When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.
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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala
In this first book in the Midnight Fire Series, Kira moved to Charleston with her mom, dad and little sister, but she has been attending private school in New York for the last four years. She didn’t meet anyone when home for the summer. So her first day at the local high school is a bit nerve wracking. Fortunately fellow student, Luke Bowrey, takes pity on her and becomes her guide in the maze of hallways. He also saves her at lunch, introducing her to the other new students that came before her. They all become fast friends. Kira’s new friends give her the lay of the land, pointing out certain groups at school including the misfits. This group keeps to themselves, yet one catches Kira’s interest, Tristan. He appears the tortured bad boy and different from the other three in the group.
Tristan’s interest is also peaked when it comes to Kira but he knows they can’t be together. He has secrets that he is hiding. They all include Luke. Kira can feel it but doesn’t know what. She gets a weird feeling in class when she and Tristan get into an argument. Then when she and Tristan are confronted by the rest of his group later, the world changes for Kira. She learns the secrets that everyone has been keeping, even those about her. She is shocked and her world will never be the same.
I liked this story. It starts out mysterious with the misfit group and their secrets. The author hints at things as the story unfolds. Kira knows something is up just as the reader is. You enter this journey with Kira as both character and reader try to figure out what is going on.
When the secrets come out, it wasn’t what I expected. It is a twist on the vampire/vampire hunter storyline. The author added some different ideas to a classic battle. Kira is the innocent heroine and Diana is an excellent villain. The author went all out with the mean girl attitude. She is a good character to hate. The battle of good versus evil is clearly drawn between the two groups. Tristan is the wild card. You aren’t sure which direction he is going to go. I like that he is trying to protect Kira but the author clearly shows how hard his fight will be.
Kira and her friends are awesome characters. Everyone needs friends like them. Tristan is the tortured character everyone wants to save. Then Diana, John and Jerome are the ones to hate. It was a great read and I can’t wait to read the next book. I give this story a 4 out of 5.