Review: Midnight Burning

This is a great one if you love fantasy and mythology. By the way, LOVE the cover.

Midnight Burning


Solina Mundy lives a quiet life, running the family bakery in her small North Carolina hometown. But one night, she suffers a vivid nightmare in which a wolfish beast is devouring her twin brother, who lives in Alaska. The next morning, police notify her that Mani is dead. Driven to learn the truth, Solina heads for the Land of the Midnight Sun. Once there, she begins to suspect Mani’s friends know more about his death than they’ve let on. Skyla, an ex-Marine, is the only one willing to help her. As Solina and Skyla delve into the mystery surrounding Mani’s death, Solina is stunned to learn that her own life is tied to Mani’s friends, his death, and the fate of the entire world. If she can’t learn to control her newfound gifts and keep her friends safe, a long-lost dominion over mortals will rise again, and everything she knows will fall into darkness.

Length: 278 Pages

Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Release Date: May 13, 2015

About the Author

Karissa Laurel

Karissa Laurel lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.





I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by MIDNIGHT BURNING. I tend to be a bit wary when it comes to “the world is going to be destroyed” sort of stuff. But what I found instead was humor and heart that helped make the story a very enjoyable journey.

Karissa Laurel has a great sense of style, and I loved reading this book. Even though it reminded me of a grown up version of Percy Jackson at first, there were enough twists and turns, that by the end, I didn’t mind. Norse mythology was woven in expertly and kept me wanting more.

There were a couple instances where things didn’t make sense, and bothered me just enough that I feel I need to mention it. Solina, our main heroine, leaves for a week to Alaska to go through her murdered brother’s things. Instead of being gone one week, she is gone months. Most of that time she isn’t in communication with her family, and she treats it like it isn’t a huge deal. She assumes that her parents probably think she’s dead, and she figures that that is for the best. There is no mention of her parents sending out searches, no news bulletins, no “missing person” flyers at the sheriff’s office. I found with this relationship, as well as others, they left me feeling like, “Would they really do that?”

I also was a bit disappointed with the ending that Karissa left us with. It seemed…a bit slow and unfulfilling.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read and I am giving it 4 out of 5 Stars.

CONTENT (o being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 1

There was an occasional swear word, nothing too intense

Violence: 2

An occasional fight, but nothing too graphic

Sexual: 1

An occasional innuendo


Midnight Burning is available both digitally and in paperback. Click on the link below to purchase it through Amazon.