no man can ever share or understand, 
and they respond to this in one way only:  
They destroy us."

Steadfast (Spellcaster, #2)Spellcaster (Spellcaster, #1)


Holy spell-casting cannoli!  This novella was so good!  I haven’t read very many books about witchcraft, and this prequel novella has me craving the rest of the Spellcaster series.




The year is 1695 and Elizabeth Cooper is a promising young witch who shows incredible potential.  Her mind is always filled with creating new spells; but there is one person who she devotes just as many of her thoughts to, and that person is Nathaniel Porter.  She has loved him for so many years; but sadly, he barely spares her a glance whenever they pass each other in town.  That should be a good thing, considering that Nat’s mother is the coven leader and one of the most powerful rules they must adhere to, according to the First Laws of the Craft, is that no witch can ever marry the son of a witch.  But there is something dark inside of Elizabeth; and when she hears that Nathaniel has fallen for a young woman in a nearby town, she decides that rules be damned – she will make him her own even if it means dabbling in a bit of black magic. After all, they can live happily ever after once they elope, and no one will ever be the wiser. But at what cost to poor Nathaniel? And at what cost to Elizabeth herself?

"She didn't know the first thing about love, 
if she thought it could be set aside so easily."

This short tale is so suspenseful and intriguing that I can’t imagine anyone reading this prequel and not wanting to immediately pick up book one in the Spellcaster series.  Bravo to Ms. Gray – I am completely engrossed, and though The First Midnight Spell should have taught me a lesson… I might be a bit obsessed.

Bottom Line:  $1.99 is a fair price for an estimated 98 pages, and the incredible story made it worth every penny.  A definite must-read!  I'm going to give away a copy of this book to two lucky winners, so fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win.
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