Thursday 25 November 2021

The Midnight Girls

The Midnight Girls
by Alicia Jasinska (Penguin Random House) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781760894733

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

In a snow-covered kingdom, two wicked rivals secretly compete for the heart of a prince, only to discover they might be falling for one another. Zosia and Marynka are drawn to each other the moment they meet – until they discover they both have their sights set on the same thing – to literally take the prince’s heart from his chest as part of a deed. If one consumes a pure heart, she’ll gain immeasurable power. Marynka plans to take the prince’s heart back to her patron to prove herself, while Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for itself.

Their ambition turns into a magical contest, even as their attraction to one another grows. But their attempts on the prince’s life draws the attention of the city that would die for him, and their escalating rivalry might cost them not only their love for each other, but both their lives.

The Midnight Girls is a stunningly, clearly written YA page-turner with unique Polish folktale elements draw from the author’s heritage, woven into a richly imagined story with strong female protagonists and friendships and a developing lesbian romance undercurrent to it all.

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