Guest Reviewed by Ami
Title: The Midnight Gardener
Author: R.G. Thomas
Series: The Town of Superstition #1
Genre: MM YA Fantasy
Length: 130 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: November 12, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.
Review: I admit, I saw the words “garden gnome” and immediately requested for the arc. What can I say, I enjoy urban fantasy and I really like having different supernatural beings as front and center. So I couldn’t pass the chance to read about garden gnomes, could I?
What I liked the most about this story – which is the beginning of a series called “The Town of Superstition” – was how atmospheric it was. I enjoyed how R.G. Thomas described those nights when Thaddeus first discovered, observed, and later being introduced to the world of magic and supernatural beings by way of Teofil, the garden gnome. I felt like being there with Thaddeus as his eyes were open to this new experience, that the world he was living was not at all ordinary.
I also enjoyed reading about Thaddeus’ relationship with his father, Nathan. Since Thaddeus’ mother was not in the picture – there would be an explanation for that in addition to quite a surprising moment that just made my jaw dropped – the father-son relationship was pretty strongly displayed. Although there were moments in which I thought Nathan should be more opened about their family background towards Thaddeus, especially after the ‘secret was out’.
This was only the beginning of Thaddeus’ quest and the story ended with ‘soft-of’ a cliffhanger. I said ‘sort-of’ because the threat for Thaddeus and Nathan, at the moment, was being taken care of but there were still questions left to be answered. Well, I definitely look forward to the next story because I want to see how Thaddeus evolve – I haven’t seen him doing magic yet *smile*
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*