With a Touch of Magic | Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye

Monday, August 29, 2022

Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye

Wednesday Books
Publication Date: 8/30/22
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley/ from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (thank you, Wednesday Books!)
New York Times bestselling authors Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon craft a spellbinding novel about discovering the magic of true love on one fateful, magical night in Three Kisses, One Midnight. The town of Moon Ridge was founded 400 years ago and everyone born and raised there knows the legend of the young woman who perished at the stroke of twelve that very same night, losing the life she was set to embark on with her dearest love. Every century since, one day a year, the Lady of Moon Ridge descends from the stars to walk among the townsfolk, conjuring an aura upon those willing to follow their hearts’ desires. “To summon joy and love in another’s soul For a connection that makes two people whole For laughter and a smile that one can never miss Sealed before midnight with a truehearted kiss.” This year at Moon Ridge High, a group of friends known as The Coven will weave art, science, and magic during a masquerade ball unlike any other. Onny, True, and Ash believe everything is in alignment to bring them the affection, acceptance, and healing that can only come from romance—with a little help from Onny’s grandmother’s love potion. But nothing is as simple as it first seems. And as midnight approaches, The Coven learn that it will take more than a spell to recognize those who offer their love and to embrace all the magic that follows.
There is a legend in Moon Ridge that states the Lady of Moon Ridge will walk among the townsfolk once every century. The Lady is said to grant people their true desires. A group of friends, consisting of Onny, True, and Ash, intend to have the best time at this year's dance that celebrates the Lady of Moon Ridge, and they hope to get a glimpse of the Lady herself. With a touch of magic and a little bit of romance, Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, and Sandhya Menon certainly create a night to remember in Three Kisses, One Midnight.
  • I was looking forward to reading this one since the cover art released. By reading the synopsis, I knew readers could expect some magic, a potential romance, and a masquerade ball. I was sold from the synopsis. I mean, who doesn't love a masquerade ball? Despite having the best elements like the ball and the cute romances, the book turned out to be so much more than that. 
  • This is definitely a dream team of authors that collaborated on this project. Sandhya Menon, author of When Dimple Met Rishi, Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game, and Roshani Chokshi, author of The Gilded Wolves, completely rocked it with their masterful writing.
  • If you're looking for an adorable read that includes strong autumnal vibes and a great friendship group, then you must pick this one up.
  • The friendship group was such a standout. Readers may have no problem finding great friendship groups in popular YA these days. However, with Three Kisses, One Midnight, it feels like the reader joins the friendship group, as if we were friends with True, Onny, and Ash as long as they've been friends. The book places us right in the middle of action, when Onny decides to brew the love potion, and it continues throughout the night of the ball.
  • While I think the book is quite short, I think the authors were able to tell such a cute, enchanting story within the time that they had. Of course, I wish the book was longer—if only to hang out with these amazing characters a bit more. 
  • Compared to all three couples, I found True and Orion the most instalove couple of the book. True spent a portion of the book, in the beginning, pining over her ex-boyfriend and then almost out of nowhere, True and Orion were falling for each other. If the book was longer, readers may have gotten a bit more development. Though, I admit that the instalove did not decrease my enjoyment of the story. Three Kisses, One Midnight remained as lovely and as cute as it started. 
  • While I understand the reasoning behind it, I wish there were chapter breaks. I read an e-ARC so the final copy may be entirely different. The book was broken up into three sections, but devoid of chapters. Without structured chapters, the book truly encourages readers to devour this all-in-one sitting. 
  • This whole book was so lovely and heartwarming. Also, the town names (Moon Ridge and Twilight Grove), themselves, have so much whimsy. It's a giant hug of adorableness and I absolutely loved it.
Overall, Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, and Evelyn Skye was a gorgeous autumnal YA romance book that was as adorable as it was magical. The three authors collaborated together so well. I can't wait to read more from all of them in the future. You definitely don’t want to miss this cute read!

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