Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis | When you’ve been waiting for 2 years

Posted August 28, 2019 by Sophia
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Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis | When you've been waiting for 2 years

BOOKWYRMS! It has been agesss. So many things plopped on my plate. It’s been extremely stressful for the past month and then some.

The universe swallowed me whole and chewed me into very smol pieces. 😭 Oh, and I’m back in my wrist brace (though now it’s more 24/7, much to the dismay of my coworkers look I didn’t choose to have weak wrists) and my left wrist is starting to break down on me (stage one: wrist support lmao who knows how long before I’m wearing both braces 24/7) everything is perfectly fine. But but…

did you miss me sherlock

Any excuse for the iconic Moriarty GIF to be used.

I really miss blogging though. Like creating captions for Instagram (still am, just less often). And shoving books at everyone the best part, let’s be honest. And flopping into comments on other blogs leaving my seriously awesome two cents (unless you’re Roberta, then you get a banging loud GOOD MORNINGGG call, too).

In a nutshell: a lot has happened. And I’m a very humbled bookwyrm to be invited to scream politely shove Chasing Midnight, the third book of the Once Upon a Curse series, by Kaitlyn Davis at everyone. Forget reviews – just read the book!

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Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis | When you’ve been waiting for 2 yearsChasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis
Once Upon a Curse #3
Other Books: Gathering Frost, Withering Rose
Published by Self-Published on August 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Author


This faerie godmother has an agenda of her own… Don't miss CHASING MIDNIGHT, a fantasy romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Cinderella.

“I could redeem myself if I wanted to. I could help them. But I won’t. I’m the villain of their story, because it’s the only way to be the hero of mine.”

Hundreds of years ago, humans learned the secret to sealing magic beneath their skin and stole it from the world. Faeries reverted back to flowers. Shifters remained trapped in their animal forms. Mermaids turned to foam. And the magical creatures who survived vowed revenge.

Nymia is one of those survivors, a faerie brought back to life by the return of her magic. When she finds a human girl named Ella with her sister’s power trapped beneath her skin, she’ll do anything to get her back, including kill.

There’s only one problem.

This isn’t the world she remembers. Humans here have a power all their own — technology. And when a human prince sees her using magic, he’ll use every invention at his disposal to track her down. The countdown is on, and time is running out. Nymia needs to find Ella, take back her sister’s magic, and escape the determined prince before the clock strikes twelve, or she might not make it out of his city alive…

*This is the third book in Once Upon a Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.

Going into Chasing Midnight and into the fantasy world Davis created in Gathering Frost and Withering Rose two years later felt as awkward as me in any social situation, only with a smol memory. So I kind of spent some time wondering when the Cinderella vibes would come in when in reality I forgot about the synopsis. 😂

The third book in the Once Upon a Curse series has got to be my favorite book. It almost made me cry at the end.

If I had the ability to cry from reading.

Chasing Midnight connects both of the previous books together, with appearances or mentions of the past mains. It’s exciting to see all of the stories come together (especially since we’re nearing the end of the series).

But what makes this book top the previous books isn’t just how neatly all three books connect. The story follows a faerie named Nymia, and she’s like all of my favorite villain stories. She’s full of evil and stabby vibes, but secretly soft and precious because she’s been through a lot. We learn her magic is stolen and returns centuries later. She wants revenge for her fellow magical creatures and she spills blood mercilessly. She wakes up again to an entirely different world years later. Oh, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get her sister back when she finds out her sister’s magic is trapped under a girl named Ella.

Ella and Frederick are a delight.

Other than Nymia, who is soft and precious and must be Protected™, her companions who join her for most of the journey were a delight. Much of Chasing Midnight focuses on Nymia’s struggle and building more backstory to the series. While it’s interesting to read, having Ella and Frederick were fun to have in the story and made the retelling more enjoyable. They also play a huge role in Nymia’s character development.

Chasing Midnight is Nymia’s constant battle as she is forced to return Ella back to her sister.

