Review – 3 Minutes to Midnight

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3 Minutes to Midnight


Midnight Trilogy #1


L. M. Hatchell


Urban Fantasy


A small Dublin pub …
… holds the key to humanity’s survival.
Who will learn its secret?

Half vampire, half fae, Phoenix is an abomination in the eyes of the supernatural community. Screw them! She’s more than happy to play human in the cosy Irish pub she calls home.
At least until an annoying werewolf comes knocking.
Because Phoenix may be done with the supernatural world, but it’s not quite done with her.
Her birth has triggered a prophecy, and now the clock is ticking. Humanity will be the first to suffer for her existence.
Everything, and everyone, she loves is in danger, and as the body count rises Phoenix must learn to embrace the darkest parts of herself.
Or lose it all.


3.5stars rating

Was good, while Phoenix doesn’t really have a grasp of what the supernatural world is all about and what the current state of affairs is, we learn everything alongside her. This makes sure we don’t get an overload of information while the author is setting the stage for everything that follows. Scenes and environments were clear and well detailed.

Character development:

Was decent. Phoenix didn’t always make the right calls, but that’s only human… erm… you know what I mean! She wasn’t the damsel in distress, she can kick ass with the rest of them and she knows what she wants: to help. I would have liked to have known a bit more about Ethan’s life before he left the pack so I hope we read more about that in the next instalment. The rest of the cast feel somewhat superficial since we don’t know much about them at all. I would have liked them to be a bit more fleshed out.

Pacing & Flow:

Were good, though I have to admit it felt slower in the middle of the book. It dragged on a bit longer than necessary. That said, near the end, you just get caught up in all that is happening and before you know it its way past 2 am but you just have to finish it 😀

The book itself:

The book was well written with no (noticeable to me) errors, there is no sex described if that is important to you.

Final Thoughts:

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and all in all I enjoyed it! While it couldn’t really command my full attention during the middle part it was still a good first book in the series and I look forward to reading how the characters develop further in the next instalment! 🙂