Book Reviews of White Midnight

White Midnight
White Midnight
Author: Dia Calhoun
ISBN-13: 9780374383893
ISBN-10: 0374383898
Publication Date: 10/17/2003
Pages: 304
Reading Level: Young Adult
Rating:
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3 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Book Type: Hardcover
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I liked this book better when I just read the jacket description. It's about Rose, a slave girl who's parents marry her off to "the Thing," a monster that lives in their master's attic, in exchange for her freedom. I was hoping this book would give me shivers, but it fell short in the creepy department. I sort of expected it to follow a Beauty and the Beast progression (girl sees beauty in the Thing and comes to love him), but it followed more of a Phantom of the Opera progression instead: girl realizes that, because Thing has been mistreated his entire life, he's turned into someone with a twisted soul, and she comes to loathe him. Unlike Christine, she never excercised much compassion for the Thing. At times her prejudice was irritating, but I mostly understood it because she was forced into this marriage against her will.

There were a lot of elements that didn't seem to tie together at the end, which may be because this is a prequel to another book or may be just because Dia Calhoun has a habit of introducing lots of fantasy-genre type goodies without following through with them. At any rate, I did get a strong sense of place and parameters for this story, which I appreciated. But it never lived up to the potential it promised.