As Nymia gets to know Ella and learns to navigate the world she finds herself in, she’s deciding if she should mercilessly continue her revenge, or if there’s another way around it. This book is about two people who lose their sisters in different ways but the universe decides to force their stories together. It’s also how different communities can come together. I just love seeing this happen throughout Chasing Midnight through character interactions and their various stories that bring them together.

And it’s so seamlessly put together maybe I’ll actually cry because it’s beautiful. I’m excited for the release of Parting Worlds and seeing the final piece of the story come together. 😍

Let’s talk bookwyrms! What’s your favorite Cinderella retelling? Would you rather be stuck as a bed of flowers or a cursed human with magic?

Side Note: Gathering Frost and Withering Rose are currently on sale on Kindle! (No, don’t break your book buying ban. Actually, ignore it. I’ll pretend I didn’t cause it.

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About Kaitlyn Davis

kaitlyn davis

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publishers Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”​

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her—about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general—you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com​

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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13 responses to “Chasing Midnight by Kaitlyn Davis | When you’ve been waiting for 2 years

  1. GOOD…WHATEVER, SOPHIA . (Right now, while I’m writing this comment, it would be night for you…and given your current situation, I can’t predict when you’ll be able to read it. So feel free to add the appropriate time of day yourself ).

    I’m really sorry about the brace thing. Working and blogging/Instagramming are a demanding combo. Is there anything else you can do apart from wearing support? What do the doctors say?

    You know I’m not into fantasy and retellings, but this one sounds unique, plus it revolves around sisterly love, which is refreshing.

    Being stuck as a bed of flowers would be boring AF. Also, someone might always stroll my way and decide to pick one…or more. I don’t know what it would feel like, but it seems…painful.

    • UH? There was a laughing emoji after “Sophia” and a winking one after “yourself” (from coolsymbol.com), and they didn’t post (at least, I can’t see them). It had always worked before…

      • Sophia

        Apparently after I switched servers and web hosts the emojis disappeared and I have no clue where the option is at if it’s hidden??? I’m very bummed about this because I have looked EVERYWHERE for them and the settings apparently aren’t available on this version of WordPress. (I cry.) I’m not exactly keen on installing another plugin since I have a lot more than what I normally would since I’m updating previous posts (and fixing broken images during the transfer).

        So far the doctor recently said I have to wear a brace when I’m sleeping and driving since it seems it’s affecting my nerves, which in turn affects other parts of my body (and makes it dangerous for me to drive for more than 5-10 minutes). I SHOULD find a change in lifestyle (namely work schedule or work completely), so I’m working on trying to find a good medium of getting enough time to do course assignments and make enough money to live by (because quitting isn’t an option). But right now, it’s gotten worse that instead of wearing a brace while sleeping and driving, I’m now wearing it virtually constantly in addition to wearing a support on my left. At this rate, I’m likely wearing both braces 24/7 next year. :/

        Sure it seems painful, but would you rather be a human who is cursed?

  2. Haley

    You can’t just tell me about cute books like this, it’s bad for my tbr’s health, and now I want to break my ban, also, any book with that kind of reaction to its ending should be bought and read…..<> dang it

    • Sophia

      Sorry not sorry. But feeding your TBR books occasionally is healthy so it can thrive majestically in this world, Haley. 😉

      But on a serious note if you have Kindle Unlimited, Kaitlyn Davis recently announced they will be available and I highly recommend reading it through there! 🙂

  3. Awwww sounds like you’ve had it about as rough as I have Sophia! But I’m so glad you found a Cinderella retelling to sink your teeth into. And I love the idea of a precious villainous faerie who fight a most magnificent couple! Sometimes the villain just captures our imagination. ❤

  4. “She’s full of evil and stabby vibes, but secretly soft and precious because she’s been through a lot.“—these are the best book characters! ❤️

    • Sophia

      Yes, yes they are… after I resist the urge to murder them first if they’re mean to all the cinnamons in the book. 🙁