ARC Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

ARC Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
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Pages: 352
Source: Publisher
Published by: Dial Books
Pubilcation Date: March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Mystery, Young Adult

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

I wasn’t even planning on reading this book next, but once I opened it to have a read of the first page I couldn’t help myself. I had to read it – it was that captivating. The introduction was simply amazing and it pulled me straight in and left me wanting to know more. Also, that cover is divine, isn’t it?!

For your sake I have braved the glen, and had to do with goblin merchant men. Eat me, drink me, love me. Hero, Wolf, make much of me. With clasping arms and cautioning lips, with tingling cheeks and fingertips, cooing all together.

This is not the type of book I usually read and I’ve never read any of April Genevieve Tucholke’s books before, so I didn’t have any expectations and it turned out to be pretty freaking fantastic. Even though it’s a contemporary, it had a very kind of mystical/fantasy feel to it… It was bizarre. I think that was just the power of her writing and the characters and the setting. I applaud you, April.

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Wink, Poppy, and Midnight are the names of the main characters, and I think they were taken straight out of bizarroville, minus Midnight. Poppy was 50 shades of fucked up, and Wink was basically schizophrenic, leaving Midnight who was like the only slightly normal person. That being said, you still didn’t know who the bad person was. They were all enchanting in their own way, and were all very memorable characters.

“I was out there by myself because being better than everyone at everything is really fucking tiresome, and sometimes I have to run off into the woods for a while and pretend no one else exists.”

I laughed out loud for so long at above quote! xD

The story was incredibly enthralling, and I didn’t know who was good or bad or what was real or not real. The plot twist and ending was pretty crazy, and I’m not sure what I think of everything. I’m kind of in this surreal state, where I know I’ve just read something amazing but something equally strange too. This is a unique book, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read it. 🙂

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7 / 5
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    Gabi @ Let's Gab About Books
    March 13, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    AH this book sounds so, so weird, but so interesting! I love that you said you couldn’t tell who was good or bad, and didn’t anticipate the twist! I think that’ll make it a fun read! Great review, Anissa! 🙂

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    March 14, 2016 at 5:25 am

    yess! that cover is undeniable divine! and that alone makes me want this on my shelf. Anyway, I love how it immediately caught your attention right from the first page. And the characters? I love my book with great characters! Really excited to get my hands on this one. Great review!

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    March 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve seen different opinions about this book. Some love it and others dislike it. I think I understand that’s the unique-ness isn’t going to work with everyone! It sounds intriguing though. Glad you liked it! 😀

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    Kristyn @ Reading to Unwind
    March 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    This book sounds really interesting. I will need to look into it. Great Review!

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    March 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This sounds like a mind-fuck novel! I am not fun of magical realism in books though :/ Decisions decisions, to read this book or not? Either way, cover is gorgeous, I admit that :). Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Anissa!

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    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    March 15, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I’ve been hearing such good things about this book so I’ll definitely be giving it a go! 😀 Great review!

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    Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger
    March 16, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed this book! I’m so excited to read Wink Poppy Midnight! The plot kind of reminds me of We Were Liars, which I loved. Great review!

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    March 16, 2016 at 2:45 am

    I’m so conflicted on this one! I’ve read April Genevieve Tucholke’s other books and wasn’t a fan but I can’t deny the appeal here, especially with the mystery and “I’m not sure what happened” feelings. Ah, I don’t know! Maybe I should just give it a try 😛

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    Erin @ The Book Archive
    March 20, 2016 at 1:58 am

    I LOVE that cover, and although love triangles and contemporaries aren’t usually my thing, this one really piques my interest. I love that writing style and secrecy in novels. And, really, how stranger could those names get? Lovely review!

    ❤ Erin

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    March 20, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Great review! I haven’t read anything by April Genevieve Tucholke either but everything – gorgeous cover, synopsis, etc. – has me super intrigued. I might pick up this book after all. Oh yes, that quote is pretty funny. Thanks for sharing.

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