Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thirteen Days To Midnight by Patrick Carman

Release Date: April 12, 2010 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (although I just checked and it's In Stock at Amazon, so you don't even have to wait!!)

Source: From Publisher


You are indestructible. Three whispered words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding that changes everything. At first, Jacob is hesitant to use the power, unsure of its implications. But there's something addictive about testing the limits of fear.

Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests that they use the power to do good, to save others. But with every heroic act, the power grows into the specter of a curse. How to decide who lives and who dies?

In this nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue, Jacob must walk the razor thin line between right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death. And time is running out. Because the Grim Reaper doesn't disappear. . . . He catches up.

Wowza!! I've been in a reading slump lately. There's a lot going on with work and school, then I went on vacation and it was just hard to get back into the swing of things. I picked up a few books, but nothing really caught my attention. Then I remembered I had the new Patrick Carman. Carman has never disappointed me, so I picked it up and gave it a go....and as I said before Wowza! This book is fan-freakin-tastic! It captured me from page one and held onto to me until I turned the last page. It's been awhile since a book took me for a ride like this one and it felt good to be eagerly page-turning again.

I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that I loved the premise of this book. It had a wonderfully dark feel to it that is different from earlier Carman books. It's more Skeleton Creek than Land of Elyon, and hey, I am happy either way. This is his first foray into the world of YA and I don't think he'll have any trouble capturing the YA audience. This book has everything: action, adventure, romance, supernatural really can't go wrong.

The main character Jacob is incredibly likable and sympathetic and with his best friend Milo, they just become those kids you'd have fun hanging out with in and away from school. When strangeness starts to happen in their lives, you are just as surprised and curious as they are, which makes each new spin simply amazing. And who hasn't dreamed of having some superpower?! With this book you get to experience that not always pleasant feeling through the eyes of someone living with a power.

It's no secret that I love Patrick Carman's books. Every time I turn around he's throwing something new into the mix, which makes reading each new book a complete thrill. As I said before, he has yet to disappoint me and with this new book, he's taken it to a whole new level. If you haven't read Carman before, now's the perfect time to hop aboard. I promise it'll be one hell of a ride.


  1. I am so happy to hear this is good. The cover caught my eye today. I am going to pick it up tomorrow

  2. So glad to hear you liked this book! It's coming up in my TBR pile, can't wait to read it!

  3. I'm right there with you! I love Patrick Carman - he has never let me down! Thirteen Days To Midnight was a gem! Glad you enjoyed it as well.

  4. This sounds so wonderful! I havent heard of this but glad I have now.

  5. I'll have to keep my eye out for this one, when it's released!! I have read one other book by him and I enjoyed it XD

  6. Awesome - glad you liked it! He's coming to a bookstore really close to me in April. I WILL be there!!! :)

  7. This sounds like a great book! I've never read anything by this author, but I'll definitely look out for him :)

  8. Thanks for the review! I heard about this book when I was looking at upcoming releases. From the summary, I thought it seemed good, and I'm glad your review states the same thing!