Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the arc of Almost Midnight by C.C. Hunter! The beginning narrates Della’s turn into a vampire, how her cousin Chan helped her and the reaction of her family. The second story is about how Della met Steve and the beginning of their relationship. The third story introduces Chase’s family before the fatal airplane accident and how Chase turned into a vampire. The fourth story is about Miranda, her mother and Tabitha and the witch competition Miranda and Tabitha are taking place in. The fifth and last story is about Fredericka, a were who was raised with Lucas’ pack. The Fredericka story ended the book perfectly with heart warming romance. These stories are fun insights into the Shadow Falls characters and can be read after Eternal and before Unspoken without spoilers!
What a great start to a new series! This sneak peek of an interesting world and dynamic characters feels like a more mature Princess Academy (Shannon Hale) and is similar to The Selection by Kiera Cass because of the competition and etiquette training. The sneak peek ends at an intense part and I definitely want to finish the book! Adelaide will soon be forced into an unwanted marriage. To avoid this, she takes the place of her house servant in attending The Glittering Court; a place that trains young women to be sold to the highest bidder. These young women are taught etiquette and dancing and given an education to prepare them for marriage to a man who is well off. Along the way, Adelaide learns some mysterious things about Cedric, the young man who set up the contract with her house servant.
The sneak peek was quite a chunk of the book, enough that I grew to care about the characters and now I am anticipating the release so I can read the rest!