Heroes, Villains, and Watchers // Review: Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Wink Poppy Midnight
April Genevieve Tucholke
Series: Standalone
Genre(s): Mystery, Magical Realism
Release Date: 3/22/16
2.75 STARS

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Goodreads Description

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.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke is a short myserious novel about a hero a villain and a watcher. We have Wink, portrayed as a freak, though she is quite smart and devious even if she doesn’t seem like it. There is Poppy, the school’s Queen Bee. Definitely a horrible person. Then finally, we got Midnight. The boy that everyone wants, kind, quiet, genuine and the hero of the story.

Wink Poppy Midnight is a short novel with a short plot. Taking the perspectives of all three main characters, the beginning of Wink Poppy Midnight  takes a mysterious turn. I felt like the beginning of the story was definitely intriguing, I wanted to know more. Not to mention, the writing was fantastic. As the book continued on, I definitely felt that the plot began to lag. All that mystery in the beginning, I was waiting for something scary or mysterious to happen, and in general, it never really did. Towards the end of the book, I was just confused. Seriously, the writing was fabulous, but I was extremely confused about what the heck was happening. That was one of my main problems,and the biggest problems I had with Wink Poppy Midnight.

My favorite character was Wink. Wink is a unique character in her own special way and reminds me of Blue Sargent from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. Though Wink is definitely quieter, less sassier but also devious. Though Wink was my favorite character, both she and Midnight were not the best developed. Both of these characters lacked backstory, well they had some…but I didn’t feel like I truly knew their character and personality by the end. As for Poppy, as evil and as horrible of a person she is, she is still the most developed in my opinion. We see Poppy’s childhood and we see all the horrible things she has done and we see what she used to do and we see what she thinks, how she thinks. She was well rounded, I knew exactly what was coming. All Wink tended to talk about was Midnight being a Hero and Poppy being a villain. But beyond that, a big part of her was a mystery.

Overall, I feel like there isn’t much to say about Wink Poppy Midnight. It was definitely not my cup of tea and I didn’t like it. It had a promising synopsis, but the story itself didn’t flow correctly and led to lots of confusion.

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