Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Five Midnights

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.If Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company, together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer, they'll have to step into the shadows to see what's lurking there—murderer, or monster?

Details Five Midnights

TitleFive Midnights
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherTor Teen
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy

Reviews Five Midnights

  • Tammie
    Five Midnights, a YA horror book, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main character Lupe, a teenager from Vermont that travels to Puerto Rico to visit family-including her police chief uncle. Lupe arrives just as her uncle is called to a grisly murder scene-the first of many to occur. Lupe and her new friend Javier, set out to find out who or what is causing these murders. Five Midnights was an enjoyable read and I liked the supernatura...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I was pretty impressed with this novel! I thought that this book sounded interesting when I saw it on a blog a few months ago so I was really excited when I got my hands on an early copy. Once I started reading, I knew that I was in for a treat because I was hooked right away. I thought that this book was a really entertained read.I am ashamed to say that I haven't read too many books...
  • Kelsea
    Out TODAY from Tor Teen!The blurb for Five Midnights caught my attention immediately. YA horror set in Puerto Rico? Myths and legends coming to life? Hells yeah!What I was expecting: this will be really cool and different and probably diverse, since it’s a Tor Teen title.What I was NOT expecting: a story this rich, powerful, and full of depth! Darkly beautiful descriptions. A thought-provoking story packed full of themes, written in a way that...
  • Katie Gallagher
    Read this review and others on my blog! Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Teen for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. Five Midnights debuts June 4th.NetGalley’s a funny thing—most of the time all you have to judge a book by is the author name, the publisher, the cover, and a bit of doctored up marketing copy.*** It makes me judgey to the extreme—if I’m accepted to read the book, I’m kind of stuck with...
  • Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
    3.5 StarsDiverse horror? Yes please!As someone constantly seeking out diverse stories in the horror genre, I was ecstatic to learn about Five Midnights. Written by a Puerto Rican female author, this is an excellent example of #ownvoices fiction. Through the narrative, I learned so much about a country that I previously knew little about. I felt immersed in the culture as the author sprinkled cultural elements of, language and religion throughout ...
  • Sandra
    Check out my full video review: Midnights is a horror novel set on Puerto Rico, where in a group of five childhood friends, some of them has started getting killed. We follow Javier (one of the five friends) and Lupe, who travels to Puerto Rico every summer to visit her uncle and aunt. They team up trying to figure out what that is happening. While this is pitched as a horror novel, not once in the book did I feel...
  • Wilmarie
    I don't know how I feel about this book.
  • Jen (Book Den)
    The premise of Five Midnights is set around the legend of El Cuco. Going into Five Midnights I expected it to be heavier on the horror elements. I think this book will appeal most to those who enjoy mystery/thrillers with a supernatural element.I’m new to the legend of El Cuco, but I enjoyed what Ann Dávila Cardinal did with the legend. I got a real sense that she made it her own.I loved the Puerto Rico setting and the way Cardinal wove in the...
  • Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
    **Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley which does not influence my review.**What I Liked: The concept – I love the concept for this one. Cultural myths coming to life in a modern setting and two teens desperate to solve the mystery with a body count that continues to grow.Javier – I love reading about a teen character who didn’t always make the best decisions, but who is doing their best. Javi has been clean for two ...
  • Miciah Bay
    I couldn't put it down! It's fast, fun, scary, with some achingly lovely scenes, too.
  • Lisa Mandina
    Right off the bat I got the total vibes of some of the horror movies I've seen in the theaters lately. And I could totally see this one at the theaters some day. This book was so much of exactly how I think some teenagers feel about adults and older people. For instance one part where the main character thought someone over the age of 30 was ancient. But the characters were very neat, I loved the atmosphere of Puerto Rico, and it definitely had a...
  • Linda Naquin
    ***I received this book as a digital ARC from NetGalley***YA Puerto Rican horror novel about El Cuco???SOLD.My students are obsessed with the hispanic legends I tell them about, but especially El Cucuy. Sure, La Llorona is great, and everyone knows about the Chupacabra, but when they learn about Cucuy, they're like, whoa, THAT is freaky.So was this book.This was a fantastic mix of Puerto Rican culture and don't-read-at-night horror. Once things r...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I'm so disappointed by what I read. This had potential but didn't live up to it.FRTC.
  • Emma Ferrier
