Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Midnight Everlasting
Author: S.M. Stelmack
Series: The UnderCity Chronicles #2
Heroine/Hero: Zephanie Sweetly/Thomas Coyle
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 325 Pages
Release Date: June 25, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When a brutal massacre rocks London’s underworld, Zephanie Sweetly must uncover why the legendary Rawheads have suddenly reappeared, shattering the age old truce with her bloodline.
Ten years ago Thomas Coyle’s son disappeared, the trail leading beneath the city’s streets to a shadow world ruled by secret clans.
Now, bound by the prophesy of an ancient lineage, the two must fight their way through a web of lies to save those they love from the wrath of an unknown enemy. But sometimes the deadliest enemies are the ones closest to our hearts.
London’s Rat Queen arises, and it’s time to pay the piper.
I have no words for this book. Seriously, I don’t even know what to say or how to explain what this book was like or even how much it consumed my life for a day. It’d be like trying to explain what a cake tastes like to someone who can’t taste. It’s just so hard to describe how amazing it was! I’ll do my best to try, though.
Zephanie Sweetly knows everything about London’s underworld. Or at least she thought she did. When the myths of the Rawheads turns real and massacres her business and some of her family, Zephanie’s left with a decision: leave well enough alone and move on or do her best to find out why they were targeted. In Zephanie’s mind, there’s only one choice especially when one of her customers was kidnapped during the massacre. To find the missing woman, Zephanie will need the help of Thomas Coyle, the best and most experienced investigator when it comes to missing people.
Unfortunately, Tom won’t deal with people like Zephanie, who make their money helping criminals. But when Zephanie tells him she might have a lead on Tom’s son who was kidnapped 10 years prior, Tom has no choice but to help. What started out as a dangerous investigation turns even more deadly when every truth turns out to be a lie and every lie turns out to be a truth. Zephanie thought she knew her place in the world, thought she knew all about London’s underground but the more her and Tom investigate, the more she realizes she never knew a thing.
Okay, there’s SOOO much more to the story than just that such as Zephanie’s connection with Tom and how that progresses throughout the story and the emotions between them. The betrayal that’s uncovered throughout the story and the answers that everyone seems to have but won’t tell. As with the previous book, Undertow, I have no idea how to put into words how much I enjoyed this novel. It’s a crazy story filled with impossibilities and creatures that inhabit the sewers and tunnels underneath major cities. This one is about the underworld of London and the societies that live under there, the rats and the Rawheads that are so dangerous they’re feared by everyone. But it’s also about finding three individuals – Tom’s son, the hacker that was kidnapped, and a dangerous woman who’s a threat to every human.
But most of all, it’s about Zephanie coming into her birthright. Her attraction and love for Tom and her need for him to become the Rat Queen. At the same time, it’s about Tom and finding his son; being able to find the kid he lost 10 years ago and the hope and fear that comes with it. It’s about Zephanie finally being able to have Tom and Tom discovering a love that he struggles with accepting.
I ADORED this book and I’m absolutely loving this series but, more than that, I love these characters. I love that Zephanie is so stubborn and argumentative and I love that Tom only puts up with it at first because he has to but then grows to love that about Zephanie. But I also loved that they were both such strong and developed characters. I loved their chemistry together and the way they handled certain situations. I cried once or twice because of the raw emotion in both of them and smiled like a crazy person when the ending happened.
Right from the start the authors drew me into the story and kept my interest throughout the whole novel. I finished this book in ONE DAY! A novel of this size normally takes me two days at least but I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning just so I could see what happened in the end and even after I finished, I couldn’t go to sleep because I kept thinking about it. It has a lot of twists and turns, with some shocking moments especially in parts where you think you know what will happen but we also get to see a few of the secondary characters from Undertow such as Selene, Reggie and Tocat, not to mention how adorably cute and funny Zephanie’s pet rat, Blackball, was.
There was absolutely nothing about this book that bothered me or that I had an issue with. It’s fast-paced, intriguing, thrilling, suspenseful, mysterious, unique, crazy, intense… I could go on and on but I’ll leave it at that.
In the end, this was a fabulously intriguing story that left me speechless. So much happens that it kept me engrossed throughout the book but there’s also enough romance to it that had me rooting forZephanie and Tom to be together. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book, Necropolis of Light, and seeing where the story goes from here. I don’t care if this book sounds like something you’d read or not, PICK IT UP ANYWAY or at least read Undertow because this series will surprise you in more ways than one!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*