Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Published by: Black and White Publishing
Publication date: 18th April 2012
Genres: Young Adult/Paranormal/Fantasy
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Sarah Midnight's dreams are utterly terrifying. They are plagued by demons, but that isn't all; they come true. Sarah is the 'Dreamer' of the Midnight family, which means that her dreams - or shall we say nightmares - guide her parents' demon hunts. Sarah's parents rarely have time for her unless they're getting the gory but necessary details from one of her dreams, which is why at the age of seventeen, Sarah still doesn't know how to do any spells. Of course, her mother will have all the time in the world to teach her them! ...Wrong. After Sarah's parents' sudden death, she is pushed into a cruel world of death and fear, as she continues their 'Midnight Mission'. Young, alone and naive, it would be easy for her to make the wrong choices...but one wrong choice could mean instant death. Or a slow and painful one...
Okay, I'll be honest. This book freaked me out at some points. Partly because it's about demons that were so well described they seemed real, and partly because I was sat in my bedroom, on my own, in the dark at midnight. Probably not my best idea!
Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed by Aunt Juliette. She was quite prominent in the story at first, but as more characters were introduced she quickly faded into the background and only popped up once or twice later in the book. It felt like she had been forgotten about. To be honest I'm glad she didn't get in the way too much as I wanted Sarah and Harry to get on with their demon hunting, but at the same time I feel like it would have seemed more real if she had checked up on them more often.
There were about six or seven chapters from other POVs, for example Mike, Niall and Elise - other people who, like Harry, were protecting others. I didn't think these chapters were necessary to the story and they felt a bit like fillers. This book was around 400 pages long and, without the extra POVs I think it could have been a more bearable size and the story could have flowed better.
Sarah had OCD, which I liked. Wait...that came out wrong! Hear me out. I liked it because there aren't many books that deal with things like that. 'Dreams' didn't really go into it properly, but it was still there and I liked that sub-plot a lot.
Unfortunately, the novel ended with a cliffhanger which frustrated me. I was offered the next book in the trilogy from the publisher, but sadly I had to turn it down because of the amount of books I have to review. I suppose I'll never find out what happens next. :( However, I think this book was spectacular and it introduced me to a new genre, which it turns out I love! The writing was exquisite and I definitely recommend this. 3.5/5!