Sunday, 10 March 2019

Rayne & Delilah's Midnight Matinee – review

Every Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder. 

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

The premise of the book really intrigued me, as I loved the idea of a contemporary novel with Gothic references. It lived up to all of my expectations and evoked so many emotions!

My favourite things about this book were the characters and voice. It's really hard to make two viewpoints distinct and Rayne and Delilah does this really well. I liked both characters a lot and appreciated how they develop both as individuals and together.

Another brilliant thing about this book is the emotive quality. It captures an important moment in Rayne and Delilah's lives and exactly what it's like to be a teenager. I read this on the plane and managed to laugh and cry aloud, which doesn't happen to me very often when I'm reading!

This book also made excellent use of pop cultural and Gothic elements. I enjoyed picking them out! The horror convention was a great setting too.

Thank you to Andersen Press for the brilliant book and goodie pack. I have an excellent Q and A and guest post from Jeff Zentner coming tomorrow for the blog tour, so look out for those!

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