Publisher: Dial Books
Release Date: March 22, 2016
One-word Review: WHIMSICAL
Reading Tune: Where's My Love by Syml
The first time I slept with Poppy, I cried.
Wink Poppy Midnight was different. The story was unique and nothing I expected. The first book I read written by April Genevieve Tucholke was Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and, unfortunately, I was disappointed. Luckily, Wink Poppy Midnight was an improvement and I would be willing to read more by the author. I am a sucker for author redemption.
Wink Poppy Midnight pacing was not fast-paced but it was in time with the story. The story was a bobbing stream that merges with a raging river. That was how the plot unfolded. The story has a country charm to it and was filled with secrets, lies, twists and mischief. Wink Poppy Midnight has an ending you will not see coming. The world-building was decent - it was enough to draw me into the story and get lost inside. Furthermore, the writing was slightly similar to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea but more engaging. And strange. In a good way.
All in all, Wink Poppy Midnight was worth the read. Especially if you were a fellow reader who was put off by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Wink Poppy Midnight was a strange, country story filled with mischief.
The characters of Wink Poppy Midnight were lively and real. The dynamic was a strike and made for an interesting story. Definitely my favorite aspect of the story.
Wink Bell - The strange girl-next-door with a gaggle of siblings. Tucholke did a brilliant job capturing Wink's strangeness and conveying it on page.
Midnight Hunt - He was a curious character. As I write this review, I am still unsure if he was a believable teenage boy. Maybe that is because when I was a teenager I never met a boy who acted the way he did. Either way, as the main character, Midnight's character doesn't take away from the story.
After we slept together, I started crying. Just a little bit, just because my heart was so full, just a couple of small little tears. Poppy shoved me off, stood up, and laughed. It wasn't a nice laugh. - pages 10
Poppy - The epitome of the Evil Queen Bitch. Boy, Tucholke did write Poppy well. I will leave it at that.
April Genevieve Tucholke's debut novel, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was a 2014 YALSA Teens Top Ten nominee and received numerous starred reviews. Its sequel, Between the Spark and the Burn, was published in 2014. She is the anthologist for the YA horror/thriller anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, and her third novel, Wink Poppy Midnight will be released in 2016 from Dial/Penguin. Tucholke has lived all over the world and currently resides in Oregon with her husband Nate Pedersen.
***Check out April Genevieve Tucholke's website for more information about her and Wink Poppy Midnight: HERE