Author: Alicia Jasinska
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: December 28, 2021
Warnings: Child abuse, body horror
Okay, so if you promise me a book has tones similar to House of Salt and Sorrows, you better believe I’m going to read it! The Midnight Girls promised to be a YA fantasy with a mixture of The Wicked Deep (on my TBR list) and House of Salt and Sorrows. It is also very LGBT-friendly, which is a huge plus.
Zosia and Marynka are two ordinary girls. Well, except for the fact that they are both witch’s assistants and have been sent to the Kingdom of Lechija with a dark task. These ambitious girls have lofty goals in life, mainly to gain as much power and knowledge as possible.
They went to the festival as unlikely friends, but their friendship is about to be tested. You see, they’ve both been sent here for the same heart. Here they will battle one another while trying to avoid a city of witch hunters to gain their ultimate goal.
I have concluded that I need more sapphic fantasy in my life. Thankfully, my most recent read, The Midnight Girls, hit the mark. This was such a fun and unique read, as two witches battle it out for power and, later, love.
The Midnight Girls pulls from Polish lore and culture, creating a lush world that is fascinating to read about. Seriously, I could have happily read more about both the magic and the festivals. Either alone could have kept me occupied for hours, but together? I was sold.
It didn’t hurt that I loved both Zosia and Marynka. Sure, most people would say that their actions are not exactly good – but their story certainly is captivating to read about – even the darker elements. On that note: be warned that both child abuse and body horror play a part in this on). More than that, I loved the romance that ensued, as I am a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope.
I’m not the best in history, so I can’t comment on any historical inaccuracies or inaccuracies that may be in The Midnight Girls. All I can tell you is that I adored the vibe of this novel and all of the details that Alicia Jasinka wove into the tale.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.