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I have yet to find a book series that can rival Kate Brian’s ‘Private’ and I just have one thing to say about this book, it’s no match.

The plot line is OK, except that there was really no substance to it. The ‘height’ of the book is supposedly when Jenny gets called for the DC meeting but it was kind of spread out too much. I like events snappy, like what happened in ‘Private’ when Thomas died. The climax was boring and not exciting at all, I mean didn’t Easy already think that since he was a legacy, even if he did do something bad, that he wouldn’t be expelled? Come on, I knew that.

Then there was the bad writing. I don’t know if the bad plot heightened the bad writing but I swear, if Cecily von Ziegesar writes like this, I don’t wanna read Gossip Girl.

And then the fact that Jenny was assigned to the boys dorm wasn’t elaborated. It would’ve been better if she had spent the night there or something, that would give the story more kick and excitement.

This story needs a better climax. Like someone getting expelled, killed or Jenny suffering a lot. And it would’ve been nice if the other characters got into more trouble. If Eric had rejected Brett’s advances every time but the last time he finally agreed, I would’ve liked that.

Then Callie and Easy.. they’re too boring. Callie forcing Jenny to lie for her and sending her free stuff? I would’ve wanted her to channel some Noelle Lange bitch-ness by blackmailing, beating up, ordering and threatening her way into everything, it’s more cruel and makes for a much better plotline!

So that’s it, I will not be looking out for any more books by this author, she writes too shallow. I don’t like shallow, I like the Kate Brian/Scott Westerfeld kind of writer. I like a writer who makes great plot lines an writes amazingly, who, from the start writes masterpieces, someone who makes writing seem effortless, who makes readers want to write their own stories after reading one page and I didn’t get that with Cecily von Ziegesar.


AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I’m in love with this series, seriously! I finished it like 3 hours ago but right now I’m still kinda shocked at what happened and I never expected it! For a while I thought that they were really going to tell the whole town everything, but apparently, they didn’t. I absolutely adore the ending though, although I’m a little sad for Jessica.

So the random blue time comes because the scope is expanding but weakening. Daylighters can actually get into the blue time? Whoa. Cool.

That word for halloween is Celtic? Whoa once again. Scott Westerfeld ROCKS!

So that’s why the Grayfoots(correct me if I’m wrong..) are moving. Although it’s kinda strange that Constanza is being offered a part in a TV show just to get her out of Bixby? And her grandfather wants to get out of Broken Arrow ‘coz he KNOWS the blue time is expanding? Seriously, I need answers and I need answers now.

My review now is kinda short, but I can tell you one thing, I LOVE THE ENDING! The fireworks and the fact that Jessica made sparks? Plus she protected Beth, how sweet! But putting her hand in the bolt of lighting was the coolest part, except that she now lives in blue time, so she only exists one hour every twenty-five. It’s kinda sad what happened to her family, her mother and father grieving and Beth wanting answers, I can’t help but feel sorry for her.

I WANT A NEXT BOOK! Mainly because I have so many unanswered questions, and I really want to read more Scott Westerfeld stuff!

PS: I’m currently reading ‘The It Girl’ so watch out for my review!

YES! I absolutely ADORE this book, it’s great. First five chapters? Amazing!

That random blue time is cool. I mean, in the middle of a pep rally it comes? Whoa. But like them, I wonder why time didn’t stop.

Rex, jealous if Jonathan? When did that happen? Oh. Right. 

All the stuff they find out in Madeleine’s house is kinda freaking me out. I mean, I know she’s an old midcaster and all but I’ve got this funny feeling that something’s gonna go wrong somewhere.

The girl who was frozen in the blue time was cool. I have a feeling she’s gonna show up somewhere later.

The blue time expanding? Again, I applaud Scott Westerfeld, he thinks about everything!


The first book in the Midnighters series has not failed to impress, Scott Westerfeld has once again created a timeless masterpiece. The book is pretty much everything Scott Westerfeld is a writer, he fused fantasy with real life, he made this story believable yet still with that element that will keep you at the edge of your seat, waiting for the next thing to happen, and he does it in 297 pages.

I love how he puts in the tiniest of details, like thirteen-letter words and what those darklings actually look like, how he makes fantasy real, even if it’s just for the time you’re reading the book. He makes his readers imagine with those small details, it’s like you can see the place in your mind and yet you know he’s holding something back for the later parts. 

The amount of thought he put into this book must’ve been overwhelming. While I was reading the book, I was wondering how he thought of all those thirteen-letter words because there were some of them that I never even knew had thirteen letters, most probably because I don’t really count how many letters there are in a word or phrase.

The over-all concept of midnight freezing for an hour and letting all these darklings come out still amazes me. What if it was true? What if people who were born at the stroke of midnight were really able to see things other people can’t?

That’s another thing I love about Scott Westerfeld, it’s so realistic that it makes you wonder if it could be true, if the city in ‘Uglies’ could really exist and if in the future, you were really made pretty when you turned sixteen, if the vampires in ‘Peeps’ really do exist in the sewerage and if the things in ‘So Yesterday’ could actually happen.

The end of the book makes you want more, it makes you want more at that very moment. It keeps you on your toes, waiting until you can get your hands on the next book and I can’t wait myself. I’ll be getting the sequel within this week, if not, I’m gonna go crazy, seriously.

All in all, this book is a masterpiece, it’s every Scott Westerfeld fan’s dream and most of all, all three books are already out and available at my local bookstore, so there’s no more waiting for the next book, I just get it and read. Done deal.


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