Review & Contest: AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lynn Viehl

Ready for some YA this Sunday? I’m giving away a copy of the new book by Lynn Viehl, After Midnight. Think mysterious boys riding horses at midnight, romance, ancient rivalries.

THE OFFICIAL BLURB: Sophomore Catlyn Youngblood is used to the nomadic existence she and her two older brothers have shared since the death of their parents. When they settle down for good in the sleepy backwoods town of Lost Lake, Florida, Cat thinks they might finally fit in. Instead, they’re shunned by the locals. While riding her horse late one night, Cat meets an enigmatic and handsome boy named Jesse Raven. Even more strange than her overpowering attraction to him is Jesse’s apparent aversion to the sun. As their attraction intensifies, long-kept secrets come to light. Cat learns that the Ravens are a centuries-old vampire clan . . . and worse still, that she and her brothers are descendents of Abraham Van Helsing, the world-famous vampire hunter. Mortal enemies by blood, the two families do all they can to keep them apart. But Cat and Jesse will risk everything to be together—including death.

MY THOUGHTS: One of the official blurbs for this first in a new series by veteran author Lynn Viehl called it a cross between Twilight and Romeo and Juliet, and that’s pretty spot-on, I think. I was having serious Twilight flashbacks in the very beginning, what with the loner girl heading to her new school, complete with disastrous lunchroom scene. Ho-hum.
            But then the plot begins a slow twist into something deeper and more interesting than girl-loves-vampire. Cat is the descendant of an infamous vampire hunter, for one thing, with her own interesting family history she’s trying to unravel even as she falls for mysterious Jesse Raven, a pale, black-haired boy who (like Cat) loves to ride his horse after midnight.
            Ultimately, the Twilight comparison isn’t fair. Viehl takes readers deeper into the question of identity and belonging, family loyalty and the power of love. Oh yeah, that’s the Romeo and Juliet thing.
            After Midnight is a good, quick read. Jesse won’t send hearts a’flutter like Edward, nor will he send other teeth a’grinding. And that’s a good thing. Cat’s a likeable, down-to-earth teen heroine with a couple of Very Interesting older brothers. Don’t know what’s coming up next in this series, but I hope it’s the story of Cat’s sexy older brother Gray, a mystery himself.
Want to win a copy of After Midnight? Tell me your favorite: Twilight, or Romeo and Juliet? I’ll go with the morbid R&J, I think. Yeah, so, everybody dies (not everyone can glitter!). You know the drill: +1 for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Fly!

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

17 thoughts on “Review & Contest: AFTER MIDNIGHT by Lynn Viehl

  1. I love Lynn Viehl, and this “descendant of vampire hunter” just sold this book to me :)It goes on my TBR list. Romeo & Juliette any time *sparkly vegetarian vampires are difinetely not my type*
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  2. This was already on my TBR. It sounds good.

    I like Romeo & Juliet and Twilight. Love can’t always be easy.

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  3. It did sound like twilight from the blurb. I loved twilight so it would be fine with me if it were somewhat the same but with a different twist. I like the whole meeting at night on horses =) I’d love to win this and I’ll be adding it to my TBR list so I don’t forget. Thanks Suzanne.
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  4. After Midnight sounds good. I like both Twilight and Romeo and Juliet. They are different type stories and eras, written with the sensibilities of the time they are written. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Both are good in their own way.

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  5. I just finished reading Romeo and Juliet again this morning, so what a weird but nice coincidence that you asked this question! I loved Twilight but nothing compares to Romeo and Juliet! I like to read it out loud to my 4 year old – he doesn’t get it, but it is so much more meaningful when it is read out loud, and he likes me reading anything to him, so we’re both happy. A little book worm in the making!
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    Thanks for a great question and a great giveaway!

  6. This sounds like a great book. I would love to win it!
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  7. This sounds fun and interesting, thanks for the giveaway.

    Romeo and Juliet of course!

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  8. I like R&J, but love Twilight. This sounds like a great read

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