    I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this book. I had hoped for gritty mystery but instead got a mediocre mystery that was more paranormal/horror and easy to solve. The story overall had good characters, and I kept waiting for a shocking twist but alas this went exactly where I thought it was going and it let me down.I will certainly pick up other books from this author, however, as this was a debut and the writing itself was really good an...
  • Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
    This review was first published here: Midnights is a novel about addiction, acceptance and the shadows that follow us.This novel primarily follows Lupe, a half Puerto-Rican, half Northern American who is staying with her Uncle (Tio) and Aunt (Tia) for the Summer. Lupe, who inherited more of her mother's NA genes than her father's PR genes, spends a lot of the novel in heightened emotion, trying to fit ...
  • Rachel Drenning
    Decent little novel but wasn't what I personally look for. The ending kind of messed it up for me. To each their own, it's definitely not a bad book. I wanted to know more about the monster. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC .
  • Lindley Valcarcel
    I absolutely ADORED this book. It was very easy to identify with Lupe and root for Javier. All the characters were so well written and I loved all of them. The way that the story and legends of El Cuco were written really made me love the whole legend. The end was super satisfying as well which was nice since that's usually where horror stories leave me cold. Just don't read this book while hungry because the descriptions of all the food left me ...
  • Josie
    Great and steady pace with convincing characters and a motivating narrative. It's wonderful to see more diverse reads out there. Can't wait to see more of these characters in the future.
  • Ashley
    A quick, superfun, somewhat scary, defeat-the-monster/curse read. I now really want to go to Puerto Rico, even though I'm the whitest gringa who has ever lived.
  • Sam (she_who_reads_)
    This was such a good YA horror! I was hooked right from the opening scene, and it did not disappoint. The characters were interesting, the mystery element was engaging, the horror element was satisfying and suitably creepy, and the setting was so richly described I could easily picture it in my mind. I listened to this on audiobook and I would highly recommend it- the narrator is absolutely amazing and really added to my enjoyment.
  • Shauna
    Review from Five Midnights by Ann Davila Cardinal, 2019, TOR Teen PublishingThis ARC was received from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.Dearest Readers,I missed the deadline on this book. It came out June 4th, 2019. So you can purchase it now if you are interested! I try not to miss deadlines, but this time I blame it on the big book. Anyway, without further ado...Five Midnights by Ann Davila C...
  • Tammy
    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Although atmospheric and well written, Five Midnights just didn’t provide the suspense and horror I was hoping for. Five Midnights didn’t quite live up to my expectations, although there were elements that I really enjoyed. But some elements just didn’t mesh for me an...
  • Calle
    Rating: 3.75/5Confession: I only picked up this book because I was going to Puerto Rico. I specifically sought this book out because it took place in Puerto Rico and the first stop on the cruise I just got back from was Puerto Rico. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to love it.Spoiler alert: I didn’t love it. I did like it. And I really enjoyed reading it.Let’s break it down:This was the best thing I could have read on this cruise because it got...
  • Kamisha
    I had fun reading this YA horror story set in Puerto Rico! I loved the setting and the inclusion of a supernatural monster from local folklore lurking in the shadows, hunting characters down. The story primarily follows two main characters, Lupe Davila and Javier Utierre. Lupe is half Puerto-Rican, born and raised in the States, but she travels to Puerto Rico every summer to visit her extended family, including her uncle who happens to be the pol...
  • Alex (Iseultslibrary)
    4/5 stars!(I would like to add in that I’m from Puerto Rico, born and raised. I speak from experience because I lived in the island for almost my entire life.)I figured out early on that this book reminded me of Scooby Doo meets The Diviner’s with a little bit of they both die at the end. The two formers because of the mystery aspect and the latter because of the countdown the book has in the chapters. This book had me feel like I was taking ...
  • Jana
    Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.**Content Warning: Deaths, alcoholism, drug mentions & drug use.**This book paints such a vivid picture of Puerto Rico, from the scenery, to the food, to the darker parts of the island involving crime and drugs. Every second it just felt like you were right there in the scene as everything was going down. For the most part it sort of feels like a c...
  • Teri
    I've never been to Puerto Rico, but the author provides such vivid, immersive descriptions, I feel like I have.  And the food!  I drooled over several pages.  The author gives a balanced picture of Puerto Rico.  While showing the horrors of drugs and addiction, and impoverished neighborhoods, she also demonstrates the deep love of culture and community, and supportive, loyal families and friends willing to do anything to protect their loved ...