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Everyone wants to live life to the fullest, to fill the story of their lives with memorable moments. Some want to be a hero in their story, others are the villain. Sometimes, the path to both fates are warped past recognition, and it can be hard to differentiate from good and bad. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, follows the story of three characters who are struggling to find themselves in the jumbled mess of the world. Their paths become connected, whether they realize it at first or not.

First there’s Midnight, a broken hearted teen boy who moves next door to the mysterious Bell farm. He has endured a lot, from his mother and half-brother moving to France without him and his father, to a confusing relationship with the metaphorical witch queen Poppy. Which brings us to our next character, Poppy. Poppy is a beautiful spoiled brat, point blank. She has everyone in school wrapped around her finger; and she gets whatever she wants whenever she wants it via her doting rich parents. This pretty witch also has some dark secrets and is trying her hardest to find her place in the world. Finally, there’s Wink. Wink lives on the Bell farm with her brothers, sisters, and mother. There is a lot of mystery surrounding this red-haired family, which intrigues Midnight. He begins to form a friendship with Wink, and learns more about the Bells. In this book, there is a hero, a villain, and a victim, and you will only find out who fits each of these criteria in the end.

What drew me most to this book was the vague description and intriguing cover art. The author, April Genevieve Tucholke, also helped write a collection of horror stories in the book Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which I absolutely adored. Most of her work is in the mystery and paranormal genre, which is one of my favorite fields.

I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book, but I did enjoy reading it. Despite being a possible realistic fiction book, it had an air of magic and wonder that kept it interesting. Due to the contradictory personalities displayed by all three main characters, the story was fresh and unpredictable. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested by a fresh take on the classic mystery genre.

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