Review: Midnight Beauties

Midnight Beauties (Grim Lovelies, #2)

Title: Midnight Beauties
Author: Megan Shepherd
Publication Date: August 13th 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Format: eARC
Rating: ★★★


Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book through Netgalley for review. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this before the release! This in no way shape or form affects my thoughts about the book.

I liked Midnight Beauties more than Grim Lovelies. I really enjoyed the characters and I think they were much better written in this book than in the first book. You can find my review of the first book here.


I liked Anouk so much more in this book than in the first one. She stood up for herself a lot more and it was refreshing. I also really liked how quick and clever she had become. I think over the course of the two books she went through a lot of development and I really enjoyed it. My favorite characters were definitely Petra and Rennar. I also still think Beau is annoying and I disliked him even more in this book.


Shepherd’s writing wasn’t my favorite but I don’t think it was bad. I didn’t really like the way she wrote her dialogue. It felt kind of stilted to me. Her writing wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst I’ve ever read either.

I really enjoyed the way the book started. I thought it was a good place to start and I immediately felt drawn into the plot. I think the events in this book were so much more interesting than in the first book and I felt so much more connected and invested in the characters. I was actively rooting for everyone to be okay, even if that wasn’t what happened…

Overall Thoughts

Overall this wasn’t a bad book. I just didn’t like it as much as I had hoped it would. I do think everyone should give it a chance though to see if they would like it. I know there have been a lot of people who really enjoyed both books and while I didn’t enjoy them that much I hope you do!

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