Three Kisses, One Midnight
- Author: Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye
- Genre: YA Romance
- Publication Date: August 30, 2022
- Publisher: Wednesday Books
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon craft a spellbinding novel about discovering the magic of true love on one fateful, magical night in Three Kisses, One Midnight.
The town of Moon Ridge was founded 400 years ago and everyone born and raised there knows the legend of the young woman who perished at the stroke of twelve that very same night, losing the life she was set to embark on with her dearest love. Every century since, one day a year, the Lady of Moon Ridge descends from the stars to walk among the townsfolk, conjuring an aura upon those willing to follow their hearts’ desires.
“To summon joy and love in another’s soul
For a connection that makes two people whole
For laughter and a smile that one can never miss
Sealed before midnight with a truehearted kiss.”
This year at Moon Ridge High, a group of friends known as The Coven will weave art, science, and magic during a masquerade ball unlike any other. Onny, True, and Ash believe everything is in alignment to bring them the affection, acceptance, and healing that can only come from romance—with a little help from Onny’s grandmother’s love potion.
But nothing is as simple as it first seems. And as midnight approaches, The Coven learn that it will take more than a spell to recognize those who offer their love and to embrace all the magic that follows.
While I’m only familiar with one of the authors contributing to this book, I had high hopes. After reading two of the series that Roshani Chokshi has written, I have come to really enjoy her style of writing, and the way that she creates diverse characters in complex and compelling stories, and was really looking forward to seeing more of that in this paranormal romance. However, this wasn’t exactly what I found in this book.
I’ve read a lot of heavy books lately, so the addition of some fluff to my reading was very welcome. The story itself is lighthearted and fun, and I found it easy to read. However, it came across as especially juvenile and wasn’t as compelling as I would have liked, particularly Chokshi’s story.
The characters did grow on me, and I loved the fact that I didn’t have to include any trigger warnings. I did enjoy the way that they each approached life so differently, yet found commonalities and accepted each other unconditionally. And while the romance was definitely predictable, there’s something so comforting about knowing that there is going to be a happy ending and just sitting back and watching it all play out. The addition of the paranormal aspect and the lore of Moon Ridge was another intriguing aspect of the story.
While I definitely didn’t think that this was an amazing book, it was an enjoyable short read that was fluffy and fun. It was the perfect read between deeper subject matter, and gave my poor overwhelmed brain a break from both life and heavy books, and would be a great book to read during spooky season, especially for younger readers. There isn’t anything scary, and it’s a clear book with nothing in the way of content warnings aside from very minor violence (pushing), so it could be a great book for younger YA readers with a great mix of friendship, paranormal happenings, and a hint of romance (just kissing).
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