Book Review – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Book Review – Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke Title: Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher by: Dial Books For Young Readers
Published on: March 22, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Mature YA, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy
Page Count: 256
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Hardcover
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The intrigue of The Raven Boys and the "supernatural or not" question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

For fans of Holly Black, We Were Liars, and The Virgin Suicides, this mysterious tale full of intrigue, dread, beauty, and a whiff of something strange will leave you utterly entranced.

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink, Poppy, Midnight was a unique story that was a mix of mystery, fantasy, and elements of romance. Did I like Wink Poppy Midnight? Absolutely. Did I understand it? No, not completely. Would I re-read it? Definitely. I know I’m not quite making sense but bear with me.

This is the type of story that you’ll either love or you won’t. I enjoyed the writing of this story. It was poetic, mysterious, suspenseful, and it easily held my attention. The first half of the story was a slow build of what was to come. Each portion of the story came from Wink, Poppy, and Midnight’s points of view. These characters were unique and added a layer to the story.

“We were like the three Fates, weaving the story together threads of gold, red, and midnight blue.”

Poppy, was the quintessential mean girl. On the surface she seemed perfect. She was beautiful, rich, but oh was she mean.  She knew should get away with just about anything. She bullied others and reveled in it. She was complex and I was equally appalled and fascinated by her character. Poppy had her own clique but none of them truly knew her. She had secrets that she didn’t share with anyone.

Midnight, was literally the boy next door. He was sweet, caring, and unassuming. He had known and been in love with Poppy for years. He knew the type of person Poppy was and he was drawn to her despite of it. He was a bleeding heart and while he loved Poppy, he was sick of her. He wanted to break free of the hold she had on him. I disliked that he was mistreated and at the same time I wish he stood up for himself more. Meeting Wink gave him the opportunity to have something different, with someone who was the complete opposite of Poppy.

Wink, was this mysterious, eccentric, red headed girl. She was kind, quiet, and the the polar opposite of Poppy. No matter who tried to bully or tease her, she didn’t let anyone bother her.  She quietly observed everyone and everything. I loved that she lived in her stories. I loved that shit didn’t care what anyone what thought of her.

“… The best Heroes had the a bit of evil in them, to make the good shine all the more for being next to it…..”

So what happens? Read the synopsis, because I don’t want to give anything away. Now the ending…. I was both surprised and let down by how things ended.  I had to drop my rating because of it.  It was hard to decipher what was truth and what was lies or who the real villain or hero was.  I didn’t love any particular character but I found them each intriguing. My feelings and opinions about each of them changed throughout the story.  I wasn’t quite sure what direction the story would take but I had my suspicions. This was a slow build and you will either love it or dislike it but I enjoyed most of the ride. I would definitely read more of April’s writing.

About April Genevieve Tucholke

April Genevieve Tucholke is the critically acclaimed author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and Between the Spark and the Burn. She curated the horror/thriller anthology Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, and her third novel, Wink Poppy Midnight, will be released March 22, 2016 from Dial/Penguin. April has lived in many places around the world and she currently resides in Oregon with her husband, Nate Pedersen.