Monday, August 11, 2014

"Finding Midnight" by T. Lynne Tolles

Finding Midnight
(A Hellhound Tail Book 1)
by T. Lynne Tolles

Finding Midnight is the first in T. Lynne Tolles' new series, A Hellhound Tail. This book tour is brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by T. Lynne Tolles, please see my blog post on Blood Lust.

Life raising a hellhound is no easy task. Unforeseen problems can and will arise at every turn.  If things weren't crazy enough juggling a job, a blind dating a vampire and being stalked by a demon, then life in Paradise is about to get a whole lot worse for Summer when her landlord demands she unearth the RAT or the BROOM will have her head.
What does that even mean? Is the landlord insane? Summer's best friend Tori thinks so.  Top it off with a visit from a fallen angel, a dragon, and Summer's got herself a whopper of a mystery to solve.
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Some of my Favorite Lines
About her best friend Tori: "She's like a sister to me. The other girls used to tease us because we're so different, but I never saw it that way. She was my voice when I was too shy to say something and I was her conscience telling her to back off when she'd gone over the edge."
"She listened as the angry thunder continued grumbling at its lightning counterpart, like two quarreling siblings - thunder always getting in the last word."
Tori to Summer: "I swear you are the luckiest person alive. First you move into the coolest cottage ever nestled next to a graveyard, no less. You have a bad boy angel save you from what you think was a dragon, then you meet a demon? And adopt a hellhound? Nothing cool like that ever happens to me."
"The sun started to set, turning the sky from a clear light blue to a darker azure painted with long finger-like wisps of orange, yellow, and red clouds."
"It was such a smile as Summer had never seen. It lit up the room and a feeling of absolute comfort fell over her like a cozy warm blanket of light downy feathers covered in soft flannel fuzz."

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
When she turns twenty-one, Summer Raines leaves the orphanage where she was raised. Sister Mary Louise gives her a manila pouch that was with her when she was abandoned as a baby. Will the contents lead her to discover the truth about her ancestry?
Summer goes to live at the cottage adjacent to Midnight Manor, where she can stay for free in exchange for running errands for Ms Midnight and maintaining the overgrown herb garden. That's when strange things start to happen: Summer sees a dragon on her first night at the cottage, she meets a stranger who may know the secrets of her past, she finds out the garden is full of herbs used in witches' spells, she meets a demon, she rescues an orphaned animal, she finds out her best friend is dating a vampire, and Ms Midnight sends her on a strange mission. What is the enigmatic Ms Midnight hiding? Who lives in the run-down house next door, and what's with the fat cat Summer keeps seeing in the window? Who can summer really trust?
While entertaining and easy to read, there are a number of editing errors, including the misuse of words (e.g. dilated for deluded and lessens for lessons) and poorly phrased sentences. There is also too much exposition by a number of characters, giving convoluted and confusing back-story through speech; no one talks like that.
However, I loved the way everyone took the plethora of supernatural revelations in their stride. This is a fun read with a mix of humor, mystery, romance, and the supernatural. There is an interesting cast of paranormal characters including angels, demons, dragons, hellhounds, vampires, and witches, who I'm sure we'll see more of in future books.
Be warned: While one mystery is solved, many questions are left unanswered, and this book ends on a major cliff-hanger.

About the Author
T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.
Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

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