Upon the Midnight Clear

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Upon the Midnight Clear

Dream-Hunter Series

Well, I feel bad that I didn't enjoy this book (please don't throw things if you are a big fan). I thought that since I didn't like the first Dream-Hunter novel, that maybe it was a fluke and I wanted to give the series another chance. I have enjoyed Ms. Kenyon's Dark-Hunter books in the past and I want to like the other books that take place in that world, but I can't. The writing is a tad melodramatic and a little cheesy. I feel like we don't really get to know Leta or Aidan.

Aidan is a movie star soured on human contact by the betrayal of his family. His brother, Donnie, performs a human sacrifice in order to wake the god Dolor. He wants the god to destroy Aidan for him. Leta is a goddess, one of the Dream-Hunters, who put herself in stasis to heal after her last battle with Dolor. She wakes when Donnie releases Dolor. She goes to the human world in order to protect Aidan but also to use his anger to fuel her powers so she can defeat Dolor. I feel like this was just a quickie story that was dragged out to seem like a full-length novel. I think it would have been better served as a short story in an anthology.

The best part about this book is the vignettes at the end of the book featuring characters from the other books. We get a glimpse of how they are celebrating the holidays and some lovely foreshadowing about Ash and his book that comes out this year (woohoo). I will be tuning in for that. Unfortunately, this will be the last book I read by Ms. Kenyon that isn't a Dark-Hunter book.

Book Blurb for Upon the Midnight Clear

Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O'Conner.

At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world-or anyone who's a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he's seen her before.in his dreams.Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions-and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself.

One cold winter's night will change their lives forever.

Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them-or destroying them both: trust.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2008 2.75