Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon and Evelyn Skye
” I never had a chance if I was competing with the stars.”
If you are hearing the siren song of Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman calling to you to have Practical Magic playing on repeat, I have the perfect recommendation to add to your cozy fall line-up. “Three Kisses, One Midnight” by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon and Evelyn Skye is a YA romance that follows three friends who are each armed with a love-spell and have one night to make their dreams come true.
On the night of a Masquerade ball to celebrate the founding of their town Moon Ridge, Onny has found her grandmother’s love spell, and who better to share it with than her best friends True and Ash. Their friend group is lovingly referred to as “The Coven” and they can’t think of a better time to weave their magic than the night the local legend, the Lady of Moon Ridge, is said to walk among mortals bestowing blessings on those willing to follow their hearts desires.
“I’d much rather a world that was magical.”
The book is set up as three novellas set during the same few hours of the night, and while their stories are concurrent, they don’t overlap enough to feel as though you are reading the same story over and over. Each of the friends have a different path to follow to find love, and they find it in places they never expected.
While each of the stories have a different (YA appropriate) trope like rival to loves, mutual pining and grumpy/sunshine there was an overarching theme that spoke to the magic of the journey rather than the destination. There is always a bit of an ick factor when reading about someone taking a love potion and acting in a way that is unnatural for their character, but by the end of the night anyone participating in amorous libations was a knowing and willing participant.
I will be the first to demand that this universe be expanded and that we get to see more of the side characters in future stories, Onny’s mother, the grumpy, gothic, biology teacher Mr. Brightside and his loving, sunshine of a husband the Mayor, among others deserve more time to shine.
“Aristocrats and peasants could eat and drink beside one another, dance under the moon, and even fall in love. All because a mask let them become someone new.”
Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon and Evelyn Skye have woven magic in “Three Kisses, One Midnight” giving us three YA romances that are both age appropriate and sweet enough to make your teeth hurt. If you’re ready for a new favorite comfort read, light your pumpkin scented candles, grab a fuzzy blanket and settle in with the magical town of Moon Ridge.
Amanda is a proud Ravenclaw who was raised in Alaska before traveling the world with her family. She currently resides in District 7 with her husband and 2 kids. As a full-time working mom her time to read is precious and she uses it to devour as many books as possible. All genres are welcome but she does prefer some smooches to be included. She has discovered a love of book signings and has been lucky enough to meet many of her Unicorn authors and hopes to meet more in the future!