Author: Charlaine Harris
Title: Midnight Crossroad
Series: Midnight Texas 1
Pairing: M/F, M/M
Rating: Three Petals
On the Author's Website:
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...
Manfred is a psychic who has moved to Midnight to start a new life. All he needs is his computer and people will come to him for psychic advice. The only problem is, he is the least odd person living in Midnight and when magic collides bad things tend to happen.
I admit I picked up this book after seeing the previews for the new TV series based on this book. I was hesitant to do so because I was worried that having read the books first would ruin the TV version for me. One of the reasons I couldn't watch True Blood, the TV series based on another of Harris' series, was because of how much it butchered the original material from the books. After reading Midnight Crossroad, I have to say I'm kind of hoping the TV series does butcher these books.
Overall I found Midnight Crossroad to be very difficult to read, yet very interesting at the same time. The writing style was painful at times, often switching tenses and points of view without warning. I had a lot of trouble simply reading this book. I was also disappointed with the magic. Manfred is supposed to be this awesome psychic, yet we don't really see him actually using his powers. That said, I started this book early one afternoon and finished it sometime the next morning. Despite all the downsides to the overall book, the intricacies of the plot were still so interesting I couldn't put it down.
I will only recommend this book to readers that have the patience to navigate through the very difficult writing style and who don't mind that the promise of magic in the book never comes true. I did like the overall plot and I enjoyed the book, but those shortcomings are enough that I simply can't recommend this book to everyone.
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