Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Review - Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
Date Read: June 3, 2019
Length: 288 pages
Source: Publisher
Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they'll have to step into the shadows to see what's lurking there—murderer, or monster?

Five Midnights is a “wickedly thrilling” (William Alexander) novel based on the el Cuco myth set against the backdrop of modern day Puerto Rico.

“A frightening, fast-paced thriller.” —Julianna Baggott, Alex Award-winning author of Pure
My Review

I was pretty impressed with this novel!  I thought that this book sounded interesting when I saw it on a blog a few months ago so I was really excited when I got my hands on an early copy.  Once I started reading, I knew that I was in for a treat because I was hooked right away.  I thought that this book was a really entertained read.

I am ashamed to say that I haven't read too many books set in Puerto Rico so I really liked the fact that this book not only was set there but was based on folklore from the island.  I really felt like the setting played a big part in the story and was really well done.   Puerto Rico really came alive in this book.  Everything from the relationships between the characters, the crime, and general attitudes were vividly described.

This story is told from multiple points of view.  Some points of view are used very rarely while others carry the bulk of the story.  I thought that each point of view was distinctive and I really grew to like the main characters.  Lupe was a really interesting character.  I liked the fact that she had Puerto Rican roots but was really more of an outsider.  It was nice seeing things from her perspective.  Javier's character was equally important.  He was really in the center of the story and I liked that he had worked so hard to make his life better.  They worked really well together as a team.

I thought that the mystery in this story was really well done.  I loved the fact that there was a bit of horror and some supernatural elements worked into the story.  I wasn't exactly sure what was causing everything and enjoyed watching Lupe and Javier work to figure it out.  There were some pretty exciting moments in the story and quite a few surprises.  I found this to be quite the page-turner.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that this book was really well written with a fantastic premise and wonderful characters.  I will definitely be looking out for future books written by this talented author.

I received a review copy of this book from Tor Teen.
About the Author

Ann Dávila Cardinal is a novelist and Director of Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) where she also earned her MFA in Writing. She comes from a long line of Puerto Rican writers, including poets Virgilio and José Antonio Dávila, and her cousin, award-winning fiction writer Tere Dávila. Ann lives in Vermont with her husband Doug where she needle felts small reading creatures, and bikes four seasons a year. Five Midnights is her first solo novel.


  1. i am not familiar with this author, but that cover gave me pause and i had to know more. great review.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  2. The premise does sound good, and OMGosh what a fabulous cover!

  3. I haven't read a book set in Puerto Rico so I'm even more curious

  4. Thrillers are good. I always worry about teen or YA stuff for me though. Great review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. I must say that all that sounds good to me :)

  6. I haven't read this author but this does sound good.

  7. I've read a few other reviews for this one and I'm now thinking I should give it a try. That cover sure is something!

  8. I love when a book hooks me and pulls me in immediately. Adding this to my TBR!

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    1. A Puerto Rico setting! That's not something I come across often. I am glad you enjoyed this one. I will definitely be on the look out for it.

  10. YAY! I'm glad to hear this was a hit for you! I can't wait to check it out. And I love the cover! So creepy!


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