Three Kisses, One Midnight
Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye
Published August 30, 2022
About Three Kisses, One Midnight
New York Times bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon craft a spellbinding novel about discovering the magic of true love on one fateful, magical night in THREE KISSES, ONE MIDNIGHT.
The town of Moon Ridge was founded 400 years ago and everyone born and raised there knows the legend of the young woman who perished at the stroke of twelve that very same night, losing the life she was set to embark on with her dearest love. Every century since, one day a year, the Lady of Moon Ridge descends from the stars to walk among the townsfolk, conjuring an aura upon those willing to follow their hearts’ desires.
“To summon joy and love in another’s soul
For a connection that makes two people whole
For laughter and a smile that one can never miss
Sealed before midnight with a truehearted kiss.”
This year at Moon Ridge High, a group of friends known as The Coven will weave art, science, and magic during a masquerade ball unlike any other. Onny, True, and Ash believe everything is in alignment to bring them the affection, acceptance, and healing that can only come from romance—with a little help from Onny’s grandmother’s love potion.
But nothing is as simple as it first seems. And as midnight approaches, The Coven learn that it will take more than a spell to recognize those who offer their love and to embrace all the magic that follows.
I read a pre-release version of THREE KISSES, ONE MIDNIGHT. I loved the stories and the ways they connected together. The formatting was a little strange, but I feel like that’s something I’m hesitant to assume is the way the published version of the book will be.
The story gives us the point of view of Onny, Ash, and True, but each in turn. So the first third of the book is Onny’s story. Then Ash’s. Then True’s. I recently read another book that was written that way, and I really enjoyed it, so it was fun to read another book written with the point of view split up that way.
I wish each section had individual chapters, though. Each point of view section is probably close to 100 pages. In the ARC, it’s broken up with scene breaks (little stars across one line), but each section is basically formatted as one long chapter. That wasn’t my favorite. It feels weird to me to stop reading at a scene break instead of a chapter break. But on the whole, that’s a minor thing, and the final version of the book may not be formatted that way. The sample section available on Amazon shows some scene breaks but not any chapter breaks.
Anyhow. One of the big reasons I wanted to read this book is because I’ve read other books by Roshani Chokshi (pretty much an auto-buy author for me at this point) and Sandhya Menon, whose books have been so much fun! I’m not totally caught up on her backlist, but I’m sure I will at some point. The only one of the trio that I hadn’t read before is Evelyn Skye, and I’ve got a couple of her books on my To Be Read list. So I was excited about getting to read something by her, too.
THREE KISSES, ONE MIDNIGHT delivered all the things I hoped for from the authors. It’s fun and romantic, but I felt like the characters were deep, too. I loved all three stories. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, so I especially loved seeing that one in there.
I thought the party and the town’s lore about love were really great elements, too. All in all, I probably enjoyed this book more even than I expected to, and I expected it to be a fun read.
Recommended for Ages 12 up.
Onny is Filipino American. Ash is Asian American.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Extreme profanity used infrequently.
Kissing between boy and girl. Kissing between two men.
Onny believes in magic. She’s made a love potion from a recipe her grandmother gave her. In one scene, a group of teens use a Ouija board. Some characters experience encounters with a ghost or spirit.
Boys steal a mannequin that True was supposed to guard. She confronts them, and the situation escalates to a physical confrontation.
Some jokes about the party’s punch being eventually spiked.
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